2014 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District Napa Cabernet SauvignonSo there are a bunch of new Kirkland wines that hit the Costco stores near me lately, and I bought most of them and will try to get all the reviews up soon.  I’ll start with this Stags Leap bottle, which I was really excited about since it is one of my favorite places in Napa Valley, and I’ve always found the Kirkland offerings to be solid values in the past.  But while I went 90 points on last year’s Kirkland Stags, I’m going to have to go a bit lower this year.  It is a nice wine and a good buy for this area at only $19.99.  It just really came off to me a mediocre wine from this area.  Sure, maybe worth the price, but it doesn’t scream “Stags Leap” like some of my other favorites from the area (Cliff Lede, Baldacci).

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Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Kirkland Label

2013 Decoy by Duckhorn Sonoma Red Wine

2013 Decoy by Duckhorn Sonoma Red WineI usually enjoy most of Duckhorn’s Decoy wines, particularly the whites, and I find them to be solid values, especially with the competitive prices you can find them for at Costco.  This Sonoma red Bordeaux style blend was $17.89, which is well below anywhere else I’ve seen it, and a good 25% below retail.

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Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red

2007 Bodega Los Aljibes Selectus

2007 Bodega Los Aljibes SelectusThis is a really interesting wine that was recommended by a reader and I got lucky and found it on my next visit to Costco.  The label is very distinct, so super easy to find when you know what you’re looking for.  I had to do some digging around online to learn more this one, as I was curious about the 94 points from Parker (sticker is front and center on the neck of the bottle) as well as the varietal makeup in this Spanish (La Mancha) red blend.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #37

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #37

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of THE FINAL PRESIDENT.

Posted in Costco Wine Cartoons

NV Chandon California Sparkling Rose

NV Chandon California Sparkling RoseThis was a little bit of an impulse purchase, as I was leaving the wine aisle, and I just thought this looked like a fun summer treat.  So we cracked it outside tonight on a hot night, leaving the bottle in a jug of cold water, and it was just what I was hoping for – a refreshing, dry, fruit filled wine that is the perfect way to chill and relax on a night like tonight (and while listening to Sturgill Simpson’s new album that I really enjoy).

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Posted in Sparkling

2014 Cave du Roi Dagobert Riesling Racines et Terroirs

2014 Cave du Roi Dagobert Riesling Racines et TerroirsI was making a spicy stir fry dish and wanted to test the common wisdom that spicy Asian dishes are complemented well by dry or semi-dry Rieslings, and I’ve had a few experiences in the past to back that claim.  So it was between this bottle and another Riesling from Washington State (Dunham) that I found at Costco, and I opted for the Alsacian one, because I tend to favor a lot of whites from this region (even wrote a book that includes them; shameless plug, but it’s been a while since I did one).  Plus it was a few bucks cheaper at $11.99, which is a great price for a quality white from this area.

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Posted in French, Other White

2014 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc2014 Groth Napa Valley Sauvignon BlancI was recently in Napa and enjoyed an amazing tasting with food pairings at B Cellars, in a prime semi-new Oakville location, that I highly recommend, as much for the food as for the B Cellars wines, especially their ’12 Dr. Crane.  But across the street from B Cellars, in this prime of all prime spots in the valley, was Groth, a winery that I have explored before, but one that I hate to admit that I kind of forgot about amid all the various Napa wines in the area.  Now a week later, I’m at Costco and I run into the ’14 Groth Sauvignon Blanc for $16.99 and I knew I had to try it.

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2014 Kirkland Signature Series Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2014 Kirkland Signature Series Willamette Valley Pinot NoirHere’s a wine that’s always a personal favorite and a popular one among readers, the KS Willamette Pinot, which comes in at $14.99, a bargain price for Pinots from this area and a pretty nice wine this year as well.

I found this wine to be incredibly well balanced and interesting, especially considering it in relation to other Pinots priced this low.  You just can’t find many decent drinkable Pinots in this range, but I’d definitely put this one on the list, a sentiment I’ve felt in prior vintages, including the 2012 which I gave 89 points.

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Posted in Kirkland Label, Pinot Noir

2012 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec

2012 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento MalbecMassive bargain here.  Great wine at an amazing price.  For anyone who’s ever written to me and said they can’t find the wines we review at their local Costco, I really hope you can find them all someday, but I really really hope you can find this one.  At only $13.89 at Costco, it is half the price you will find it at other outlets.  If you live in Atlanta you better move fast, because I’ve likely scooped them up already.  This just became my go to red.

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2014 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Duckhorn Sauvignon BlancHere’s a great summer pleaser, and a wine I’ve always enjoyed in large part because it’s made in a white Bordeaux style with a bit of Semillion in the blend.  This creates a wine that’s still packed with flavor but the lower acidity and extra body of the Semillion keeps the “puckerness” under control, which I prefer, plus I find that it pairs better with a wider range of meals (we enjoyed this wine with chicken tacos and it was great on a hot summer day).

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