2011 Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse Chardonnay

2011 Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse ChardonnayLouis Latour is an wine-exporting legend.   They are negociants who bring a sizeable number of decent French wines to foreign markets dating back to the 70’s, if not before.   Among their bestknown exports is the Pouilly-Fuisse.   Occasionally, it will appear on Costco’s shelves – most recently in 2010.   Well, it’s back and at a lower price, to boot.  This is a white burgundy at $13.99 is a about $3-8 less than what you’d pay at other winesellers.  (BevMo is currently offering it for $21.99)  It offers that very-French-like lovely, crisp, smooth, lemony, chardonnay for which you’d expect to pay over $20.

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2011 Pinoylet Garnacha

2011 Pinoylet GarnachaA nice buy on this Spanish Garnacha for only $10.79 at Costco.  It seems like these inexpensive Spanish reds just keep rolling into Costco stores, which is a great opportunity for us.  I really don’t think there are many other reds for $10 that taste this good.  This wine isn’t going to redefine everything you know about wine.  But it will make you think twice before you grab that $10 Sonoma cab that isn’t half as good.

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2013 Frogs Leap Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Frogs Leap Rutherford Sauvignon BlancThis is one of those insta-purchase Costco wines for me.  I’m a big fan of Frog’s Leap wines, have visited and greatly enjoyed the winery, and am sitting on some nice Rutherford Cabs from them that are aging in the cellar.  I’d had the 2013 Sauv Blanc at a dinner a few months back and enjoyed it; so obviously was happy to see this bottle at Costco.  It’s price of $18.99 is decent, but not mind blowing.  You can find this wine elsewhere between $17-$20, but if you see it at Costco and want to enjoy a nice Napa Sauvignon Blanc, this is a good one for you.

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2012 St Urbans-Hof Mosel Riesling

2012 St Urbans-Hof Mosel RieslingThis is a beautiful Riesling for $15.99 at my Costco.  I was looking for a bit of a different white wine to review that would be really food friendly, and this turned out to be just the right pick.

Mosel is the epicenter of many awesome dry Rieslings, and while this bottle has a touch of sweetness to it, it remains rather dry and clean, and should satisfy most palates.  Citrus, lemon and lime on the nose, leads to flavors of peach, apricot, pear and sour apple with some tart on the finish.  This wine has a nice body to it, not feeling too light or puny.  The finish is really superb, clean and refreshing.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #14

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Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of Gone With The Wine and Dining Out — Way Out!

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2008 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva

2008 Montecillo Rioja ReservaI’ve always enjoyed the Montecillo Riojas and was pumped to see a 2008 Reserva hit Costco shelves for only $10.99.  This is a great bargain on a solid wine for red fans that’s already aged and ready to enjoy now.

Dried floral nose with some spice; on the palate flavors of dark fruit, with leather and hints of black licorice; the tannins are nice and soft presenting a great mouthfeel.  On day two, this wine opened up even more with the fruit really starting to come through.  This is an excellent price for this wine.  You’d be hard pressed to find many Cabs or blends priced around $10 that are more enjoyable than this one.  A nice food wine too, versatile to pair with just about anything.

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2013 Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

Whispering Angel RoseI’ve been meaning to get around to trying this Costco Rose.  It’s been a reader favorite, a frequently mentioned wine across the social networks and was priced at $18.99 at my Costco, which I think is an ok price (I’ve seen it elsewhere closer to $15).  We decided to pair this on a summer day with a fresh Greek salad consisting of cucumber, tomato, avocado and feta with a homemade Greek Vinaigrette.  It was an excellent combo.

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2010 Gordon Estate Columbia Valley Merlot

2010 Gordon Estate Columbia Valley MerlotI realized it had been a while since we reviewed a Merlot so I was excited to find one from Columbia Valley for $14.99 on my latest trip to Costco.  This wine really surprised me, and I’m generally more of a Merlot lover than hater anyway, but this is really a nicely assembled wine with a little age that is drinking rather well right now.

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2013 Lagar de Cervera Albarino Rias Baixas

2013 Lagar de Cervera Albarino Rias BaixasAlbarinos are such a good go-to white wine for the summer months, and this bottle is a stellar Costco purchase for $14.99, representing about the best quality I’ve had in these wines at this price from the Rias Baixas region of Spain.

It seems like Albarino really started to catch on in the US over the last 12 months, and I’ve seen prices steadily increase on many bottles I used to be able to buy for $10-$12 (the Nora Albarino comes to mind).  So when they enter the aisles of Costco, I typically jump on them.

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2011 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Hess SelectThe following is a guest review of a Costco wine compliments of the fine folks at The Fermented Fruit.

On a recent trip to Costco in Arlington I was originally on the hunt for one of my new favorite Spanish bargains, the Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell, when I spotted the Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. I had tasted prior vintages by the glass at several restaurants who pour this as their house Cabernet Sauvignon, but I had never actually committed to a full bottle. It’s not often you order house wine that actually tastes somewhat varietally correct and like…real wine. I decided at under $12 it was about time to pull the trigger and give it a shot.

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