2012 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Sauvignon BlancI was excited to find this bottle priced at $16.99 at Costco.  At the time, I knew it was typically much more and after searching online I found the regular price tips closer to $26-$28 with a few online outlets going down to $20.  I’ve visited Stags Leap Wine Cellars multiple times (love their SLV Cab), and knew this was a bargain not to be missed.  I only bought two bottles, but plan to head back and grab a few more after greatly enjoying it.  As a bonus 2012 was a great growing year in Napa.

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90 Point Rated Costco Wines from 2014 So Far

Since it’s right around mid-year, I wanted to take a minute to outline the wines that we’ve really enjoyed so far in 2014.  Below is a list of wines that we scored 90 points or above, and that we highly recommend you keep an eye out for at Costco.  Most of these will be gone, but Costco’s wine inventory is such a moving target and varies so much around the country, that you never know what you’ll find.  Happy hunting.

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2011 Bodegas la Magdelena Sueno Tempranillo

2011 Bodegas la Magdelena Sueno Tempranillo My string of inexpensive Spanish gems continues with this Tempranillo from the Ribera del Jucar region.  This is a $13.99 wine at Costco that drinks with the elegance of something you’d normally pay $25-$30 for.  I’m a big fan.

Nose is floral, a little perfume; tight tannins and a big body on this wine, leading me to believe another couple years of aging would bring even more elegance and softness to the wine.  Red cherry with some dark fruit flavor, a little blueberry; towards the finish there are a lot of spice notes; at first it seemed like more cinnamon, then more nutmeg as the wine aired a bit.  I felt the finish was particularly strong; it’s a dry, chalky lasting finish.

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2013 Vina San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Vina San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancThis Chilean bottle is definitely a different style of Sauvignon Blanc, a little more mineral and earthy than those you will find in other parts of the world.  It took me a little while to warm up to it, and while it has a little unpleasantness toward the finish, the rest of the experience helps making up for it.  At $13.89, I would say this is just an ok buy; worth it if you’re interested in trying a little different style of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #12

Costco Wine Cartoons 12Doug 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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2012 Bodegas La Cana Albarino Rias Baixas

2012 Bodegas La Cana Albarino Rias Baixas I really enjoy Albarinos in the summer so I was excited to see one from the famed Rias Baixas region in Spain for only $9.99 at Costco.  At most wine shops Albarinos from the same area start closer to $15 and many approach $20-$25.  So this was a good buy right out of the gate, and after tasting the wine, I’m going to be buying a few more of these for the summer months.

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2008 Pieza El Caidero Calatayud

2008 pieza el caidero calatayud After just wrapping up my review of the 2008 Odipus Old Vines Grenache, which I found to be outstanding for only $8.49, here’s another gem from Spain priced just a few dollars more at $11.99.  I remain convinced that some of the best white wine and red wine values right now can be found from Spain.  You just have to venture a little off the beaten path to find them.

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2009 Vina Eguia Rioja Riserva

vina eguia 2009The 2007 vintage of this wine was an absolute standout when I reviewed it two years ago.  For $10, it may have been the best inexpensive red wine I found at Costco during the whole year.  I was really excited to see it back in stores now, in the 2009 vintage, and it was even $2 cheaper this time at only $7.99.

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2008 Odipus Old Vines Grenache

2008 Odipus Old Vines GrenacheHere’s a stunner for only $8.49.  This might be one of the best value priced wines I’ve seen at Costco this year. The bottle is affixed with a big red band on the top to show off its 91 point Parker score, and in this case I think Parker was right on the money.

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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Russian River Chardonnay

Kirkland Signature Russian River ChardonnayEditor’s Note: An interesting thing happened as we reviewed this year’s Kirkland Russian River Chardonnay.  Two of us (myself and Michael) tasted the wine on our own, independently without each other knowing, and we came to two completely different conclusions.  This is a first for the site, but I’m kind of glad it happened.  This really demonstrates how wine reviews and opinions are personal, individual and different between people, which is something I’ve written about here before.

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