2009 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Gran Reserva
What makes a good wine an even more unbelievable buy? When Costco works their magic, and knocks a whopping $7 off a bottle that was already fairly priced. This is that wine.
Here it is at Wine.com on sale for $28, marked down from $35. I picked it up at Costco for only $15.99 with the $7 off the original price of $22.99, which lasts through 4/8/18 (at least at my Costco, and I hope yours too).
After the first taste, I knew I would have paid full pop for this wine. Regular readers know I love these Gran Reservas and anything under $25 is worth exploring.
The key to these Gran Reserva Riojas is the aging. It’s already taken care of for you Sure, this one could go a bit longer, but what you’re getting is a wine that already has two years of oak aging, and another three in the bottle, likely in mostly stellar conditions at the winery, delivered right to your Costco. A sweet deal in my opinion.
Right out of the bottle on the first taste, I could tell we had a winner, but after chilling out with some air it really started to get in line. It pours semi dark although you can see through in some areas; the nose is a joy, super floral, peppery and herbal.
But in the mouth is where this one really shines. Elegance all around; the result of aging good grapes and enjoying the wine in a great drinking window. Soft and smooth, with dark fruit, blackberry, black licorice flavors with dark chocolate notes and a spicy earthy and dry finish.
This is a really an unbelievable package at this price point, and I hate to say it, but a quality of wine that is really hard to find at this price almost anywhere else in the world. This is the reason why we’re only months out on publishing a book about the awesome value priced wines of Spain. Stay tuned for that, and in the meantime, prime the pump with this wine if you can find it. I’m a huge fan.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points
Costco item number: 33878