I dropped this bottle into my cart on a whim thinking that I had tried it before, but I couldn’t find any tasting notes, so I guess this is my first review of this wine. Either way, this bottle is a steal for $9.99. It’s super ripe and fruity, tasting at times (particularly the finish before it got air) like those large canned Hawaiian Punch containers you enjoyed as a kid that had to open at both ends with a bottle opener and pour in a glass. As it sat in the glass for a while it developed into a rather nice Bordeaux drinking perfectly right now.
This wine is 100% Merlot in a really enjoyable expression of the grape, and again, quite a bargain at this price. It soft and light having aged a while, delicate in the mouth, flavors of jam, cherry and fruit punch, candy on the finish; finish is dry and chalky. I think you could pour this blind to someone and tell them it was a much more expensive Bordeaux and they might not bat an eye.
Good value here, especially for right bank Bordeaux fans.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 1009228
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA