We stumbled upon a Bordeaux (mostly Merlot) this X-mas season that convinced us that we MUST have been really good boys and girls this year because Santa delivered big time (We can’t help but wondering how many cases of this wine is being cellared in the North Pole).
This is a mouth-watering, lip-smacking 2010 Bordeaux priced at $12.79. Unfortunately, the odd pricing suggests that Costco has a limited supply of this wine so you’ve got to move quickly and snap up this wine. What we look for from a value-priced Bordeaux is a smooth, balanced wine that makes food sing and shout “oh YEAH”! This one boasts cherry and pomegranate notes, with lots of dusty and lusty French terrior but smooth as a baby’s bottom. The tannin is very soft but with body and a surprisingly long finish.
We drank it with steak tacos and if Mexico knew about this wine, it would likely jettison its Coronas and Dos Equis and just quaff this wonderful example of affordable French winemaking. It’s ready to drink now – no need to cellar it. We found it to have excellent structure and balance for a wine at this price point. This is one of the most approachable and refined sub-$20 bordeaux that we’ve tasted in a while. Bottom line: it`s a varietal Bordeaux at a good price..
From the best that we can tell, it is not available in the U.S., except through Costco. While not the best value in the world, this is a darn nice Bordeaux at a sub-$15 price. Definitely worth your attention if you are looking for a nice food-pairing wine. Your guests will think you spent $35 for this wine; only you (and Costco) will know the truth.
Costco Item #: 33177
Purchased at Costco in: San Diego, California