2012 Hidalgo Tradicion H Rioja
As I write this right now, I have no idea how much I paid for this wine. It was part of a mass buy made sometime during the holiday season because as we all know Costco is a great place to stock up on wine, especially in large quantities.
The story here is that I pulled the cork, poured a small glass to see where it was and poured the rest in a decanter.
I talked to my Amazon Echo and said “play music by Ella Fitzgerald” then sniffed the wine which was a little stinky. But then with that first taste I actually said “wow” out loud, and it wasn’t just because of the music.
This is a fantastic wine, and towards the end of this review when I upload the image and look at my notes, I’ll realize how much I paid. But it almost doesn’t matter. This is Rioja done right, drinking in a perfect window right now.
So that Bordeaux-esque “dirty diaper” or barnyard smell didn’t diminish right away on the nose, but once in the mouth it’s completely a different wine.
Go with a decant for sure even if you usually don’t decant when we recommend it. It needs it to balance out.
But once there you are presented with a lovely wine that feels great in the mouth and is expressive as could be. Massive flavor and depth of profile. Just luscious to a point where it’s hard to stop drinking. Dark fruit, blackberry, anise, dry, sticky in the finish. So much to like here.
I’m buying at least two more to cellar as this is a score and a half. I just looked at my receipt and I paid $14.99. I might buy more than two.
A quick google search gives you a Wine Enthusiast score of 93 points and a retail price of $30. It’s hard to believe at Costco’s price and that rating that these are still hanging around. Regardless, this is a clear Costco must buy wine. I hope that you are able to find this one at warehouses near you.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 92 points (a CostcoWineBlog Recommended Wine)
Costco item number: 1160660
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA