2013 Clos d’Argentine Malbec Reserva Winemaker’s Selection
Every once in a while this happens. You find a bottle at Costco with a label and markings that catch your eye, signaling potential with an attractive price tag, only to throw a few in your cart and later find out that they don’t live up to your expectations. This is one of those bottles.
This wine was only $12, and what really caught my attention was the 93 points designation from Wine Enthusiast. Really, I thought, 93 points is a lot? Sure enough I was intrigued, as I’m sure many of you would be as well.
But what we have here is a blank, sour wine with very little, if anything, going on. I know that sounds harsh, so yes, I should go try another bottle because this first one was skunked. Well, I did that too, and it was the exact same experience. I’m not the only one having the issue with this one either. Click on over to Cellar Tracker to read some of the comments over there.
Sounds like opinions on this wine are all over the map on Cellar Tracker. I’m glad I tried a second bottle, which tasted exactly like the first (well not really happy because I had to dump them both, but I wanted to be sure). The last thing we did was pour the wines in decanters for an hour or so, which helped to a degree to liven up just the littlest of flavor (not sure I can tell you what though).
Maybe my Costco (and some of the ones the reviewers purchased through on Cellar Tracker) got a bad batch? I’m not sure, but I would advise to proceed with caution here.
I’m not going to rate this wine as I don’t even know where to start. Our goal is to discover and share with you great Costco wine buys; but also to help steer you away from disappoints as we see here.
If readers have different experiences with this wine please share them in the comments below as we are very interested to hear from you.
Costco item number: 1100813
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)