I usually enjoy most of Duckhorn’s Decoy wines, particularly the whites, and I find them to be solid values, especially with the competitive prices you can find them for at Costco. This Sonoma red Bordeaux style blend was $17.89, which is well below anywhere else I’ve seen it, and a good 25% below retail.
The wine is comprised of 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Zinfandel, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petite Sirah, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, and being a 2013, I was even more interested, because ’13 is one of my favorite vintages of Napa reds in some time (this was just confirmed on a recent Napa trip; I was hot on the ’12s, but I’m even hotter on the ’13s).
Subtle nose with hints of red berry fruit and even some cranberry; in the mouth this wine is medium/medium plus in body, gentle and sleek with sticky tannins; flavors of sour cherry, raspberry, even a little mint, leading into more chocolate and spice towards the finish; the wine leads a little to be desired in terms of overall depth but that’s why you step it up to the real Duckhorn wines. Finishes sticky and dry.
Overall, not a bad buy in this price range and a wine that I’d recommend. Once you reach $25-$30 (closer to the retail price of this wine) you can score some better bottles, so Costco’s price on this one is right where it should be in my opinion.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 points
Costco item number: 889077
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA