2013 Las Vertientes Benchmark Reserva Red
Here’s one of those wines you might not buy unless you read this site. I was going to walk right past this bottle, simply for the fact that nothing jumped out at me at first, and I wasn’t clear what it is. I’m still not clear what it is but something did jump out at me, and that was Costco’s discounted price of $17.49, reflecting a $6 off discount. Now I was a bit more interested, and so I dropped it in my cart.
Online I’ve seen this bottle as high as $35, so it appears Costco’s discounted, and even non-discounted price, is pretty good. And the wine? Well, I really enjoyed it. It’s a red blend, and I couldn’t determine the varietal makeup from anything on the label or online. So it’s a bit of a mystery, but a fun one at that. Wood, earth and spice on the nose; the wine is full bodied with tannins that are soft and juicy, surrounding the flavors of heavy white chocolate and mocha (like standing next to a Starbucks barista making drinks), dark fruit and spice box, into a finish that is dry and lasting.
If you’re open to the mystery of this wine, I think you’ll be rewarded. I was surprised, and very much delighted as we made our way through this bottle.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points
Costco item number: 1025901
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)