I had a feeling this was going to be a powerhouse, but holy smokes, this wine is like a wild animal that becomes uncaged the minute you pull the cork.
I say that in a good way as I think fans of big, bold wines will find a lot to like here. It’s a well made wine and with 15.2% alc. it’s ideal after a hard day in the office (without being overbearing).
The wine pours dark and thick; aromas of spicy red fruit, pepper, and dark chocolate; in the mouth is where this wine shines; it’s juicy with mocha/espresso flavors, spicy dark cherry, a touch of Andes mint and a little bit of Vicks cough drops towards the end; the finish is dry and sticky.
It’s comprised of an interesting blend of “support” varietals, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, to complement the 93% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Online and at Total Wine this bottle is priced in the low $20’s. Costco is selling at $18.99 which is a fair price indeed especially for those readers who enjoy these gigantic wines, which I tend to enjoy as the cooler months approach.
We’re now two for two in the last week on reviews hitting the Recommended Wines list. So if you head to Costco soon, look for this Luke bottle as well as the Ardal Ribera del Duero that we just reviewed, and you’ll be enjoying two great wines for under $40.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 1088605
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)
Alc. 15.2% (yes, a hefty one, but it’s masked by an enjoyable wine)