Costco Notes: Intense and concentrated with dark fruits, black cherry and boysenberry integrate plum, cherry and raspberry. Layers of oak, thyme and lavender round the profile out. This wine has plenty of tannin to support the fruit.
Left Coast Tasting Notes:
AVA: Napa Valley
Time on Gas: Aeration equal to 4 hours
Color: Nice deep dark purple with the edges starting to show its age.
Nose (aromas): Initial aromas a bit closed with a hint of alcohol. Once the unaerated bottle had time to open up, there is a hint of fruit and spices. Aeration brought out a lovely bouquet of fruits, not overpowering, very lovely.
Palate (flavors): With some time, the freshly opened bottle could shine. The fruit is hiding behind the tannins. It is just too tight, with mouth drying tannins, light in the mouth without much of a finish. Introducing lots of air brought out multilayered dimensions to this smooth complex wine. It became well balanced, the tannins smoothed out and the hidden fruit appeared. Overall finish was not long, but very nice with a hint of fruit for this medium to heavy bodied wine.
Summary: This is a nice Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, with all the characteristics you would expect. This wine should be consumed within the next two years as it is peaking.
Rating: We were split on this wine, some thought it was a Thursday and the other half thought it was a Friday wine.
2015 Wine Enthusiast 95 points
Vivino 4.3 (374) ratings
Value: We understand Napa commands a price premium, but this wine is wanting for the price charged. No one would buy this wine for this price point with the abundance of Napa Cabernets available at Costco with similar characteristics at a lower price.
Grapes: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc
Costco SKU: 384261
Store Location: Danville, CA
Tasting Date: 4/1/2022
Tasting Panel: M.S., M.C., C.P., C.Y, M.A., J.N., B.H., B.T.
This review is part of a series of guest posts from Left Coast Wine Bloggers, a great group of wine lovers enjoying and reviewing Costco wines they find on the West Coast. You can read more about them here, and learn more about their rating system. We hope the addition of their wine reviews will expand the geographic coverage of the blog so you can find more of the wines we feature. Cheers.