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2017 Bodegas Olarra Reciente Reserva Rioja

2017 Bodegas Olarra Reciente Reserva Rioja

I apologize we didn’t find this one and get it out earlier. Here’s a really nice Costco price on what turned out to be a fantastic wine.

The only issue is that the limited time $6 discount runs out tomorrow. Costco’s standard price of $14.99 is already pretty amazing for this bottle.

A quick search brings the wine up on Wine Enthusiast with a 90 point score, and a retail price of $28. So it’s pretty incredible we can get it right now for only $8.99.

Olarra Reciente Reserva Rioja

And the wine is good, real good. If you like Rioja, I’d grab quite a few of these. This is just classic Rioja at a rather unheard of price.

On the pour, the wine is a medium to deep ruby color; the nose is spicy and earthy with dried dark berry aroma; it is medium plus to full in body; loads of black cherry flavor with notes of anise and dark chocolate; good, solid finish with a little pepper and spice that lingers.

Olarra Reciente Reserva Rioja

Really a perfect everyday bottle, which is what it could become at this discounted price point. Often times Costco will keep the discounted price after the promo time runs out, and that will become the new standard price.

So keep an eye out for that. This is a fun wine, and almost 90 points for me, but I’m bringing it in just one shy.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1657010

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 13.5%

Steve B

Saturday 11th of June 2022

Read your post as I was walking into the Myrtle Beach Costco on the last day of the special discount! I bought six bottles along with a $7.99 Garnacha. While I haven't tried the Garnacha yet, I have tried the Rioja - and wish I had gotten a case!

Tom

Saturday 11th of June 2022

I picked up two of these yesterday in Myrtle Beach. Haven’t tried it yet, but I also found another new Spanish wine at $7.99: Vinas Viejas de Panzia…it’s a garnacha and I did try it last night…excellent. Decanter gave the 2018 vintage 90 points. This one is 2016, so let it breathe 😊

Kevin

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

I bought this at the same time as I bought the Kirkland Rioja Reserva. It was a toss-up which one I liked better, but I gave the nod to the Kirkland. The Kirkland seemed brighter, with more fresh fruit. Then I opened a second bottle of the Kirkland and did not enjoy it quite as much. At this price it is hard to go wrong with either of them. I may be going to Costco Alpharetta today. Need to check to see if it's still on sale. The strange thing was that they only had this on the wall near the entry. None in the wine section.

Randy

Monday 6th of June 2022

Cumberland Atlanta Costco has sale extended to 7/5/22

Andrew

Saturday 4th of June 2022

I'm a huge fan of Rioja, especially with any degree of aging, so I'm excited to (hopefully) find this at my local Costco! Often the wines from this blog are sadly not available in Southern California. Rioja was actually the first bottle of wine I ever purchased...at a hotel in Madrid in 1995 for 20 pesetas when I was only 16. Times have changed! I opened it years later and it was knee-buckling good.

Just curious, you made a point to say you couldn't get to 90 points after raving about the insane QPR. What was missing that would have scored another point or two?

Marc

Sunday 5th of June 2022

@Andrew, hi Andrew. This item will be available in Southern CA (SD area in around 4-6 weeks). They are currently in the process of making room for it.

Joe Roberts

Saturday 4th of June 2022

To paraphrase a recent presidential candidate: “What difference does one point make???”

Editor

Saturday 4th of June 2022

I was teetering right there with this one. I could easily taste it again and maybe go 90. Curious what others think when they taste it.