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2017 Lamadrid Cabernet Franc Reserva

2017 Lamadrid Cabernet Franc Reserva

Here’s another interesting Costco wine find – a single vineyard Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina.

This wine also appeared in Wine Enthusiast’s 2019 list of “Top 100 Cellar Selections” (in spot #88, recommendation to drink until 2030) and the outlet rated the wine a nice 92 points. Suckling also went 93 points on it. 

Lamadrid Cabernet
Coppola Claret snuck into the bin; also a good buy

Retail price on the bottle is listed at $20 making Costco’s $13.89 look pretty solid.  I like single vineyard wines as they offer a true sense of time and place, and that’s exactly what I experienced with this bottle.

It pours a deep dark ruby about as dark as it gets; earthy, herbal, vegetable garden aromas on the nose; full bodied, mouth coasting and big but well made with some finesse that became even more apparent after the wine got some air.

Flavors of red and dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, plum, anise, a little smoke in the finish; really nice acidity, dusty and dry into the finish.

Lamadrid Cabernet

I don’t have a lot of straight Cab Francs in my cellar so was curious about this bottle appearing on a list of ageable wines.  Could it age until 2030 as Wine Enthusiast projects? I’m going to say yes.  It has the higher acidity and tannins for the long haul. It’s also drinking pretty nice right now. 

At this price, you can buy a couple and maybe stash one away for a later day. 90 points earns it a spot on our Top Picks list. Rating: 90 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 1199269

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc: 13.8%


Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Agree with the comment below. Looked for the Lamadrid at the Alpharetta location with no success. They did have the Advent Calendar which I bought. Thanks and I enjoy the blog.


Monday 13th of September 2021

Love the blog, but would be grateful if you could note which Costco you visited. There are 11 locations in the Atlanta metro and selection can vary widely from store to store.


Monday 13th of September 2021

Noted. I often indicate the store but sometimes forget to add that. Usually Woodstock, Kennesaw or Dallas, GA.

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