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2018 Antiche Terre Venete Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

2018 Antiche Terre Venete Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

We thought it might be time to revisit this popular Costco Amarone.  The last time we reviewed it was back with the 2016 vintage that we enjoyed and gave 89 points.

We have a similar story with the 2018 vintage that is in Costco stores right now.  The price did go up $1 to $23.99, which is a move in the wrong direction from our research.  While some online outlets priced this wine as high as $29, we found a couple selling it for $21.

Antiche Terre Venete Amarone della Valpolicella

Regardless, it’s hard to find Amarone priced this low, and the bottle once again delivers.  Italian red fans, and Amarone lovers will find a lot to like at still a very fair price.

In the glass the wine is a medium garnet; the nose is subtle, a bit of dried red fruit and cigar box.  The wine is medium plus in body with flavors of cherry and raspberry, a hint of liqueur; in the finish there’s some pepper that really sticks around in the mouth.

Antiche Terre Venete Amarone della Valpolicella

We thought this was an excellent wine with nice structure and depth. It’s very similar to years past, so we’ll be keeping our rating at a solid 89 points once again. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1071020

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 15%

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Thursday 12th of January 2023

The Minneapolis Costco is a sad state of affairs. I was hoping to find something good in the $10-$15 range to have with dinner or spend a little more if a was special like this. This was my second time going since I got my membership and last time I got the most recent gigondas and a pretty decent Chianti Classico for $10 (the one that says single estate on the bottle) but Minneapolis Costco seems to veer towards the suburban taste where this particular store is located. I’m more after deals in old world wine and the amerone and brunello were upwards of 40 for Kirkland brand which I could find non Kirkland in a regular liquor store, especially considering amerone was 2021 vintage. I was happy to find their Chablis premiere cru and champagne which was well worth the money. But I’m wondering if I need to do a bit of driving to a Costco in a distant suburbs in hopes of finding château neuf de pape or barolo for very low prices. Or maybe those kind of deals don’t exist in Minnesota Costco stores. I’m considering a road trip to Atlanta Costco

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