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2018 Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

2018 Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

The Baileyana Firepeak Pinot has historically been a favorite among our readers, who first turned us on to the wine about three years ago.

I’ve seen a couple more vintages appear in Costco stores around the Atlanta area, and finally got around to purchasing this new 2018 vintage so we could taste and review it once again.

Baileyana Firepeak

Costco’s price on this wine is fantastic and it’s remained the same over the years at $17.99. Retail is around $30, and online you will find this wine going for $23-$24.

The other thing you notice about this wine is the consistent high scores, in the high 80’s, and low 90’s, every year. This is just one of those good, dependable Pinots under $20 that often times seem so hard to find.

It’s perfect for these summer months too when you want a red wine, but something that is not too big or heavy. Pinot always fits that bill for me.

Getting into the wine, it pours a medium ruby in color; dried black fruit on the nose, with a touch of anise; in the mouth, flavors of spicy black cherry, red licorice, and some blackberry. Nice contrast of red and dark fruit.

The wine finishes strong and sticky, with a touch of baking spice. This really is a delight to drink and a great Costco wine find.

Baileyana Firepeak

We went 93 points on the last vintage we reviewed, which was very impressive. I’m coming in a little lower here, but it’s still an excellent wine, well deserving of 89 points, and one that I plan to continue to enjoy in the future. You should too. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 345740

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Woodstock)

Alc. 13.5%

Shawn Wallace

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

After reading your review, I was thinking this would be a great wine but then saw the 89 points that you gave it. The review seemed glowing, strange that you gave it a lower score, especially way down from the 93 it had before. Really sorry enjoy reading your stuff. Keep up the good work and stay safe


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Hi Shawn, 89 points is pretty high. It’s just that 93 is really really high. That was how that ‘14 vintage hit me when I tasted it three years ago. I think you will find this to be an excellent Pinot for $18. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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