It’s great to see the latest vintage of this bottle hitting Costco stores. This one is a reader and personal favorite, delivering amazing quality for under $10.
Costco’s price remains only $8.99, which is the same as the prior vintage we reviewed. Online you will find it around $10-$12, and this one is pretty widely available, so even if you don’t see it at Costco it’s good enough to seek out elsewhere even if you have to pay a few bucks more.
This bottle pulls down 90 point ratings among the critics with almost every vintage. Suckling went 91 on this one, and Decanter gave it 90 points. We went 87 points on the 2017 vintage, finding the wine to be very nice for the money and a good everyday table bottle.
Getting into this 2018 vintage, it’s very similar, maybe a slight jump up from our tasting of the 2017. Vibrant nose of red fruit and herbs, nice mouthfeel with soft tannins; medium in body. Flavors are a contrast of red and dark fruit, some cherry, blackberry with vanilla and cedar notes into the finish.
It’s a straight forward Italian red blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot), delivered better than most other bottles in this price range.
A great pizza wine or everyday table wine that can pair with a lot of different food. Bumping my rating up to 88 points, from a previous 87.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 points
Costco item number: 737603
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)