We love finding and trying new Riojas from Costco, and this one checked quite a few boxes.
Pretty solid ratings as indicated on the placard below. 94 from Wine Advocate, and a later Google search shows low 90’s for this wine from several of the recent vintages.
The price at Costco was $19.99, and some research shows that to be pretty competitive since most other places are around $30, and some as high as $35 for this wine.
Once we dug into the wine, we found a lot to like ourselves. This is classic Rioja done right.
The wine pours a medium ruby in the glass; subtle nose of earth and spice; medium plus in body. Really nice fruit here and a good contrast of red and dark flavor; raspberry mixed with blackberry; vanilla and oak towards the finish with prominent baking spice all around.
This is fantastic Costco buy for red wine and Spanish wine fans. Super food friendly; definitely a nice addition to the Costco shelves that we hope to see return in future vintages.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 points (a Costco Wine top pick)
Costco item number: 1160899
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)
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