We are always on the lookout for a nice, affordably priced Malbec and Costco’s placard card sold this one pretty good.
Not only did the bottle receive a huge 95 point score from James Suckling, but it was also listed as his #6 Value Wine of the Year. So we figured this one needed proper exploration.
Costco’s price was $14.59, which isn’t that great compared to other outlets. It appears that retail is around $23, but online this wine can be found for as low as $12.99, undercutting Costco by a few bucks.
But there’s the convenience of just dropping it in your cart versus, ordering online, waiting and signing for the delivery. And we thought the wine was very good; not 95 points good, but a very good find.
The wine pours in between a medium ruby and medium purple in the glass with earthy undertones, tobacco leaf; it’s medium plus to full in body with a good acidic bite. Flavors of black cherry predominantly, some blackberry and plum with spice and oak in the finish, which is long and lasting.
It’s really a nice little Malbec, and while Costco’s price might not be the best deal in town, it’s still a more than fair price for what’s in the bottle. For the same price, keep an eye out for the Chento Malbec or the Susana Balbo Malbec, both of which we enjoyed a bit more.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 1657007
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Woodstock)