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2018 N46 North Forty Six Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain

2018 N46 North Forty Six Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain

There’s no reason to beat around the bush here.  This wine is an absolute steal at Costco for only $8.99.

Hailing from Washington State’s premier Red Mountain region, finding a bottle like this under $10 is almost unheard of.  Most of the wines are $30-$40 and up.  At the same time, they are just now getting on the radar of more wine buyers, so there’s never going to be another time like the present.

N46 Red Mountain

A few weeks ago I published some thoughts on Washington State wine, and this bottle lines up perfectly with my conclusion, that wines from the area consistently over-deliver for the price.  And thankfully Costco’s corporate wine buyers must agree, as we’ve seen quite a few appear in stores recently.

I couldn’t find a lot of information on the wine online and was excited to dig in and see what was inside.

This wine pours a medium to dark ruby in the glass, and is full bodied; came alive after a little decant; loads of cherry flavor combined with some dark fruit and spice; super dry, chalky finish. 

N46 Red Mountain

It really was hard to believe this bottle was only $9.  The other party I tasted it with pegged the retail price at $30, and I could see why.

I think these are going to move fast once the word gets out.  A case buy for sure considering you can get it for around $100.  I’ll be adding this bottle to our Top Picks list, which doesn’t see too many wines priced this low. Rating: 90 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 1454198

Alc. 14.5%

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Tuesday 20th of October 2020

I bought mine at the Costco off Barrett Pkway but that was about 3 weeks ago


Sunday 18th of October 2020

I bought a case and it's delicious indeed. Do you think it is worth aging? Also Flying Blue sells a very intriguing 2018 Pauillac called North Forty Five.2 for $19.99. Has anyone tried it?


Sunday 18th of October 2020

Glad you enjoyed the N46. I think it’s drinking great right now so I wouldn't expect too much more from aging this one, IMO. I have not tried the Pauillac you mention but would love to of course. I’ll report back if I do and if you have a chance to try it, let us know.

william broadwell

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Where can I buy it? My local Costco doesn’t have any info on it.


Monday 19th of October 2020

Bumping this thread back up. Can anyone confirm which location was offering this? I tried the Atlanta Perimeter store a week ago and couldn't find it.

Bruce Ford

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Who made North forty-six? Flying Blue is the Air France loyalty name. No vintner by that name in Washington. I'm guessing that Flying Blue bought out the stock of one of the Red Mountain vintners that was closing, like Canon del Sol, and is now unloading it.


Saturday 10th of October 2020

Hi Bruce. Flying Blue is the distributor. I wasn’t clear about the actual producer either as it’s not listed on the back of the label from what I see. I Googled around when writing the review but didn’t turn up much either. It could be a known producer offloading some grapes or as you say someone closing. Regardless it’s a score at $9 IMO

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