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2020 Luis Duarte Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano

2020 Luis Duarte Rubrica Vinho Regional Alentejano

Absolute deliciousness from this red blend from Portugal. Regular readers know we love the quality and value you can find in Portuguese wines today, and we are always hoping to see more of them at Costco.

We were introduced to this bottle from an importer / distributor we’ve met through this site. We typically don’t review a lot of samples, preferring to buy everything ourselves. But sometimes, like this, a wine comes along that we want to get a taste of and review so we can share with readers.

It sounds like distribution is mostly in Western states and moving to the Midwest, so not sure if or when we will see it in the Southeast.

But for those of you who can find it, this is a spectacular buy for $25 at Costco, considering retail is $45.00. And the wine consistently pulls down ratings in the mid 90 range vintage to vintage.

2020 Luis Duarte Rubrica Vinho Tinto

As you can see, this is a blend of a few varietals: 40% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Syrah, 15% Aragones and 10% Petit Verdot.

The wine is a medium to deep purple in the glass, with an expressive nose of black fruit, baking spice, and earth; it is full in body with chewy tannins; big bold flavors of blueberry and blackberry; a touch of mint; dry throughout into a beautiful, lasting finish.

Lots to like here, and hard to beat for $25. We’ll be adding to our recommended wine list for sure.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 94 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Alc. 14.5%

This item was received as a sample for the purpose of writing this review. All reviews are written at the discretion of the individual reviewer. Opinions of the reviewer do not necessarily reflect those of CostcoWineBlog.com as a whole, and reviewers are not paid for their reviews by wineries or their affiliated distributors. We at CostcoWineBlog.com believe that wine preferences and opinions are often subjective and highly individualistic. Our scores are based on our individual perception of a wine and how well it reflects the area in which the grapes are grown, the expression of the grapes, and also the quality of the finished product. We remind readers that we are 100% independent of Costco Wholesale Corporation, and are simply of a group of Costco wine fans looking to try new wines and share our favorites with this community.

Lonnie Sanders

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

no costco item number

JPH

Saturday 20th of April 2024

Wow! A 94 from costcowineblog is high praise indeed.

Czr

Sunday 5th of May 2024

@Bob, thank you

Bob

Thursday 25th of April 2024

@Czr, Costco Item # is 827620 - the Midwest region has a May 1 start date to roll out to stores. Western region stores have it coming and going. Working on getting it into the Northwest and Southeast regions. Thanks for checking it out!

Czr

Saturday 20th of April 2024

@JPH, does anyone have and item number?