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2020 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

One of our favorite wines that we tasted last year is back at Costco with the latest vintage, and we were pumped to find it.

We reviewed the 2019 vintage back in July and gave it a whopping (and well deserved) 95 points. That rating also puts it towards the top of our annual Best of the Year list for 2022.

Costco kept the price the same for the 2020 vintage at $45.99 which is awesome because it seems to be creeping up elsewhere as word gets out about how good this wine is for the money. It’s up to $55 at K&L and they are usually among the most competitively priced shops online.

My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine receives an unbelievable amount of praise from the wine critics, with scores lingering in the mid 90’s almost across the board. And we wholeheartedly agree, because this wine delivers the goods.

The wine is a bit different with each vintage as they source the grapes from various plots. This time from vineyards in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley.

And although it’s labeled as just a Cabernet, the wine is actually a Bordeaux style blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot.

Let’s get into it. The wine is a nice dark ruby on the pour; on the nose are big aromas of spices, tobacco, red fruit; a delicious combination of red and dark fruit flavors with layers of depth; medium plus to full bodied. Really well made. Big, bold and fresh. 

My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon

This is just a delightful wine on so many levels. We’re going to keep our rating the same at 95 points for this new vintage, and of course, include it on our list of Top Costco Wine Picks.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 95 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 1363063

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)

Alc. 14.8%

JJ

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

FYI -It seems this wonderful sounding cab is only in two Georgia Costco locations but closest to me is Cumberland where it sounds like they have less than two cases.

LO

Thursday 26th of January 2023

For what it's worth I remember seeing this wine and its Chardonnay sibling in the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago (want to say late November-ish?). So timing and availability is different across the country.

Lynden

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

So as someone whose wine palate is not very sophisticated I must ask. Once in awhile I find a wine red or white that I really like. That said here is the question: What is "red fruit" and "combination of red and dark fruit flavors" mean? Is this raspberry, is it red apple, is it red grape, is it red bartlett pear? Really what does that mean? That said I do follow you and look for your suggestions when I go to our local Costco, but lucky if I find 5% of what you review up here in the NW part of Washington. Thanks

Editor

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

Hi Lynden, when we mention a combination of red and black fruit flavor, it means it's not distinctly one or the other in our opinion. This happens a lot with blended wines that might contain a varietal that moves the needle in one direction or the other. And sometimes it's hard to nail down exactly what the exact flavor is when it's a combo and the flavors bleed together a bit. Hope you are able to find some our reviewed wines soon.

Mister Scott

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

I'm in Arizona and I found this wine @ Costco a few years ago. It is a truly great bottle at this price. Glad you have also found it. Enjoy!

Jeff Renner

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

You write that “they source the grapes from various plots.” Since the label says “Bottles by Booker Vineyard,” and not “vinted,” I this means that they are buying wines, not grapes. Same thing with the recent Kirkland St. Julien, where you write that “the grapes were likely bought on the open market.” But as you point out, the wine was “mis en bouteille par Maison Ginestet,” a wine merchant. It sounds like they procured finished wine and bottled it. If they had bought and aged new wine, it would have said something like, “Élevé dans nos caves.”

Bob Dobbs

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

This is a cab that easily rivals $100 Napa cabs. I always keep a few bottles on hand. Fantastic!