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Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon

There is a fun story behind this wine, that is documented on the label image below. Essentially, this is an every day table wine produced by Caymus’ owner and winemaker Chuck Wagner.

We weren’t sure exactly what to expect here but could this turn out to be a “baby Caymus” for a fraction of the price? We were ready to find out.

Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is a non-vintage and from “California,” which gives some flexibility to the grapes that are used and where they are sourced. Costco’s price was $19.99, which is about what you will find this bottle for from other outlets, so there’s not a big Costco discount by any means.

In the glass, the wine is a medium ruby color, youthful nose; flavors of mostly dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, plum with some vanilla towards the finish. Pretty good all around. A youthful California Cabernet.

Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon

For the money at Costco, I’d still opt for the Kirkland Oakville Cab, which is also $20 and just consistently delivers the goods, especially the latest 2019 vintage in stores now.

But I can see how this Bonanza bottle could be some people’s jam.  And the producers don’t oversell it.  It’s an everyday wine. And a pretty good one at that. Rating: 87 points

Costco item number: 1430960

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 13.8%


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

No thanks! Any wine above 15 that is not a designated Ava is extra jug wine that wineries sell in a 750 ML with a ‘cute name’ but is not very good.


Monday 9th of May 2022

@Brian, I could not agree more. The Caymus name is the draw here and I'm sorry but at $20 it is way behind a whole bunch of other Costco wines in the same or even lower price range. Very dissapointing indeed. No vintage, no winemaking details available.

Ron Baylog

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Bonanza is the best wine for the money that I have found. It could very well qualify as the Baby Caymus. I would rate it over 90 points as do most others. It can be purchased for a couple dollars less at Sams club or Kroger/Fry’s stores.

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