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2013 Tikal Patriota Mendoza

I’ve written before about how wine is often situational, meaning that wines can taste different just in the environment in which they’re consumed.  And this wine falls into a bucket of being consumed in a “very optimal environment.”  That is: group of friends, nice spring day, vegetables and pork tenderloins cooking on a Big Green …

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CostcoWineBlog.com’s Highest Rated Wines of 2015

First off, thanks so much for visiting and supporting this site.  It’s been seven years since we started this site, and it began completely on a whim as I posted random stories online about buying wine at Costco.  At that point I never thought it would have the readership and following that it does now.  So …

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Top 5 Kirkland Signature Wines To Look For In Your Warehouse Right Now

There are quite a few really enjoyable Kirkland wines available right now in Costco stores at very good prices.  Keep in mind every store and area is different.  You might not be able to find all of these, but what follows are some of our favorites from the past few months, ranked by our ratings from high …

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2011 Kirkland Signature Series Mendoza Malbec

This is one of those wines that just highlights why shopping for wine at Costco is such a pleasure.  I’ve had several readers comment on the standard (non signature series) Kirkland Malbec which is about half the price of this one ($8.99 for the regular Kirkland Malbec vs $18.79 for Kirkland Signature Series that I …

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CostcoWineBlog.com’s Highest Rated Wines of 2014

At the end of every year we look back at the previous 12 months of reviews and assemble a list of the highest rated wines we enjoyed from Costco. But first let’s take a quick look back at 2014, which was another big year for the site.  We moved to a new hosting platform and responsive design …

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2014 Costco Wine Thanksgiving Picks

It’s always difficult to find the perfect Thanksgiving wine that everyone will unanimously agree pairs perfect with the hodge podge of food and flavors that are typically served on Thanksgiving tables around the country.  I tend to opt for a variety of different wines, and enjoy tasting them all at the same time with the …

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2010 Waterbrook Malbec Reserve

   I was intrigued when I found this bottle at my Costco.  A WA state Malbec from a producer I’ve had wines from, and enjoyed before, for $17.99.  I had to give it a shot, and I’m happy to report that I found this to be an excellent wine.

Nose was a little floral with some berry and a little spice.  In the glass the wine is really an light inky purple, looking a little younger than it turned out to be.  Flavors of black licorice, blueberry, tobacco and some cinnamon lead into a nice dry, long finish.  Very nice wine.

I’m about to fire up the grill and then will see how this pairs with some barbeque chicken and grilled veggies.  I’m glad I tried this one.  It’s a fun wine, a little something different, and a good buy at $18.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
Costco item number: 850117

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2008 Bodegas Poesia Pasodoble Mendoza

   I find most wines from Mendoza to be at least a good bargain and this one certainly follows suit for only $10.99 at Costco.  This is a nice red blend, consisting of 45% Malbec, 35% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

And it’s an interesting combo.  The first thing that hit me, almost on the pour, was the smoky/wood.  There’s a big cigar cedar element to this wine, which is ok with me if the flavor can pull through, which it did.  Being an ’08 it’s had a little time to chill out.  There’s a nice blue berry component, a little tobacco; some pepper on the finish, a bit chewy.

Overall, I’m going to say it’s a nice wine for the money.  Certainly a little different package from Mendoza with the blended varietals, but I would recommend it, especially at this price.  You could enjoy this wine with a lot of different cuisine.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
Costco item number: 774420

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2011 Catena Mendoza Malbec

Winery: Catena Vineyards

Varietal(s): 100% Malbec

Vintage: 2011

Region: Mendoza Province (Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato, San Carlos), Argentina

Costco price: $16.99

 

It’s September in Georgia and there is a cool breeze in the air.  It is the time of year when God no longer allows the devil to play with the thermostat, allowing us to say goodbye to the sweltering heat of the Southern summer.  The humidity is replaced with a whisper of fall in the leaves, giving invitation to pull camping gear out of storage, light a fire, and find a quiet spot in the woods to gather with friends and nature alike. 

 

I had originally picked this wine to accompany a venison roast, but a last-minute camping trip changed the plans. In the cool of the evening, with sausages roasting over a campfire, our crew opened this gem for it to tell the world a story. It is fitting – a wine originating from the high mountains of Argentina was thoroughly enjoyed in the not-quite-as-high elevations of North Georgia. 

 

Upon pulling the cork, this Malbec has a pleasant bouquet of ripe berries, plum, vanilla, and leather.  While the sausages are browning and the fat popping over the fire, we let it breathe to open up.  Tonight, we trade stemmed glasses for some fancy plastic wine glasses that are the wine world’s version of a Solo cup.  In the “glass”, the wine is dark purple.  What is most striking is the balance – a wonderful blend of soft tannins and tame acidity.  Very few wines would appeal to the amateur and connoisseur alike, but this is one that is well fitting.  Not complex in nature, it is smooth and enjoyable, complimenting the simple dinner we have prepared.  While Malbecs are rarely a first reach for me in-store, this wine has shown me that the varietal is worth the exploration.

 

Redneck Wine Guy Rating: 90

Costco Item number: 472719

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2012 Bodega Enrique Foster Ique Malbec Mendoza

This is a young one (it’s hard to believe we’re drinking 2012s already), and it feels a little disjointed upon opening.  I’m willing to bet it will even out with a little more time in the bottle (and likely will tonight with some more air).  But even as it stands now, it’s not a bad buy at $8.99 at Costco.

Nose of perfume and flowers, gets a little spicy the more you put your nose in. The wine is medium in body, lighter than I was expecting, and the lightness feels good in the mouth amid the firm tannic structure.  I think it would improve in the palate with a little more age and air time. Flavors of red berry, cherry and tobacco.  The finish is a little short and discreet. 

For the under $9 price, this falls in line with most other low priced Mendoza Malbecs – they are hard to beat for the money.  But going $5 up market could yield a wine with a lot more character.
 
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points

Costco item number: 485363

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2007 Clos des Andes Bodega Poesia Malbec Reserva

(Here’s another reader review from Adam in California)

Nose led with sweet fruit and hinted of a smooth texture and blackberry flavor.  Popped and poured my first sip which had the dark fruit spicy flavor and was smooth.  Mid palate you could feel it coat the back of your throat with a fine texture that I hoped meant a great finish was coming.  Finish was not as long and complete as I was tempted with, with some but not marked acidity.

I decanted it for about 30 minutes and came back a little disappointed.  The dark fruit was still there but was showing signs of being muted as was the spice that accompanied it on my first sip.  I let it sit another 20 minutes or so and it seemed to want to start to settle.  The Blackberry flavor returned when I came back to it with a lingering tartness that pretended like it was going to turn quite bitter, but never did.  Still I couldn’t quite put my glass down.

This one is easy to drink, but not for the above average wine drinker.  $13.99 price tag.

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