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Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel

Winery: Chateau Montelena Wine: Calistoga Zinfandel Costco Notes: The woodsy, briary character of old vine Zinfandel is quite prominent but with time unmasks beautiful notes of lavender, cassis, and fresh mint.  Supple tannins are present throughout the amble between earthiness and minerality. Left Coast Tasting Notes: Color:  Medium to light ruby color, a little lighter …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel

This is always a popular Kirkland bottle among readers, and a wine we generally have enjoyed as well. It’s arriving a little late this year at least in the stores around us. It usually comes in around spring time according to our tracking. The price has stayed consistent at $9.99 which is great news. This …

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2017 Lamadrid Cabernet Franc Reserva

Here’s another interesting Costco wine find – a single vineyard Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Argentina. This wine also appeared in Wine Enthusiast’s 2019 list of “Top 100 Cellar Selections” (in spot #88, recommendation to drink until 2030) and the outlet rated the wine a nice 92 points. Suckling also went 93 points on it.  Retail …

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2016 Famiglia Castellani Chianti Classico Reserva

It seems like people around the wine world are talking a lot about Chianti Classico at the moment.  I know one of my favorite wine writers, Eric Asimov from the NY Times, is a huge fan of them right now. We’ve always enjoyed them as well, finding a lot of quality at great prices, so …

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2017 Ego Bodegas Goru Gold Red Blend Jumilla

Here’s an interesting red blend from the Jumilla region of Spain.  It was $9.99 and the Costco placard displayed a nice 93 point rating from Wine Spectator.  I love Spanish wine, so why not give it a shot? The blend is 80% Monastrell, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; retail price seems to be closer …

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2017 Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir

Here’s a name you might know (Gerard Bertrand) but a region you might not (Tautavel). This makes for an interesting combo to explore. I first purchased this wine last year from Wine.com for $16, which was also my first experience with a wine from Tautavel, and I really enjoyed it.  You’re always pretty safe in …

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