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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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2013 Casa de Santar Reserva Red Blend Portugal

There are a lot of places throughout Europe to find good red wine values.  A few of my go to’s are Rioja/Ribera/Toro in Spain, Chianti/Barbera in Italy, Rhone/Cru Beaujolais in France. And Portuguese wines definitely fit the bill. They consistently overdeliver at very reasonable price points. The challenge is that they just aren’t prevalent enough.  …

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2018 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma Red Wine

Ridge is hands down one of my favorite U.S. wine producers so when I see one of their distinct labels hit Costco shelves, it’s like finding a treasure for me.  And this bottle especially because it is a wine from Ridge that I’ve never tasted before, and Costco’s price was right on the mark. Finding …

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2018 Duckhorn Decoy Sonoma Red Wine

These are always fun wines to try so I was looking forward to popping open this Decoy Red from Sonoma.  Decoy, as many of you know, is a second wine, turned second brand, of Duckhorn Vineyards and they are priced well below those “first” wines that carry the Duckhorn name. We’ve reviewed several of the …

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2016 Pagodes de Cos St Estephe Bordeaux

I love it when Costco carries these second wines from top estates.  In this case, we’re tasting the second bottle from Chateau Cos d’Estournel, whose main estate grand vin is $200-$250.  So accessing this world class property for under $50 is a pretty good way to go. I still would like to see Costco’s price …

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