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2011 King Estate Pinot Gris

It’s been a while since I reviewed one of these King Estate Pinot Gris even though they are always in stock it seems. The last one was the 2007 vintage.  I think these are excellent whites at a very good price ($13.89 at my Costco).

The 2011 is another winner.  The wine is very light, almost see through but it really packs in a lot of flavor.  Nose has fresh citrus and honeysuckle aromas, and then strong apricot, citrus, lemon, maybe a little grapefruit flavors.  The finish is perfect.

Nice one all around, and a summertime favorite at our household.  Oregon Pinot Gris is almost always a solid pick.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points

Costco item number: 232249

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2011 Ponzi Pinot Gris

A lovely white, as are most of these Willamette Valley Pinot Gris. These grapes just grow so nicely in the valley and the wines are reflection of this great cool climate. Having lived in the northwest for several years, I’m of course a little biased toward these wines (particularly the sustainable ones like this), but for $12.99, I think most white wine fans will find this to be a nice wine for the money.

Lots of citrus on the nose, leads into pineapple, apple, lemon and apricot flavors, all coming together perfectly.  Really a joy to drink and a good summer sipper.  Occasionally I find a good Costco bargain that I will stock up on. For the summer months, this one will be one of those.  Try it on your Sauvignon Blanc fans (I know I have a bunch who would love this bottle).

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points

Costco item number: 216898

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CostcoWineBlog.com’s Highest Rated Wines of 2012

Once a year we assemble the Costco wines we rated the highest over the past 12 months. From glancing through the list, I think it’s safe to say that we found a lot of great wines at some fantastic prices. Our series in September on high end Costco wines provides quite a few placements on this list, but that’s not to say there weren’t some big bargains as well. 

As always, it’s going to be hard to find many of these wines since Costco moves their inventory so quickly (but I’ve seen at least 3-4 of these still available at Costco stores near me).  So keep an eye out.  These are all winners.  Click on the label to read our review of each wine. 

Thanks for another fun year. 
— Editor
 


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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2012 at Costco

Wine Spectator just released their top 100 wines for 2012.  Here’s a PDF of the list.

A reader of our website suggested we try to list which of the wines from the list were available at Costco. I thought it was a fantastic idea.  But given the different selection of wines in Costco stores around the country, I thought it would be best to ask for help from all of our readers.

If you see any of the wines on the list, please tell everyone what you found and where on the Costco Wine Blog Facebook page.  Also, please list price, and of course any tasting notes if you’ve already opened the wine.

I’ll start by listing a few of the wines from the list that I’ve seen at Costco stores in Atlanta in the last few months (in some cases different vintages).

#51 Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2010 (my review of the 2008 vintage)

#58 Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2010 (my review of the 2007 vintage)

#92 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 (my review of this wine.  Scored it a point ahead of WS)

 

 

So keep an eye out next time you hit your local Costco, and please report back anything you find.  I plan on hitting a few more stores to see what I can find. 

— Editor

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NV Biltmore Century White Wine

This is a sweet white blend, consisting of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and a couple other grapes I can’t be certain of, some of which I think were grown on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC (others sourced from the west coast).  I reviewed the Biltmore Century Red blend last week and found it to be nice for Costco’s $8.99 price tag.  This white follows suit so long as you know what you’re getting into (I grabbed it quickly off the shelf and wasn’t sure what to expect).

This wine is fresh out of the bottle, crisp flavors of peach, pear and grapefruit.  Healthy dose of sweetness on the finish, although the blend mellows it out a tad; a nice wine for before or after dinner, or a hot summer day.  Could be paired with the usual Reisling favorite dishes of something spicy or thai, or both.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 84 Points

Costco item number 969817

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2011 Burgans Albarino Rias Baixas

I’m a huge fan of Albarinos, particularly anything that says Rias Baixas on the label because the grape just thrives there. I don’t think I’ve ever had one that I didn’t think was a good value for the money. This bottle is a staple, I’ve had it multiple times, and in every case it delivers. At Costco for $11.59, it might be the best white wine value you find on the shelf.

Don’t shy away if you aren’t familiar with Albarino.  This is a super friendly drink, fruity and crisp, clean and pure.  It has a touch of sweetness to the finish but nothing that would throw you off.  Very food friendly.  I’ve enjoyed Albarino with a variety of meals and love it with anything spicy, or white fish.  It stands strong on its own as well. 

This is an excellent alternative if you are tired of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay (it’s more in the Sauvignon Blanc range of character).  Do try, the price is great at Costco, and as we enter the cooler months, we’ll see fewer and fewer of these bottles on the shelf.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points

Here’s another great Albarino we reviewed.

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New Wine Book – Just Published: Around the Wine World in 40 Pages

I’m happy to announce the publication of my latest wine book titled Around the Wine World in 40 Pages: An Exploration Guide for the Beginning Wine Enthusiast.

It’s $3.99 for the Kindle with a physical version coming down the line. The book takes readers on a journey throughout the most popular and notable wine growing regions in the world, providing an inside perspective on what wine drinkers at all experience levels need to know about the grapes and styles from each region, along with the price points and suggestions on specific wines to try.  I even include references to a lot of wines that can be found at Costco.  I hope you enjoy.
— Editor

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