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2013 Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot noir fans take note of this one.  Costco’s price is $22.99 and the wine is worth every penny (Wine.com sells it on sale for $29).  This is a lovely Pinot that pours dark and rich in the glass, leading you to believe it’s an entirely different wine.  But once you get into it, it’s …

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2013 Kirkland Signature Series Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Here’s another Kirkland wine that I’ve been anxiously awaiting – the 2013 Signature Series Napa Cab.  I really enjoyed the 2012 vintage of this wine, which was a fantastic growing year, and 2013 was according to some accounts, almost equally as good. For those new to the Kirkland Napa Valley wine game, here’s a brief …

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2013 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

So I’ve picked up quite a few new Kirkland Signature offerings that have hit the stores by me, and there’s a lot of them, more than I’ll be able to review in the next month or so, but you can bet I’m going to give it a shot.  And I’m going to start with a …

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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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NV Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut

I have definitely purchased these Kirkland Champagnes in the past, but just realized after searching through the archives, that I must not have reviewed them for some reason.  Perhaps I purchased for a dinner party and didn’t make notes.  Regardless, this is a real deal Champagne, meaning it is from the Champagne region of France.  …

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2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Beaulieu is one of the grande dames of California winemaking – they’ve been producing world-class wines since before most of us were born.   And these folks know how to make cabernet wines – their George LaTour line of $100+ wines consistently garner great reviews.   In the past, they’ve sold their entry level Rutherford cab wines …

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2010 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

This Kirkland Brunello has been one of the most talked about wines among our readers and now that I finally found it at my local Costco, I can jump into the conversation and state that I’m in complete agreement, and this is clearly one of the best buys in Costco stores today. If you’re a …

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2014 Chateau Ste Michelle ‘Indian Wells’ Chardonnay

We’ve come across a particularly nice Chardonnay value in the Costco aisle offered by the Washington wine powerhouse, Chateau Ste. Michelle. This is not a boutique wine: CSM is the state’s oldest (and one of its largest) wineries. The winemakers at CSM know winemaking (especially riesling and chardonnay). This particular chardonnay wine is from their …

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2012 Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

I’m liking this WA State Cab for $14.99.  Over the last hour it’s developed into an expressive and rather interesting wine in this price range.  I typically do enjoy Northwest reds, and went into this one with fair expectations, but have to say it certainly met, if not exceeded those.  Costco’s price on this wine …

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2013 Charles & Charles Chardonnay

Charles & Charles is a collaboration between Charles Smith (of his namesake winery and K Vintners) and Charles Bieler.  Smith is a former rock band manager and while on the road developed a particularly good sense for rockstar wines.   A self-taught winemaker, Smith’s wines have garnered a lot of media attention and furrowed brows by …

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2012 The Sum from The Seventy Five Wine Company

I haven’t reviewed one of The Sum red blends in quite a while but I was looking forward to this 2012 vintage, which was a stellar season for California.  Plus, this wine is made by Tuck Beckstoffer, a legend of the area, and The Sum marks the lowest entry point I’ve seen into his wines.  The …

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