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2011 Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico Riserva

Here’s a great value buy at Costco.  The label has everything you want to see: Chianti Classico, Riserva, DOCG, and a price tag at Costco of only $12.99.  I dropped this one in the cart almost automatically when walking by and you should too because this is a perfect food wine for almost anything, amazing …

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2015 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages

I was kind of surprised to see the ’15 vintage of this arrive at my Costco stores, since it was about a year ago that we reviewed the 2013, so looks like we missed a vintage in there (coincidentally we jumped from ’11 to ’13 so maybe this one does skip vintages).   Regardless, I thought …

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2014 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Here’s a great summer pleaser, and a wine I’ve always enjoyed in large part because it’s made in a white Bordeaux style with a bit of Semillion in the blend.  This creates a wine that’s still packed with flavor but the lower acidity and extra body of the Semillion keeps the “puckerness” under control, which I prefer, plus I find …

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2012 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a big and bold Cabernet that really does a nice job of capturing the essence of the bountiful ’12 vintage in Napa (which is one of my favorites, maybe a slight step behind ’10, but we’ll leave that for personal preferences). These ’12 Napa Cabs are still a bit young, and while this …

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2009 Benjamin Romeo Predicador Rioja

I’ve wanted to buy this bottle at Costco for some time, and finally pulled the trigger.  The label is unforgettable, and I heard that Costco’s $26 price was a steal.  Turns out that it is.  If you Google this wine, you’ll see online outfits selling it for closer to $40 with more recent vintages priced …

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2009 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva

This is not only an excellent price on this particular bottle from Costco (it’s $19 elsewhere online and probably more in other wine shops), but at $10.99 it’s a bargain price for a Reserva Rioja.  This is why I love Spanish wine; the quality to price ratio is off the charts right now. Perfume and dried …

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