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2013 Lagar de Cervera Albarino Rias Baixas

Albarinos are such a good go-to white wine for the summer months, and this bottle is a stellar Costco purchase for $14.99, representing about the best quality I’ve had in these wines at this price from the Rias Baixas region of Spain. It seems like Albarino really started to catch on in the US over the …

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2011 Tarima Hill Old Vine Monastrell

Today we have a guest wine review from the Fermented Fruit, looking at a wine we’ve reviewed and greatly enjoyed in previous vintages.  Sounds like the 2011 is a winner too. Bodegas Volver produces wines from it’s extensive holdings of approximately 834 acres spread across the Spanish wine regions of Alicante, Jumilla and La Mancha. …

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2011 Senorio de Barahonda Barrica

I’ve been loving the Spanish wines making their way into Costco recently and this big red blend falls in line nicely, offering huge flavor and complexity for only $10.99.  These Spanish reds (and even the recent whites like this Albarino) offer just ridiculous value compared to what you will find from other places in the …

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2011 Bodegas la Magdelena Sueno Tempranillo

My string of inexpensive Spanish gems continues with this Tempranillo from the Ribera del Jucar region.  This is a $13.99 wine at Costco that drinks with the elegance of something you’d normally pay $25-$30 for.  I’m a big fan. Nose is floral, a little perfume; tight tannins and a big body on this wine, leading …

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2009 Marques de Caceres Crianza Rioja

 

Wine: Marques de Caceres, Crianza

Winery:  Marques de Caceres

Varietal(s): 85% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta

Vintage: 2009

Region:  Rioja Alta
Costco price: $10.99
Reviewed by: Redneck Wine Guy

 

Spain has done it again.  I doubted, I waivered, I even hoped for an opposite outcome so I could break my attraction.  But yet again, another really great wine experience out of the next door neighbor to France, of which has produced some of the best wines of all time.  The bodegas (wineries) of Spain are continuing a steady march into positioning themselves as some of the best in the business, both cellar-worthy and everyday drinkers fit for any gathering or meal.

 

Wine and food culture go hand-in-hand.  To enjoy both Spanish wine and culture, I cooked up a batch of traditional paella.  When making paella give yourself plenty of time and plenty of wine – it’s a labor of love, but well worth it.  Paella is Spain through-and-through – chicken, sausage, and seafood blend together with the rice to create a well-balanced symphony of flavor. If prepared traditionally, meaning cooked outside over a fire pit (I did mine in a Big Green Egg), the smoky notes of the wood charcoal are what give the paella that unbeatable slap-in-the-face flavor that cannot be recreated on the stove and were a spot-on pairing with the wine.

 

The wine is a full-bodied dark, ruby red typically of Tempranillo based wines.  The nose is ripe dark fruits with a slight hint of tobacco and leather.  The mouth-feel is very well rounded, coating every part of the palate.  On the palate the dark fruits abound, along with slight spice, smoke, and noticeable yet not overbearing tannins.  This wine is a “Crianza”, meaning that it was aged in oak barrels for a year.  The oak aging lends to the smoky, toasted notes which again created a beautiful pairing with the food. The finish is long and not easily forgotten.

 

My parting thoughts – take time to enjoy a home-cooked meal that takes more than 15 minutes to make.  Uncork a great bottle of wine, make something that will be memorable, and enjoy with family and friends.  That is what life is all about!  Salud!

 

Redneck Wine Guy rating: 90

Costco item number: 10862

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2009 Bodega El Angosto Tinto

  This wine is an absolutely steal for only $11.99 at Costco.  I’m going back today to try to buy more.  I enjoyed this bottle with two other people who also agreed that it drank like it cost $30-$40.  If you are a regular reader of this site, this is why you buy wine at Costco, right here.  Go get it.

Smells expensive on the nose, a little cinnamon and some spices.  I thought the wine appeared a bit younger than 2009 when I poured it, and when you get into it more you realize we are drinking it at a perfect time. 

The wine is medium in body with ripe fruit, mostly red fruit with a hint of plum; strawberry licorice, some leather aromas toward the end.  Tannins are juicy; a long multi-layered finish.  A superb wine that I still can’t believe was only $12.

This wine will go on our Silver Rated wine list as well as our Value Picks.  This is an incredible buy right now at Costco.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 92 Points
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
Costco item number: 755334
*Silver Rated*
*Value Pick*

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2009 Abelis Carthago Luis Selection Toro Crianza

  Costco always turns up the heat with their wine selection during the holidays.  I can’t remember the last time I saw such a big selection of different varietals of wine there in a long time.

Maybe it was due to the 90 point IWC review (note the sticker on the bottle), but this Spanish Crianza did not meet my expectations.  The color is a dark purple and nose almost tangy, acidic and powerful in itself.  That theme continued as this is a bold wine with almost grippy tannins and medium plus acidity that overpowers the small amount of dark fruit I tasted.  It left me looking for more after a short tangy finish.  I came back the next day and paired it with some Manchego cheese which helped the fruit come through more and it improved considerably.  Goes to show you how a wine can improve with food, especially when they’re from the same region.

There are better Spanish wines you can find for $14.99 (or less) at Costco, and if you hunt around you can find this for less elsewhere.
— Adam L

Rating: 87
Purchased at Costco in: Van Nuys, CA
Costco item number: 293705

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