Obviously the bottle is the first thing you notice here, and I have to give them marks for creativity. I usually avoid cute gimmicks like this at all costs, but this one happened to be a Chateauneuf-du-Pape and at $23.99 at Costco I figured it would be fun to roll the dice.
The wine is light ruby garnet in color, floral nose , some violet, candy; medium plus in body. Flavors are dried plum, little vegetal, green pepper, scents of leather with spice and pepper, both getting strong into the close. A little dry and chalky on the spicy finish. Needed some air to get going, but turned into a decent wine in the end.
As a fan of Chateauneuf-du-Papes, I have to say I didn’t get that signature Chateauneuf flavor on this one. Sometimes that happens in sub $25 Chateauneuf wines. They end up tasting more like a standard Cotes du Rhone, which isn’t at all bad, just not what I was hoping for. Overall, have fun with the packaging, but don’t get too pumped for the wine inside.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 85 Points
Costco item number: 753984