Hello Costco Wine fans. It’s one of our favorite times of the year when we look back at the highest rated wines we tasted and reviewed from Costco for 2023.
We need to put our standard disclaimer up front. If you’re following this site, you probably shop at Costco enough to know how fast they move inventory, and that applies to wine.
So many of these bottles may be long gone. Some may never come back; others might return in a new vintage. And still others mysteriously reappear months after they vanished. You never know, so keep your eyes out.
You can also use this list to identify wines you might want to look for at other stores, and restaurant wine lists.
So let’s get into it for 2023, starting with a new Kirkland bottle making its debut on this list…
Our list begins back in January, when we were surprised and delighted to see this new addition to the Kirkland wine portfolio, a Saint Julien Bordeaux for $18.69. We just heard the other day that the 2020 vintage is hitting stores now, and we hope to review soon. [our review]
This next one might be our wine of the year. We went 95 points. This bottle was $45.99 at Costco and drinks like it cost 2-3X that. What a find, and a consistent favorite of ours. Seek this bottle out wherever you can find it. [our review]
As we said in our review, this seemed almost too good to be true, and readers went crazy for this wine as well. A Gran Reserva Rioja with 13 years of age built in for $14.99. A top notch Costco find in 2023. [our review]
This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc totally surprised us. Highly rated, and $22 at Costco, this is one of the more memorable Costco white wines we tasted this year. Hope to see it return again in future vintages. [our review]
Yes, another Gran Reserva Rioja, and we are of course huge fans of this style of wine, but bang for buck you can put these up against almost anything. $16 at Costco, and 92 points from us. [our review]
This White Burgundy was delicious, and Costco brought it in at $18.99 vs a retail we found in the $30-$40 range, so a huge score. This is high quality French Chardonnay at an unbeatable price. [our review]
It’s starting to look like a theme here, with all these Spanish bottles, but we continue to find excellent wines at great prices. 92 points from us on this $15 Ribera del Duero that is flat out amazing. Don’t hesitate to explore more Spanish wines. [our review]
Pretty sure this bottle has made this list the past three years, ever since it arrived in Costco stores. The price continues to stay the same at $20, and it just overdelivers once again. These sell through fast, so be ready to scoop them up when you see them, usually in June. [our review]
A $30 Chateauneuf that delivered the goods, this was a fantastic find. 93-94 points from most critics, and a 93 from us, this is a bottle we’ll seek out in future vintages. [our review]
Only in doing this list are we remembering just how many Spanish wines from Costco we went crazy for in the past 12 months. Here’s another Ribera, only $12.99 at Costco, and so so good. 92 points from us. [our review]
And we conclude this list with a heck of a find. This is a favorite Bordeaux of ours that consistently delivers, and we were stunned when it showed up at Costco for $34.99. At Total Wine this same bottle is selling for $55. It needs a little more time in the bottle, but shows huge promise. [our review]
And that’s our list for 2023. So many great bottles. Thanks to all of our readers for following us, and cheers.
Note: we had a reader ask about creating a PDF of this list for easy, quick access, which we thought was a fantastic idea. So here’s the whole list as a PDF.
If you are interested in exploring the awesome wines of Spain, we wrote a whole book about it, Decoding Spanish Wine. Only $9 for the paperback. A super easy and fun read.