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I just picked this one up the other day and wanted to get the review out as soon as possible.  This Rosé has a retail price around $20, and Costco’s standard price was $15.69, which is pretty good and in that 20% off retail range like many of Costco’s wines.

But it has a special discount that ends on 8/4 that knocks the price down to $8.99, which is pretty awesome for a Cotes de Provence Rosé, especially one that Wine Advocate rated 90 points. I was a little less impressed then them, but still found a solid wine inside that is nice and refreshing, and a very good buy in this price range.

The bottle didn’t indicate the varietal makeup but I did a little poking around and found it: 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault and 20% Syrah. Pretty much what I expected from a Rosé from this area.

The wine pours a nice light pink, salmon color (more farm raised than wild); the nose has subtle berry scents, and I picked up a touch of honey.  It’s mellow in the mouth, pretty clean and simple; strawberry with some grassy acidity and a bit of pineapple; dry on the finish.

Again, it’s a subtle wine, easy drinking and it goes down fast, especially if you’re poolside or hanging at the beach on a hot day.  A good buy for $15, but a very good buy for only $9 if you find it at a Costco near you.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 1325212

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13%

The post 2017 Chateau De Berne Inspiration Cotes de Provence Rosé appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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I worked at a restaurant in New York that had an excellent Italian Sauvignon Blanc by the glass.  I remember people’s reactions when they would try it, a mixture of surprise and delight, and for this reason I would often recommend it. 

A lot of people tend to associate Sauvignon Blanc with either grapefruit, freshly-cut grass, or gooseberry if you actually know what a gooseberry tastes like (I don’t).  I also get a lot of bell or jalapeno pepper in these wines, especially those from New Zealand.

Italian Sauvignon Blanc, for the most part, is not like others.  I think it tastes like a New World Bordeaux blend or even just some other exotic white grape that I’m not familiar with.

The proper name of the region from which these grapes are grown is Friuli Venezia Giulia, and it’s located in North-Easternmost Italy at what would be the top right of the boot bordering both Austria and Slovenia.  The DOC for this wine is Friuli Colli Orientali, famous for the white Friulano grape wines and popular for Pinot Grigio. 

The front label of this wine is very simple, with only the producer’s name, “wine of Friuli” in Italian, and “Sauvignon.”  Because there are other white grapes that begin with the name Sauvignon, I had to look the DOC up to make sure that it was in fact Sauvignon Blanc.

Italian wine as well as Italian wine labels are about as confusing as an investment account statement, so my advice is to just Google the DOC to find out what grapes are used for that particular designation. 

This wine pours a very light straw color in the glass and has aromas of ripe lemon, jasmine, and peach.  One the palate, crisp acidity is well-balanced and the wine finishes with a pithy quality that was off-putting at first.  There is a lot of herbaceousness and zest in the finish as well.  I really enjoyed this wine, and it was great on its own but would really shine with the right food pairing.

I’ve been told before that when it comes to Italian wine and food pairings that it’s best to match the wine to the food that is popular in that area.  Popular dishes from Friuli include white asparagus (very unlike the green asparagus that you are familiar with and a must-try if you ever have the fortune to find it in season), cherry gnocchi, Jamar cheese, and smoked trout. 

I would personally recommend pairing this wine with a variety of fresh shellfish and grilled fish dishes.  The lemon and zest of the wine will really compliment seafood dishes. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Alcohol: 13%

Costco Item Number: 1349823

Purchased in Buford, GA

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This is a Kirkland offering I look forward to tasting every year.  This year it’s wearing a brand new label like many of the other Kirkland bottles we’ve reviewed.  And it’s a welcome change from the rather generic and bland Kirkland wine labels of years past.

We’ve liked certain vintages of the Kirkland Russian River Chard more than others, and it is a bottle that is fiercely debated among readers.  It will be interesting to see where this one lands with everyone.

Last year, we went 86 points, and 87 the year before that.  Glenn Hugo is the winemaker once again here and we’ve seen him involved with many Kirkland wines, including the very nice Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet. Mr. Hugo is also a winemaker for Girard Winery and was recently appointed winemaker for BR Cohn.

This wine pours a nice golden yellow with a bright nose of citrus fruit; flavors of pear, lemon, tangerine and green apple; finishes in a hurry with a subtle hint of vanilla; not as acidic as I remember from prior vintages.  The wine overall is pretty simple, which makes it easy to swig, but leaves it a bit less interesting than other bottles from Russian River.

All that said, as we note every year, Costco’s price of $12.99 is downright insane for Russian River fruit (those other Russian River bottles that might be more complex will come with a much higher price tag). 

While I’m not in love with this current vintage I am enjoying it a hair more than I remember from last year.  It remains a very drinkable and rather enjoyable summer sipper that would pair with a lot of summer cuisine.  Don’t think too much about it; just sit back and enjoy on a hot day.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 points

Costco item number: 789895

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13.9%

The post 2017 Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay Sonoma appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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This wine has been a Costco staple for a while, and it seems to come and go along with other varietals in the line. 

I’ve seen the Indian Wells Cabernet and Chardonnay at times, and the wines are usually in the wooden bins on the tables.  At $13.99, it’s one of those wines that could go in the aisles or with the bigger ticket items. 

Indian Wells refers to the Eastern Washington vineyards from which these grapes are sourced.  These vineyards lie in the Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs.  Some of the grapes are sourced from Chateau Ste Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyards as well. 

The vineyards were selected for producing “high quality, ripe fruit, yielding wine with intense color and flavor,” according to the wine’s tech sheet.  Wahluke Slope Syrah was added (16%) to the Merlot (84%) in order to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. 

I tend to think of Washington reds as being very fruit-forward and low in tannin.  If you like smooth and fruity wines, you should try some wines from this state.  Merlot is a grape that tastes completely different depending on where it’s grown and how it’s vinified. 

South American Merlot has a lot of blueberry and black licorice notes whereas Right Bank Bordeaux blends, predominantly Merlot, are usually earth and mineral driven with more of a floral quality. 

This wine does in fact have intense color like the tech sheet describes.  A nice aroma of dark berries and milk chocolate fill the glass while the palate is smooth with black plums, vanilla, and baking spice. 

Everything is really well balanced, and this is a fruit-forward wine without being sweet, per se.  I would drink this wine on its own, but it could also pair well with a summer barbecue or chocolate-based dessert, amongst other fare.   

Wine Spectator gives this vintage 89 points and calls it “lively, with zesty fruit, offering appealing black currant, espresso, and spice flavors that finish with refined tannins.” 

Previous vintages have received 90 points from both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, so I think that it’s safe to say that this is a consistently good-quality product. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Alcohol: 14.5%

Costco Item Number: 160933

Purchased in Alpharetta, GA

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Just ran into this one in the nick of time to still get the healthy Costco sale price of $10.99, off the standard price of $15.99.  Then I rushed to taste it so I could get something out to you right away.  The sale price ends this Sunday (7/7).

The wine turned out to be pretty good, but not great in my opinion, so all that haste might not be worth it.  This is fairly priced at $10.99, but I wouldn’t go much more than that.  The first 2/3 was great, but I found the finish a little disjointed.  Other readers may disagree, so please feel free to share your opinion in the comments below. 

This wine pours light, see through ruby in the glass; it has an inviting nose that is floral, earthy and peppery.  In the mouth, vibrant flavors of wild strawberry, spicy black cherry and a touch of Dr Pepper.  So we’re looking good up until this point.

But the finish left me hoping for more with the wine just not coming together as much as I hoped.  I gave the wine some extra air, and it improved slightly, but it never quite came to a place where I’d recommend it. 

I love Willamette Valley Pinot so was excited to see the steep discount on a producer we’ve never reviewed. I almost stocked up but now I’m glad I didn’t.  For $10 (regular Costco price), I’d opt for the Firesteed Pinot if you still find that one near you.  It’s delicious, a solid pick for summer drinking and you don’t have to run to Costco over a holiday weekend to snag a sale price.

CoscoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 points

Costco item number: 1336755

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13.8%

The post 2015 Westmount Willamette Valley Pinot Noir appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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Here’s an interesting New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that we found at our Costco for $16.99, which is more than we usually pay for wines like this, so we wanted to see what it was all about.

Initially, and upon a quick glance, we thought this was the more typical Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s popular Marlborough region.  But on closer inspection of that cursive writing on the front label, you can tell that it’s actually from Martinborough, which is an exciting region that produces some great Pinot Noir.  If you’ve never tasted wines from Martinborough, I think you will want to start to look for them more, especially after you try this bottle.

This wine pours pale yellow in the glass, with a nose of wheatgrass and citrus fruit.  Nice acidity that was not overbearing as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs can get.  So to that extent, this style is much more food friendly across a wider range of cuisine.

Flavors of apricot, white peach, green apple and pineapple; very nice finish that is slightly sweet and lingering with a touch of honey.  This is one of the more expensive New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that we’ve purchased recently but also one of the best.

There’s a lot to like here.  Big ratings too from the critics as you can see here (90+ ratings across the board, and for every vintage), along with a retail price of $21, so Costco is as usual around 20% below that. 

I have a secret love for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on super hot days in Atlanta, and this might be the one I choose for a lot of my summer drinking.  Adding to our Top Picks list too.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Costco item number: 684758

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13%

The post 2018 Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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Here’s a bottle that’s perfect for summer drinking on a hot day, particularly around a pool or at the beach, and Costco’s price is right.

This French Rosé is $14.99 for the big 1.5L bottle.  That’s a lot of Rosé, but if you’re like me it has a tendency to go down pretty fast when the setting’s right.

This Rosé is 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault, and pours a light pink in the glass; peachy nose with citrus fruit.  In the mouth, dry with more peach, apricot and green apple flavors with nice acidity.  Good refreshing finish.

Overall, just exactly what you’re hoping to find in a summer wine that’s a pretty remarkable value for the equivalent of $7.50/bottle.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 points

Costco item number: 1237098

Alc. 12.5%

This wine was received as a sample for the purpose of writing this review. All reviews are written at the discretion of the individual reviewer. Opinions of the reviewer do not necessarily reflect those of CostcoWineBlog.com as a whole, and reviewers are not paid for their reviews by wineries or their affiliated distributors. We at CostcoWineBlog.com believe that wine preferences and opinions are often subjective and highly individualistic. Our scores are based on our individual perception of a wine and how well it reflects the area in which the grapes are grown, the expression of the grapes, and also the quality of the finished product. We remind readers that we are 100% independent of Costco Wholesale Corporation, and are simply of a group of Costco wine fans looking to try new wines and share our favorites with this community.

The post 2018 Le Tremble Demoiselle Rosé appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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We had some readers post about the Kirkland Boxed Cabernet on the forum last year, and I was always curious about it but the boxes never appeared in stores near us to try…that is until last week. 

This box includes four bottles worth of wine and is priced at $12.99, which is pretty good considering comparable boxes (like the Black Box which is also sold at Costco) can run $15-$20. 

When you break it down, the Kirkland box is delivering wine at an equivalent rate of $3.25/bottle.  Plus, the box makes it really easy to pour single glasses whenever you want and stays fresh for 30 days.

That covers all the high points, now on to the wine itself, which I thought was pretty mediocre. It’s super fresh and fruity, tasting like it was squeezed yesterday.  It definitely tastes like low end California juice that you frequently find for $10 a bottle. A bit too much candy, sugar, Hawaiian Punch fruit juice flavor for me.

But all that said, after you have a couple glasses of something else, and just want a night cap, I admit that it was handy to have this box on hand. Or if you’re planning a party perhaps, you could fill a few pitchers with this wine for an unbeatable price.

Those are probably the best applications in my opinion.  I’m trying to be fair given the extreme value.  I poured a few glasses over the course of a week and a half, and towards the end of that time frame, I had had enough.

You can score much better red wine at what are still very good prices at Costco.  The Kirkland Rioja and Chianti certainly fit the bill there.  I just saw the Barville Cotes du Rhone is back for $8.99

And be sure to check out the wines on this list for good value buys. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 84 points

Costco item number: 1169418

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13%

The post 2017 Kirkland Signature Boxed California Cabernet Sauvignon appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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Finding a good, dependable and affordable every day Pinot Noir is a serious challenge.  Whether you go to France, New Zealand, or the US, good luck finding one that’s fun to drink and under $15.  This Firesteed bottle just might be the one though. Thank you Costco.

Retail price is around $16, but Costco is delivering this one for the rock bottom basement price of only $10.49, which seems hard to believe given the quality of this juice.

We started falling in love with this wine last year, and awarded it 90 points and put the wine on our Top Picks list.  I had several readers write in and agree that it was a rare, value priced, and very good Pinot Noir. We’re happy to see the price stay the same, and expect this one to sell through pretty fast. 

The wine pours on the lighter side for a Pinot, pretty easy to see through it; nose of spicy cherry, black cherry and perfume.  The wine is medium in body and spicy; more cherry and dark berry flavor, cola, nicely balanced and easy drinking.  It’s rather simple, as we noted last year too, but well presented.  Nice finish that lingers for a bit.

This wine isn’t going to blow you away in the realm of Pinot but for $10, it’s exactly what you want it to be – an easy, fun and very affordable Pinot for any occasion. I’m going to add to our Top Picks list given its extreme value and I’m going to rate it pretty close to the last vintage we reviewed.  This wine is right in that 89-90 ballpark.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Costco item number: 799579

Alc. 13.5%

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

The post 2017 Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley appeared first on CostcoWineBlog.com.

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I love the shape of this bottle. It’s short and fat and looks like the top-half of a magnum. Perhaps not the best fit to store on a wine rack, but this type of wine can be stored upright for years without compromise. I don’t personally recommend storing this wine for years, however.

I usually head straight to the large display of purple-labeled Kirkland Prosecco for my everyday sparkling wine needs. I rarely drink Prosecco by itself because I love mimosas. For this reason, I don’t much care for the subtle nuances of these wines since I’m muting them with orange juice. That being said, I am glad that I picked up this wine because I thoroughly enjoyed it on its own.

The mark of a good Prosecco is one that is well-balanced in sweetness and acidity with a finish that is crisp and clean. This wine is “Extra Dry,” which is deceivingly not the most dry category of sparkling wine. Prosecco is made from the Glera grape, high in acidity, and needs a bit of residual sugar to keep everything balanced. If you want a bone-dry Prosecco, however, look for “Brut” on the label.

This wine is a step up from your everyday mimosa Prosecco. The Valdobbiadene province is touted for producing more concentrated wines than those simply labeled “Prosecco DOCG,” which can use grapes from any of a number of areas within Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

I got a lot of crisp green apple on the nose and palate with notes of white peach and fresh flowers. This wine is perfect for summer and would pair well with a variety of appetizers. In Italy, Prosecco is often consumed as an aperitivo (prior to the meal) with finger foods. The wine is often mixed with Aperol or Campari in order to make a spritz.

If you’ve never tried one of these cocktails, I recommend doing so this summer. You want to use about an ounce and half of either of the aforementioned bitter liquors and pour it over ice. Then you simply top with 3-4 oz. of Prosecco and garnish with an orange slice.

I will definitely pick up another bottle of this wine when I see it again. The price was more than fair at $10.99 per bottle, and I much prefer this to the next competing Prosecco mega-brand at the same price.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Alcohol: 11%
Purchased in Alpharetta GA
Costco Item Number: 798821   

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