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Clos du Val is a classic Napa producer and this 2014 bottle is just signature, high quality Napa wine at a very special Costco price.  But be ready to buy it if you see it, as the promo price is only good through the end of the year.

As you can see Costco’s standard price of $42.99 is in itself pretty good for this bottle, especially considering Total Wine and Wine.com both sell it for $50.  Now Costco’s bringing it down to $34.99, which is likely going to be hard to beat almost anywhere.

It’s still not an inexpensive bottle, but this time of the year, when you’re looking for something nice to bring to a Christmas party or want to impress one of your wine nerd friends, this is a pretty solid choice for the money.

To that extent, if you’re looking to pay a little less for something nice, we just reviewed a lovely Barolo for $28 that was absolutely delicious too.

Dark in the glass and huge in the mouth, this is a big, bold Cabernet that remains medium plus in body but is just packed with flavor; mostly dark fruit, some black licorice and mocha surrounded by spices and cedar; strong powerful finish.  This wine is just calling for a big juicy steak.

2014 was another great vintage in Napa, and I think this wine will only develop further with time.  At this price with the steep discount, this could be a good one to buy multiple bottles of and cellar them for a bit.  I plan to buy a couple more if I see them again at Costco stores near me.  I’ll try to hold on to them for another 5-7 years if they don’t get consumed before then.

Another Top Pick for sure with this wine.  That makes quite a string of winners so far in December.  We also just published our Best of the Year list which includes a handful of other great wines to check out too.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 points

Costco item number: 89789

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14.1%

Have you tried the Clos du Val Cabernet?  Or do you have other wine picks you’ve found at your local Costco?  Let us know if the comments below, or head on other to the Costco Wine Blog forums and see what other readers are talking about.

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We had a chance to speak with Business Insider all about tips and tricks for finding the best deals on wine at Costco.  

We’ve shared a few of these tips before, but this might be the most exhaustive and complete list of Costco wine buying advice ever assembled in one place,

Some of the tips we mentioned include:

Making sure to pay attention to vintages inside all of the bins

Making friends with the on site wine advisor if your store has one

Not being afraid to dig around the boxes underneath the bins to find other vintages of wine that have been put out yet

How you can take the wooden wine boxes if they’re empty

Here’s a link to the story.  Enjoy.

13 tips for getting the best deals on wine at Costco

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We’ve been hoping the Kirkland Ribera del Duero would hit stores soon, and what a nice little holiday treat, just like it was last year with the 2011 vintage.

Look for the blue striped bands on the bottle’s neck and you’ll have no problem picking this one of the sea of Costco wines.  This marks the second year for the Kirkland Ribera, and it is every bit as good as the debut wine was a little over a year ago.

The price bumped up $1 this year to $13.99, but it’s still an amazing value.  I might say that even if I paid $20.  This is one of those perfect “why I buy wine at Costco” examples, access to Kirkland value buys from premier wine regions.

The wine is 100% Tempranillo and carries the Gran Reserva aging designation, which is the one you want. This means an extended aging period of 3-5 years in oak barrels and the bottle. 

To that extent, this wine is ready to drink now, but could also age for a bit more if you wanted (I still have a ’11 vintage in the cellar that I’ll open down the line for our Cellar Series).

This wine is similar to the ’11 in style and quality, and is made by the same producer in Spain. In the fine print on the back of the label you can see that this wine is produced by Bodegas Vina Solorca, a well known estate in Ribera del Duero, whose lesser wines (non Gran Reserva) cost more than this one.

Definitely give it a little decant to open up; the wine pours dark in the glass with slightly light edges indicating it has a touch of age on it.  Nose of dried fruit; then sour cherry, nyquil/cough drop, a little anise and some oak towards the finish. 

Nice mouthfeel, the wine is light but powerful. Spectacular mouth-coating finish that is ultra dry and lasts forever.

This bottle is every bit as good as it’s been in year’s past.  I’m keeping the rating consistent at 90 points, and highly recommend this one if you like red wines, particularly Spanish Rioja or Toro.

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

Costco item number: 1169328

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 15%

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When browsing the wine aisles at Costco, you have to keep an eye out for wines like this Casa E di Mirafiore Barolo that are sometimes easy to miss alongside the Chianti and Brunello bottles they are frequently placed next to.

Costco’s price was $28.99, which is fantastic for any Barolo, and even better for a tasty one like this.  Bounce over to Wine.com and you can see this wine would go for $38.

It’s also worth noting the high scores for this wine across the board, highlighted by a 96 point rating from Decanter.  Indeed, once I got into this one, it really is a beautiful wine at a price that’s hard to beat.

In the glass, the wine is light and see through; Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape which looks similar to Pinot Noir in the glass, but it’s a grape that packs a ton of punch in the mouth.  (if you want to take a deeper dive into the grapes and wines of Italy, feel free to check out our book, Decoding Italian Wine).

Really vibrant aromas, perfume and cherry on the nose; big as expected in the mouth with soft tannins and a good dose of acidity; flavors of sour cherry, plum, and strawberry rounded out by mocha and white chocolate notes towards the finish, which is bone dry.

This is a delicious wine that paired perfectly with meatballs we prepared.  It’s one of those ultra-versatile wines that really could pair with about anything.  Improves with a little air; this is a nice buy on an elegant wine that feels (and tastes) like it should cost a bit more.

We’ll be adding to our Top Picks list, and if we get the chance, might try to pop a couple in the cellar as I think they would really develop further in the years to come.

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

Costco item number: 948330, $28.99

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14%

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A nice effort here in the Markham Merlot; this is one of those bottles that always seems to be available in my Costco, and I just never pick it out of the crowd.

So this time I did, and I thought it was fun to enjoy a (pretty much) straight Napa Merlot for a change, but in the end, it’s not a wine that really caught my attention.

Costco’s price is $18, which is good, not great, considering retail is around $27, but the wine is hovering around $20 at most outlets that I found.

The wine is full bodied and gets a little extra heft from its blend that includes 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah.  That helps balance the wine out a bit, but it remains super fruit forward, young and juicy.

Flavors of black cherry, anise, dark fruit, vanilla, nicely delivered with some baking spice, but a rather quick finish, even when paired with some spicy chili, which is how we enjoyed this wine.

If you love Merlot from California and are looking for a wine to warm you up as the weather cools down, look no further as this is the wine for you.

If you are like me, and love that old vine, rustic, right bank Bordeaux style of Merlot blends, than this one might be a little too young, juicy and fruit forward for you.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 points

Costco item number: 41315, $17.99

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14.6%

Do you agree or disagree?  Share your thoughts with the whole community in the Costco Wine Forums.

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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018 was just announced. This is the editors’ annual list of the wines they enjoyed the most throughout the year.

You’ll see a lot of different wines representing regions all over the world, and at various price points.

We went through the list and called out some of the wines from the list that we’ve seen at Costco stores near us.

Some of these may be different vintages, but it’s worth keeping an eye out if you’re interested.  Be sure to dig around the bins and see if there are different vintages available.   I recently found three different vintages of the same wine in the same bin.

#18 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape (our review of the ’14 vintage)

#27 Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley

#50 The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley (our review of the ’13 vintage)

#53 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

#68 Louis Jadot Bourgogne

#78 Landmark Chardonnay Sonoma County Overlook

#80 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley (our review of the ’13 vintage)

#82 Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Are there any others from the list that you’ve seen at your local Costco? Please let us know in the comments below or on the Costco Wine Blog forums.

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