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Costco and the El Cheapo Compare-o

Posted by on September 30, 2016

Do you have a Costco nearby?  If so, do you walk around the cases of wine they offer wondering if any of these $10 specials are worthy of consumption?  Yeah, me too.

I bought four of these beauties from my local Costco booze store at the $10 mark.  I took the next few days giving them a taste and now a review.  In order of good to better they are:


  • Bogle Petit Sirah 2013 –  $8.99.  Dark purple in color with black current jelly, white pepper, and a slight vanilla hint on the nose.  Medium bodied with some nicebogle firm tannin.  Finishes well, but a bit lighter than I remembered, which might make it even better than past vintages.  Tannin gives way to fruit with time.  The flavors mellow into a soft fruity wine after an hour or so.  Well worth the money.  TScale:  88 points.  (Wine Enthusiast 91 pts, Mar ’16) At this price, this wine is a steal.  Perfect for Wednesday night or weekend grilling.  Buy it up.


  • Gerard Bertrand Fitou 2011 Grenache-Carignan – $10.99.  Interesting dark ruby red color.  Nose of clay (I’m from Kentucky so I get the smell of clay at times) and blueberries.  Some herbal notes alsfitou
    o peek out.  A good medium body and a moderately long finish leaving you with a slightly bitter taste of red apple.  Fitou (pronounced fee-too) is a sub-appellation of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  A lot of wine comes out of this area, most is so-so.  I find this example better than most I have tried.  TScale:  89 points, another good wine at this price.  (91 pts Wine Enthusiast Aug ’14)


  • Odfjell Amador Estate Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2103 – $9.99.  One of a few Chilean cabs I’ve todfjellried in recent months, this one is a good example of a South American wine at a very good price point.  This wine displays what I call the “South American” nose which yields scents of wood, green herbs, and red cherries.  It is a densely-colored dark brick red.  The wine doesn’t drink like a thick cab at all, however.  It has a medium body and finish displaying hints of green tannin which tickle the
    roof of your mouth.  Tart, but not too tart, I get some red berries and a bit of grilled asparagus and wood smoke.  All of these things mellow into a nice, soft drinker with some time.  TScale:  90 points.  This is a cab for daily drinking that you can actually afford.  (87 pts Wine Enthusiast Mar ’16)


  • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petit Sirah, 2014 – $9.89.  The winner of the shootout is this dandy of a petit sirah which released at $23 a bottle.  Young and tight, it is inkyshannon dark purple in color.  Blackberries and Dr. Pepper come through the nose.  Initially, it has a bitter bite, but that fades in a few minutes.  Not too heavy, it still has a full-mouth feel and  a long tart finish.  A bit grippy, a bit tannic, and a bit tart, but somewhat complex at the same time showing some plum and vanilla notes.  This is a sub $10 wine that could cellar a few years!  But if you choose to drink it now, give it a few minutes or decant.  TScale 90+, this is a wine that will buy again and soon.  (2013, Wine Enthusiast 91 Editor’s Choice Mar ’16)


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