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Intrinsic Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State

My Rating 89 Points. Price $22. This Friday my Cabernet fix is from Washington State. Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim. Nice nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, vanilla, cedar, cloves, chocolates, light green bitter vegetables, earth, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs. Dry […]

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Intrinsic Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State

My Rating 89 Points. Price $22. This Friday my Cabernet fix is from Washington State. Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim. Nice nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, vanilla, cedar, cloves, chocolates, light green bitter vegetables, earth, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn. Medium to full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs. Dry […]

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2013 DECOY SONOMA COUNTY RED WINE @Costco

2013 Decoy Sonoma County Red WineDecoy is the second label for Duckhorn and they are generally a safe bet if you’re looking for good wines at a fair price.  This red blend, made from grapes harvested across 16 different Sonoma vineyards, hits the mark and does so for $16.99, which is a healthy discount from the wine’s $25 retail price tag.

The blend has a bit of almost every grape you can imagine.  Here’s how it breaks down: 25% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Zinfandel, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petite Sirah, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. So like me, you’re probably what it all tastes like.  It pours a medium dark in the glass and the nose is slightly smoky with some baking spice.  Flavors of blackberry and boysenberry, with some black licorice and vanilla.  Finish is long. Overall, I sound this to be a good package for the price.

Duckhorn bills Decoy wines as the “everyday wines for the well informed.”  That’s a great line and really applies in this case. This is a nice step up from your average $10-$15 reds.

Krunch Rating: 89 Points

Costco item number: 889077

2015 BOCELLI TENOR RED TOSCANA IGT @ Costco

2015 Bocelli Tenor Red Toscana IGTThese Super Tuscans that Costco carries are almost always good buys and that’s why I dropped this $12.99 bottle in the cart. It turned out to be exactly what I expected, maybe even a step up from expectations, as it’s a perfect, every day red to have on hand for almost any cuisine, any time of the week, to drink with pretty much anybody.

In this price range, I prefer this style over wines such as the Napa County Kirkland Cab. that we just reviewed for the same price, but much of that can be personal preferences in old world vs new world.  I find the European wines from Italy, Spain and France to generally be more interesting and more complex than their US counterparts when you’re searching for wines under $15.  This bottle is a case in point.

The wine is comprised of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Sangiovese, and 33% Merlot, a pretty standard Super Tuscan mix. Dusty, earthy, dried fruit on the nose, dark fruit flavor in the mouth, with plum, blackberry, cherry cola, a touch of leather and oak towards the finish. A rather elegant wine for the money actually, and one that developed quite nicely with a little air.

Krunch Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1127289