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2011 Ronan by Clinet BordeauxThe Costco stores near me often times sneak in these $8-$15 Bordeaux wines in the cheap seats (the wines stacked in the aisles, not the wood boxes), and they have been really hit or miss for me in the past. But this one is a definite hit for only $9.99.

This wine is earthy on the nose, floral with a little vanilla and spice. Medium body in the mouth, nice light mouthfeel; flavors of ripe red fruit, black cherry, a little bell pepper even and some anise; the wine is chalky, and finishes bone dry in the mouth with lingering pepper and spice.

I really like this one at this price point.  It’s 100% Merlot and old world in style.  This is an easy drinking wine, and a good volume buy for a party.  Just keep dumping these in the decanter and serve them and you’ll have your guests thinking you spent a lot more than $10 a bottle.

I’m encouraging you to added it to your “Must Try List” as it’s a very nice wine for only $10 and one of those examples of why you should buy wine at Costco – to find gems like this.  This wine is made by Chateau Clinet, a well respected Pomerol producer, although they source the grapes for this wine from various appellations in Bordeaux.

Krunch Rating: 90 Points

Costco item number: 919653


Here’s another one of those inexpensive Bordeaux bottles that you find piled in the “cheap seats” next to Liberty School and Apothic Red, and you’re never quite sure what to make of it.  I’ve had several (probably most) that turned out to be very good buys, and I’m happy to say that this Bordeaux Superieur for $8.99 2014 Chateau La Verriere Bordeaux Superieuris another surprisingly good find.

Bordeaux Superieur is the “entry level” designation for Bordeaux wines, and the varietal makeup is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with smaller parts of the other Bordeaux varietals to include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  This bottle I would guess has a good percentage of Merlot, likely a higher percentage than the other grapes, but that’s just how it tastes to me.

This wine is a 2014 vintage so it’s a little younger than the Clinet which spent a few more years in the bottle, and the youthfulness is apparent.  I think it’s actually a great time to drink this one, although it would be interesting to try after cellaring for a few years.

The wine is earthy, barnyard on the nose, distinctly Bordeaux; red and dark fruit flavor, blackberry, blueberry rounded out with a little sour cherry, some spice, a little nutmeg.  The wine is very dry throughout, especially in the finish.

At this price point it’s hard to complain and I’d say this is a Bordeaux that exceeds expectations.

Krunch Rating: 90 points

Costco item number: 648383


Dynamite Vineyard #14 Cab. Sauv.

A dense color leads to bright, pure aromas and full flavors of ripe berry with subtle notes of cedar and spimg_1183ice that lead to a soft, silky, lingering finish.

Pair great with grilled meats, Roasted Duck or lamb, as well as medium sharp cheese.

Krunch Rating: 90 points

Value: $10.48    Sam’s Club


Clare Wine Co Shiraz 2013

Clare Wine Co Shiraz is the third release from the Clare Valley estate, owned by Kaesler wines. Kaesler owimg_1158n vineyards in the Watervale and Polish Hill sub-regions of the Clare Valley. The Shiraz fruit to make this wine was sourced from the Watervale & Polish Hill vineyard and was pic
ked in early March. Fruit was picked and then transported to Kaesler in the Barossa Valley for processing. The wine was fermented at a medium temperature (26-30 Degrees centigrade) in stainless steel for 7 days and transferred to mainly older oak.

Vibrant rose red

Sweet dark red berries such as plums and mulberry.

Spciy, cherry ripe & hints of chocolate that is fruit dominated with good length

The 2013 vintage produces wines of elegance rather than full bodied, massive power. And yes, there are some great wines from the 2011 vintage – follow your producers you trust!. This Shiraz offers and elegant, easy drinking style.. Enjoy now in its youth or over the next 5 years.

Krunch Rating: 90 points


Fisher Unity Rosé 2013

Unity-roseFisher Unity Rosé  2013, California, 13.9% alcohol, approx. $15 (60% Pinot Noir, 28% Malbec 12% Syrah)

Interesting fact: This wine was first made for winemaker Whitney Fisher’s own wedding for the guests.

Sight: Pale salmon with onion skin highlights

Scent: Strawberry, rhubarb and rose petals with a hint of blueberry

Sip: Crisp strawberry with herbal tones

Savor with: Charcuterie, salade Nicoise

Krunch Rating: 90