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#1551 Post by Neal.Mollen » November 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm

Arv R wrote:
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Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery store wines. I am willing to drive if there is a Florida Costco wine department worth the trip. Any recs?
In general, the local Costco warehouse wine selections tend to be aligned with the socioeconomics of their surrounding area. So you'll have to find locations where the classy elite are. The Redwood City one is famed for its wine selection for example.
I really haven't seen any correlation. The Pentagon City store is in the middle of one of the richest spots in the US, as well as one of the US' biggest wine markets. They get crap
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#1552 Post by JonathanG » November 10th, 2019, 5:23 pm

maybe they have a crappy wine manager.

All I know is the ones I went to in Oahu on the west coast, and Maui near the airport had pretty poor selections, and the ones in the Bay Area up and down the peninsula have pretty good stuff normally in stock, and sometimes some amazing stuff (like the 4 bottle vertical of Cheval from 00, 05, 10, and 15!)
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#1553 Post by Kris Patten » November 10th, 2019, 5:42 pm

They do rank their buildings, I'd be curious what the stores are in their system as all our top ranked stores in WA have very good selection.
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#1554 Post by Troy Stark » November 11th, 2019, 12:00 pm

JonathanG wrote:
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maybe they have a crappy wine manager.
I have often suspected this might be the issue.

Or it could be a crappy regional manager. I wouldn't be surprised if DC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all in the same Costco region and we just have a really crappy wine buyer... [swearing.gif]
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#1555 Post by Neal.Mollen » November 11th, 2019, 12:03 pm

Troy Stark wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 12:00 pm
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November 10th, 2019, 5:23 pm
maybe they have a crappy wine manager.
I have often suspected this might be the issue.

Or it could be a crappy regional manager. I wouldn't be surprised if DC, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all in the same Costco region and we just have a really crappy wine buyer... [swearing.gif]
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#1556 Post by Troy Stark » November 11th, 2019, 12:05 pm

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Bam! I challenge anyone in the green zone to come up with a Costco that has a decent wine selection.
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#1557 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » November 11th, 2019, 1:00 pm

Patrick OMalley wrote:
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Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery store wines. I am willing to drive if there is a Florida Costco wine department worth the trip. Any recs?
Hi Patrick -
Welcome to the board! There are different regions within the country for Costco's wine program, each with a separate buyer, and here in Florida, it SUCKS compared to what many on this board post from other areas. I stop in the Boca Costco a few times a month, and while sure I may find a decent rioja or chianti at a good price, I can't ever recall seeing any of the gems that people regularly post about in this thread. Sounds like our store is a step better than yours, but not worth a 3 hour drive.

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#1558 Post by David McMillen » November 11th, 2019, 1:26 pm

Troy Stark wrote:
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Bam! I challenge anyone in the green zone to come up with a Costco that has a decent wine selection.


I agree. Our Costco wine selection in "affluent" Nashville is horrible. About the only interesting wine I've ever seen is the current 08 Dom----for $179 plus 9.25 % tax.

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#1559 Post by John Draper » November 11th, 2019, 1:47 pm

Costcos in CO are a mixed lot primarily because of an archaic law that stated chain stores could only sell wine and hard liquor at one location meaning one King Soopers in all of CO could have a full liquor license, same for Costco. I don't know if that has changed now that the state has eased up on regulations for beer sales. I was at the Park Meadows Costco last week and they had '08 Dom for $139.
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#1560 Post by Richard Jen » November 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm

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why are you expecting Sassicaia at Costco? Jeez I'd buy every bottle they had if I see it at mine.
I did see 2016 at Redwood City store today for $189.99.

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#1561 Post by Michae1 P0wers » November 11th, 2019, 4:13 pm

St. Louis isn't good either. In fact, the quality of selection seems to have declined in the past year or two.

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#1562 Post by David Kim » November 11th, 2019, 10:11 pm

Arv R wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Patrick OMalley wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 7:55 am
Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery store wines. I am willing to drive if there is a Florida Costco wine department worth the trip. Any recs?
In general, the local Costco warehouse wine selections tend to be aligned with the socioeconomics of their surrounding area. So you'll have to find locations where the classy elite are. The Redwood City one is famed for its wine selection for example.
I usually shop at the RWC location, but I've actually found the Mountain View location to have the crazy one-offs that are just eye candy for me. Last year they were selling an 8 bottle collection of 2014 DRC for $31999.99 (1 romanee-conti, 3 la tache, 2 st-vivant, and 2 richebourg), a 5 bottle set of Bond in OWC, and a bottle of chateau petrus all at the same time!

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#1563 Post by JonathanG » November 12th, 2019, 10:28 pm

Richard Jen wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm
JonathanG wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 8:29 pm
why are you expecting Sassicaia at Costco? Jeez I'd buy every bottle they had if I see it at mine.
I did see 2016 at Redwood City store today for $189.99.
Wow i know where I'm going tomorrow. Was it in the glass case or was it in the bins and how many they had.
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#1564 Post by Richard Jen » November 13th, 2019, 2:59 pm

JonathanG wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Richard Jen wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm
JonathanG wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 8:29 pm
why are you expecting Sassicaia at Costco? Jeez I'd buy every bottle they had if I see it at mine.
I did see 2016 at Redwood City store today for $189.99.
Wow i know where I'm going tomorrow. Was it in the glass case or was it in the bins and how many they had.
In the glass case. Item#37619. Good luck!

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#1565 Post by Arv R » November 13th, 2019, 9:44 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Arv R wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Patrick OMalley wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 7:55 am
Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery store wines. I am willing to drive if there is a Florida Costco wine department worth the trip. Any recs?
In general, the local Costco warehouse wine selections tend to be aligned with the socioeconomics of their surrounding area. So you'll have to find locations where the classy elite are. The Redwood City one is famed for its wine selection for example.
I really haven't seen any correlation. The Pentagon City store is in the middle of one of the richest spots in the US, as well as one of the US' biggest wine markets. They get crap
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#1566 Post by John Kight » November 14th, 2019, 8:37 am

Richard Jen wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:31 pm
JonathanG wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 8:29 pm
why are you expecting Sassicaia at Costco? Jeez I'd buy every bottle they had if I see it at mine.
I did see 2016 at Redwood City store today for $189.99.
Just saw 2016 Sassicaia at the West Plano (Dallas) location yesterday for the same price. Looks to be about $60 under the market price for this wine....I picked up a couple.

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#1567 Post by Richardp » November 15th, 2019, 6:15 pm

2014 chateau l'argentyre haut medoc $10 in NW Connecticut. A case buy.

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#1568 Post by Kris Patten » November 15th, 2019, 6:32 pm

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#1569 Post by dcornutt » November 16th, 2019, 10:19 am

I love Costco.

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#1570 Post by David B » November 16th, 2019, 10:43 am

Got some 2015 Vietti Castiglione for $43 at Alameden
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#1571 Post by TonyD » November 16th, 2019, 11:41 am

Just picked up a couple of bottle of 2016 Double Diamond ($39.98) based on good reviews and the tie to the Schrader label.
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#1572 Post by Frederico L e e » November 16th, 2019, 11:58 am

Saw a Cristal '09 for only CAD 245, i.e. USD185 😲 at Costco Calgary, Alberta

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#1573 Post by John Glas » November 16th, 2019, 12:13 pm

2015 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered $29.97 in MN. Not really my style of Cab but good price.

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#1574 Post by Kris Patten » November 16th, 2019, 3:38 pm

Maison L'Envoye Morgon Cote du Py 2017 $13 and Northstar Merlot 2014 for $15 at South 4th Seattle
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#1575 Post by JosephW » November 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm

TonyD wrote:
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Just picked up a couple of bottle of 2016 Double Diamond ($39.98) based on good reviews and the tie to the Schrader label.
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#1576 Post by Arv R » November 16th, 2019, 6:39 pm

#471 had these today

2014 Marques de Murrieta [Rioja Reserva] $18
2015 Pitray [Cotes de Bordeaux] $10
2015 Chemin Royal [Moulis] $13

I've had some terrible Pitrays from the 90's back when it was a Cotes des Castillon....but I would bet those 15's are ok....especially considering the ten spot cost.

Maybe an ok price for the Murrieta, but I was picking up 2010 for $20, so no need for those.
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#1577 Post by Arv R » November 16th, 2019, 6:43 pm

Also you might see these in your local warehouse, $2 per glass, sold in packs of 8

Seems to be USA made, rims are a touch thicker than Nachtmanns or Spiegelau dishwasher safe glasses.
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These would be good gifts for family members who do not have good stemware, so when you're visiting you can leave these behind.

Producer is ARC, who I don't recognize. They are a touch on the small side, but I'd have no problem using them. These would be very good for a white wine glass in the F&B trade.
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#1578 Post by Nick F. » November 19th, 2019, 10:29 am

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#1579 Post by Alex B. » November 19th, 2019, 3:48 pm

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#1580 Post by Jdbramm » November 20th, 2019, 9:34 pm

John Draper wrote:
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Costcos in CO are a mixed lot primarily because of an archaic law that stated chain stores could only sell wine and hard liquor at one location meaning one King Soopers in all of CO could have a full liquor license, same for Costco. I don't know if that has changed now that the state has eased up on regulations for beer sales. I was at the Park Meadows Costco last week and they had '08 Dom for $139.
The laws have changed slightly but not much to do with beer sales. I don’t fully understand it, but stores like Costco and Total Wine can sale all types of alcohol as long as there is a local liquor store within a certain distance. Or a certain amount of local stores in a given area. I’m not really sure. I still try to support my friend Joe at the local Lukas Liquors store. But it’s hard to beat Costco sometimes.

Got the last Ch. Figeac at Park Meadows Costco Denver for just over $200. Total wine, literally a block away, is $270
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#1581 Post by P@u1_M3nk3s » November 20th, 2019, 10:09 pm

Vallejo, CA Costco: 2009 Pagodes des Cos for $65.99.
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#1582 Post by jordan jacobs » November 20th, 2019, 10:49 pm

Nick F. wrote:
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Chateau Montrose st estephe 2015
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Thank you. It took a village but I was able to snag a few. Great price, know I regret not getting more.

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#1583 Post by Frederico L e e » November 21st, 2019, 2:44 am

Any mention of a good Costco in NYC?

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#1584 Post by s.nellessen » November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am

Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
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#1585 Post by John Kight » November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am

s.nellessen wrote:
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Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).

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#1586 Post by John Kight » November 21st, 2019, 11:42 am

I just saw the 2018 Antinori (Castello della Sala) "Bramito del Cervo" Chardonnay at Costco in Frisco, Tx for $13.99. That's the best price in the country by far as the standard retail is $23, and the lowest it typically ever sells for is $20. Unless there's something atypically bad about the 2018, this is a great value, as the wine, while thoroughly "unexciting", is both crowd-pleasing and also drinkable by wine geeks, as it kind of splits the difference between New World (with some richness, cream/butter) and Old World (with good lemony acidity, lack of any excessive heaviness on the palate, and good overall balance). Certainly much better than any $13.99 California Chardonnay I can think of....

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#1587 Post by ykwon » November 21st, 2019, 1:46 pm

Thanks John. Might need to grab a few if I see any at WPlano
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#1588 Post by Mark Stevens » November 21st, 2019, 5:16 pm

I completely agree, John. Bought a bunch of the 2017, available here on the West Coast until a couple of months ago for $17.99. Still some bottles around of the big brother Cervaro della Sala 2017 for $34.99, which is also an excellent, if not incredible deal that the Bramito is. I will keep my eyes open for the ‘18 for sure.

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#1589 Post by James Billy » November 22nd, 2019, 4:09 am

John Kight wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
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November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).
2-3 years? [swearing.gif]

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#1590 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » November 22nd, 2019, 4:46 am

On Eater.com, this bartender in Boston claims Kirkland Añejo Tequila is flavored vodka. Surely that can't be true (or legal)?

"Cheap tequila gets a bad rap for a good reason: True tequila can only be produced in Mexico, and in specific parts of Mexico at that. Unlike whiskey, rum, gin, or vodka, you can’t rely on barreling or aging to get a neutral spirit to taste like tequila. For $20 a bottle, I fear that the Costco-brand añejo tequila is essentially tequila-flavored vodka with a dose of artificial coloring to mimic the barrel-aged color. Which is all to say I would not buy it."

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#1591 Post by Troy Stark » November 22nd, 2019, 5:45 am

I guess we'll see if he gets sued for libel...
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#1592 Post by John Kight » November 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am

James Billy wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 4:09 am
John Kight wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
s.nellessen wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).
2-3 years? [swearing.gif]
I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis and also the fact that this is likely a decent but unexceptional "bulk" parcel of Chablis that is available at a great price, I just use it as a "daily drinker" and don't view it as cellar worthy. That said, I'm sure there's a chance it will age nicely...I just have other wines I'd prioritize over this for aging. FWIW, I did stick away a bottle of the very good Kirkland 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape just as a "science experiment" to see if it improves with 8-10 years of age. But just on a lark...not something I'm banking on.

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#1593 Post by CJ Beazley » November 22nd, 2019, 7:34 am

John Kight wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
James Billy wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 4:09 am
John Kight wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am


Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).
2-3 years? [swearing.gif]
I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis and also the fact that this is likely a decent but unexceptional "bulk" parcel of Chablis that is available at a great price, I just use it as a "daily drinker" and don't view it as cellar worthy. That said, I'm sure there's a chance it will age nicely...I just have other wines I'd prioritize over this for aging. FWIW, I did stick away a bottle of the very good Kirkland 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape just as a "science experiment" to see if it improves with 8-10 years of age. But just on a lark...not something I'm banking on.
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#1594 Post by David B » November 22nd, 2019, 8:04 am

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#1595 Post by John Kight » November 22nd, 2019, 8:08 am

CJ Beazley wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 7:34 am
John Kight wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
James Billy wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 4:09 am


2-3 years? [swearing.gif]
I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis and also the fact that this is likely a decent but unexceptional "bulk" parcel of Chablis that is available at a great price, I just use it as a "daily drinker" and don't view it as cellar worthy. That said, I'm sure there's a chance it will age nicely...I just have other wines I'd prioritize over this for aging. FWIW, I did stick away a bottle of the very good Kirkland 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape just as a "science experiment" to see if it improves with 8-10 years of age. But just on a lark...not something I'm banking on.
In our area for just a few dollars more you can get the village level Fevre.
Here as well...however, it remains an open question (and may be vintage dependant) as to which I'd rather drink. The Kirkland is Premier Cru, while the Fevre Champs Royeax (I believe) is not....However, I may just have a "Fevre Hangover" bias, as I got burned by a bunch of premoxed Fevre back in the 2001-2005 vintage range. I believe they've largely cleaned up their problems, but I think I still harbour a slight anti-Fevre bias...

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#1596 Post by Frank Murray III » November 22nd, 2019, 2:41 pm

Still some 2008 Cristal at Costco in Dana Point. I gritted my teeth and grabbed another for the cellar. Tempted to do more but exercised some discipline. [training.gif]
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1597 Post by James Billy » November 22nd, 2019, 4:32 pm

I'd much rather drink the Kirkland over the Fever.

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1598 Post by John Glas » November 22nd, 2019, 5:01 pm

Really good Chardonnay in Minneapolis for under $10

2015 Buena Vista Chardonnay Carneros - USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (11/16/2019)
Day 1: Wow! $9.97 at Costco. This is as good as Ramey Sonoma for one third the price. Apple, integrated oak, spice, floral and lemon. Medium, concentrated finish. Good acidity. This is an amazing effort and regret only buying six of these. Backing up for a case. 91 points
Day 2: Still rich and vibrant. Good acidity. Apple, pear, oak, vanilla, spice and floral notes. A complete package and should age for another 3 to 4 years. 90 points
Day 3: Lemon, oak, Carmel, spice and sour apple. Short to medium finish. Lost a little bit from day 1. 88 points
Recommendation: Over 3 days this did not hold up as well however still solid. Drink this wine over the next few years for maximum enjoyment. (91 points)

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1599 Post by Frederico L e e » November 23rd, 2019, 4:35 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 2:41 pm
Still some 2008 Cristal at Costco in Dana Point. I gritted my teeth and grabbed another for the cellar. Tempted to do more but exercised some discipline. [training.gif]
Price?

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1600 Post by bretrooks » November 23rd, 2019, 4:49 pm

Nothing new and exciting in SLO winewise, but I did pick up two bottles of Rittenhouse Rye for $18.99 each.
Bret R., Intrepid QPR Explorer

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