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#2001 Post by Marlon F » August 10th, 2020, 12:19 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Just picked up a bottle of the 2018 Kirkland SLD Cab. Chilling it now and will decant for a couple of hours. Will report back.
Hey Bill, how was it? anything close to 2016?
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#2002 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » August 10th, 2020, 12:38 pm

Marlon F wrote:
August 10th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Just picked up a bottle of the 2018 Kirkland SLD Cab. Chilling it now and will decant for a couple of hours. Will report back.
Hey Bill, how was it? anything close to 2016?
Sorry, long birthday weekend.

It is not the 2016. It is however a very good bottle of SLD Cabernet, and well worth the tariff IMHO. I imaging there is some bottle variation out there since this is a negotiant bottling, so YMMV of course. I had it in decanter for about four hours before tasting. No heat and very little new oak.

I am going to gamble on six bottles at only $24 each.
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#2003 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am

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Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
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#2004 Post by Rich Brown » August 13th, 2020, 11:21 am

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
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Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Cheaper than list pricing since you don't have to pay shipping!! [wow.gif]

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#2005 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » August 13th, 2020, 11:33 am

Rich Brown wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 11:21 am
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Cheaper than list pricing since you don't have to pay shipping!! [wow.gif]
Yup. All in was $21.64 a bottle
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#2006 Post by Rich Brown » August 13th, 2020, 11:36 am

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 11:33 am
Rich Brown wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 11:21 am
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Cheaper than list pricing since you don't have to pay shipping!! [wow.gif]
Yup. All in was $21.64 a bottle
Gotta love Costco :)

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#2007 Post by T Fletcher » August 13th, 2020, 2:37 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Wow! My 2018s are still being held by Vinfillment from last May due to the warm weather. I need to find a way to get up to Southlake to grab a bottle or two.
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#2008 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » August 13th, 2020, 3:26 pm

T Fletcher wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Wow! My 2018s are still being held by Vinfillment from last May due to the warm weather. I need to find a way to get up to Southlake to grab a bottle or two.
Funny thing...there aren’t any left.
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#2009 Post by Richard Jen » August 13th, 2020, 5:17 pm

Item#1274071 Wine Enthusiast 36-Bottle Wine Cellar $249.99 at Mountain View. Should be the same thing as #1306944 on Costco.com which sells for $349.99.

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#2010 Post by ykwon » August 13th, 2020, 5:45 pm

Tex - let me know if you see any at W Plano.
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#2011 Post by T Fletcher » August 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 3:26 pm
T Fletcher wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Wow! My 2018s are still being held by Vinfillment from last May due to the warm weather. I need to find a way to get up to Southlake to grab a bottle or two.
Funny thing...there aren’t any left.
Booooo!!!
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#2012 Post by Mark Cap e c e » August 15th, 2020, 11:54 am

Come across a wine called North Forty-Six, Cabernet Red Mountain at my local store in MN for $8.99. Gave it a shot and i think it's pretty dam good. Would be curious if anybody has info on the source.

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#2013 Post by M Matthews » August 15th, 2020, 10:56 pm

Duhart-Milon at Concord location, $60
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#2014 Post by Arv R » August 17th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Over the last 3 very hot days, I've been drinking a 2019 Chapoutier 'Marius' viognier [VDP d'Oc] picked up from Costco for $10. I think this is a new to the US brand (named after Michel's grandfather) that is intended to give Maison Chapoutier a competitor in the fighting varietal category. The wines are labeled after their grapes, and they seem to have a few. I love viognier, so gave it a try. It's crisp, 14% abv on the US label although the French tech sheet says 13.5%, and was raised in stainless. Pears, honeysuckle, and an oily palate round it out. These are about 8 Euro in France, so a fair price to get the bottles half the world away. Screwcap, and a strange/busy/artsty label which cloaks important (to me) information such as the vintage etc. One has to look very closely at the back to find the harvest year - perhaps in this 'branded' category the producers want consumers to simply see the word 'Marius' + varietal then purchase based those attributes. Given the quick collapse of viognier (IMO) after bottling I'm a consumer who does want the current 'On the Run' vintage rather than anything that has lingered in the supply chain. I am surprised to see this at Costco already. I don't have a grade for it but I like it, and would repurchase. It's not cloying, nor flabby (yet) which are aspects that viognier from less heralded regions might show.

One amusing thing: if I'd opened a Condrieu (none at home currently!) the SO would have demanded a glass. But some inscrutable VdP d'Oc ? That escapes, and a bottle can live a few days longer than the sub 60 minutes a real No Rho viognier would live. Sibling looked at it suspiciously too (as mentioned the label is weird) and chose the (sadly non Costco sourced) prosecco instead.
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#2015 Post by P. D e r d e y n » August 17th, 2020, 8:12 pm

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 9:25 am
AC1422B3-930C-4447-81B0-EBC21CD78D8B.jpeg

Southlake, TX today.

Solid case in the bin.
Found Ode to Lulu at the Dallas location. @ $18.99 I snagged another case, was almost out of my original allocation anyway so the timing was perfect.

I know Morgan mentioned that he had to unload some of his higher production wines because the restaurant trade did not take their normal orders, guessing that's how these got here.
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#2016 Post by Rory K. » August 25th, 2020, 4:08 pm

2018 Jermann Pinot Grigio 15.99, @ the Los Feliz/Atwater location in LA. WS has places out east for this low but mostly when I see it in California its ~$22-25
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#2017 Post by Len Stevens » August 26th, 2020, 9:39 am

Stopped by today and picked up the 2018 Kirkland Stag's Leap. I've always enjoyed the AVA...anyone tried?

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#2018 Post by Rich Brown » August 26th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Len Stevens wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 9:39 am
Stopped by today and picked up the 2018 Kirkland Stag's Leap. I've always enjoyed the AVA...anyone tried?
There were some comments a little ways back stating that it, sadly, does not come close to the magic that was the 2016. Would love to hear some additional notes though - let us know once you open one.

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#2019 Post by Marlon F » September 8th, 2020, 9:37 am

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 10th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Marlon F wrote:
August 10th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Just picked up a bottle of the 2018 Kirkland SLD Cab. Chilling it now and will decant for a couple of hours. Will report back.
Hey Bill, how was it? anything close to 2016?
Sorry, long birthday weekend.

It is not the 2016. It is however a very good bottle of SLD Cabernet, and well worth the tariff IMHO. I imaging there is some bottle variation out there since this is a negotiant bottling, so YMMV of course. I had it in decanter for about four hours before tasting. No heat and very little new oak.

I am going to gamble on six bottles at only $24 each.
I found some bottles this last Sunday; got 2 and opened one to try. it really needs the decanter... I have not tried the 2016 so I can't compare, but it was the best 25bucks cab I have had in a while.
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#2020 Post by Tom H o l b r o o k » September 8th, 2020, 11:45 am

T Fletcher wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 3:26 pm
T Fletcher wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 2:37 pm


Wow! My 2018s are still being held by Vinfillment from last May due to the warm weather. I need to find a way to get up to Southlake to grab a bottle or two.
Funny thing...there aren’t any left.
Booooo!!!
There is now more of it at the Southlake location. Looked like about 2 cases at least as of a couple hours ago.

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#2021 Post by T Fletcher » September 8th, 2020, 1:04 pm

Tom H o l b r o o k wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 11:45 am
T Fletcher wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
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Funny thing...there aren’t any left.
Booooo!!!
There is now more of it at the Southlake location. Looked like about 2 cases at least as of a couple hours ago.
Thanks Tom! I need to make a Costco run this week but not sure I'll get up to Southlake.
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#2022 Post by Tom H o l b r o o k » September 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm

T Fletcher wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Tom H o l b r o o k wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 11:45 am
T Fletcher wrote:
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Booooo!!!
There is now more of it at the Southlake location. Looked like about 2 cases at least as of a couple hours ago.
Thanks Tom! I need to make a Costco run this week but not sure I'll get up to Southlake.
You bet! They also have '16 Cliff Lede estate cab @ $59. Tried a couple over the weekend with steaks and pork chops. With a 45 min decant, it's quite good.

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#2023 Post by John Kight » September 10th, 2020, 8:13 am

Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had:

2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not sure I'll be running out to purchase in quantity (unlike their 2015 Barolo, of which I've consumed over a case for $20-ish).
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico (which is delish) for $29.99 (and usually retails for $40-$45)
2018 Alexandre Burgaud Beajolais Villages ($10.99), which I opened and was quite good for the price...not sure there are a lot of $10 wines with this much character, actually.
2015 Cune Rioja Reserva for $14.99 (great price...I tasted via Coravin and it's definitely worthwhile as a classic, understated Rioja Reserva, assuming you're okay with all that entails...i.e. a hint of dill pickle from American oak).

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#2024 Post by CJ Beazley » September 10th, 2020, 10:18 am

John Kight wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 8:13 am
Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had:

2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not sure I'll be running out to purchase in quantity (unlike their 2015 Barolo, of which I've consumed over a case for $20-ish).
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico (which is delish) for $29.99 (and usually retails for $40-$45)
2018 Alexandre Burgaud Beajolais Villages ($10.99), which I opened and was quite good for the price...not sure there are a lot of $10 wines with this much character, actually.
2015 Cune Rioja Reserva for $14.99 (great price...I tasted via Coravin and it's definitely worthwhile as a classic, understated Rioja Reserva, assuming you're okay with all that entails...i.e. a hint of dill pickle from American oak).
Mine down south Lioco 2018 Sonoma county chard @ $15.00, pretty decent.
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#2025 Post by Arv R » September 10th, 2020, 10:26 am

John Kight wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 8:13 am
Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had:

2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not sure I'll be running out to purchase in quantity (unlike their 2015 Barolo, of which I've consumed over a case for $20-ish).
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico (which is delish) for $29.99 (and usually retails for $40-$45)
2018 Alexandre Burgaud Beajolais Villages ($10.99), which I opened and was quite good for the price...not sure there are a lot of $10 wines with this much character, actually.
2015 Cune Rioja Reserva for $14.99 (great price...I tasted via Coravin and it's definitely worthwhile as a classic, understated Rioja Reserva, assuming you're okay with all that entails...i.e. a hint of dill pickle from American oak).
Thanks for that info. FWIW Garagiste seems to have a pipeline for the CVNE lineup, especially the signaturey scripty ones (not Imperial) and tends to offer them pretty much at national lows. Last couple of gran reservas were at $20ish.

Do you think the Kirkland Brunello is Barbi's estate grapes, or just vinified by them?
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#2026 Post by John Kight » September 10th, 2020, 11:21 am

Arv R wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 10:26 am

FWIW Garagiste seems to have a pipeline for the CVNE lineup, especially the signaturey scripty ones (not Imperial) and tends to offer them pretty much at national lows. Last couple of gran reservas were at $20ish.

Do you think the Kirkland Brunello is Barbi's estate grapes, or just vinified by them?
The $14.99 for the Reserva may be in line with national low pricing (as a quick search online showed $22 to be more normal "market pricing", with the non-reserve "Crianza" typically priced at about $12-$13). This was the normal CVNE, not the Imperial lineup. Regarding the Brunello, I don't think there is any way to know. Kirkland goes to some length to hide the source (as that is probably a condition of their sourcing arrangement...I'm sure Barbi also doesn't want people to know that they are behind this wine). However, an online tool at the Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino website allows you to type in the code from the wine seal of any DOC or DOCG wine from the region and see the "producer". I just grabbed a bottle from the Costco bin and entered the code, and it said "Fattoria Dei Barbi" is both the "producer" and the "bottler". However, there is no information at all about the source of the grapes.

My guess is that Barbi probably wouldn't source grapes just for Kirkland, but would be far more likely to be looking to get rid of excess wine or excess grapes already in their possession (whether estate grown or otherwise). I would have assumed this might just be a wine from their younger vines, or from casks/tanks/foudres that the producer thought were "lesser" in quality OR it could just be a way to get rid of excess Brunello (i.e. the same wine as their normal Barolo) in a way that wouldn't cause their pricing to drop due to excess supply on the market. However, that's all just speculation on my part based on an understanding of what is typical when Kirkland, Cameron Hughes, Trader Joes, 90+ Cellars, etc. offer their own branded bottlings. I certainly don't know whether or not this wine comes from estate grapes.

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#2027 Post by Arv R » September 12th, 2020, 4:29 pm

Thanks for expanding on that Barbi info above!

#471 had these today

16 Barone Ricasoli Brolio Riserva [Chianti Classico] $20
15 Castello Romitorio [Brunello di Montalcino] $50
14 Altesino [Brunello di Montalcino] $37

They had lots of these.

K&L is selling a spectrum of 14 Brunellos in the $25-30 zone, for those who might care.
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#2028 Post by Warren Taranow » September 12th, 2020, 6:48 pm

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2008 Dom Perignon $144.99
2008 Cristal $229.99
Not screaming deals, but not bad. They had the '09 Cristal in the display case, but only '08s in stock.
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#2029 Post by B. Buzzini » September 14th, 2020, 11:12 am

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#2030 Post by Arv R » September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm

I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
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#2031 Post by Mike Kuller » September 14th, 2020, 12:27 pm

Arv R wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm
I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
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#2032 Post by Arv R » September 14th, 2020, 12:55 pm

The shelf talker suggests its some CA Central Coast blend?
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#2033 Post by Mike Kuller » September 14th, 2020, 1:13 pm

Mike Kuller wrote:
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Arv R wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm
I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
And from Oregon.
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#2034 Post by Marshall Manning » September 14th, 2020, 4:13 pm

Probably put out by this company : https://manoswine.com/

If so, they put mediocre juice into engraved bottles and sell them for far more than the wine is worth.
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#2035 Post by Richard Jen » September 14th, 2020, 4:44 pm

#129 Santa Clara, 2014 Chanin Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict $22.99.

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#2036 Post by Ron Erickson » September 16th, 2020, 4:01 pm

2016 Renato Ratti Marcenasco for 45.99

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#2037 Post by Kris Patten » September 16th, 2020, 4:56 pm

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#2038 Post by Ron Erickson » September 16th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Believe it or not, in MN. Normally we get things months after they appear on the coasts.

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#2039 Post by Jidhin R. » September 18th, 2020, 6:46 pm

Some good 2016 Bordeaux prices in Colorado Springs:
Lynch-Bages $135
Duhart-Milon $79
Pichon-Baron $160
Carruades de Lafite $150 (sold out now though)

Also saw 09 Dom for $149. I've been seeing it go up as others mentioned to like $160ish at other Costcos.

I'm guessing they might ha e some similar prices at other stores nearby. I'm just visiting.
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#2040 Post by Mattstolz » September 19th, 2020, 10:28 am

John Kight wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 8:13 am
Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had:

2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not sure I'll be running out to purchase in quantity (unlike their 2015 Barolo, of which I've consumed over a case for $20-ish).
2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico (which is delish) for $29.99 (and usually retails for $40-$45)
2018 Alexandre Burgaud Beajolais Villages ($10.99), which I opened and was quite good for the price...not sure there are a lot of $10 wines with this much character, actually.
2015 Cune Rioja Reserva for $14.99 (great price...I tasted via Coravin and it's definitely worthwhile as a classic, understated Rioja Reserva, assuming you're okay with all that entails...i.e. a hint of dill pickle from American oak).
interesting info on the barbi connection. from your other comment i get the sense you feel this wine is inferior to Barbi's normal brunello (which I enjoy) do you think the price makes it worth it?

and i dream of being able to find Fontodi CC at my costco.


We do have a couple cases of Merry Edwards Sauv blanc on our shelf for $36 right now. and I do enjoy the Barolo for the $20ish price as well.

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#2041 Post by John Kight » September 20th, 2020, 12:24 pm

I haven’t tried the ‘15 Barbi (or probably any Barbie in the last 3-4 years), so don’t know if it’s inferior or not. It’s definitely a solid Brunello in a savory and linear style and good value I’d love to get the opinion of others....just wasn’t exciting to me in the way the Fontodi was.

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