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#751 Post by I. Howe » July 12th, 2018, 5:24 am

Has anyone seen the Kirkland Chablis lately? When it was first talked about here, I grabbed a few and enjoyed them. Then I grabbed a few more and enjoyed them. Since then I have been looking but I have not seen that wine in stock for probably 4 months.
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#752 Post by James Billy » July 12th, 2018, 7:20 am

Which vintage?

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#753 Post by ATaylor » July 12th, 2018, 12:36 pm

2014 Louis Max Gevrey-Chamb "Les Azerottes" marked down to $29.97 in NorCal Costcos
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#754 Post by Michae1 P0wers » July 12th, 2018, 1:55 pm

James Billy wrote:Which vintage?
I bought some '15, which was decent for a '15. I'd gladly give the '16 a try if I saw it.

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#755 Post by P. D e r d e y n » July 12th, 2018, 3:08 pm

If it hasn't already been said the Kirkland Rose was a very good value again this year.
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#756 Post by I. Howe » July 12th, 2018, 6:33 pm

James Billy wrote:Which vintage?
What I had bought was 15', but I really do not mind, I will be happy to try the 16'. I have looked at multiple locations, and it was either limited in supply, or the berserker's bought it all up.
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#757 Post by John Kight » July 13th, 2018, 10:07 am

I. Howe wrote:
James Billy wrote:Which vintage?
What I had bought was 15', but I really do not mind, I will be happy to try the 16'. I have looked at multiple locations, and it was either limited in supply, or the berserker's bought it all up.
As a general rule, all of the Kirkland Signature releases appear and sell out within 2-4 months. They are then unavailable until the next vintage shows up approximately one year later. This is particularly true of their non-domestic production (Chablis, Chateauneuf, Brunello, Rioja Riserva and Chianti Classico Riserva).

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#758 Post by I. Howe » July 14th, 2018, 9:33 am

John Kight wrote:
I. Howe wrote:
James Billy wrote:Which vintage?
What I had bought was 15', but I really do not mind, I will be happy to try the 16'. I have looked at multiple locations, and it was either limited in supply, or the berserker's bought it all up.
As a general rule, all of the Kirkland Signature releases appear and sell out within 2-4 months. They are then unavailable until the next vintage shows up approximately one year later. This is particularly true of their non-domestic production (Chablis, Chateauneuf, Brunello, Rioja Riserva and Chianti Classico Riserva).
Good to know. I will load up when the new vintage is released.
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#759 Post by Scott Watkins » July 26th, 2018, 8:07 pm

15 Palmer Alter Ego for 59.99 at Van Nuys Costco have no idea if it's any good? Thoughts
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#760 Post by Kris Patten » July 27th, 2018, 10:28 pm

Best price in US is $10 more and solid Vinous review, I'd buy one and see what I thought, then potentially reload. I think 2016 is the vintage to collect, though.
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#761 Post by ATaylor » August 10th, 2018, 4:42 pm

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2014 Domaine Emilian Gillet Viré-Clessé $12.97
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#762 Post by Albert_H » August 10th, 2018, 5:17 pm

As the largest purveyor of wine and spirits in the US, does anyone know why Costco doesn't properly store their high end wines? I was at my local Costco last weekend to see they had gotten a case of 2015 Dominus. The temperature in the room it was stored in had to have been in the upper 70's easy, possibly low 80's at the time. I asked to see a bottle and it wasn't the slightest bit cool to the touch. I was just there again and they still had 4 bottles remaining. Granted the Dominus will probably sell out soon, but two unopened 6 packs of 2014 Insignia will probably sit there for a few months I would assume.
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#763 Post by Arv R » August 10th, 2018, 6:55 pm

Maybe they sell stuff so fast they don't think its an issue being at room temps in the warehouse.
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#764 Post by J3ff S@g@n » August 14th, 2018, 9:38 am

Curious. . what price was the 15 dominus?

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#765 Post by T. Altmayer » August 15th, 2018, 9:52 am

ATaylor wrote:
August 10th, 2018, 4:42 pm
NorCal Costcos

2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel $29.97 (Great Oaks SJ)
2014 Domaine Emilian Gillet Viré-Clessé $12.97
2008 Ch Latour $499.97 (Great Oaks)
2014 Louis Max Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Azerottes" $19.97 (Great Oaks, Rohnert Park, Folsom)
My local Costco stores suck. Would have loaded up on the Tablas Creek at that price.
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#766 Post by David B » August 15th, 2018, 6:10 pm

ATaylor wrote:
August 10th, 2018, 4:42 pm
NorCal Costcos

2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel $29.97 (Great Oaks SJ)
That is a Screaming deal. Just bought 3, and I might go back for more.
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#767 Post by G. Bienstock » August 15th, 2018, 8:52 pm

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#768 Post by John Kight » August 16th, 2018, 7:25 am

Albert_H wrote:
August 10th, 2018, 5:17 pm
As the largest purveyor of wine and spirits in the US, does anyone know why Costco doesn't properly store their high end wines? I was at my local Costco last weekend to see they had gotten a case of 2015 Dominus. The temperature in the room it was stored in had to have been in the upper 70's easy, possibly low 80's at the time. I asked to see a bottle and it wasn't the slightest bit cool to the touch. I was just there again and they still had 4 bottles remaining. Granted the Dominus will probably sell out soon, but two unopened 6 packs of 2014 Insignia will probably sit there for a few months I would assume.
Our Dallas Costco warehouses are nice and cool. My guess is that the store is maintained in the 67-69 range...and the wine itself is in the coldest part of the store, adjacent to the meat and open refrigeration units. That said, I was once in the Phoenix store and it must have been 86-88 degrees in there. I saw an amazing deal--a 5L bottle of 2010 Flaccianello for a price of about $400-$450 (I don't remember the exact price, but remember that it was under $75 per 750ml of wine). However, I had to pass because it was so hot in the store and I had no idea whether it had been there for 1 day or 4 months. Even if it had been there for a week I would have worried about it at that temperature...Such a shame.

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#770 Post by Karl F » August 16th, 2018, 11:47 am

Has anyone tried the Kirkland Signature Series
Stags Leap Cab?

In prior years I would grab one and wait to try and then like it and it was gone.
This year I grabbed a bunch.

Curious what the group thinks.

Thanks
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#771 Post by Albert_H » August 16th, 2018, 12:29 pm

J3ff S@g@n wrote:
August 14th, 2018, 9:38 am
Curious. . what price was the 15 dominus?

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$250/ea
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#772 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » August 16th, 2018, 3:51 pm

DFW area outlets have Henriot Blanc de Blanc for $40-45 a bottle, depending on which one you hit up.
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#773 Post by Rich Brown » August 16th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Karl F wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 11:47 am
Has anyone tried the Kirkland Signature Series
Stags Leap Cab?

In prior years I would grab one and wait to try and then like it and it was gone.
This year I grabbed a bunch.

Curious what the group thinks.

Thanks
Would love to hear thoughts on that as well. Almost snagged a bottle but didnt for some reason. Thinking that was probbaly a poor choice.

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#774 Post by Albert_H » August 16th, 2018, 5:46 pm

The Kirkland SL cab from last year was an excellent qpr. Have yet to grab any of the 2016’s though
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#775 Post by Karl F » August 17th, 2018, 8:17 am

Rich Brown wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Karl F wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 11:47 am
Has anyone tried the Kirkland Signature Series
Stags Leap Cab?

In prior years I would grab one and wait to try and then like it and it was gone.
This year I grabbed a bunch.

Curious what the group thinks.

Thanks
Would love to hear thoughts on that as well. Almost snagged a bottle but didnt for some reason. Thinking that was probbaly a poor choice.
Well, other than it having the fruit that wineries and suppliers seem to think the public wants....this is a bit on the fruity side.

But!!

It has those Stags Leap/Rutherford Dust thing going.
That's not something you will get for a $22 price point.
I liked it.
I got more and will give 3 or 4 bottles a year or two.
But that earthy dusty component is there.
I like that.

Is that more of a Rutherford characteristic, or something that's part of the Stags Leap Terroir as well?
Either way, it's hard to find that in a wine without paying $50+ so I am pleased with it.

Curious what others think.
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#776 Post by Rich Brown » August 17th, 2018, 10:38 am

Nice, thanks Karl! Love that dusty thing. I'll have to grab a bottle

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#777 Post by Eric S n y d e r » August 17th, 2018, 10:41 am

Karl F wrote:
August 17th, 2018, 8:17 am
Rich Brown wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Karl F wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 11:47 am
Has anyone tried the Kirkland Signature Series
Stags Leap Cab?

In prior years I would grab one and wait to try and then like it and it was gone.
This year I grabbed a bunch.

Curious what the group thinks.

Thanks
Would love to hear thoughts on that as well. Almost snagged a bottle but didnt for some reason. Thinking that was probbaly a poor choice.
Well, other than it having the fruit that wineries and suppliers seem to think the public wants....this is a bit on the fruity side.

But!!

It has those Stags Leap/Rutherford Dust thing going.
That's not something you will get for a $22 price point.
I liked it.
I got more and will give 3 or 4 bottles a year or two.
But that earthy dusty component is there.
I like that.

Is that more of a Rutherford characteristic, or something that's part of the Stags Leap Terroir as well?
Either way, it's hard to find that in a wine without paying $50+ so I am pleased with it.

Curious what others think.
Sounds like it will make the crowd AND me happy

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#778 Post by Arv R » August 18th, 2018, 3:02 pm

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#779 Post by Karl F » August 20th, 2018, 7:55 am

I was in north jersey at the Edison Costco.
Picked up a couple Chateau Siran Margaux, and 1 clos du marquis .
Bith 2015

Anyone know anything about these?

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#780 Post by julianseersmartin » August 20th, 2018, 7:56 am

I tried a bottle of the 2016 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District on the weekend. Ultimately for the money I think it's probably difficult to do better, it was a pretty competent wine. I found it a bit of a bruiser in that it was exceptionally rich but that's just a stylistic preference. I'd prefer a bit less extraction. If you want balls out cali cab, it's a great deal. It was pretty accessible too, to be honest. I'm sure it'll age but it's certainly open for business.

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#781 Post by julianseersmartin » August 20th, 2018, 7:59 am

Karl F wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 7:55 am
I was in north jersey at the Edison Costco.
Picked up a couple Chateau Siran Margaux, and 1 clos du marquis .
Bith 2015

Anyone know anything about these?

Thanks
Both good wines. Clos du marquis is the 2nd wine of Leoville Las Cases (although they'll claim it's an entirely separate creation). It's probably my favourite of all the 2nd Bordeaux wines. 2015 a rocking vintage. So either let them sit for a few weeks to settle and get their primary fruit over the next year or so (with a big decant), or give them both 20 years + to get towards peak. The CdM would last 40, for sure.

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#782 Post by lleichtman » August 20th, 2018, 8:42 am

Main Houston Costco had a sucky selection of wines. I've seen better in Albuquerque.
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#783 Post by Rich Brown » August 20th, 2018, 10:42 am

julianseersmartin wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 7:56 am
I tried a bottle of the 2016 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District on the weekend. Ultimately for the money I think it's probably difficult to do better, it was a pretty competent wine. I found it a bit of a bruiser in that it was exceptionally rich but that's just a stylistic preference. I'd prefer a bit less extraction. If you want balls out cali cab, it's a great deal. It was pretty accessible too, to be honest. I'm sure it'll age but it's certainly open for business.
Awesome, thanks Julian! I'll definitely scoop a couple up.

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#784 Post by Karl F » August 20th, 2018, 5:59 pm

Julian
Did you get that earthy dusty component?

Also....

For the Costco shoppers.
I get a bunch of this every year and this year was very nice.
Kirkland Alexander Valley cab.
9.89$
I just finished a bottle that had one nice glass left to accompany my pasta fra diavolo.
It's better after a couple days.
The winemaker listed on the back of the bottle is
Alison Crowe.
Anyone know her?


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#786 Post by julianseersmartin » August 21st, 2018, 7:34 am

Karl F wrote:
August 20th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Julian
Did you get that earthy dusty component?
In all honesty...not really. But this is coming from someone who has spent most of his drinking life in older Bordeaux, so my interpretation of earth and/or dusty is probably quite different. I am exceedingly inexperienced with cali cab so I'm not an authority, and just because I didn't see it doesn't mean it's not there.

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#788 Post by Karl F » August 21st, 2018, 3:20 pm

Costco in DE just got the Siran Margaux 28.99 as well as haut bages liberal 38.99

Also....check this out.
They got a rare Spanish El Nido 2015
On vivino it says 119.95
49.99 at Costco

The reviews at vivino are all drooling over this wine.
4.7
I got 2 of the 24 they had.
Another guy got one.
Apparently it's a rare find.
Comes in a two box set.
Pictures coming.
Better hurry.
Sounds phenomenal.
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#789 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » August 21st, 2018, 4:12 pm

El Nido is far from rare. $50 is far cheaper than I've ever seen it, however.
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#790 Post by Carter Y. » August 21st, 2018, 4:29 pm

2015 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery in Lynnwood, WA for $49.99
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#791 Post by Karl F » August 21st, 2018, 5:23 pm

Hi Brian

One of the reviewers said it was rare. Vivino

As for the wine....have you had it?
Sounds very unique.

I am trying the Siran Margaux now and after decanting it is Very nice.
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#792 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » August 21st, 2018, 5:34 pm

I have avoided the wine, Karl, for two reasons:
1. Price
2. given the other wines from that producer, I expect it is not a wine I'd enjoy (big/soft/modern).

That said, $50 is far cheaper than I've ever seen it, and it could very well be worth a flier at that price. Let us now how you like it.

Don't be surprised if you end up liking that Siran more.
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#793 Post by Karl F » August 21st, 2018, 6:13 pm

The Siran is Outstanding!!!

Maybe I'll get more of that.
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#794 Post by geoffpm » August 22nd, 2018, 9:26 am

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#795 Post by Karl F » August 22nd, 2018, 2:31 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
August 21st, 2018, 5:34 pm
I have avoided the wine, Karl, for two reasons:
1. Price
2. given the other wines from that producer, I expect it is not a wine I'd enjoy (big/soft/modern).

That said, $50 is far cheaper than I've ever seen it, and it could very well be worth a flier at that price. Let us now how you like it.

Don't be surprised if you end up liking that Siran more.
Well Brian
You are certainly right about the Siran.
Most excellent!
As for the El Nido I agree about taking a flyer after seeing the reviews and got a couple.
Got 6 more Siran.
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#796 Post by Arv R » August 24th, 2018, 7:51 am

Neil Martin did a big writeup/vertical on Siran a while back. That was in his WA days. 2015 seems to be getting some positive comments on the BWE board too.
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#797 Post by Tyler Rico » August 25th, 2018, 2:55 pm

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#798 Post by Jim Stewart » August 25th, 2018, 4:25 pm

Karl F wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 11:47 am
Has anyone tried the Kirkland Signature Series
Stags Leap Cab?

In prior years I would grab one and wait to try and then like it and it was gone.
This year I grabbed a bunch.

Curious what the group thinks.

Thanks
I have done the wait and miss routine at Costco a few times. There was a great Kirkland CDR last year that went from many cases when I bought my single bottle to sold out by the time I opened it and headed back for more just a few weeks late. I can see the rationale for your purchase of multiple bottles.
I tend to not learn and again bought a single bottle of the Kirkland Stags Leap Cab yesterday. I figured that I would test drive it immediately which my wife and I did tonight with our weekly wine, cheese and baguette "dinner". I have mixed feelings about this wine. Seemed to have a lot of fruit and lightish tannin but also a little harshness/imbalance. I decanted an hour before and it was closer to two hours before the taste smoothed out somewhat for our tastes. I am not experienced enough to tell how this wine might develop so at least for now I am on the fence about buying more.
P.S. My local Costco wine guy said that if I bought multiple bottles and did not like the wine I could return the unopened bottles, so that might be an idea for you. (I didn't ask but there is probably some kind of time window for returns)
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#799 Post by ky1em!ttskus » August 25th, 2018, 10:30 pm

Alcohol returns not allowed in CA, FYI.

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#800 Post by Rich Brown » August 26th, 2018, 12:15 am

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
August 25th, 2018, 10:30 pm
Alcohol returns not allowed in CA, FYI.
Bummer man! Not the case here in AZ. I've seen peeps in the return line with literally cart fulls of booze. Handles of vodka, rum, etc. No doubt left overs from a party, and as far as I could tell, Costco took em all back no questions asked.

Haven't had to try it with wine but I'm sure its the scenario. Gotta love Costco (I guess slightly less if you live in CA)

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