Welcome to part 2 of Supply and Demand, at Costco! Or it could be called Cost and Production, depending on your perspective.
My other 5 picks at Costco right now are also great, if not better, values than the Tres Picos of Part 1:
1. Chateau La Croix de Roche, a lovely French Bordeaux, 2010, for only $8.99. For those of you making your first foray into French territory, it is an easy one to drink, a lovely blend, with good stability, meaning it will basically taste like this regardless of the year it is made or if you cellar it for another few years. I have seen it sold for up to $30, but $10 is a typical rate. The point value is only an 87 on this, but again, that is very subjective. If you hate it, cook with it. I personally find it the perfect Tues night bottle.
2. Tranco Monastrell Cabernet Sauvignon, $6.99 (!!) 2010, 90 points, and Robert Parker called it a sensational bargain. I totally agree, with one simple caveat: let it breath. Even if you don’t have an aerator, or a decanter, just pour it into a wide-rimmed red wine glass, and leave it alone for 30 min. You will be amazed. This is a blend of the monastrell grape (75%) and cabernet sauvignon grape (25%), with lots of berries, and done really well. It might be THE best value cab of the year.
3. Gerard Bertrand Languedoc, 2011, 90 points, $9.99, and easily going for more than $17 elsewhere. This blend of Syrah and Grenache have tasting notes of dark plum, smoke and chocolate. It stands up to the richest of red meats, and the darkest of chocolates. Quite a nice addition to a red French collection for a fantastic price point!
4. How could I possibly not have a great Spanish Rioja on this list….yes, for those of you who remember, I drank only Spanish Rioja’s for two years! Back to an old favorite, a lovely standby that never seems to change. Marques de Caceres, Crianza 2010 Rioja. I think when I purchased this, it was $10.99, but it may have changed since then.
5. Finally, probably my least favorite, but because this vineyard produces some truly lovely wines, I had to give the Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir, at $14.99 another chance (2011). I find it a bit thin, personally, and less interesting than other Pinot Noirs, but it is still a very drinkable bottle. Ratings are between a 90 and 91 by most reviewers. I prefer it alone or with less bold meats; it would pair with pork or chicken nicely. No photo here, it is commonly found at Costco. The link will take you to the 2012 vintage sold at the winery.
I hope you have found this guide to some amazing values helpful, whether you are new to wine, or always looking for a new and fun value!
I will resist from being a total geek and not include a graph of Supply and Demand, as wine is limited to production, which is obviously limited to grapes, seasons, weather, earthquakes and other phenomena of nature. Feel free to thank me for leaving this out, in the comment section.