The following article discusses the Best Costco Wine Deals we’ve come across in 2016 and is part of our value wine series.  A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines that are both easy to find and won’t break the bank. All of the Costco wine reviews listed below discuss great tasting wines typically found for under $25… many are also under $15.

Costco Wine Reviews & Deals for 2016

Costco is a unique merchant in that they’re able to offer premium wines for much less than any typical retailer is able to.

Between Costco’s own brand – Kirkland – and minimal markup on the wines that aren’t produced in cohorts with the merchant– chances are you’ll be able to find a great wine that won’t break the bank.

Today, we’re going to list out and review the best Costco wines along with some of our favorite wine deals that we’ve personally purchased and tasted.

Related: Get over a dozen awesome wines delivered to your door with free shipping.

Costco Wine Reviews & Deals for 2016 – White Wines

(Scroll down for Reds)

Best Costco Wine Deals | Costco Wine Reviews 2016 - La Crema Chardonnay1. La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2013

Region: Santa Rosa, Sonoma Coast, California
Varietals: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2013
Costco’s Price: $14.79 per 750mL

One of our favorite, somewhat oaky Chard’s from Costco this 2015. The 2013 vintage packs 13.5% ABV and comes to us from the somewhat cooler region of Santa Rosa.

This region gives us a crisp, lean feeling Chardonnay that’s incredibly refreshing.

La Crema Chardonnay Tasting Notes

Expect bold citrus fruit aromas backed by noticeable vanilla and pineapple – largely due to the French oak utilized for aging this particular product.

The palate is similar to the nose. Complex, elegant and complete with a buttery feel.  Additional flavors of both citrus and tree fruit spread out across the palate.  Apricot, orange peel, white peach and crisp pear.

You’ll even get chalky limestone minerals, refreshing acid and a hint of smoky vanilla almond milkshake as you approach the finish.

Checkout our complete review of the La Crema Chardonnay 2013 – Sonoma Coast for more insight into the wine and some of our food pairing ideas.

Costco Wine Reviews 20162. Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay – Costco Wine Review

Region: Santa Barbera / Monterey County
Varietals: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2013
Costco’s Price: $17.99 per 750mL (varies by market)

Costco is your best bet to find the newest vintage of KJ’s Chard at a modest price. While most retailers have it for over $22.00 – Costco has it for under $20.

The 2012 vintage of the Kendall-Jackson‘s Chardonnay was my personal favorite (also rated 91+ by Robert Parker). Yet I’m almost equally as fond of the balance in the 2013 vintage which was rated 90 by Parker as well.

Kendall-Jackon Grand Reserve Chardonnay Tasting Notes

This is a richly flavored Chardonnay that comes to us from beautiful Santa Barbara and Monterey County, California. It’s tropical fruit forward – a personal preference in a Chardonnay.

There’s great complexity to this wine with notes of mango, pear and apricot followed closely by crisp lemon-peel, banana, pineapple and lime flavors.

Across the palate it’s well balanced, and the close is smoothed out with subtle vanilla and freshly baked bread. Try it alongside steamed mussels or fried mango-poblano oyster fritters!

Related: Check out our favorite Costco wine deals for Thanksgiving

Best Costco Wine Deals | Costco Wine Reviews 2016

Costco Wine Reviews & Deals for 2016 – Red Wines

Our favorite wines that can be found at Costco! | Coppola Black Label Claret3. Francis Coppola 2013 Black Label Claret

Region: Geyserville, California
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013
Costco’s Price: $11.79 per 750mL (varies by market)

This is a deeply rich and complex red wine favorite from Costco. Coppola found it fitting to call their red blend a “Claret,” which is what the British used to and still very often refer to a Bordeaux red blends as.

Fun Fact – the term “Claret” was invented in an effort to stop throwing French words around throughout the Napoleonic wars beginning in 1793.  

The Diamond Collection Claret is the most notable wine offered by the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  This wine is modeled after the classic Left-Bank style many Bordeaux based wineries utilize in France.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety, backed by smaller concentrations of rich Malbec, bright Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot. The only thing we’re really missing is a little bit of Merlot… or are we?

Coppola Black Label Claret 2013 Tasting Notes

As mentioned before, you should expect a rich wine. This baby is full-bodied and a great food-pairer.

The color is seductive with deep black cherry colors outlined by an almost black rim. Aromas are primarily dark black and blue fruit. The opening palate hits with ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry with strong complexities of licorice and black pepper spice.

Tannins show themselves as the palate puckers and is washed over with supple acidity. Towards the close, ripe boysenberries appear over damp earthy tones and rock-rose.

The finish is somewhat long consisting of a velvety texture. This is a voluptuous vin from Coppola – no wonder it’s their signature offering.

Checkout our full review of the Coppola Black Label Claret 2013 for more insight on the Vintner and our favorite food pairings.

Costco Wine Reviews | Red Wines4. Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend

Region: Modesto, California
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec & Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013
Costco’s Price: $6.79 per 750mL (varies by market)

This is a fun crowd pleasure. An easy drinking, fruity red blend produced with some classic California grape varieties. ZinfandelSyrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon all went into this bottle to produce a voluptuous red blend.

Vintage for the Apothic Red seems to matter little to me. It’s consistent, balanced and can be used solo, as an aperitif, or alongside a savory meal. We recommend keeping a few bottles of Apothic on hand as a go-to house wine. For around 5 bucks, why not? Try it and let us know if you agree.

Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend 2013 Tasting Notes

This wine maintains a black cherry hue with a purplish rim. It looks silky in the glass. Aromas of blossoming violets, carnation and plum are evident quickly.  The palate opens with a silky texture as blackberry cobbler and blueberry smoothy are spiced up with green bell peppers.

As if a spicy berry smoothie wasn’t enough, the palate presses onward and we get notes of chocolate gram crackers and black cherry cola. Yes, it’s that good.

This is a flexible and fruity wine found at Costco that goes well with either a casual movie night or a large dinner party.

Checkout our full review of the Apothic Red Winemaker’s 2013 blend and see food pairings.

Costco Wine Reviews & Tasting Notes | Chateau de Belcier5. Chateau de Belcier 2011 Cotes de Bordeaux

Region: Right Bank Bordeaux, France
Varietals: Merlot (69%), Cabernet Franc (25%), Malbec (6%)
Vintage: 2011
Costco’s Price: $10.99 per 750mL (varies by market – price may exceed $15.99 in Texas)

This wine was quite literally flying off the shelves at Costco in Boca Raton. We grabbed one of the last few bottles.

The winery itself has a unique little history behind it. Chateau de Belcier had originally been constructed specifically in an effort to welcome the King of France, according to the Vintner.

Overall, the Chateau de Belcier 2011 is a solid deal. While the varieties utilized to craft this wine fall within the requirements demanded by the Bordeaux “Oversight Committee,” the absence of Cabernet Sauvignon makes for an interesting wine from Bordeaux. It’s not as complex or as balanced as some more pricer 2010 or 2009 Bordeaux red blends – but it’s not too shabby either.

We recommend you aerate this wine a bit in a decanter for 30 minutes before consumption. Chill to around 61 degrees Fahrenheit before serving and expect to see some sexy long legs on the inside of your wine glass!

Props to Costco for making a solid effort to bring a great value Right Bank Bordeaux to their wholesale brand. Chateau de Belcier was largely unknown until this partnership.

Chateau de Belcier Bordeaux 2011 Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine has a seductive dark ruby and cassis core with black cherry accents around the rim. The nose smelled like a classic Bordeaux, with undertones of grandma’s old leather chair, cassis, vanilla, red and black berries.

The opening palate is full-bodied, inviting and somewhat bright with refreshing acid. Expect raspberry, cacao, black currant and noticeable tannins to increase as you approach the mid-palate. We start to get a tart, rugged feel essentially climaxing in flavor at this point – with firm acid and more grippy tannins.

Approaching the close, mild vanilla shows itself with the cola-esque flavor of black cherry and plum. The finish is medium-long with softer tannins and cassis perpetuating.

Best Costco Wine Deals & Costco Wine Reviews 2016 | Marques de Caceres6. Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza from Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, Spain.

Region: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Varietals: Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano.
Vintage: 2011
Costco’s Price: $11.79 per 750mL (varies by market)

Comprised of 85% Tempranillo10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano. This crunchy blend from my favorite wine region in the world is a steal at Costco. It’s a Crianza, meaning it has been aged for a minimum of two years prior to reaching a retailers shelf.  One year in oak, the other in the bottle.

The Marques de Caceres Crianza comes from a few vineyards across Rioja. Namely vineyards located within Rioja’s Alta and Alavesa sub-regions.

READ: Learn All About the Wine Region of Rioja

Both of these areas are rich in limestone and clay soils, giving the wines a distinctly delectable mineral flavor.

Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza 2011 Tasting Notes

I’ve said it before – this particular Crianza packs some succulent texture. Flesh is present in this full-bodied vino. A beautiful deep red garnet color in the glass.

The relative youth in this wine is evident among the numerous ripe red berry notes and dusty barnyard door flavors. Ripe berries are rounded out by rich strawberry and cranberry jam. Per usual from this regions’ tempranillo, expect some clingy tannins and fun astringency.

There’s no shortage of cracked red and black pepper spice over tomato based refreshing acid. Chalky mineral tones show themselves towards the end of the mid-palate. Some oak aging is present in the form of chewy vanilla along a medium-long finish.

Food Pairing: Margarita pizza topped with cherry tomatoes and pesto drizzle.

Check out our full review of the Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza here.

Costco Wine Reviews and Tasting Notes | De Los Clop Malbec Reserva 20107. De Los Clop Malbec Reserva 2010

Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Varietals: Malbec
Vintage: 2010
Costco’s Price: $12.79 per 750mL (varies by market)

Rated a solid 90 points by Robert Parker, this wine has had raving reviews – and we’re about to add another one to the stack.

The De Los Clop Malbec Reserva is beautiful, especially for the price. Costco has really been making a big push to sell this wine lately. Most Costco markets are selling the De Los Clop Malbec between $11 and $13 (it’s typically priced upwards of $16 – so grab it while you can).

READ: The Complete Guide to Malbec Wine

We like this wine mainly for its balance. It has all of the spiciness found within a typical Malbec, but it’s not overpowering at any point. Acidity is moderate, the body is full, tannins are clingy yet subtle and the wine overall is dry yet fruity.

Please, please chill it a bit before serving. Decantation is always ideal for a Malbec of this age and you can serve it with maximum flavor until 2019 if stored appropriately.

De Los Clop Malbec Reserva Tasting Notes

I liked this Malbec because of its earthy tones and somewhat brighter than average red fruit. The opening palate is bright (strong), with accents of plum, raspberry, pepper and ripe red cherry.

Mid-palate the wine goes down a notch, with earthy underbrush, dried violet, mushroom, moderate acid and a bouncy tannin structure.

It feels a bit more refined on the close, culminating with bits of cassis and cranberry backed by some firm oaky tones. The aftertaste is fruity and lingers for a few seconds with black currant, red pepper and ripe cherry.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *