Monthly Archives: December 2022

2019 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir

We picked this one up to have on hand for Thanksgiving weekend and figured there’d be a good time to open what we hoped would be a tasty Pinot Noir. A lot of these Pinots can really get good when you start to spend between $30-$45. Costco’s price was $32.99, which is pretty competitive. It’s in the mid $30’s at …

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2019 Martin Tesch Unplugged Riesling

We’re always on the look out for wines we’ve never seen carried at Costco before, so this Riesling jumped out as something new to try. German Riesling is something you don’t see as often as we would like at Costco, and it’s often so good. This is a dry Riesling, which you can see indicated on the back label where …

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2018 Bodegas y Vinedos Pujanza Valdepoleo Rioja

We love finding and trying new Riojas from Costco, and this one checked quite a few boxes. Pretty solid ratings as indicated on the placard below. 94 from Wine Advocate, and a later Google search shows low 90’s for this wine from several of the recent vintages. The price at Costco was $19.99, and some research shows that to be …

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2019 Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve seen this bottle before in Costco stores, but it being the holidays and all, we just could resist that velvety red label. And we are thrilled we tried it. This is flat out delicious Napa Cabernet at a very competitive Costco price. Wine.com is selling this bottle for $47.99, in contrast to Costco’s $34.99 price tag. The wine has …

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2020 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur

We are excited to see the new Kirkland Bordeaux Superieur hitting shelves a month or so early. Usually we see this one arrive in the February timeframe. It’s also nice to see the price continue to stay at $6.99 which is really good for the quality we’ve been finding in this wine, especially the more recent vintages. The price had …

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2021 Kirkland Signature Malbec Mendoza

The latest vintage of the Kirkland Malbec arriving in stores is always a welcome sight, and what we expect to see in December of each year. Similar to the Kirkland Bordeaux Superieur that we just reviewed, this bottle continues to retain its super low $6.99 price tag. With the inflation we’ve seen elsewhere, it’s surprising these are still staying this …

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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé 2021 $59 (92 points)

Tightly coiled and dense, this is still inviting and begins to unfurl with time in the glass. This has beautiful range to the ripe red berry and sweet currant flavors, which are set against savory, salty, fine-grained mineral and crushed dried thyme accents. A stunning rosé that’s built to last. Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. Drink now through 2030. 2,800 cases …

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Top-scoring wines of 2022: 100-point wines

Decanter Premium members have had access to fine wine tastings from Decanter experts across 2022. Below are the 22 wines that received the ‘perfect’ score of 100 points, a tiny percentage of the thousands of wines tasted this year – the database now standing at more than 65,000 wines. Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the 22 …

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Best Champagnes tasted by our experts in 2022

The list below is a compilation of the best Champagnes tasted by our experts in 2022 –  the cream of the crop of new releases, as well as mature bottles that are ready for enjoying now. Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the Champagnes which achieved 97 points or more in 2022

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