Category Archives: California

Swanson 2011 Merlot

Merlot has remained at the core of Swanson Vineyard’s identify since Clarke Swanson purchased the estate vineyards in 1985. Located in the Oakville area of Napa, this wine is made from two small blocks in the Rutherford and Yountville area. This wine has a vibrant garnet color and robust aromas of freshly crushed red and black cherries. There are notes of sweet blackberry, coffee, and all-spice which add to the complexity of the wine. In the mouth this wine exhibits ample black and red fruits, a medium body, and a fragrant, lingering finish. This wine is drinkable now or can be aged through 2022. This wine is priced at $14.99 at Costco FO through July 4th. This wine is normally priced at $19.99 at Costco FO and around $28 at other outlets. This wine would be a nice addition to any cellar.

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Freakshow is back!!

The Michael David Winery Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon is back!!! Michael David Winery has always taken the road less traveled and has always stood apart from the rest. Whether it be in outlandish brands and packaging or their quirky personalities, Michael and David are definitely on a stage of their own and this wine showcases just that!

This deep, dark, oaky and tannic wine opens with powerful aromas of charred barrels and wood smoke. This is followed by juicy flavors of blackberry and black cherry. It is then completed with plenty of fine-textured tannins and a lingering finish. This Lodi Cabernet is aged 14 months in French Oak. Rated 89 by Robert Parker, this wine is one to try. Priced at $15.99 at the FO Costco this wine is a value. Michael and David also produce 7 Deadly Zins which is available at Costco FO.

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Meiomi Pinot Noir

Meiomi Pinot Noir is now in stock! If you haven’t tried Meiomi Pinot Noir you are in for a treat. This wine opens to reveal fruit aromas of strawberry, jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. This wine ends with boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. Well integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom found in Pinot Noir. The fruit for the Meiomi Pinot Noir comes from three vineyards in the Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Monterey areas.

Meiomi was founded in 2007 by Joe Wagner with the goal of blending Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from three costal appellations for vintage consistency, costal integrity, and abundant flavors. Joe has accomplished his goal with this beautiful Pinot Noir. Being a fifth generation Napa winemaker and son of Chuck Wagner, founder of Caymus Vineyards, Joe now serves as Meiomi’s consulting winemaker. Priced at $16.99 this wine is ready for you today at the Costco FO!! I enjoyed a bottle of the Meiomi Pinot Noir last night while visiting friends and I give this wine a rating of 94!!!

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2012 Starmont Chardonnary

Costco has a deal on the 2012 Starmont Chardonnary! Normally priced at $14.99 at Costco, this beautiful wine is on sale through April 10th for $9.99! That is correct ……. $9.99! In other wine stores this wine sells for $16 – $18.
Starmont is a integral part of the Merryvale family. The winery is located at the crossroads of Caneros and Napa Valley and occupies a portion of the historic Stanly Ranch. This wine is bright, vibrant gold in color, with aromas of ripe apple, mandarin, Asian pear, nutmeg, vanilla bean, and fresh mineral notes. Starting with a fresh, soft entry, which leads to a medium bodied, mid-palate wine, with generous volume and medium acidity, and ends with a clean medium length finish with flavors of Apple tart, ripe pear, and a subtle oak toast and spice.

This wine is worth a trip to Costco FO just to purchase this awesome deal!

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