Finally we have a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano!!! If you are not familiar with this wine you should be. While similar in style to a Chianti due to it being made mostly with Sangiovese grapes, this is a great option if you love Tuscan wines and want something a little more refined. Wines from Montpulciano enjoy a storied history dating back to the 8th Century and is one of the first regions to receive DOCG status. This wine is a little fuller than a Chianti Classico and higher in alcohol. While not as dark or rich as a Brunello di Montalcino, this wine is typically more affordable. With aromas of wild berry, violet, and a hint of Mediterranean herbs, this wine offers a structured palate of mature black cherry with a hint of Orange zest alongside fine grained tannins. Priced at $14.99 at Costco FO this is a wine is one to add to your shopping list. This wine is priced around $20 at other outlets.
Most people probably are not aware of Amarone wines. These wines are from the Veneto region of Italy and are made using the recioto method of drying the grapes, which intensifies the flavor and produces a higher alcohol content. This wine uses primarily the Corvina grape (80%) with the balance being Molinara and Rondinella. This wine is aged in American and French oak casks for 18-24 months and if stored correctly it may be aged in the bottle for another 10 years. This wine is deep purple in color and has the aromas of ripe fruit, plum, and vanilla. This wine is dense on the palate, with balanced aromas and soft tannins that gives a light pull on the long …. long finish. This is a super Amarone with both elegance and length. Enjoy this special wine with roasted or grilled meats, game, and ripe cheeses. Priced at $29.99 this wine is ideal for that special occasion or celebration!! This awesome wine is available at your FO Costco. Cheers!
Who doesn’t like a great Chianti Classico! This intense wine is powerful with a lovely aroma of cherries and currant. It is full bodied with powerful tannins and a long, long finish. This 2011 DOGC wine, priced at $13.99 at the Fort Oglethorpe Costco, is an excellent choice to go with mature cheeses, pasta dishes, red meat, and strong flavored sauces.
One of our favorite everyday drinking wines at Costco is the Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo. This wine is a red blend from the Abruzzo area of Italy, which is east of Rome. This wine is produced from 100% of Montepulciano grapes and is aged 8 months in Slavonian Oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle. This wine has a dark ruby red color and has the aromas of maturated red fruit and a secondary spicy smell. This wine has a complex, rich nose, and is full to medium bodied with a long, fruit driven finish. This wine pairs well with cheese, red meat, or game. Priced at $8.99 per bottle, this is a value that everyone should have in their wine cellar. Let us know your thoughts after tasting. Cheers!