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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.


Chateau St. Michelle

Chateau St. Michelle produces around 71 different wines, of which Costco FO carries at least 5. Chateau St. Michelle’s grapes come from the Columbia Valley region of Washington State and initially started with a winery in Woodinville, outside of Seattle, and later a winery focused on reds at the Canoe Ridge Estate Winery in Eastern Washington. The Woodinville winery now focuses on whites as well as having a tasting room. St. Michelle wines that Costco FO carries include:

Columbia Valley Riesling – This wine offers crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. This everyday Riesling is a pleasure to drink and easy to match to a variety of foods. This wine is competitively priced at $8.59.

Cabernet Sauvignon: This Cabernet highlights concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. It has plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. This wine is priced at $12.79.

Columbia Valley Chardonnay: This Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food friendly Chardonnay. This wine is fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. This wine, priced at $8.99, is a value.

Indian Wells Chardonnay: The grapes for this wine come from the Indian Wells Vineyard along with other grapes from other warm weather Washington State vineyards. The Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character typical of warm sourcing sites. You will taste rich pineapple and butterscotch flavors with a creamy texture on the finish. Priced at $12.97 this is a value for your wine cellar. This wine is priced around $17-18 at other outlets.

Indian Wells Merlot: The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of warm weather slopes. This wine is full bodied with a round, supple finish. This wine had some Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. Priced at $13.99 this wine is an awesome addition to any pasta meal! This wine can be in the $18-20 range at other outlets.


2009 Chateau Larteau Bordeaux Superieur

This wine is made with 100% Merlot in a very enjoyable expression of the grape. It is soft and light and delicate in the mouth. You have flavors of jam and cherry with a slight sweetness on the dry finish. This wine is drinkable today but if you want to age it a while it will only get better. This a value at $9.99 at your FO Costco and is a Bordeaux that should be in your cellar.



Pendulum RedWine 2012 & 2013 @ Costco FO

Looking for a RedWine that is delicately balanced and alive with intense varietal flavors? Both the 2012 & 2013 Pendulum RedWine has this and more to offer. Blended with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and others, this wine has something for everyone! While the 2012 has 44% Merlot and 26% Cab, the 2013 has 59% Cab and 23%Merlot. There are aromas of fresh tobacco and leather which introduce fruit flavors of raspberry and Cherry. The finish is well balanced with the feel of smooth tannins, a little toasty vanilla, lingering oak and whiskey lactones which makes this wine ideal to pair with grilled meats. This wine is aged in a mix of French and American Oak and is aged 17 months. The 2012 is rated at 91 WE and the 2013 89 WE. This Columbia Valley wine, priced at $12.99 at Costco FO, would be a wonderful addition to your dinner or cellar! This wine sells in the $16 – $22 at other outlets.



Currently Merlot is the world’s most popular red wine. It was originally used as a blending grape in Bordeaux to soften the Cabernet Sauvignon. Because of its fresh, ripe fruit flavors, Merlot has captured the attention of the everyday wine consumer. Merlot offers red fruit components such as cherry, plum, and currants with hints of cedar prominent with oak aging. Merlot is capable of producing wines which are full-bodied and tannic, but most wines focus on a friendly, soft, and fruity style. Merlot should be served at room temperature with lamb, duck, veal, and cheese.