Category Archives: Washington State

Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2012

Full bodied and smooth, Chateau St. Michelle has another winner in their 2012 Indian Wells Red Blend. The wine is built around Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache, with three other red grapes adding shading. There are aromas of rose petals, cassis, and cherry, along with notes of vanilla and black tea, as they introduce a big, powerful, yet supple wine with velvety tannins and generous fruit character. This wine is normally $14.99 at Costco FO, but is priced at $11.99 through July 4th. This is an excellent value to add to your collection or just to enjoy over the 4th!

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2013 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Rec

The Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Red has a blend that is very close to a Bordeaux blend, with Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah.
You can usually depend on the Costco Signature Series of wines to be decent values …… and this is not an exception. After aging 15 months in French Oak this is a very smooth, polished performer. It starts with some pepper and anise combined with cherry and blackberry fruit overtones along with some interesting depth and finishes with some oakiness. If you drink this wine over several days you will see it to continue to evolve with notes of leather and a longer, smoother finish. This wine is said to be produced by Dolan and Weiss Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington by winemaker Giles Nicault. Grab this wine for some excellent springtime tastings! Priced at $16.99 this wine is a must for your cellar.

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Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet

Leathery, fresh tobacco aromatics and flavors of juicy blueberry, black cherry, and mineral driven notes are supported by refined silky tannins in this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. The finish is rich and lingering, and while it is drinkable now, it will continue to improve with age over the next few years. This wine is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Syrah. It is aged 23 months in 25% new oak. This Columbia Valley Reserve is a wonderful complement to grilled meats or prime rib.

The Waterbrook Reserve is available at the FO Costco at $17.99 and is well worth the investment for that special meal. This wine is priced in the range of $22 – $25 at other outlets.

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Browne 2012 Tribute

When a winemaker produces a Tribute wine dedicated to his two sons ….. you can expect one awesome wine!! This silky red blend offers big fruit flavors and well integrated velvety tannins. It has aromas of pipe tobacco, leather, and dark fruit layer along with boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. The finish lingers with blackberry jam and toasty, graphic black notes. This blend of 32% Cab, 11% Malbec, 38% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, and 11% Petit Verdot is aged for 22 months in 35% new oak with the balance being 2nd and 3rd use mixed oak. This wine had a Wine Spectator rating of 91 and a Costco Wine Consultant rating of 95!!! This wine pairs well with grilled meats and works well with rosemary and peppercorn. Priced at retail outlets in the $26-30 range, this outstanding wine is available at Costco FO for $19.99.

Pick up a bottle of the Browne 2012 Tribute for that special occasion!!!

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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.

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Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 Canoe Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is ripe with blackberry aromas and flavor. This wine is accented by spicy-cedar oak notes with hints of licorice. The palate finishes with well supported tannins complemented by sweet, light vanilla nuances, some berries and plums, and just a touch of chocolate. This wine contains 75% Cabernet, 16% Merlot, 5% Malbec, and 4% Cabernet Franc and is from the Horse Heaven Hills area of Washington State which is know for its awesome wines. This wine goes great with grilled meats and is priced at $14.99 at Costco FO. This wine is priced in the $20.00 – $24.00 range at other outlets. This is a wine that needs to be on your tasting list.

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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.

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