Last week I purchased five different Costco wines. The three Costco wines below I opened and tasted with dinner. One for sure is a good bargain, the other two maybe not so much a wine value and bargain. Next post I will review the other two wines I purchased at Costco, both Cabernet Sauvignons.
Costco wine review
Bonterra Chardonnay 2012 – Costco $8.99
Bonterra Vineyards is located in Mendocino County and this wine is made from organically farmed Mendocino grapes. It is not a big buttery Chardonnay but more on the gentle side. 70% of the wine was fermented in French oak and American oak, allowing malolactic* fermentation to take place. The rest of the Chardonnay grapes were fermented in stainless steel. The combination of the oak and stainless steel make this wine a clean and refreshing wine. It is nicely balanced and is a very enjoyable wine at this price. It lacks depth of flavors, but what would you expect from a Chardonnay for under $10? This is a good crowd-pleasing wine. The price on the Bonterra website is $14 for this wine. I also found this wine at Whole Foods for $9.99 in their Eco-Friendly wine area. 87 Points.
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée 2011 – Costco $15.99
I purchased the Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée 2011 at the Redwood City Costco. I have not seen it at the Foster City store, so perhaps it has limited availability. Gundlach Bundschu is one of my favorite wineries to visit. It is located just on the outskirts of the town of Sonoma. It is the oldest continuous family-run winery in California with a founding date of 1857. The Mountain Cuvée is a blend of several wines, mostly estate but also from other vineyards in Sonoma. The majority of the blend is Merlot 45%, and Cabernet Sauvignon 35%. The wine yields white pepper aroma and black fruit flavors. It is a medium-bodied wine and gentle in the mouth and finish. I did not find the wine enticing enough to consider purchasing more. They call it an “everyday red,” but I think the rest of the Gundlach Bundschu line of red wines is far superior. However these wines sell well above the $20 mark. The price on the Gundlach Bundschu Website is $20. I rate it at 87 Points.
Patianna Old Vine Zinfandel Mendocino 2011 – Costco $14.99
Patty Fetzer is the owner of this winery located in Mendocino. All vineyards in her Mendocino estate are farmed sustainably. This Zinfandel has a nice nose to it, but after that I think the wine falls short compared to other Zinfandel wines in this price bracket. It is definitely on the lighter side of a Zinfandel and the wine is unfulfilling. In searching for more information on the Patianna website, I could not find this particular wine listed anywhere. Perhaps the winery thought the wine was a little short of their expectations and sold off the entire inventory to Costco. I definitely think this wine is overpriced at $14.99. I am rating it at 86 Points.
Have you a Costco wine to recommend? Please post in the comment section.
*Malolactic Fermentation: Follows primary fermentation and in Chardonnay grapes yields a buttery flavor to the wine and a creamy mouth feel.