Two “Must Try” Spanish Reds at Costco

Two spanish reds at Costco

Two Spanish Reds at Costco that are dazzling deals

It is that time of year when one needs to stock up on wine to give as gifts, bring to a Holiday gathering, or host your own party. I tasted two Spanish wines from Costco that you can trust for all Holiday occasions. We have the Tarima Monastrell from Alicante in Spain, and the Clos Pissarra, El Ramon from the Priorat region of Spain.

Tarima Monastrell Alicante

Tarima Monastrell

2015 Tarima Monastrell Alicante – $6.49

We have reviewed past vintages of the Tarima Monastrell Alicante and, here again, this tasty wine shows up in Costco for a fabulous price of $6.49. The Tarima is 100% Monastrell, the same grape as the French Mourvedre.  The Tarima has a nice, deep reddish color with lots of fresh cherry fruit. It is smooth with a nice mouthfeel. It is a young wine but very polished. I view it as a great party wine or for a week-night dinner. It is food versatile. How can you lose at $6.49 a bottle? I rate it at 89 Points. Robert Parker likes it much more at 91 Points.

Clos Pissarra Priorat - El Ramon

Clos Pissarra Priorat – El Ramon

2011 Clos Pissarra El Ramon $16.99

Clos Pissarra is one of several labels from Muira Vineyards. Muira Vineyards is a project started in 1994 by several San Francisco chefs, including Gary Danko. Clos Pissara wines are all from the Priorat and Montsant regions of Spain. The Clos Pissarra El Ramon is from three vineyards all within the town of Bellmunt del Priorat. The Miura vineyard manager is Ramon Marco, who owns the three acres used for this wine. Thus the name of this wine, El Ramon. The Clos Pissarra El Ramon is a much more complex and layered wine than the Tarima. This one is a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah.  The Priorat soil is totally slate, and growing the grapes is a tough go in this terrain. Yields are small but the flavors are intense. A special character comes from the black slate, or as the soil is known in the Priorat, llicorella. The El Ramon aroma pops from the glass and fills the room. Lots of black fruit flavors abound and the finish is deep and long. 90 Points.  Check out this YouTube Video from Muira Vineyards. This is wine passion.


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  1. I did find the Clos Pissarra El Ramon at my local CostCo priced at $17.99. (I did not find the Tarima Monastrell Alicante unfortunately.) The El Ramon was delicious, I’ll certainly buy more for holiday meals. Thanks.

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