Available for $6.99 exclusively at Costco.
From the bottle:
“Chateau Le Gardera is a fine producer of Bordeaux Superieur wines and an outstanding source for this 2010 Kirkland Signature wine. Bordeaux Superieur, an appellation that covers the same geographical area as Bordeaux AOC, is known for smaller yields. The property is situated on slopes to the south of St. Emilion, overlooking the Garonne River. A carefully selected blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged twelve months in Allier French oak barrels creating a luscious, well-balanced, and easy-drinking wine that exudes finesse. The high-quality fruit has aromas of ripe cherries, blackcurrant berries and subtle toasted notes, which flow to a generous palate and silky tannins. Drink now through 2016.
Today’s wine is the second of our two Costco picks this week. Yesterday we featured the 2010 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Take a Vow of Delicious which sells for $18.99 at Costco and today we go under $10 for a delicious Bordeaux.
Unlike the Franciscan Cabernet, today’s wine actually comes from the Costco house brand, Kirkland Signature. This means that in addition to the normal low Costco margin, you’re also enjoying additional savings based on Costco’s direct sourcing. Of course, all this is for naught if the wine is no good, so let’s find out shall we?
The 2010 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur begins with a very nice aroma of plum, blackcurrant and spice plus a little vanilla and toasty oak. Tasting this medium-bodied wine reveals a smooth texture, lots of juicy black cherry and other ripe berry flavors and more toasty oak. The oak dissipates with some air so consider decanting or using a Vinturi before serving. (You can even use the Vinturi at the Thanksgiving table and amaze your guests!) It finishes dry with more dark fruit and a bit of oak that resolves into tobacco notes at the very end. And if you don’t finish it off on Thanksgiving have no fear, it’ll wash those leftovers down just fine on Friday. Quite a deal for only $7!