This Costco find may only cost $6.99 but it tastes like it's worth a lot more, the Confidencial Reserva Tinto.
The Confidencial Reserva Tinto is a field blend of many different varieties, but primarily Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tinta Roriz from Lisboa, Portugal. Some of the wine spends 6 months in 250 litre French and Portuguese oak barriques. It has 11 g/L of residual sugar and is vegan friendly.
The wine has an SRP of $15 but we purchased it for just $6.99 at Costco, which is even $1 less than the last time we reviewed it. This is not a Costco exclusive but you will generally pay more at other retailers. You can check that pricing here. It is imported by Tri-Vin Imports.
This quality wine was produced from a selection of the best varieties of this region, using traditional fermentation techniques, long maceration and oak ageing period. Very aromatic with notes of ripe wild berry fruits, in the palate it is a fruity and full bodied wine with some oak notes and an agreeably pronounced acidity.
Bottled by Casa Santos Lima
The 2017 Confidencial Reserva Tinto begins with a very pleasant aroma of blackberry, plum, baking spice, red licorice, chocolate and a little oaky spice.
The medium-bodied wine tastes smooth, soft and creamy but still has great spice notes and wonderfully rich dense, tart, dark fruit. It's hard to believe this is possible at this low, low price.
Cola, oaky notes and even a little minerality lead into the long, dry, slightly grippy finish which also features lingering vanilla and chocolate.
This one should also be able to age quite nicely for a few years, something that is not too common at only $7. I would recommend letting it breathe for a couple hours if drinking it now.
The wine is made by the same winery as another Costco favorite, the Casa Santos Lima red blend.
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2017 Confidencial Reserva Tinto
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