Kirkland Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2010

Purchased from Costco, $6.99

Aaron: The nose on this French wine was musty with oak overtones and left some sweet berries on the “aftersmell”.  The flavor was very dry and unique, featuring strong tannins; light berry flavors were cloaked in roots and bark and their brief presence at the front end dissipated quickly, leaving an almost salty taste.  Though this was not my favorite wine, it wasn’t half bad.  I wouldn’t recommend it for parties or a gift – certainly don’t try to impress a wine snob with a Costco bottle – and I would advise new wine drinkers to wait a while for this one.  All that said, this is ideal for a blind tasting or for someone with a maturing palate who is interested to see how a Costco bottle compares.  87 Points

Teri: This Kirkland bottled rhone contains a strong fruit nose with a hint of earthiness (very common for Rhone). The color is beautiful deep red with very nice legs that run down the side of the glass. On the taste I get a nice balance of fruit and earth that fills the palate and lingers after the original swallow. The tasting profile, although personally not my personal favorite, it is unique and decadent. This wine would go well as an accompaniment to a nice dinner in and for the price you can’t go wrong. 89 points 

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