Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | April 14, 2010

Costco Strikes Again with a Very Nice Dry Italian Red

You have got to love the little wine wizards at Costco these days. Time and time again, they manage to not only find great value reds, but they make a concerted effort to also find them from all parts of the world. And, because of their ridiculous distribution channel, they can sell these for far less than their competitors, and for even less than most wineries are able to sell them for as well.

This is the case with a great little find I stumbled across this week during a recent grazing expedition to our local Costco. The 2007 Zaccagnini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva “Dry Red Wine” was a truly enjoyable experience right from the bottle.

The dark ruby colored Italian has a bit less alcohol than some of my recently reviewed wine (13%) and this likely has a lot to do with the nice nose and smooth taste it delivers in each glass. Like a lot of Italian wines (especially the Sangiovese) the Montepulciano has a kick of peppery spice in every glass – but importantly not enough to overpower the value wine.

Where many budget reds lose their composure a few minutes after popping the cork, the 2007 Zaccagnini kept its spicy backbone in place throughout our dinner tasting.

For around $11 a bottle at Costco, Sam’s Club and a number of other retailers, the 2007 Zaccagnini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Riserva deserves a shot at your next spaghetti feast.

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  1. So bummed… I did a google search for this variety, found this article, and rushed out to Costco with crossed fingers but to no avail. I’m going to keep my eyes out for this one. Sounds great.

    • Dan, give Total Wine a try, they stock it, but fair warning, it is one of their biggest sellers nationally and they do run out from time to time. One of my other favorites in this price range ($8) which you can get at Costco is the Alamos Malbec. Where the Phebus is a nice value bottle, the Alamos is a superb value and drinks like a $20 bottle.

  2. Liked the review of this wine. I had actually picked up a bottle of this at Costco a couple weeks ago because it looked interesting. One thing though, this wine is not to be confused with a similarly named Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is primarily sangiovese. This is a wine primarily made from the grape variety called “Montepulciano D’Abruzzo” and may have a small portion of sangio mixed in but this wine is not primarily sangiovese. Look forward to opening it and comparing notes.


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