Below are the comments from the Wine Spectator about the 2007 Quinta Do Vallado from Portugal. A 93 point red. I just bought a bottle of this from the Costco in Marina Del Rey, CA for $14.99. It is, simply, an unbelievably powerful, full bodied, mouth coating, jammy almost port of a wine! From time to time I've posted about values that I've found, some with seemingly unbounded hyperbole! I really don't think I can find hyperbole to describe this value (although I will try!). On top of this the Wine Spectator gives their '97 Reserve 96 points-I bought two cases of this from the Chicago Wine Company as a future back in January for $37. Now it's $65-70 or so for a best price-if you can find it. I note this because I opened a bottle of the Reserve when I took delivery a month ago. The "non reserve," the $14.99 Costco wine, I swear is as good.
WineZap shows this as a $20+ wine everywhere, even up to $30 or so. Anyone who wanders into a Costco and sees this should buy every bottle they have at $14.99.
I am now going to pour another glass. I live in the suburbs of Washington, D. C. and am jealous of the Californians who can buy a case or two of this. My guess is that it hasn't found it's way East yet.
QUINTA DO VALLADO
Release Price: $19
Issue: Feb 28, 2010
This powerful and refined red delivers concentrated flavors of plum, dried cherry and spice. Offers a fine texture, with plenty of savory herbal notes, followed by a long, olive- and smoke-filled finish. Drink now through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 15,833 cases made. –KM