Montecillo Rioja and Trivento Amado Sur Reviews

After trying my first bottle of wine from Portugal a couple weeks ago, I didn’t think I would add anything new to the cellar for awhile. That is, until Costco decided to present us with a deal on two wines that I have had my eye on for the past couple months.

First up is the Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2010:

I don’t think you can beat the value that this Spanish wine has on offer. Boasting an outstanding expression of Tempranillo in an even body, slight amount of tannins, and smooth through the finish. The cost to the level of craftsmanship is right up there with my favorite Kirkland Signature wines.

montecillo rioja

I feel like this wine shows a great level of sophistication, balancing both the oaky taste along with the fruits in a precise way. Normally $10.99 but I managed to pick one up for two bucks off.

  • 90 points from Costblogger

Next up is the Trivento Amado Sur 2014:

amado sur

What a really elegant looking bottle! The back label says:

In Argentina’s Andean foothills, Malbec chanced upon a generous terroir where it could attain its tremendous potential.

Adding Bonarda and Syrah, which also express a distinctive character in these lands, Trivento winemakers created the complex and elegant “AMADO SUR”.

Germán di Cesare brings over 15 years of experience to his job as the winemaster that is tasked with expertly blending the Amado Sur for Trivento, one of the bigger wineries from the Argentinian high altitude Uco Valley near Mendoza.

Amado Sur 2014 Review

For a mixed blend this one was not as complex as I had hoped, but if you’re looking for blackberry fruit flavors, this one has it in spades. The grapes in this one taste super fresh – especially in comparison to the Rioja above – and it was perfect for some day drinking while working on the blog haha. Some have noted hints of cocoa nubs and others say spices, which add some density to it.

This is the first time I have been exposed to the Bonarda grape variety, and was surprised to learn that it’s become Argentina’s 2nd most popular grape. With perfect pairings with popular Malbec’s like Trivento’s, I can see why this Italian variety has burst onto the scene.

trivento malbec

Interesting that the sign mentioned strawberries and red cherries, yet none of the tastings I have read describe that.

Costco had it priced to move at $7.97 (originally sold for $10.99, and you can still find it at Total Wine for $13.99.

  • 91 points from Costblogger

Overall I think I found two really solid bargains here! If I only a ten and needed to choose between the two, I would go with the Rioja right now, but you still can’t beat the value of the Malbec for almost 30% off the usual price.


And here’s what I had the Malbec with:

strawberries cream

I didn’t get much this week (can’t afford to fill up the cart EVERY week now) and figured that it was due time to work my way through the freezer and pantry to use up what we have, and free up some room for fresh stuff in the future.

shopping 8-4-17

My husband and I are both in love with that Artesano bread by Sarah Lee. It reminds me of the nice loaf of French Brioche that I got from Trader Joe’s on my last shopping trip. Highly recommended!

Over to you – have you tried one of these fine wines? A great way to save these as a reminder is to Pin this post to your shopping list board.

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