The last time I was at Costco, I picked up a bottle of Kirkland "Grandmere" Amador County Zinfandel. I thought I'd check it out as an inexpensive wine. I think it was about $10/bottle. My guess was that as a private label, this wine was probably made by Renwood, the only winery I am familiar with that calls some of its zin vines by the name "Grandmere". If it was Renwood, I knew it would likely be good, so I took a chance.
I opened the bottle last night and shared it with some friends. Gotta say, this was a tasty wine, especially, relative to what it cost. It was fruity, lightly tannic and was an overall, well-balanced and pleasant zinfandel. Those who tasted it along with me, including Doug, who doesn't even like red wine that much, enjoyed it. This bottle had the characteristics that make many zins crowd pleasers.
After some online research, I found that this Kirkland, is indeed, produced by Renwood, a company with a good reputation for zins. As a matter of fact, in a recent blind tasting I hosted, another Renwood zin ran away with the first place prize! Next time you are at the warehouse, pick up a bottle, I think you will find it exceeds $10 worth of pleasure! xoxoSusan