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2016 KS Châteauneuf-du-Pape & 2013 KS Rioja Reserva

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  • #5148

    chuck
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    I picked these two wines up from my local warehouse today. 2016 Kirkland Signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape [777662] was $17.99 in the wood bins. I picked up two and left three on the bin. 2013 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva [917056] was $6.99 on the shelves.

    Has anyone tasted these yet?

    #5154

    srh
    Participant

    I also picked this up in San Diego on May 17th. I’m not expecting much as the price is down $2 from the ’15. We may very well try it alongside a ’14 Chateau Maucoil CdP, $27.99, which MAY only be available in So CA as the importer is in L.A.

    #5160

    ucf dad
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    I haven’t had the CDP but I did pick up the 2013 Rioja. In my un-expert opinion, this is the best value at Costco. I have never had a $7.00 wine that I went back and bought a case of later. Great everyday bottle. Not going to replace my Russian River Pinot or Napa cabs, but great wine and value.

    #5161

    chuck
    Participant

    @srh, I’ve read 2016 had generally good growing seasons for both the southern and northern Rhône valleys. I don’t know that much about growing seasons and vintages but hopefully this is a decent value. My wife picked up a 2015 Caves Saint-Pierre CdP Le Fiacre du Pape from Trader Joe for about $20. That’ll be my basis for comparison.

    @ucf dad, I agree. I tried the Rioja and definitely liked it enough to get more. I’m surprised that a wine aged 36 months can be sold for $6.99 per bottle. I don’t know where it’s been in the supply chain for the remaining year plus but it still tastes good.

    #5162

    Editor
    Keymaster

    Great discussion on these two. I’m surprised to hear the Kirkland CDP is $2 less than prior years. Hope it’s good juice as they can be hit or miss; has anyone tried it yet?
    The new KS Riojs (2013 vintage) is indeed a great buy at $7. Review posting on Wed, but I enjoyed it a bit more than year’s past even.

    #5166

    Joe_O
    Participant

    Indeed. After the legendary 2013 KS CdP (which I’ve unfortunately drunk through) the last couple of vintages have been disappointing. Perhaps the $2 reduction is an attempt to ignite interest? Trying to be optimistic, lol.

    #5167

    Editor
    Keymaster

    Funny, our tastes must run pretty similar. I’ve reviewed the past 8 vintages of the Kirkland Cdp and I rated the ‘13 the highest.
    Last two years have been lackluster but let’s hope that turns around with this new. Here is my write up on the last one. http://costcowineblog.com/2015-kirkland-signature-chateauneuf-du-pape/

    #5185

    srh
    Participant

    On cellartracker I’ve posted my notes comparing the ’16 Kirkland CdP to the ’14 Chateau Maucoil CdP that I also purchased @ COSTCO. Though I no longer like using the 100 pt system, for me the Kirkland was in the 86-89 range depending on HOW it cellars out — & I’d want to give it time as it’s not at all whimpy. On the other hand, the Ch. Maucoil was enough of a “finished” product that I felt it was a SOLID 90.

    Soooooo… maybe the Kirkland IS on the upswing? [My only previous exposure had been the ’11.]

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