I usually find the Kirkland Signature wines to offer at the very least a good wine for the money, but I’m going to have to recommend steering clear of this one. I haven’t reviewed one of the Kirkland Alexander Valley Cabs since the 2007 vintage and I reread my notes on that one which I noted as being pretty mediocre too. The prior vintages seem to have cost a bit more than the $8.99 price tag on the 2012 so perhaps Costco realized anything over $10 was a stretch for these wines.
Regardless, I’m not sure I can tell you much about this wine. It’s really a mishmash of different things and I didn’t find anything to create a compelling story for me to tell. There’s an overriding oak element that never seems to dissipate, and the alcohol pushes through like a mixed drink. There are hints of strawberry in there, but they only showed through after a few hours of airtime and still remained muted and uneven.
There are two wines that are priced even less than this bottle and in stores now that should certainly win over your dollar, and I imagine your palate. Check out the 2013 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages ($6.99) and the 2013 Ca’ Momi Rosso di Napa ($7.99).
Let me know if you’ve tasted this Alexander Valley Cabernet and whether you agree or disagree.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 83 Points
Costco item number: 223343
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)