Upon opening. this wine was a bit on the spicy side with a heavy alcohol laden finish (the wine is 14.2% which some might say is too high but it’s really not that outrageous for a Napa red). As the wine matured with some air, it really developed into a pretty decent drink for only $10.99.
Peppery on the nose, the spicy cherry notes softened into a more rich red fruit flavor, strawberry and sour cherry with some white chocolate. Towards the finish a slight cedar element comes into play and the wine closes up clean and enjoyable, but a little quick. It’s a pretty singular, straightforward wine that will please most red wine fans looking for a good bargain.
Along similar lines, we reviewed the 2012 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Meritage which I gave 88 points a little over a year ago. I remember enjoying that bottle perhaps a touch more but they both remain good buys in my opinion, as Kirkland wines so often do.
The (Bordeaux varietal) blend on this Meritage is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points
Costco item number: 333110
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)