Readers were asking about this wine for some time before it finally appeared back in the clubs. This is another solid, good-value Kirkland Signature label wine. $8.49 for a Chianti Classico Riserva is hard to find elsewhere.
There are eight sub-regions within Chianti, and the Classico region is considered by many to be the best area for Chianti production. Wines designated “Riservas” must be aged for a minimum of 24 months at the winery before release. This wine was aged for 24 months in oak barrels and an additional three months in the bottle, according to the label.
The label also denotes that this wine was created “exclusively together with the winemaking team of Villa Cafaggio Estate.” I looked up the 2013 Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva on Vivino, and it came in at a user rating of 3.7 points with an average price of $30.49. Interesting.
The nose of this wine brings Morello cherry, Earth, & leather. The palate is rich in wood tannin and sour cherries. This is a medium-bodied style of Chianti that would likely age quite well into the next 5-7 years. Wines at this price point often aren’t that age-able. The lingering finish confirms my suspicion that this is a decent quality Italian wine for less than $9.
Generally speaking, I feel that the KS wines are great values. They aren’t going to blow your socks off, but you also aren’t going to be disappointed. This wine is in the upper range of value, and if you regularly drink Chianti then I would definitely recommend giving this a try so that you can then come back for a case if you like it. I give it an 88.
Purchased in Buford, GA
ABV: 13.5 %
CostcoWineBlog.com rating: 88 Points
Costco Item #: 944010
Shawn E Wolcott
Tuesday 28th of March 2017
We have been buying this win, as well as the KS Rioja since we started seeing them several years back at our Costco in Dunwoody/Atlanta GA.
These wines are great for every day drinking when you are having just a simple meal, they are drinkable, yet they have enough flavor and tannin's so as to not offend anybody's palate. If you are like us and drinking 3-4 or more bottles of wine during the week, having a quality wine at this price enables you to have a better and more expensive bottle of wine on weekends or when eating out.
Tuesday 28th of March 2017
The Villa Cafaggio 2010 Chianti Classico (Basilica Caffagio Single Estate) was rated as the #10 Best Buy of 2013 by Wine Enthusiast and I picked up 8 bottles at Costco around the middle of last year (I still have 5 or 6 left). I think I paid around $10 - $12 per bottle and was VERY pleased with this wine. Knowing that the 2013 KS Chianti Classico is from the same producer is good enough for me to get a few bottles.