The Kirkland Chianti Classico is always a popular bottle among readers so it’s nice to see the next vintage hit Costco stores. The price has stayed the same as years past at only $8.49, which is rock bottom for a bottle from this area.
Erin reviewed the prior 2013 vintage, and offers some good information about the Riserva designation and Chianti Classico region in her review for those that are interested. So that still applies here, as does the continued collaboration with the Villa Cafaggio Estate as noted on the back of the label.
The tasting notes between the two vintages are pretty similar. Both vintages in Italy were pretty good, according to the Wine Spectator vintage chart. In fact, scroll down on the list and you can see there hasn’t been a bad vintage in this part of Italy in a very long time, besides the 2002. They’ve had a great run.
This wine is cherry, cherry and more cherry; a little bit of Nibs and red licorice, and a little sour cherry like a cough drop. The wine has some old world dustiness on the close in a classic dry Italian style.
All in all, another winner on this one, especially at the super low $8.49 price. This is an everyday drinker and easy weekday food wine to pair with about anything. Lots to like as you’ve come to expect from most Kirkland wines.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 points (same as 2013 vintage)
Costco item number: 944010
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)
[If you’re interested in learning more about Italian wine, check our book “Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the ‘Land of Wine’“]