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2014 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

2014 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

Here’s one of the most anticipated Kirkland wines of the year, that generally comes out in the November time frame every year.  We’ve followed this one for every vintage since it’s incredible 2010 vintage debut, and each year since, we haven’t found the wine to be as good as that first vintage.

Here’s how we’ve graded the Kirkland Brunello over the years.
2010 – 92-93 points

2011 – 86 points

2012 – 87 points

2013 – 88 points

Kirkland Brunello

So we’ve been steadily climbing over the last few years, but still have a ways to go to get to that 92-93 point range we awarded the 2010 vintage.

And so what happens this year with the 2014?  Well, we’re going to flatline a bit.  The good news is the price has stayed consistent at $26.99.  But the wine is still just ok at that price tag, leaving me desiring a bit more, just like I felt after tasting the 2013 vintage.  

My tasting notes for this 2014 vintage are very similar to year’s past.  The wine starts with some dusty, earthy notes that my drinking companion called “Grandma’s old encyclopedia.”  I frequently use dusty old library book, but you get the idea.  A bit of herb on the nose too, leading into black cherry fruit, a touch of leather, nice acidity; the wine is medium in body so it’s fairly light in the mouth.

The finish is super dry.  All in all, not a bad wine, and one that tastes to me like a mid tier Chianti Classico.  That’s my hangup here.  I want more depth and complexity as you expect from a good Brunello.  It would be fun to taste this bottle side by side with another low end Brunello to see how they compare.

Kirkland Brunello

If you love Brunellos and have a little cushion in the wine budget, I’d give this one a shot to see what you think.  If you enjoyed last year’s this one is right in line.  If you are like me and ended up a bit on the fence with the 2013 vintage, than I might spend my $27 elsewhere. Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 1001151

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14%

Steve Dace

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

I tried a bottle of this after spending 6 weeks in Italy and was disappointed. I preferred the Rossi di Montalcino to this and it’s less expensive.

Stefan Pollack

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Dear Andrew: I appreciate your comment regarding the 2014 Brunello. I was just about one. But I think I will hold off to what my friends think of it. Will you review the Redi Super Tuscan any time soon? It's a blend of Sangiovase and Merlot.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hi Stefan I haven’t seen the Redi Super Tuscan at my Costco stores yet but I’m headed there soon and will look. I’ll of course review it if I can find it. AC

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