It’s that time of the year again, when the Kirkland Russian River Chardonnay hits stores, and so begins the ongoing dialogue about this wine. I liked the 2012, but another of this site’s reviewers felt differently. We both agreed on the ’13 as I didn’t find it quite as engaging as the ’12. We’ve had several readers chime in on these wines as they are widely available in stores, and hard to pass up as the weather heats up, especially here in Atlanta.
So enough about the past, I’ve heard from several readers that this new ’14 vintage is arriving in stores now, so it should be available nationally soon if it’s not in your store already. I found it at three different stores in the Atlanta area (as I was searching for a few other bottles). We also enjoyed this on a perfect night and since I believe setting and environment plays a key part in wine enjoyment, I’ll paint the scene for you a little. 82 degrees, slight wind, cilantro lime chicken on the Green Egg, kids flying drones in the back yard (no drones stuck in trees yet), good company. Pretty ideal I’d say.
And I really enjoyed the wine. It is similar as year’s past, probably reminding me more of the ’13 than the ’12, and for $13 I don’t think this is a bad buy at all. It’s not the best Russian River Chardonnay I’ve ever had, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed for the price.
Light aromas, quiet nose, pale yellow in the glass; stony, lemon, green apple, pineapple flavors with mineral, slight oak, butterscotch. The woodiness and vanilla/cream I tasted towards the finish calmed down after the wine sat out for a bit. My second glass was much more enjoyable than the first (but I guess that’s the case quite often). A fair amount of acidity. I think the package came together quite nicely. I’m going 88 points this time, one point higher than the ’13. I’m a fan at this price.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 789895
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA