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2016 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend

2016 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend

The 2016 vintage of this Kirkland Napa blend gets a brand new, fresher look to the label that I much prefer, although the wine inside reminded me a lot of the previous vintage

You have to keep the price point in mind with this wine.  It’s $11 for Napa Valley juice, which isn’t something you see every day, at least not in a drinkable package, which this bottle still does represent, although I’d like to get a bit more from this wine.

2016 Kirkland Napa Valley Red Blend

The blend is 67% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Very right bank Bordeaux in makeup, but pretty California in style and taste.

Looking at the tasting notes from last year, it’s ironic that all five varietals are proportioned exactly the same.  The winemaker at the helm is once again Glenn Hugo from Girard and B.R. Cohn in Sonoma.  We have seen him listed on quite a few Kirkland bottles as of late.

The wine needs a little decant to get going; it’s an inky purple on the pour; smells as expected of that candied CA red; in the mouth flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and dark chocolate; it’s fairly sour with a finish that didn’t hang around too long.

2016 Kirkland Napa Valley Red Blend

Again, very similar to the 2015 vintage, so if you enjoyed that one, this bottle will be right up your alley.  For me, I’d swim a little further upstream if you can.  The Kirkland Oakville, Stags Leap and Rutherford wines should be arriving in stores soon, and offer a remarkable step up in quality for another $4-6. Rating 86 points

Costco item number: 333110

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14.5%


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Do you have any feel for how the California 2017 vintage has been affected by the fires that year?


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

Hi Dan, I read that upwards of 90% of the crop had been harvested before the fires so shouldn’t have too much affect on that vintage. I’m not sure if or what the impact is on the growing conditions following the fire and if those will be affected at all. Curious as well...


Wednesday 11th of September 2019

I find that BR Cohn wines to be really bad buys. So thanks for mentioning the winemaker. I will stay away.

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