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2016 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

2016 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

I heard from readers that the latest vintage of the Kirkland Brunello starting appearing in stores last week, and I tried twice to find it before finally running into it today.

What no one mentioned is the huge news that’s apparent right away.

A new label? Yes, but that’s not it.

Kirkland Brunello

How about a price cut. Down to $19.99. This bottle has never been that low. Even the inaugural 2010 vintage (which was one of the best by the way) was $25. In the past couple vintages, this wine was selling for $26.99.

And that’s a good price for Brunello. $19.99 is almost unheard of for wine from this premier Italian region.

Note that along with the price change came a change in the Costco item number. Make sure to use 1472194 if you call your store to check on availability.

Let’s look at some of our scores on the Kirkland Brunello because I think we’ve tasted and recorded notes on all of them.

2010 – 92-93 points

2011 – 86 points

2012 – 87 points

2013 – 88 points

2014 – 88 points

2015 – 89 points

Man that 2010 was good. I still remember it. After that, all good scores, high 80’s and ascending, almost cracking 90 last year. You can see on the placard above Suckling went 92 points on this new 2016 vintage.

And 2016 was a dynamite year for Brunello so we were psyched to get into this one.

Kirkland Brunello

The wine is a deep garnet color in the glass; vibrant nose of red fruit and pepper; more red fruit in the mouth, flavors of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. The wine tastes youthful, leading me to peg it as a ’18 or ’19 rather than ’16 vintage.

Great depth, medium plus in body with good acidity. Really solid finish. This one is just near perfect all around, inviting you back for sip after sip.

This vintage is everything I hoped it would be, and the price discount is just a bonus. I’ve had several readers ask me about wines to age that are priced around $20, and you don’t find too many. But this one could definitely run for a while and likely develop further.

We’ll be adding to our Recommended wine list. Thanks Costco. Rating: 91 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 1472194 (used to be 1001151)

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 14.5%


Friday 17th of December 2021

OMG, I have been calling my Beaverton, OR, Costco every other day since you posted this on 9/29 and IT'S AVAILABLE TODAY (12/17) - true story. Just in time to wrap for Christmas for my oenophiles!!!!


Monday 15th of November 2021

Love the blog - well written and informative. Like many others, I rarely find the wines you review in my local store (Grand Rapids, MI). I wish I could try some of them.


Monday 15th of November 2021

Thanks for the kind words. I hope some of the wines we review turn up for you. We are starting to post some additional wines from the West Coast on Mondays, so between the two coasts, I hope some land in MI.


Thursday 11th of November 2021

Since first article the Kirkland Brunelleschi Di Montalcino has not been at any Costco in Washington or Florida and I’ve gone several times as has my family in Florida never been in stock. Sad!


Monday 22nd of November 2021

@Jay, Gone now...The Woodlands is completely out! post if you find it anywhere else...


Sunday 21st of November 2021

Unbelievable but it is still in the bins in NW Houston just before Thanksgiving.

Christiaan Guttman

Thursday 4th of November 2021

Unfortunately, it’s not available at either location in Columbus OH. I even have friends who are employees, and they are telling me they haven’t seen it nor heard about it.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

I must have got a bad bottle. When I pulled the cork, wine had absorbed to almost the top of the cork. No bad smell though. I let the bottle set open for 2 hours before tasting. Both the wife and I tasted a rather strong mineral flavor. The fruit was there, but the minerality was front and center. I have another bottle that we will open tonight. Based on the previous reviews, I was looking very forward to enjoying this wine. I'll report back on tonight's adventure.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

@Editor, So, we drank the other bottle tonight with some yummy cheeseburgers. Totally different wine tonight. Decanted for 2 hours. Enjoyed it to the last drop. Going to my Costco, Mall of Georgia, tomorrow to get a couple more bottles and see if there is anything new. I did see the Raymond Reserve Velvet Cabernet Sauvignon there last week $29.99. I picked up a case of the KS Napa Blend a couple of weeks ago. Loving the QPR of that wine. Oh, if you see 2018 Details Cabernet Sauvignon, buy it all. $29.99 and drinking 2x the price. I scored 9 bottles of it. Still haven't seen the KS CDR. But, picked up 5 bottles of the 2019 CdP. Think that needs some serious air time. Looking forward to your reviews.


Tuesday 19th of October 2021

That’s a bummer. Please do report back on the other one.

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