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2017 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva

2017 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva

And…we have another popular Kirkland bottle hitting store shelves in a brand vintage: the dependable, but not unbelievable, Kirkland Chianti Riserva.

The Kirkland Chianti is one of those mid-pack Kirkland wines that are priced right, they’re ok for an average meal or pizza night, but they just leave a little to be desired. Similar to the Kirkland Malbec that we just took a look at, these mid-pack offerings usually fall into the 86-88 point range for us.

Kirkland Chianti Classico
You can see James Suckling went 91-92 points on the past couple vintages, which is quite a bit higher than we have rated them

This Chianti always gets me though because it has so much going for it with the way that it’s dressed up. It’s a DOCG wine vs the lesser DOC designation. It’s a Chianti Classico, which is not a classic version of Chianti but rather the premier area within the Chianti region. And it’s a Riserva which requires additional aging of the wine.

Typically that checks most of the big boxes for Chianti wines, and bottles that do usually cost a lot more than Costco’s $8.49 price tag. Like years past, this wine is once again produced by Villa Cafaggio, as indicated on the back of the label.

It pours a medium garnet in color with pepper and dried red fruit nose; medium plus in body with flavors of cherry, pomegranate, cranberry; nice acidity into a dry finish.

Kirkland Chianti Classico

This is a decent wine, drinkable and ok for the price but not what you expect from a wine with all the right markings on the bottle. I felt this drank more like a basic everyday Chianti, which isn’t a bad thing, or even unfair for the price. I just would like to see a little more, and quite frankly I’d be willing to pay a couple bucks more for a bump in quality.

Be sure to decant or pour in a glass for 30 minutes before consuming as the wine was super tight right out of the bottle.  I’m going to drop my rating one level to 86 points. We went 87 points on the last vintage and 88 points for the one before that. Let’s hope we can reverse this trend when the ‘2018 vintage arrives. Rating: 86 points

Costco item number: 944010

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13.5%

Kevin Knox

Saturday 21st of November 2020

It’s really too bad Costco doesn’t just offer a well-sourced basic Chianti or even a Sangiovese-based vino di tavola like Santa Cristina rather than this perennially under-achieving riserva. For reasons unknown they just have never come up with an Italian equivalent to their fabulous $7 Cotes du Rhône.


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Purchased in Cumming, GA - really enjoyed it - almost gives you a shimmer of what a DOCG/Riserva... yet drinks like a Chianti in a bottle with a net. This isn’t a $40 Ruffino Ducale Oro. I think it’s more 88 if you get a good bottle, but as always respect the official ratings..

Cindy Carlson

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I just went nov 4,2020. I asked,they looked it up. They had it in aug! All sold out

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