This wine debuted about a week ago, and it’s one that I look forward to trying each year. In the past, Costco has also produced a Columbia Valley Merlot-Cabernet blend, although I’ve yet to see this in a couple of years it seems.
I noticed that the latest vintage of the Signature Series Columbia Valley red blend has also recently hit the bins, so be on the lookout for that review in the near future. I wanted to compare the two wines and judge each of them based on their relative price to value. Signature Series wines are usually in the $15-$25 range (this one is $16.99), while the regular Kirkland-labeled wines are generally under $10.
For $8.99, the 2017 KS Cabernet is an excellent value. The wine has a lot of structure while still maintaining a smooth and fruit-forward palate. There are a lot of rich, dark fruit flavors, and the it’s a pleasure to drink.
I would venture to say that this is one of the better value Kirkland signature wines, especially of the Cabernet varietal. That being said, the off-dry, jammy and ripe palate is not for everyone.
I tend to pick up a lingering essence of sour fruit punch when I drink inexpensive Cabernet, but thankfully I did not get that here. What I did get what a lot of heat. The 14.5% alcohol is very prevalent and so I would be cautious both with the temperature that you serve the juice (aim for 60 degrees) as well as the food pairings (nothing spicy). I will admit that I committed the ultimate wine sin and added a couple of small ice cubes to my glass to tone down the heat.
I would buy this bottle again and would definitely recommend having a couple on hand for an occasional weeknight wine. It’s likely to be a crowd-pleaser, so you might want to pick up a case for your end-of-summer event as well.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco Item Number: 1226845
Joe R Roberts
Thursday 12th of September 2019
While travelling in France my wife and I discovered that this "sin" of adding ice cubes to wine is done all the time by the French, tho typically with a white wine. In fact, they even have a name for it: "piscine", which means "swimming pool". It's now something we do all the time in the summer when it's hot--- the ice cubes of course keep the wine cool and have the added benefit of diluting the wine so that you can slake your thirst without getting too tipsy.
Thursday 12th of September 2019
That’s super interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Saturday 3rd of August 2019
Erin, I love your reviews but this one is all over the place. The wine is in the usual Signature "$15-$25 range (this one is $16.99)" and then it's $8.99. The wine is "is not for everyone" but it's "likely to be a crowd-pleaser." It needs careful temperature presentation but would be good for a large "end of summer event." Worth buying a case, but not a recommended wine.
Monday 5th of August 2019
Steve, thanks for your comment and we appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Erin and I reread the review following your comment, and completely agree that some of the language could be confusing or wasn't clear. That's on me as the editor to maintain the clarity and voice of the site, so we will keep that in mind for future reviews. Regarding your last point, our Top Picks list (or recommended wines) are almost always ones that we rate 90 points +. Not all the time, but most of the time that's the general rule we follow. I might reconsider the name for that category if it's not clear. Thanks for following the site, and we appreciate the feedback to help make this site better. AC