It’s always nice to see the Kirkland Carneros Pinot arrive in Costco stores, and most importantly, to see the price tag continue to stay at $9.99, which is almost impossible to match for other wines from this premier region.
We’ve always really enjoyed this Kirkland offering, rating the 2016 vintage 89 points, and the 2017 vintage 90 points. As we’ve noted in prior reviews too, this bottle will move fast, so if it sounds up your alley, don’t wait to buy it if you see it.
I noticed this year that the winemaker is listed on the back label as Alison Crowe, who has a long history of making wine across many appellations throughout California. So I was curious as to what would be inside with this new vintage.
The wine pours a nice pale ruby in the glass with a nose of spicy cherry, a little Dr Pepper; in the mouth are flavors of cherry, red licorice and a little blackberry, a nice mix of red and dark fruit; the wine is medium in body, spicy into the finish, with notes of cherry cola and white pepper.
This is a very nice wine for the money and perhaps one of the best Pinot buys in Costco right now, in my opinion. We’ve tasted quite a few over the last month but for only $10, this bottle drinks on par with the more expensive ones we’ve posted about.
The last time we found a Kirkland Pinot this good was the 2017 Kirkland Willamette Valley Pinot and those disappeared from stores pretty fast. As far as California Pinot goes, this is very affordable and really enjoyable, not too descriptors that always go together.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 505074
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)
[We’ve been posting about a lot of new Kirkland wines this week, and they’ve been awesome. In case you missed it, check out our super in depth, Definitive Guide to Costco’s Kirkland wines]