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2018 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

2018 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

Here we go with back to back reviews of the latest vintages of two of the most popular Kirkland bottles. We just wrapped up a tasting and review of the new 2021 Kirkland Chateauneuf du Pape, which was delicious.

The latest vintage of the Kirkland Rioja is hitting stores too, and it’s a big time winner. The ridiculously low $7.99 price tag stays for another year (actually went down $0.10). And it’s among the best vintages of this wine that we’ve tasted.

2018 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

Let’s take a look at our historical ratings across the past eight vintages:

2010 Kirkland Rioja: 88 points

2012 Kirkland Rioja: 87 points

2013 Kirkland Rioja: 88 points

2014 Kirkland Rioja: 88 points

2015 Kirkland Rioja: 88 points

2016 Kirkland Rioja: 88 points

2017 Kirkland Rioja: 89 points

This one has been super consistent over the years, and with the 2017 and now this new 2018 vintage I think we’re seeing a slight upward trend.

Our tasting notes are very similar to the 2017, and our rating is too. Medium ruby on the pour with earth, leather, berry fruit on the nose; medium body; flavors of black cherry, plum, blackberry; touch of mocha and black licorice; finishes nice.

2018 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

We’re going to score this vintage at 89 points, right in line with the prior one. This remains a solid bottle, and probably the best buy you’re going to find almost anywhere for a red wine under $10. Grab em while you can. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 917056

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 13.5%

Ed Bert

Monday 5th of June 2023



Saturday 27th of May 2023

Always thrilled when this hits the shelves and we do not hesitate to pick up a case immediately. I agree that the 2018 is a fine tasting vintage. We were not disappointed in the least!

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