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2018 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s nice to see this one back on Costco shelves. It was hinted at being out there in a recent Wall Street Journal article about Costco Wine (here it is, subscription required). So that sent me into my Costco on the lookout.

Kirkland’s Rutherford offerings used to be just a Meritage blend, which we enjoyed (rating around 88 points), but then almost two years ago, we got a straight Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from Kirkland in the 2016 vintage. Our contributor Erin, liked this wine, scoring it 89 points.

Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet

It looks like we might have skipped a 2017 vintage, as indicated both by our inability to find one, and the Costco placard sign you see here which appears to skip it as well.

And the price seems to have gone up $1, from $17.99 for the 2016 to $18.99 for the 2018. But it turns out to be more than worth it.

For this new 2018 vintage we once again have Glenn Hugo as the winemaker, and he has been at the helm of many other Napa Kirkland wines that we’ve reviewed. 

I was immediately impressed with this wine from the moment we popped the cork. Juicy, floral aromas; the wine pours a deep ruby in color and is medium plus to full in body.

Flavors of black cherry and blueberry with dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla; chalky in the finish as these wines tend to be.

Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet

Just a beautiful package all around that we couldn’t get enough of. This bottle could easily pass as having cost two to three times as much. This is high quality Napa juice under $20 that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Certainly an addition to our Top Picks list, and hopefully an indicator of more great things to come from this Kirkland offering that is now among our favorites. Rating: 92 Points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Costco Item Number: 1265184

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Kathryn King

Sunday 17th of January 2021

My wine club is interested in a Costco wine tasting. What do you recommend? We are in Memphis, Tennessee.

Matt Pearlman

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Trader joes has a similar Napa Rutherford for 14.99, Tried both and the cheaper Joes one is absolutely equally as good for 4 bones cheaper. What are you thoughts?


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Never tried but thanks for sharing. Maybe some other readers can comment if they’ve tried them both.

Jim Heiner

Monday 28th of December 2020

Perfect timing! Read your review yesterday and just happened to be at Costco in Orlando, FL in the afternoon, and there it was - 2018 Kirkland Rutherford SSCS @$18.99. Picked up 4 bottles and can't wait to try one!

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