Here’s an exciting new addition to the Kirkland wine family, and we were pumped when readers told us this one had started to appear in their stores, and we were finally able to find it near us.
This is a Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, which is the top of classification scale for Chianti, above Riserva. The designation means this wine is made from the estate’s top grapes and aged for 30 months compared to 12 months for Chianti Classico and 24 months for Chianti Classico Riserva.
Costco’s price is right on at $17.99. Most other bottles with this same designation are $35 and up. This is some amazing juice for under $20, making this bottle a very welcome addition to Kirkland’s wines. Let’s get into it.
The wine is a deep ruby in the glass with nice earthy aromas and dried dark fruit. In the mouth are flavors of blackberry, blueberry and plum that really come together beautifully; light mouthfeel; has a little of that cigar box and black pepper into the perfect finish, fresh acidity and nice depth. A beauty.
The wine is produced by Basilica Caffaggio who has distributed some of their other entry level wines in Costco in the past. In clicking around to research their other Gran Selezione wines, the prices are at least double what this bottle is selling for at Costco.
We had high hopes for this wine, and we’re happy to report that it lives up to them. This is a great bottle to have around for the holidays. Pair it with any food, and anyone. We hope Costco continues to bring in future vintages of this exciting new wine. Cheers.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 93 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)
Costco item number: 1714095
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)