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2019 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

We started catching wind that this popular Costco Cab was hitting stores a week or so ago from readers, and I was happy to find it on my last visit.  It often hits in the Sept/Oct timeframe so it arrived a little early this year for us.

We’ve seen a gentle price creep on this bottle over the years. It originally started at $19.99, and then hit $23.99 last year, so the first good piece of news is that the price stayed the same with this new 2019 vintage.

Costco Stags Leap

As I’ve remarked in previous reviews, this is a ridiculously good price for a bottle of Cabernet from Napa’s Stags Leap region. I don’t think there are any other bottles from this region that even come close.  In a quick Google search, I didn’t find any under $40.

Let’s look at our rating history on previous vintages:

2013 90 points

2014 88 points

2015 (didn’t review; does anyone have any notes on this vintage?)

2016 89 points

2017 89 points

2018 91 points

So really solid ratings, culminating in a big 91 points last year.  What’s on tap for this new 2019 vintage?  Much of the same we experienced last vintage, and that’s a good thing.

The wine pours a deep ruby in the glass with earthy aromas, some dark berry; nice and big in the mouth, full bodied with grippy tannins; flavors of black cherry, plum, blackberry, anise with some leather towards the finish; a really good lingering finish.

Give it 30 minutes (at least) for some air to open it up; it was a little tight for me right out of the bottle.

Costco Stags Leap

Overall, another “best of” vintage for this Kirkland wine.  Taste one and if you agree with me, I’d grab as many of these as your budget can handle.  They tend to move pretty fast, and the word is out. Also, adding to our Top Picks list. Rating: 91 points (a Costco Wine Blog Top Pick)

Costco item number: 505081

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 14.5%


Sunday 5th of September 2021

Just decanted and drank the 2019. My rating is about 87-88. May continue to age in the bottle, but very little nuance and layering of flavors

Terry Ehlis

Saturday 4th of September 2021

We drove from Maryland to the Costco in Leesburg Va. The wine specialist told us the Stags Leap District Signature Cab sold out very quickly and was not available anywhere in the NE seaboard region. They don’t anticipate receiving additional shipments. The Gran Reserve Rioja was not available either. 😩


Saturday 4th of September 2021

Buy anywhere?


Sunday 29th of August 2021

This one sounds great! Like a steal! I’ll look for it at my store in Santa Cruz, CA. Thank you!

Andrew Manon Gould

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Wow Honolulu

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