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2020 Kirkland Signature Malbec Mendoza

2020 Kirkland Signature Malbec Mendoza

We’ve been waiting for the latest vintage of this one to arrive, and perhaps it’s been here longer than we thought but we just didn’t see it.

I found the 2020 vintage hidden among a bunch of 2019 bottles. I just happened to notice the 2020 listing on the box. So perhaps you can find both vintages right now.

I always find it interesting when Costco puts multiple vintages together like this. I once found a bin at Costco with three different vintages of the same wine in it; making it easy to pull together a vertical tasting. But also giving you options on your preferred vintage at the same price.

Kirkland Malbec Mendoza
Kirkland Malbec Mendoza
Kirkland Malbec

We are also happy to report the price staying the same at only $6.99, which is awesome considering the wine is once again made by Broquel, who produces many bottles at twice this price. And you see the Suckling scores on the placard falling into the low 90’s, which I think is high but this latest vintage might be an incremental step closer to 90 points.

Historically, here’s where we’ve been on this one:

2015 86 points

2017 85 points

2018 87 points

2019 87 points

We’ve seen a strong last couple of years, and I think this vintage might be the best yet.

Medium purple in the glass with floral, earthy aromas; medium in body, really nice in the mouth; youthful but well made; nice dark fruit, black cherry, plum, blackberry; some anise and dark chocolate in the finish, which is dry and lasting with some peppery spice.

Kirkland Malbec Mendoza

I’m really happy with this latest vintage and I’m going to bump my score up to 88 points. This is a easy drinking, straightforward Malbec that is tasty and delicious. Just what you want for $7. If you’re having a holiday party, stock up and pour this in a decanter and I bet your guests will think you spent a lot more (and be satisfied). Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 1239144

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 14% 

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Saturday 1st of January 2022

I thought the latest Kirkland Malbec was rated perfectly. A nice bottle for $7 and better than the last few years of the same bottle. 88 points-agreed.

Larry C Swearingen

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Suckling has a bit different rating system from most reviewers in that he gives scores to wines within, and according to, their respective price ranges. A 92-rated, $7 wine, for example, is not meant to be compared to a 92-rated, $30 wine. This is the qualifier many miss when he gets accused of routinely giving out scores that seem higher than deserved.


Saturday 18th of December 2021

@WaWine, Now that is funny. :-) His ratings, across the board, are inflated. Some suckers believe them.


Saturday 18th of December 2021

@Larry C Swearingen,

So are you saying there’s a 100 point $7 wine somewhere out there for James?

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