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2021 Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir

2021 Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir in Kirkland’s wine portfolio can really be hit or miss. We’d say the Willamette Valley Pinot might be the most consistent. The Russian River is all over the place. This Carneros wine was a favorite for a while but came in a little lackluster with the last vintage.

The prices do remain super competitive. Finding Russian River Pinot for $12, and Carneros for $10, is almost unheard of. What we’d like to see if a small bump in quality, which we’d be willing to support a small bump in price along with it.

Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir

But we’ll keep tasting through them, and try to sort out the winners and losers. Good news here is to see the price of the Kirkland Carneros Pinot stay at $9.99. That’s a good start to this vintage, that ended up being just slightly better than the last one in our opinion.

Historically, you can see we really liked this one for a while, all the way up until last year’s 2020 vintage.

2016 89 points

2017 90 points

2018 89 points

2019 89 points

2020 85 points

This 2021 vintage is a little different than the 2020 after comparing notes. This wine is a pale to medium ruby on the pour, subtle nose; more red fruit flavor or raspberry and cranberry compared to the prior vintage where we picked up more dark fruit flavor. Rather simple throughout and into the finish

Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir

The wine improved with some air, so give it a decant before jumping in if you have time. Once again, we remain on the fence, wanting a bit more from this wine. It remains a little thin, and uninteresting. Try one to see if it’s your speed before you buy more. Rating: 86 points

Costco item number: 505074

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Dallas, GA)

Alc. 14.5%


Monday 9th of October 2023

I just wanted to say I agree with you. This one is a pretty big disappointment. Some of the other QPR bloggers liked the 21 over the 20 so we tried it and boy was it simple and uninteresting (even with some air).

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