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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

It was a pleasant surprise to come across this bottle from Costco’s Kirkland label.  They’ve really expanded their reach to include a wider selection of wines from numerous prestigious wine growing areas around the globe.  So I would advise to take note on your next trip to Costco.  You might be surprised what you find. …

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2013 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville Merlot

There are quite a few Kirkland Signature Series bottles available at my Costco right now that have really grabbed my attention.  I just reviewed and loved the Signature Series Mendoza Malbec.  During my most recent visit, I found this Oakville Merlot, along with two other Kirkland Signature Series wines I’m really excited about: a 2012 Napa …

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2011 Kirkland Signature Series Mendoza Malbec

This is one of those wines that just highlights why shopping for wine at Costco is such a pleasure.  I’ve had several readers comment on the standard (non signature series) Kirkland Malbec which is about half the price of this one ($8.99 for the regular Kirkland Malbec vs $18.79 for Kirkland Signature Series that I …

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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red

How can you tell a good wine from an excellent wine?  One of our tests is to take them on a marathon and see how they perform.   In this case, we ran with two Kirkland Signature wines: the 2012 Signature Merlot and Columbia Valley Red  (which is pretty close to Bordeaux blend, with cabernet, merlot …

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2013 Kirkland Signature 10-Year Tawny Port

Like McDonald’s McRib, Costco trots out its special Kirkland Signature 10 Year Tawny Porto every once in a while.   However, unlike the McRib, this port is both a value and very tasty.   Clear brick color, smoothly spiced with raisin, light cherry, caramel, some orange and smoke on the palate.  It ends with a wonderfully smooth …

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2011 Kirkland Signature Series Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Cuvee

I’m a big fan of a lot of Napa’s mountain cabs -Diamond, Howell, Spring, Atlas Peak – and they typically carry with them a price tag starting at $40 and going up from there.  So it was a nice treat to see the Kirkland Signature Series Mountain Cuvee at stores and priced at only $19.99.  And …

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2012 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du Pape

Alright, here’s one I know a lot of readers have been interested in – the 2012 vintage of the always awesome Kirkland Chateauneuf.  I’ve been anxiously waiting to get my hands on one of these given the amount of reader comments I’ve already received singing the praises of the current offering.  And I’m a fan …

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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Russian River Chardonnay

Editor’s Note: An interesting thing happened as we reviewed this year’s Kirkland Russian River Chardonnay.  Two of us (myself and Michael) tasted the wine on our own, independently without each other knowing, and we came to two completely different conclusions.  This is a first for the site, but I’m kind of glad it happened.  This really …

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2012 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Meritage

The Kirkland Rutherford Meritage is consistently a good value as far as Napa red blends go.  I think I’ve given them between 88-90 points almost every year, including 2011, which was a tough growing year.  This year’s Meritage is a bit different, with a more dominant Merlot percentage in the blend, but I thoroughly enjoyed …

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2011 Kirkland Signature Medoc Bordeaux

  This wine really changed a lot with air.  I was getting ready to write it up as one of my least favorite Kirkland offerings.  But after an hour or so in the glass it’s come around, albeit only a bit.  I’m a big Bordeaux fan, and frequently enjoy wines from the Medoc region, but most cost more than the $8.99 I paid for this bottle at Costco.  At that price, it’s hard to be too critical, but I wouldn’t rush to the store to stock up on this one.

I reread my comments on the 2009 vintage of this wine, and feel very much the same for this year’s wine.  Overall, the wine is just not that interesting and rather one dimensional. Nose is almost non-existent; in the mouth the wine opens up with a bit of dark fruit, blackberry, and black licorice flavors, leading to a dry and slightly spicy finish that wraps up quickly.

If you’re a Bordeaux fan like me and are looking to try an inexpensive bottle for fun, go for it.  Otherwise, I’d take my money and look for anything from Spain for $9.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 85 Points
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
Costco item number: 666695
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2011 Kirkland Signature Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon

  As the nights get colder in Southern California, sitting down with a bottle of red wine on a Saturday evening sounds better and better.  I’ve had this Kirkland Napa County Cabernet on hand for about two weeks and decided tonight was the night to take it out for a spin.

As I poured what would be my first taste, the wine color was deep purple and it’s nose exhibited traditional black fruited currant flavors.  Unfortunately, my first sip was disappointing.  Maybe I expected more because the Kirkland brand has delivered some great value wines, but this one clearly needed some time to open up and figure out how it wanted to present itself.  To those that pop and pour, beware.  If you judge it right out of the bottle you will be disappointed.  

For those just getting into red wine, that brings up an important point.  After being in a bottle a while, most wines need time to open up and let being exposed to air do it’s thing.  Couldn’t be truer in the case of this wine.  I decided to decant the bottle and forget about it a couple hours.

Coming back to the wine and starting over gave it a second chance to impress.  This wine has some good qualities, but they seem out of order.  There’s a quick rush of black fruit which isn’t as ripe as I hoped and held it back.  Before I could think more about the fruit, I was greeted with traces of oak and chocolate, soon to be followed by a surprising tasty dusty cocoa flavor that lingered momentarily (which happened to be my favorite part).

This wine sells for $12.99 and I’ve seen it at a few Costcos.  Give it a good amount of time and it will not disappoint in the end considering you don’t have high expectations.
— Adam L

Rating 86 Points
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2012 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This one is always a summer favorite of mine.  At $7.79 this is a nicely made New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc.  For fans of these wines, this is exactly what you expect at a great price.

In my review of the 2011 vintage I compared this to the Kim Crawford and White Haven, two very nice wines that taste similar to this one for a few dollars more.  The 2012 retains the same sub $8 price as the 2011, and it really hit me right on the super hot sunny day when I enjoyed it.

Bright citrus flavor all over the palate; a lot of lemon and lime, and some apple and grapefruit. Finishes pretty quick with some tangy acidity.  I’m going to add this bottle to our Value Picks list.  As I said before if you like New Zealand Sauv Blancs, this is a no brainer. 

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 Points (same as last year)
*Value Pick*

Costco item number: 301904

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2011 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf-du-pape

It’s a real treat every year when these Kirkland Chateauneufs hit the shelves.  You just can’t get into this region for the price that Costco offers ($20) and the wine this year is superb as always.

This is a Rhone blend consisting of 58% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 13% Counoise-Vaccarese, 4% Cinsault and 2% Muscardin-Mourvedre.  Don’t let a few of the less familiar grapes deter you.  This is a solid Rhone red at an unbeatable price.  Here’s my review of the 2010 (which was a great year), and this year stacks up about the same.  An easy Silver Rated wine for the site.

Perfect dark fruit and berry flavor, spice that hits your nose as you take each drink, young juicy mouthfeel that would only get better with a little more age, and a finish that’s near perfection.  This one could run for a while in the bottle and it might be kind of a fun experiment to drink it again in 2-3 years.  If it’s still around I might try to snag some for the cellar. 

Great wine.  A red wine lover’s dream at this price.  Must buy.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 92 Points (a point up from last year)
*Silver Rated*

Costco item number: 777662

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2010 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

“Had to try this one to see what they can do with Oakville cab at this price…and the result is pretty good. One of the better Kirkland wines I have tasted (Their Chtf. Du pape is good as well).

Nose hits you right away with dark cabernet fruit, what I expect from Oakville. Surprisingly maintains some distinct characteristics of leather, black currant, raisin, blackberry, and vanilla oaky finish – much of what you can find in more expense big name wines from Oakville…Some dusty mild tannins suggest this has some potential for smoothing out a little bit with time. Relatively thick coat finish feels good, but a little bitterness and heat. Falls a tad short overall in terms of complexity (somewhat one-dimensional), but it is a big dark fruit driven wine that could fool many in a blind tasting. Better than expected, and overall I would recommend this one – especially for under $20.

*Give it some time to breath….big improvements”
— CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points

— TJ Cohen

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