I find your review a bit harsh. While this is not a great Bordeaux, it still makes for an honest Bordeaux decently showing some finish.
While the first sip was quite disappointing, I always give the bottle some time to open up and make sure I can taste it the next day. A sign of decent quality is that it improved on day 2.
I always look for those inexpensive daily Bordeaux and I plan to have another look. I will likely buy more but certainly not for cooking.
Definitely not a vin de garde to keep, but very drinkable through the winter with pasta or meat.
Thanks for reviewing those Kirkland wines