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Special Report on the New Kirkland K Vine Rosé and Chardonnay

Special Report on the New Kirkland K Vine Rosé and Chardonnay

This was exciting to find on my latest trip to Costco – the debut of the Kirkland Signature K Vine wines.

These wines were first mentioned in an article that appeared in the Costco Connection magazine, featuring a Q and A with winemaker Charles Smith, who is behind these new offerings.

Kirkland K Vine

Charles Smith, as many of you may know, was a former rock band manager (Raveonettes) and then turned to winemaking in Washington State. He produced the Wines of Substance CS Cabernet that is widely available at Costco that we loved.

That bottle is stellar for only $13, and was featured on Wine Spectator’s Top Wines of the year, likely one of the most affordable bottles to make that list. So we couldn’t wait to see what he would bring to these new Kirkland wines.

We also recently wrote a whole post about Washington State wine and why everyone should be drinking them right now. Hands down, the quality to price ratio in WA state wine right now just can’t be beat, in our opinion.

Kirkland K Vine

And that brings us to where we are today with our excitement for this new line of wines. The introduction starts with a 2020 single vineyard rosé and a 2019 single vineyard Chardonnay, with plans for a Cabernet to be released in the spring.

Also note that each bottle was a very reasonable $9.99 (rosé and Chardonnay that is, not sure where the Cab will come in). So it makes a nice $20 2 pack, which is what we are going to taste and review today.

Kirkland K Vine
Kirkland K Vine

2019 Kirkland Signature K Vine Chardonnay

This wine pours a medium gold in the glass with stone fruit on the nose; it is medium bodied, feels great in the mouth; dry with nice minerality; flavors of apple, pear; slight touch of oak in the finish.

All around a very nice Chardonnay that is well balanced, crisp and interesting. Rating: 88 points

Costco item number: 1462887

Alc. 14%

Kirkland K Vine
Kirkland K Vine

2020 Kirkland Signature K Vine Rosé

This wine pours a deep salmon in the glass; creamy strawberry on the nose with more strawberry, and almost watermelon flavors; really juicy, loaded with red fruit flavor that is more pronounced than a lot of other rosé. Made with Syrah.

We really enjoyed this one too, solid all around; just screaming for a super hot day that I think we’re all looking forward to at this point. I plan to buy a few more of these to hold for the summer months, although rosé drinks pretty good year round. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 1462888

Alc. 12%

In conclusion, we really enjoyed both bottles, with a slight preference for the rosé. I’m curious what other readers think as the Chardonnay is a little more straightforward and what you would expect. The rosé however carries a nice little unrestrained red fruit power punch that I really liked. Let us know in the comments below.

And we’ll be tasting and reporting back on that K Vine Cabernet the minute we see it this spring.

Rose All Day

Thursday 22nd of April 2021

Just had the Rose last night with a group. It was juicy, good texture and very quaffable. I wonder if there is a tiny bit of RS ? (Residual Sugar) It did not come across as full dry. For $9.99 I am not complaining. A great Sun -Thurs pour. Fri and Sat are for AIX and Tempier:)


Thursday 8th of April 2021

Yay @Steve! I was hoping this might be the case, and both happy and relieved to hear the rosé is better. I hope some of it shows up soon at this location, as I'll stock up.

Steve Porter

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Having dissed the Chardonnay, I bought ONE bottle of the KVines Rose on my last visit, and opened it yesterday. I’m happy to say that I like the rose, a lot. I capitalize the ONE bottle of rose, because I bought 4 bottles of the Chard, and just can’t drink them. In my original comment (above) I gave what became a mixed review. but after opening the 2nd bottle of the Chard, I tried it and poured it out. It’s the old canard that life is too short to drink bad wine.

The rose is delightful. I look forward to seeing the K Vines cabernet. up until the K Vines Chard, I’d been a huge fan of Charles Smith - even been to his winery/tasting room in Seattle.


Thursday 8th of April 2021

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Steve. We are looking forward to the Cab too.


Thursday 1st of April 2021

Didn't like either the chardonnay or rosé. So far the brand is a disappointment.


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

The Rose was a bit cloying to me, and I see how this can get to be boring as a house wine for the summer. I guess my palate leans towards the better Provencal versions of pink juice, with a bit more verve and minerality to augment the slight red fruited base.

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