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Kirkland (Costco) label wines - anyone tried?

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  • SanJoseHound May 26, 2006 08:06 PM

Has anyone tasted any of the following Kirkland label wines, or other Kirkland label wines I didn't list?

from the website:
03 Margaux - Bordeaux $25.99
03 Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Rhone $19.99
00 Brunello di Montalcino $37.99

at local Costco's (NorCal Bay Area):
-Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, NZ
-Alexander Valley Cabernet
-Savigny-les-Beaune Burgundy
-Barossa Valley Shiraz

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I haven't, but Costco's own description is very funny:

    "The Kirkland Signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape Grand Reserve is the result of a rigorous selection of the best grapes (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre) harvested at full maturity and, after a long fermentation period, aged in oak barrels (12 months) till the moment of bottling...

    Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, and nine others "

    Which begs the question: what kind of grapes did they use in the "Cinsault and nine others " chapter?

    Link: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product....

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    1. re: RicRios
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      Robert Lauriston

      That's just sloppy research by some copywriter. Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, and Picpoul Noir are the others allowed by French law in red Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Chances are that particular wine was made from only a few of the better-known of those varietals.

    2. My wife and I drank the 2003 Kirkland Signature Pauillac Bordeaux and it was awesome. Great nose, nice fruit, not too tanic either. For $25, it drinks like a wine in the $40-$50 price point IMO. I will probably get a case to cellar. I am thoroughly intrigued to taste this one in a few years again. However, at $25, it is good to drink now as well

      1. Currently drinking the 2005 KirkSig Oregon Pinot for $14. Drinks like a $20-$25...light color, sweet nose, nice (high) acid, cherry/blackberry fruit, slight toasty vanilla finish, decent weight.

        Read great things abt the Alexander Valley cab...have the Oakville cab waiting in the wine rack ($18).

        1. I bought the Kirkland Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon yesterday and we drank it last night. We could not believe how good it was! It rivals cabs at 2-3 times the price. I may go back tomorrow for a case!

          1. I've tried a lot of Kirkland brand wines, they all come from popular vineyards, and are, IMO a deal. When I'm looking at a particular Kirkland varietal, I usually ask the wine merchant, in the store, who produces them for Costco. Example; I've been told, Kirkland champagne comes from Moet.

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            1. re: cstr

              Where does Costco have 'wine merchants' in the store???

              The only people I ever see in the ones near me are wine distributor reps on weekends. I love Costco, in general, but find that (except for the meat department, and electronics) they have no 'on-the-floor' service at all these days. That's fine with me, but would be a big help for exactly this reason in the wine area.

              1. re: Midlife

                I think you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Once when I was at the Torrance store, I struck up a conversation with the guy who just happened to be the wine buyer for the store. He knew he stuff, that's for sure, and was very enthusiastic about helping me. Another time the buyer was around at the original Price Club location in San Diego and again, he was very enthusiastic. But I also think you need to be at one of the stores that has a good selection of wine. Many of the locations seem like some restaurant wine lists - no real thought is put into them, it's just taken from a "suggested stock" list.

                1. re: Midlife

                  The Costco person(s) who are stocking the displays, most of them only work in the wine area and have knowledge of who the suppliers are, at least in SO CA. Also, the front desk has been very helpful with that type of info.

                2. re: cstr

                  I was intrigued when I noticed the display of Kirkland Brut Champagne in the store, but since I was buying bottles for gifts, I stuck with known names like Moet. For a moment, I found myself laughing at the thought of christening a ship with a bottle of "Kirkland Brut'.

                  For my own use, however, do you think it would stack up? I like Taittinger, Moet White Star and Brut. Would anyone consider it a worthy alternative? (at half the price)?

                3. Kirkland New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008 "Ti Point" @ under $10 is excellent.

                  1. I've had the Alexander Valley and a Rutherford labeled Cabernet and they were both awesome. I estimate that if we knew what the winery/vineyard was, we would have been paying $30-40 a bottle at least.

                    1. Maybe not the most useful info, as I haven't yet tried any of them, but availability tends to be spotty, at least at the Burbank (CA) location. Apparently there is a bigger demand than supply, with people stocking up when available. That could be a recommendation in itself.

                      1. Saw an interesting looking Slovenian white at Costco yesterday (can't recall the name.) Anyone tried it?

                        1. We buy a bottle or two of the Savigny-les-Beaune Burgundy now and then. It is surprisingly nice with good "red" fruit, medium bodied, and some acidity. It is a bit simple, but that is not a bad thing. It's price point is about the same as other village burgundies we have tried at that price point (around $20.00). It is not bad for a simple, everyday burgundy if you are looking for a medium bodied red to pair with a cream sauce.