100% Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
Purchased for $6.99 at Costco.
From the bottle:
“In the heart of Argentina’s most important and acclaimed wine producing region lies Mendoza, known as “the land of sun and wine.” This high-altitude region extends from 2,000 to over 5,000 feet above sea level and is the source of Kirkland Signature Malbec. Intense sunlight and sandy soil, coupled with cool temperatures, result in an extended ripening cycle to balance sugar and acidity. The Malbec is aged for 12 months in oak barrels, adding complexity, balance, and structure to this full-bodied wine. Drink now through 2016.
We’ve long been fans of Kirkland Signature wines but the last time we checked in on the Malbec was the 2009 vintage. Back then we went head over heels for the $8 (at the time) wonder. Since then the price has actually dropped to only $7, but the big question is whether the wine is still good enough to merit a Bulk Buy ranking. Let’s find out.
The 2011 Kirkland Signature Malbec begins with pleasant aromas of smoky ripe fruit and spice. Tasting the wine reveals smooth flavors of plum, blackberry and spice but my first impression is that this vintage is not quite as good as the 2009. Then again, it is a $1 cheaper which still makes this a great deal. My main concern is that the 2011, while still showing good fruit, is a bit too dominated by oak right now. It’s most noticeable on the finish which features lots of toasty, burnt oak notes. That domination definitely lessens with a good bit of air, so you’ll definitely want to give this wine time to breathe if you drink it now. Still plenty good, but it’s not a pop and pour proposition (or a Bulk Buy) this time around.
Wine in the 2013 Costco Week Series!
- Wine #1: Bodegas Barco de Piedra Tempranillo 2011 – Tastes like a lot more than $10!
- Wine #2: Kirkland Signature Malbec 2011 – Plenty good, but it’s not a pop and pour proposition.
- Wine #3: Atteca Old Vines Garnacha 2010 – Powerfully good Garnacha! BULK BUY!
- Wine #4: La Massa Toscana 2010 – More Massa for me please. BULK BUY!
- Wine #5: Tarima Monastrell 2011 – The M in GSM takes the stage under a different name and brings down the house.
- Wine #6: Castello Banfi Belnero 2009 – A Budget (Quasi-)Brunello
Overall Rating: 7.5
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