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Friday, April 12, 2013

Kirkland Signature Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage 2011 - Make Mine A Meritage Wine #8

Bulk Buy!

Kirkland Signature Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage 2011 - A Sure Thing
A Sure Thing!

49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec from Napa Valley, California.

Available exclusively at Costco for $13.99.

From the bottle:
"The Napa Valley, Rutherford AVA is known for its unique terroir of volcanic-influenced soil laced with gravel, sand, and loam. This classic Cabernet-dominated Meritage is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec from select Rutherford AVA vineyards.

"Deep, concentrated, black cherry notes are surrounded by ripe black currant, cinnamon and sweet oak spice. The lifting acidity frames the rich fruit and the classic 'Rutherford Dust.'" -- Winemakers Marco DiGiulio & Zach Long

14.6% Alcohol"
We're eight wines into our series on Meritage, and it just keeps getting better. Today's wine is as close to a sure thing as I've tasted, garnering a Bulk Buy rating for both the 2009 and 2010 vintages. At a price of $13.99 it really can't be beat, but don't dally -- this wine always go fast at Costco, so if you see it, buy a bunch! Based on our experience with the last two vintages, I'm pretty confident it'll just keep getting better in the bottle for the next 1-2 years.

The 2011 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage opens with a very nice aroma of black cherry, licorice and cola. Tasting the wine reveals lots of juicy, ripe fruit and a super smooth texture featuring dry, sweet tannins. It also has some wonderfully integrated oak adding licorice and spice notes. As always those signature Rutherford dust notes appear on the excellent, long finish. Extremely tasty and sure to improve over the next couple years, buy a few bottles and open one every 6 months to watch it evolve!

Wine in the "Make Mine A Meritage" series:


Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 6
Overall Rating: 8.3


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