It won’t blow your socks off but the Costco Kirkland Signature Malbec is well worth the tiny price tag.
Argentina’s most acclaimed wine region for Malbec, Mendoza Province is in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The grapes for this Kirkland Signature Malbec are grown between 2800 and 3300 feet above sea level. This deep purple Malbec has intense fruit notes of plum and cherries and a long rounded finish. It displays a perfect balance of ripe fruit coupled with oak spice from 12 months of careful aging in French oak barrels.
Crafted at the Broquel winery in Mendoza, this Malbec was produced especially for Kirkland Signature.
-Sergio Case, Winemaker
We’ve been tasting and reviewing the Kirkland Malbec going back to the 2009 vintage and unlike a lot of the other Costco wines, the quality on this one seems to bounce around a good bit. I think it’s possible the producer has changed over the years as Costco previously didn’t reveal who made it on the label like they do now (Broquel Winery). In any case, this latest 2017 vintage is a solid one.
The 2017 Kirkland Signature Malbec begins with pleasing aromas of plum, blackberry and a little spice. The medium-bodied wine tastes ripe and juicy and not nearly as oaky as the last vintage we tried. Smooth and easy drinking, it’s solid for $7 but a little bit one dimensional and nowhere near the level of the Exquisite Collection Malbec from Aldi at the same price. It ends with lingering tart fruit and a little spice on the medium-long finish.