It won’t blow your socks off but the Costco Kirkland Signature Malbec is 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. The last several vintages; however, the producer has been Broquel Winery. In any case, let’s check out the 2018.
The 2018 Kirkland Signature Malbec begins with pleasing aromas of plum, blackberry and a little spice. The medium-bodied wine tastes ripe, juicy and a bit oaky. Smooth and easy drinking, it’s solid for $7 but a little bit one dimensional. It ends with lingering tart fruit and a little spice on the medium-long finish.
While it’s solid, it’s also unremarkable but still a good buy given the very low price.