Napa on the cheap, we check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend from Costco.
The Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend is available exclusively at Costco for $10.99. Like many of the Kirkland Signature wines, it is cellared and bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections. It is made by Glenn Hugo, the winemaker at Girard Napa and B.R. Cohn.
The 2019 red blend is a traditional blend of classical varietals which combine to create a finely nuanced wine from the well-drained gravelly loams and silt soils of Napa Valley. This blend has the concentrated notes of black cherry and cassis supported by silky tannins and the spice rack notes of oak and cedar finishing with the velvety notes of rich plum.
This is a perennial favorite for us so we were more than happy to see it arrive again in our local store - and still at the $10.99 price! Compared to the last time we reviewed the proportion of Cab has gone way up, which is always a good thing when you are talking about Napa Valley. Let's see how it tastes.
The 2019 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend begins with a pleasing aroma full of ripe cherry and other red fruits plus some sweet spice, vanilla, cola, black pepper and a hint of cigar box.
Taking a sip reveals a balanced, very smooth and silky wine that has a bit more complexity than past vintages. In the mouth there's plenty of fruit (plum, cherry and assorted berries) and similar flavors to the nose like vanilla, cedar, sage, tobacco and more.
Some excellent spice notes develop on the mid-palate and lead into the really long and lingering finish. This is a nice step up from the last time we reviewed it. You can't ask for much more than this for just $11 from Napa!