A fruity, lightly-oaked, crowd-pleasing Chard from Costco, the Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
Available exclusively at Costco for $12.99. Like many of the Kirkland Signature wines, it is cellared and bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections.
This Russian River Valley Chardonnay delivers bright aromas of lemon blossom, citrus and stone fruit. The elegant and layered expression of this Chardonnay is focused around flavors of green apple, pear and fig while French oak gives the wine exotic spice notes and long, lingering finish.
Glenn Hugo, Winemaker
As the back label states, this wine is made for Costco by Glenn Hugo. A quick web search shows that he has an impressive history as the winemaker at Girard Napa Valley as well as B.R. Cohn Winery.
The 2019 Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Chardonnay begins with pleasing aromas of green apple, pear, lemon, honeysuckle and a touch of vanilla. Tasting reveals a nice, smooth texture in this medium-bodied, balanced, well made wine. It features juicy and sweet fruit flavors similar to the nose along with hints of oak, spice and minerality and bright acidity.
This is a slightly buttery, easy drinking, crowd-pleasing style of Chardonnay. And while it may not have all the complexity that some expect from the Russian River Valley it doesn't have the usual hefty price tag either. It ends with a hint of butter and some chalky minerality on the long, satisfying finish.