Pretty tasty Pinot for just $13, the Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Costco.
Available exclusively at Costco for $12.99. Like many of the Kirkland Signature wines, it is cellared and bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections.
The wine is made for Costco by winemaker Barbara Ignatowski of Vintage Wine Estates, who is also the winemaker for the Cherry Pie Pinot Noirs that Tasting Panel recently scored at 94-95 points.
The Russian River Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, inland from the Pacific Coast. The warm growing season is influenced by the Pacific Ocean, where the cooling fog allows the grapes to develop rich, full flavors while retaining beautiful acidity.
“This wine exhibits complexity, balance and structure with subtle cherry, raspberry, and cola aromas elevated by sweet spicy oak and a long silky finish.” — Barbara Ignatowski, Winemaker
The 2018 Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir begins with pleasing aromas of cherry, cola and earth along with some other assorted minty and herbal notes. Tasting the wine shows that while it’s not super complex, it is some pretty darn tasty Pinot. Smooth with lots of sweet cherry flavors, this is a pleasure to drink. Cola, a little bit of tobacco and some earthiness lead into the dry, long finish.
This is quite a solid Pinot Noir for just $13! Guessing it won’t last too long on the shelves this time of year.