The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine is part of the premium line of Kirkland Signature wines available exclusively at Costco. It sells for just $16.99 and is produced and bottled by Dolan & Weiss Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington.
From the bottle:
Our signature series wine from Kirkland Signature is sourced from ultra-premium vineyard sites, and is produced by top winemakers. This limited production wine is aged for 15 months in French oak barrels prior to bottling.
"This Columbia Valley Red Wine is a blend of red varietals sourced from Washington state's finest vineyards. A full spectrum of bright aromas and flavors give this wine wonderful complexity and depth. Cabernet Sauvignon provides structure and richness; Merlot and Syrah add vibrant, dark fruits and a hint of licorice and spice; Sangiovese contributes to its balance and liveliness. Lush and concentrated on the palate, the flavors continue throughout a long silky finish."
-- Winemaker Gilles Nicault
We've enjoyed and recommended today's wine for several vintages now. Like many of the Kirkland branded wines, it is made by a much respected winemaker -- in this case Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows Vintners. And while the 2014 vintage included a new lower price tag and a tweak to the blend (removing Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc and adding in Sangiovese), the 2015 keeps all those things the same but adds in the new black Signature Series label design. (A good move in my opinion since previously the Signature Series level wines were virtually indistinguishable from the normal Kirkland Signature wines except for the price.)
It only takes one sniff of the 2015 Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine to know that this blend has a whole lot of good things going on. Black cherry, blackberry, cola, licorice, baking spice, vanilla and mint are just a few of the pleasing aromas that jump out of the glass. Be forewarned; however, that this wine is quite oaky when first opened so you'll definitely want to give it a good decant in order to properly enjoy it.
Once it settles down it's got that excellent, big, dry, tasty and complex Washington red blend vibe that you find in many other wines from this area. I can't quite put my finger on what is is, but it's unique, recognizable and very good. Spicy, oaky dark fruit, more cola and licorice, lots of leather and a little tobacco lead into the dry, grippy, oaky finish. There's something special going on here indeed!
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