A big name at a low price thanks to Costco, the Kirkland Signature Series Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon.
Available exclusively at Costco for $18.99. Like many of the Kirkland Signature wines, it is produced and bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections.
The fruit for this classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon comes from select vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley. Oakville AVA is renowned for producing intensely concentrated, balanced grapes from well-drained soils of gravel and sand. The full-bodied, ripe, black-fruit character of cassis and black cherry is surrounded by supple tannins, well-balanced acidity, and spice box notes of vanilla and cedar. The combination builds to a long, lingering finish with grip and bright fruit.
The Oakville AVA is one of the most exclusive areas within Napa Valley. The home of Screaming Eagle, very few wines under $20 come out of this region; in fact, I only found 5 on Wine-Searcher that had an average price under $20! Thanks to Costco we get a chance to taste some of this ultra-expensive juice and see what all the fuss is about.
The 2016 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a very pleasant aroma of ripe black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and a bit of smoky spice. The medium-bodied wine tastes elegant and delicious with similar flavors to the nose along with licorice and more pronounced spice notes. It’s smooth and easy to drink but with good complexity. It finishes dry and long. It’s a bit oakier when first opened versus previous vintages but it gains balance as it has more air.