A budget friendly Napa Valley Cab, the Kirkland Signature Series Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from Costco.
There seems to be an almost surprising amount of under $20 Cab coming out of Napa Valley as of late. Unfortunately, much of it just isn't any good and most of those that show potential are just way too young and undeveloped. The latter is fine if you've got the space and patience, but those wines aren't really all that much of a deal all things considered.
Today we check out the latest vintage of the Costco Kirkland Rutherford Cab, a wine we've reviewed many times in the past. Luckily this is one of those rare examples that are ready to drink now.
The Kirkland Signature Series Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is available exclusively at Costco for $18.99. Like several of the Kirkland Signature wines the winemaker is Glenn Hugo.
Kirkland Signature Rutherford Cabernet is from the historic Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley, California. Its volcanic gravel and loam terroir gives this wine its classic "Rutherford Dust" profile along with sweet, ripe tannins and notes of blackberry, cassis, bing cherry and dark chocolate.
"The Rutherford appellation has long been one of my favorites. The character of the cabernet produced here leans towards a mocha powder note woven with a combination of red and black fruits. With some of the Napa Valley's most historical Cabernet houses in the appellation, it continues to be a beloved region for Cabernet Sauvignon."
Glenn Hugo, Winemaker
Cellared & Bottled by DC Flynt MW Domaines and Estates
The 2019 Kirkland Signature Series Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a very pleasing aroma of ripe black cherry and other dark berry fruit, lots of attractive spice notes and a little cedar and vanilla.
Tasting the wine reveals tons of ripe juicy fruit and a smooth mouthfeel. And while it's certainly easy to drink it is a bit one dimensional. Still, this is a solid Cab at this price. I wouldn't say it's distinctively Rutherford or even Napa Valley, but it is good enough to merit the rather high price tag.
It ends dry, long and slightly chewy with maybe just a hint of that signature Rutherford dust.