Single vineyard Napa Cab well under $20 thanks to Costco! The Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Well this was an interesting find on a recent trip to Costco - single vineyard Napa Cab! And what a vineyard it is. Cakebread, Alta and Nickel & Nickel wineries are just a few that source from this vineyard with their bottlings going for $60 and up.
This wine is made for Costco by Jeff McBride who is the VP of Winemaking at Benziger Family Winery.
The Suscol Vineyard, depicted in gold on the front of the bottle, is located in Napa Valley. It has a cool mountain climate that produces full rich cabernet sauvignon profiles, containing aromas of plum, blackberry and mocha coffee framed by vibrant acidity and length.
Jeff McBride, Winemaker
Cellared & Bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections
The 2018 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a pleasing aroma of ripe fruit, some dusty spice and a touch of green note.
Taking a sip reveals rich fruit, well integrated spice and good structure. It's quite tasty and checks all the boxes but the under-ripe green note from the nose continues when tasting, which is probably why this high end juice became available at this low of a price to Costco.
Other than the bit of pyrazine this is pretty well put together and quite tasty. And while many people who are used to wines made from very ripe fruit will think of this as a flaw we just see it as another flavor in the spectrum of possibilities. Plus we've tasted so many wines now that have noticeable pyrazine (especially from places like Chile) that it seems to be rather commonplace in the market, although probably still a bit unexpected for a big dollar Napa Cab.
It ends dry, grippy, long and savory. At only $17 this is a great value for a single vineyard wine from Napa.