Russian River Valley Pinto Noir from Kirkland Signature… best value for money?
Yes, I drink Costco wine, and yes you should be doing the same thing… and yes, I will be talking a lot on this blog about Costco wine. Why? because it is fucking good. Period. It is the best value you are going to get on any wine, on any brand, anywhere in the world. And no, this post is not paid nor sponsored by Costco, I honestly wish it was. An extra few bucks, or pesos, wouldn’t hurt any one.
Would I prefer to pay extra to drink from a fancier bottle and with a similar quality? probably yes, if I could afford to buy other brands as often as I do in Costco. Before giving you a brief description about the product, I want you to really understand what I mean with my previous point. Here in Mexico, at least in the Riviera Maya area, the cheaper Pinot Noir from Russian River you can find any shop is at around 600 to 700 pesos, translated to American dollars this would be around 35 to 40. Kirkland’s Pinot Noir from Russian River is 20usd, or 350 pesos. Are you getting my point now?
For those of you who don’t know, Costco does not produce nor fabricate their products, most of the time they buy them from well know brands, other times, they have agreements with specialized producers to make high quality products.
So this wine its a 2015 vintage, so it is still a young wine and you will find a very well balance Pinot Noir, a special characteristic of most Russian River Pinot Noir’s. You will find some light berries aromas and a bit of spices, probably given by its oak aging, which I believe should not be more than 6 to 8 months. It is a wine that’s easy to drink, but at the same time, you will find it interesting. It is also very food friendly, it is not a wine to enhance food, at least not with what I ate, but it also does not invade it and it doesn’t leave itself to be invaded.
I had my bottle with a round of some Spanish jamon and some Frenc Camembert cheese, bread and olive oil and then a seafood pasta platter as an entrée with tons of garlic, pear drop tomatoes, basil and prawns, calamari and clams. This food let my wife and myself enjoy the wine to the maximum and I can say the same for the wine. No flavor was disturbed, it was beautiful.
And yes, there are some flaws to this wine, it’s not the best Pinot Noir in the world, not even in Russian River Valley, it lacks of some deepness and intensity. But unless you live in the US, this Russian River is probably the best quality for money you are going to find in the market.
Country: United States of America
City / Zone: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Presentation: 4 / 10
Value: 10 / 10
Price: $20 usd in Mexico
Until the next post…
Quench your thirst, stay hungry and keep moving!