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#1 Post by Rich Brown » September 7th, 2018, 8:23 pm

This $20 Kirkland cab has no business being this good.  I honestly wasnt expecting much but am pretty damned impressed.  Dark fuschia in color, with cassis, and powdery red fruits.  On the palate, this legit screams Rutherford to me.  Deep and powerful but light on its feet, with cherries, black fruits, minerality....and yes....a really nice 'dusty' note (honestly).  Very impressive wine and very reflective of the region.  I'd put this up against $75 cabs and fully expect it to steal the show.  My new go-to weekday cab.

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#2 Post by Mark Y » September 7th, 2018, 8:38 pm

wow.. $20?! nice
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#3 Post by Rich Brown » September 7th, 2018, 8:46 pm

Mark Y wrote:
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wow.. $20?! nice
Yeahhh buddy! Easily the best $20 cab I've had. Almost on par value-wise with Kirkland paper towels (almost).

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#4 Post by Scott Brunson » September 8th, 2018, 3:35 am

Rich, I had a bottle last week and didn't care for it at all.
Vanilla extract.
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#5 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 8th, 2018, 5:13 am

Hey Rich - I just replied in the Costco thread. I was so surprised to read this - I see these Kirkland wines at the store near me in Florida but usually pass them by. For $20, I will pick up one of these and try it.

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#6 Post by Scott Brunson » September 8th, 2018, 6:56 am

I'll try another to see if I was having an off day.
I was sure excited by the price.
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#7 Post by Rich Brown » September 8th, 2018, 8:01 am

Scott Brunson wrote:
September 8th, 2018, 6:56 am
I'll try another to see if I was having an off day.
I was sure excited by the price.
This was the first one I've tried and was really, really impressed. I was completely ready for a boring/typical cheap napa cab....but this one actually had a sense of place and some complexity to me. For $20, this was a huge win in my book.

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#8 Post by Rich Brown » September 8th, 2018, 8:13 am

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
September 8th, 2018, 5:13 am
Hey Rich - I just replied in the Costco thread. I was so surprised to read this - I see these Kirkland wines at the store near me in Florida but usually pass them by. For $20, I will pick up one of these and try it.
It's definitely worth trying Sherri. I cant recall ever getting more out of a cab this price.

Looking forward to hearing what you think!

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#9 Post by Anthony Iezzi » September 8th, 2018, 11:49 am

Rich I agree. Had one last week and I'm going to be adding to the everyday list.

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#10 Post by Chris Foley » September 8th, 2018, 6:10 pm

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Vanilla extract.
You've said the magic word Scott. Vanilla taste in wine turns me off.
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#11 Post by Rich Brown » September 8th, 2018, 7:06 pm

Chris Foley wrote:
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Vanilla extract.
You've said the magic word Scott. Vanilla taste in wine turns me off.
Yup. And that's honestly what expected....and not at all what I got.

Miles better than anything else in that price range (clos du val, Borne of Fire, etc)

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#12 Post by Karl F » September 8th, 2018, 8:34 pm

https://costcowineblog.com/2016-kirklan ... sauvignon/

Cool website that reviews Costco wines.
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#13 Post by Mike Kuller » September 9th, 2018, 12:05 pm

Last night I had a bottle of 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet, touted by WS - $24 at Total Wines.

It was terrific - raspberry fruit, a little cedar with some depth and a nice finish.

I plan to get a bottle of the Kirkland and compare them blind.
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#14 Post by Rich Brown » September 9th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Mike Kuller wrote:
September 9th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Last night I had a bottle of 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet, touted by WS - $24 at Total Wines.

It was terrific - raspberry fruit, a little cedar with some depth and a nice finish.

I plan to get a bottle of the Kirkland and compare them blind.
Nice Mike - looking forward to hearing how it goes!

If I was a betting man....my money would be on the Kirkland ;)

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#15 Post by Karl F » September 9th, 2018, 6:21 pm

Costco has the 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet for 24.99 here in DE
Tried tonight.
Very nice.
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#16 Post by Mike Kuller » September 9th, 2018, 8:50 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
September 9th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Nice Mike - looking forward to hearing how it goes!

If I was a betting man....my money would be on the Kirkland ;)
At their prices, I'd say they are both winners.
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#17 Post by JonF » September 10th, 2018, 8:37 am

So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap? Is it that big a AVA that they have an overabundance of fruit that costco can swoop in and buy 100 tons? With what the prominent wine growers charge for thier brands, it seems odd that there is any left over and for so little. I cant see anyone making SL shiners.

When we visit the in-laws in FL, i go to the ABC up the street and they have a house brand called "Block xxx Reserve" where they always have California AVA specific bottlings of various varietals. Usually a good value play though some can show typical characteristics of too young a wine. Still, stags leap for $30, Howell mtn for $40, sonoma bottlings for $20-25, etc is a QPR goldmine. I dont mind wading through an occasical oaky or fruity bottle here or there to find some good ones.

This spring, i picked up a couple Stags leap AVA bottling for like $30 and it was tremendous. Delicious cassis and rich cocoa but no vanilla/dill.
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#18 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 10th, 2018, 8:43 am

JonF wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 8:37 am
So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap? Is it that big a AVA that they have an overabundance of fruit that costco can swoop in and buy 100 tons? With what the prominent wine growers charge for thier brands, it seems odd that there is any left over and for so little. I cant see anyone making SL shiners.

When we visit the in-laws in FL, i go to the ABC up the street and they have a house brand called "Block xxx Reserve" where they always have California AVA specific bottlings of various varietals. Usually a good value play though some can show typical characteristics of too young a wine. Still, stags leap for $30, Howell mtn for $40, sonoma bottlings for $20-25, etc is a QPR goldmine. I dont mind wading through an occasical oaky or fruity bottle here or there to find some good ones.

This spring, i picked up a couple Stags leap AVA bottling for like $30 and it was tremendous. Delicious cassis and rich cocoa but no vanilla/dill.
Apologies for the thread drift. Jon - I have seen those bottlings at ABC in Florida too. In NJ, if you have a Gary's wine nearby, they also have similar "Block X Reserves" from Napa and a couple of the ones I've tried have been great QPR's.

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#19 Post by JonF » September 10th, 2018, 8:59 am

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 8:43 am
JonF wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 8:37 am
So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap? Is it that big a AVA that they have an overabundance of fruit that costco can swoop in and buy 100 tons? With what the prominent wine growers charge for thier brands, it seems odd that there is any left over and for so little. I cant see anyone making SL shiners.

When we visit the in-laws in FL, i go to the ABC up the street and they have a house brand called "Block xxx Reserve" where they always have California AVA specific bottlings of various varietals. Usually a good value play though some can show typical characteristics of too young a wine. Still, stags leap for $30, Howell mtn for $40, sonoma bottlings for $20-25, etc is a QPR goldmine. I dont mind wading through an occasical oaky or fruity bottle here or there to find some good ones.

This spring, i picked up a couple Stags leap AVA bottling for like $30 and it was tremendous. Delicious cassis and rich cocoa but no vanilla/dill.
Apologies for the thread drift. Jon - I have seen those bottlings at ABC in Florida too. In NJ, if you have a Gary's wine nearby, they also have similar "Block X Reserves" from Napa and a couple of the ones I've tried have been great QPR's.
Thanks for the tip Sherri, There is a Gary's not too far from me, i'll have to check it out again. Is it under his GF branding?
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#20 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 11th, 2018, 5:40 am

JonF wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 8:59 am
Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:
September 10th, 2018, 8:43 am
Apologies for the thread drift. Jon - I have seen those bottlings at ABC in Florida too. In NJ, if you have a Gary's wine nearby, they also have similar "Block X Reserves" from Napa and a couple of the ones I've tried have been great QPR's.
Thanks for the tip Sherri, There is a Gary's not too far from me, i'll have to check it out again. Is it under his GF branding?
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#21 Post by Mike Kuller » September 15th, 2018, 1:08 pm

Mike Kuller wrote:
September 9th, 2018, 12:05 pm
Last night I had a bottle of 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet, touted by WS - $24 at Total Wines.

It was terrific - raspberry fruit, a little cedar with some depth and a nice finish.

I plan to get a bottle of the Kirkland and compare them blind.
Last night three of us blind tasted the two wines and our conclusion was unanimous.

The Kirland Signature is amazing. The Beringer, in comparison, not as much. It took longer to open up and when it did is was similar, but not as intense or flavorful.

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#22 Post by Rich Brown » September 15th, 2018, 5:23 pm

Nice man! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Damn good Rutherford cab for a killer price.

But definitely no credit to me for finding this one. A few peeps further up thread were already taking about it/asking about comparisons to the previous year which is why I snagged one.

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#23 Post by Karl F » September 15th, 2018, 7:36 pm

You guys are liking it eh?
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#24 Post by J. Sweeney » September 17th, 2018, 11:53 am

In the SF Bay Area this was avail at the Sunnyvale store...
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#25 Post by Jason Crawford » September 17th, 2018, 4:54 pm

Way too jammy for me. I got a lot of blue and purple fruit extract. Moderate pyrazines. I noticed some dust on day 2. Seems unbalanced. I would imagine this is 15%+ etoh. Not in my wheelhouse.

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#26 Post by Mike Kuller » September 17th, 2018, 6:51 pm

Try the Beringer Knights Valley and tell us what you think.
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#27 Post by Nate Simon » September 17th, 2018, 6:53 pm

I give it a try, definitely got some heavy vanilla notes on it. While it does have some varietal flavor, it did seem a bit simple and fruity I bought two bottles, so I will definitely give the second want to try in the near future. Though I wasn’t exactly blown away by it, I would agree that for 20 bucks it’s pretty good Cabernet.

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#28 Post by Mike Kuller » September 17th, 2018, 6:56 pm

It takes a while to open up. Over an hour.
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#29 Post by Anthony Iezzi » September 18th, 2018, 7:27 am

Had another one. This wine has no business being this good!

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#30 Post by GregT » September 18th, 2018, 8:18 am

So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap?
They do it with other areas too, like Bordeaux and CdP. Partly it's because they guarantee that they'll take a certain amount every year and that helps wineries with cash flow. Sometimes they'll put the winery on the back, so the winery gets a bit of publicity. They can also cut a deal with an AVA association because by putting the wine out with the AVA prominently displayed, they get people to try it who might not have otherwise.

It can be a good deal for the winery, a bit like selling futures for commodities - you take a guarantee today against future risk. You probably get less money overall, but it's guaranteed.

I'm not completely certain about the sources but I think Frog's Leap makes wine for Shake Shack, Girard made the wine for Smith and Wollensky steakhouses and I think they make the Napa wine for Costco. Au Bon Climat makes some private labels, King Estate in Oregon makes wine for Amazon, Michael Mondavi makes wine for Hyatt called Canvas Wines, Marquis Phillips made Shiraz for a few, and a lot of other producers make various private label wines. There are producers in Argentina, Italy, Chile and elsewhere who are happy to produce for Total, BevMo, Costco, etc.

The general production method involves a lot of tasting by the buyers to get a wine that they like and think will have broad appeal - seems like their Cab did the trick. It's the same model that a lot of British supermarkets use - lots of house brands from different areas.

Costco is also a more traditional negociant in that they sell a lot of wine that's not really their own brand, but blended for them by wineries. That works really well for some of the smaller ones, because an order from Costco is a fairly large order for them, although for Costco it's not all that big. Costco will sell it out and it will disappear from their shelves until they replace it with something else. That keeps the inventory turning in the Costco stores, and they rely on their shopper's loyalty to pick up whatever they have on the shelf next visit.

Remember, while people on this board like to imagine a world of artisans and picturesque peasants driven to create excellence in the glass, at the end of the day the wine business is all about cash flow. So while big places like Costco, Total Wine, etc., are shunned by some, they do actually help a lot of producers.
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#31 Post by Rich Brown » September 18th, 2018, 8:52 am

Anthony Iezzi wrote:
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Had another one. This wine has no business being this good!
Totally agree buddy! Very, very happy with this for $20. Cant think of anything in this price range that even comes close

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#32 Post by Rich Brown » September 18th, 2018, 8:54 am

GregT wrote:
September 18th, 2018, 8:18 am
So how is it that you get this kind of value from premier AVA's like stag's leap for so cheap?
They do it with other areas too, like Bordeaux and CdP. Partly it's because they guarantee that they'll take a certain amount every year and that helps wineries with cash flow. Sometimes they'll put the winery on the back, so the winery gets a bit of publicity. They can also cut a deal with an AVA association because by putting the wine out with the AVA prominently displayed, they get people to try it who might not have otherwise.

It can be a good deal for the winery, a bit like selling futures for commodities - you take a guarantee today against future risk. You probably get less money overall, but it's guaranteed.

I'm not completely certain about the sources but I think Frog's Leap makes wine for Shake Shack, Girard made the wine for Smith and Wollensky steakhouses and I think they make the Napa wine for Costco. Au Bon Climat makes some private labels, King Estate in Oregon makes wine for Amazon, Michael Mondavi makes wine for Hyatt called Canvas Wines, Marquis Phillips made Shiraz for a few, and a lot of other producers make various private label wines. There are producers in Argentina, Italy, Chile and elsewhere who are happy to produce for Total, BevMo, Costco, etc.

The general production method involves a lot of tasting by the buyers to get a wine that they like and think will have broad appeal - seems like their Cab did the trick. It's the same model that a lot of British supermarkets use - lots of house brands from different areas.

Costco is also a more traditional negociant in that they sell a lot of wine that's not really their own brand, but blended for them by wineries. That works really well for some of the smaller ones, because an order from Costco is a fairly large order for them, although for Costco it's not all that big. Costco will sell it out and it will disappear from their shelves until they replace it with something else. That keeps the inventory turning in the Costco stores, and they rely on their shopper's loyalty to pick up whatever they have on the shelf next visit.

Remember, while people on this board like to imagine a world of artisans and picturesque peasants driven to create excellence in the glass, at the end of the day the wine business is all about cash flow. So while big places like Costco, Total Wine, etc., are shunned by some, they do actually help a lot of producers.
Awesome post - really appreciate the education Greg. Makes sense and very interesting.

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#33 Post by Mike Kuller » September 18th, 2018, 11:11 am

I've found a terrific Trader Joes Dry Creek zinfandel a couple of years ago. They do the same thing.

By the way, I just bought the remaining Kirkland Sig Cab from the Concord, CA Costco. It's going fast.
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#34 Post by Greg Smith » September 19th, 2018, 10:20 am

The Naperville, Il store had 3 bottles. Key word is Had. For $20 will give it a shot.

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#35 Post by Brian Hostetler » September 19th, 2018, 5:00 pm

Just checked the Shoreline, WA Costco and they didn't have any. Anyone in the Seattle area find it for sale?

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#36 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 19th, 2018, 5:06 pm

Karl F wrote:
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Costco has the 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet for 24.99 here in DE
Tried tonight.
Very nice.
That's been our 'house Cab' for 3 years now. Buy them by the case during the Treasury Estates sale, twice a year
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#37 Post by ykwon » September 19th, 2018, 8:23 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Karl F wrote:
September 9th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Costco has the 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet for 24.99 here in DE
Tried tonight.
Very nice.
That's been our 'house Cab' for 3 years now. Buy them by the case during the Treasury Estates sale, twice a year
Funny just got an email about the TWE sale starting on 9/26,
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#38 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 19th, 2018, 9:50 pm

ykwon wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Karl F wrote:
September 9th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Costco has the 2015 Beringer Knight's Valley cabernet for 24.99 here in DE
Tried tonight.
Very nice.
That's been our 'house Cab' for 3 years now. Buy them by the case during the Treasury Estates sale, twice a year
Funny just got an email about the TWE sale starting on 9/26,
Yup, me, too. I buy the Beringer Knights Valley Cab anytime it's under $20/btl per case
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#39 Post by Karl F » September 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 9:50 pm
ykwon wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 8:23 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 5:06 pm


That's been our 'house Cab' for 3 years now. Buy them by the case during the Treasury Estates sale, twice a year
Funny just got an email about the TWE sale starting on 9/26,
Yup, me, too. I buy the Beringer Knights Valley Cab anytime it's under $20/btl per case

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#40 Post by ykwon » September 20th, 2018, 6:56 pm

Karl F wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm
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ykwon wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 8:23 pm


Funny just got an email about the TWE sale starting on 9/26,
Yup, me, too. I buy the Beringer Knights Valley Cab anytime it's under $20/btl per case

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What is a Treasury Estate Sale?

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Treasury Wine Estates owns BV, Penfolds, Etude, Beringer and a bunch of other wineries. They run a sale once or twice a year I believe. Lots of wines are discounted and some up 60%. By the case only however.
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Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

#41 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 20th, 2018, 8:17 pm

ykwon wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 6:56 pm
Karl F wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
September 19th, 2018, 9:50 pm

Yup, me, too. I buy the Beringer Knights Valley Cab anytime it's under $20/btl per case

Todd

What is a Treasury Estate Sale?

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Treasury Wine Estates owns BV, Penfolds, Etude, Beringer and a bunch of other wineries. They run a sale once or twice a year I believe. Lots of wines are discounted and some up 60%. By the case only however.
There's no link but if you PM/email me I can invite you to it
Apparently I'm lazy, have a narrow agenda, and offer little in the way of content and substance (RMP) (and have a "penchant for gossip" -KBI)

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Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

#42 Post by Rich Brown » September 20th, 2018, 9:49 pm

Todd, if you like the Knights Valley cab, you gotta get your hands on the Kirkland. Pretty sure you'll dig it

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#43 Post by Paul Marshall » September 20th, 2018, 9:56 pm

Rich which Costco you going to? The one in Gilbert and Chandler had nothing 😢

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#44 Post by Rich Brown » September 20th, 2018, 9:59 pm

Paul Marshall wrote:
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Rich which Costco you going to? The one in Gilbert and Chandler had nothing 😢
N. Scottsdale and Cactus location both had a decent amount left late last week.

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#45 Post by Andre M » September 23rd, 2018, 12:43 pm

It’s $21.99 at my local Costco.
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#46 Post by Chris.Martin » September 24th, 2018, 10:22 am

Andre M wrote:
September 23rd, 2018, 12:43 pm
It’s $21.99 at my local Costco.
$21.99 at my Costco as well; Fullerton, CA.
Picked up half a case and popped one open Saturday night. Thank you for the suggestion on this wine as it's super.

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#47 Post by Karl F » September 24th, 2018, 2:42 pm

Glad to hear you folks are liking it.
Yes...21.99
At least, that's what it was in the DE Costco.

If you guys see any of the Kirkland Alexander Valley Cabernet, pick some of that up for 9.89
I get it every year and it's surprisingly very nice.
Both are now gone in the DE store.

They do, however, have a Kirkland red blend made by Glenn Hugo winemaker.
I looked home up and he works for Girard.
I had noticed a couple few years ago that Girard made wine for Costco...so was not surprised when that came up in the search.
I opened one a week or so back and wasn't impressed.
PnP.
Put back in fridge and a couple days later opened it with a steak and it was good.
10.99
Was surprised.
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#48 Post by Paul Marshall » September 24th, 2018, 10:09 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Paul Marshall wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 9:56 pm
Rich which Costco you going to? The one in Gilbert and Chandler had nothing 😢
N. Scottsdale and Cactus location both had a decent amount left late last week.
Ok headed there tomorrow. Hope they still have a few bottles.

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Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

#49 Post by Jim McCully » September 24th, 2018, 11:05 pm

Have a 2016 Kirkland SLD going side by side with another Costco Twenty-bucker, 2015 R. Mondavi Napa
3rd night for each, the SLD has pulled steadily ahead after the Mondovi showed slightly better on PnP
SLD has balanced and deepened, and finish has extended. Mondovi shows thinner with more astringency and briefer finish.
I'm going back for at least a case (or 3) of SLD, replacing, coincedentally, the Knights Valley as the house red (for 2018+) It's much more nuanced, and much less creamy.

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Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

#50 Post by Chris H. » September 25th, 2018, 8:17 am

Hi All,

I am wondering if anyone has found this wine at Minneapolis, MN area Costco's? I've looked and haven't been able to find it. Based on the notes here it sounds like a good option for ~$20 Cabernet.

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