Kirkland Signature Reserva Rioja | A $7 Costco Rioja?
I’ve been Shopping for Wine at Costco for years now, and by now I’ve enjoyed more than few examples of Costco’s own private-label Kirkland Signature wines. While not always home-runs, more often than not they are compelling values – much like many of the under-priced wines coming out of Spain at the moment.
Spanish wines are often my go-to when I want something interesting, with a true sense of place, at an affordable price point. So imaging my excitement when I see two of my reliable go-to’s combined in one bottle: Costco Rioja, and a Reserva level at under $7 no less!
Appearance: Medium garnet-red
Nose: Aromas of red cherry and black raspberry are nuanced by smoke and earth.
On the palate: Medium in body, the Kirkland Signature Reserva Rioja 2010 is delightfully balanced as it reveals delicate flavors of smoke-tinged cherries and black raspberries at its core. The finish is surprisingly smooth and refined for a wine at this price point, ending with a crisp acidity and an undercurrent of flinty minerality that makes this Costco Rioja the perfect accompaniment to a meal.
Varietal Composition: 100% Tempranillo
Origin: La Rioja, Spain
Value Rating: 5 / 5
Where I got it: The Costco Wine Section
Should you buy? Absolutely! I can’t think of a more rewarding way to spend $7. Try substituting the Costco Rioja for Pinot Noir during Thanksgiving dinner. Often complex and versatile, Rioja is as table-friendly as Pinot Noir, yet usually boasts just a bit more body at a more affordable price point.
Value Proposition – Kirkland Signature Reserva Rioja 2010 | Costco Rioja
This Costco Rioja manages to weave together everything I love about Spanish wines and Costco’s private-label Kirkland Signature offerings. It offers glimpses of true Rioja character at a price point that’s almost silly cheap.
And when you consider that this Costco Reserva Rioja has seen 24 months of costly American and French oak aging, it makes you wonder just how they’re able to make money on this wine.
I challenge readers to try this wine with a meal. It’s medium-body, smoky fruit and refreshing acidity in a low alcohol (13.5% ABV) package make this a compelling and affordable table wine option. Rioja typically has a bit more body than Pinot Noir, while delivering a unique combination of new-world fruit and old-world, earth-inflected character at an affordable price.