2017 Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay Sonoma

This is a Kirkland offering I look forward to tasting every
year. This year it’s wearing a brand new
label like many of the other Kirkland bottles we’ve reviewed. And it’s a welcome change from the rather
generic and bland Kirkland wine labels of years past.

We’ve liked certain vintages of the Kirkland Russian River Chard
more than others, and it is a bottle that is fiercely debated among
readers. It will be interesting to see
where this one lands with everyone.

Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay

Last year, we went 86 points, and 87 the year before that.  Glenn Hugo is the winemaker once again here and we’ve seen him involved with many Kirkland wines, including the very nice Kirkland Rutherford Cabernet. Mr. Hugo is also a winemaker for Girard Winery and was recently appointed winemaker for BR Cohn.

This wine pours a nice golden yellow with a bright nose of
citrus fruit; flavors of pear, lemon, tangerine and green apple; finishes in a
hurry with a subtle hint of vanilla; not as acidic as I remember from prior
vintages. The wine overall is pretty
simple, which makes it easy to swig, but leaves it a bit less interesting than
other bottles from Russian River.

All that said, as we note every year, Costco’s price of
$12.99 is downright insane for Russian River fruit (those other Russian River bottles
that might be more complex will come with a much higher price tag).

Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay

While I’m not in love with this current vintage I am
enjoying it a hair more than I remember from last year. It remains a very drinkable and rather
enjoyable summer sipper that would pair with a lot of summer cuisine. Don’t think too much about it; just sit back
and enjoy on a hot day.

CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 87 points

Costco item number: 789895

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 13.9%

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