This estate bottled super Tuscan from Costco is priced at just $13.99 – making the Kirkland Signature Toscana a super value!
- 2016 Kirkland Signature Toscana IGT, Italy ($13.99 @Costco; California – Product #1181768)
Tuscany is arguably the most important region in central Italy, where it is known as Toscana.
Kirkland Signature Toscana 2016 expresses all the characteristics of the Tuscan coast, with its perfect combination of sunshine, warm days and cool nights. The vineyards of this elegant cuvée overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea where the harmony between soils and vines makes this wine a delicious and faithful expression of nature, or terroir. Unsure what that is? Click here to become demystified: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terroir
Once poured, the wine entices with aromas of toasted vanilla, baking spices, chocolate covered cherries and herbs. As is typical for Sangiovese, this is a delicate red wine, showcasing rich flavors of wild herbs, ripe cherry and raspberries. There are firm tannins, fruity notes and a velvety smooth finish with chocolate and coffee flavors. The wine is delicious right after opening, but improves with a bit of time so consider rewarding yourself by letting it breathe a bit.
This Kirkland Signature Toscana would pair really well with grilled meats and tomato based dishes such as pizza, pasta and risotto.
The IGT Toscana designation allows winemakers the latitude to create blends that don’t need to comply with the strict regulations of other Italian regions, Chianti for example. However, wines such as this one still rely heavily on Sangiovese as the predominant variety in the blend. Although the exact cuvée is not disclosed with this 2016 vintage, it is highly probable than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are playing a minor role in the blend.
If you missed our prior review of two Costco Italian red wines from the same general vicinity, you can find it here:
This is a wine to buy in bulk as it’s a seasonal item. If you’re lucky enough to find it in your local Costco, it won’t be there for long. And if you do try it (or find another wine you think we should know about) please let us know in the comments section.