- 2021 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($11.99@Costco, California – Item #555512)
Yogi Berra was once quoted as saying that “It’s not boasting if it’s true.” And the truth is, the Russian River Valley is one of the best places in the world to grow Pinot Noir grapes. Ditto Chardonnay. The appelation’s website explains it this way:
“Our Russian River Valley neighborhoods stretch from Sebastopol to Santa Rosa and Forestville to Healdsburg. The valley’s superb growing conditions result in wines of uncommon depth and richness that maintain bright, natural acidity. Wines from each neighborhood exhibit specific characteristics including unique aromas and textures that celebrate the variety of this premier Russian River Valley region.”
But how does it taste, you ask?
Medium color for a pinot, the wine presents aromas of cherry and strawberry introducing flavors of restrained oak, spice and more red fruit in the mouth. Smooth with good depth and acidity. Nice lingering finish that encourages more sipping.
From the bottle:
“The Russian River Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, inland from the Pacific Coast. The warm growing season is influenced by the Pacific Ocean, where the cooling fog allows the grapes to develop rich, full flavors while retaining beautiful acidity.
Spicy and floral with a core of dark plum, cherry and pomegranate leads to a subtle rich mouthfeel with ripe tannins and a long smooth finish.” — Nancy Walker, Winemaker
Cellared & Bottled by DC Flynt MW Selections
Since the prior vintage, the wine has undergone what we in the trade refer to as a “rebranding”. Think of rebranding as getting a new outfit to wear. In this case, it has a new red screw cap, and a front label with a photograph. I can’t decide if I am a fan or not. How about you?
All things considered, this is – like most of the Kirkland Signature portfolio of wines – really good juice for the money. And like most “KS” bottlings, this will likely sell out fast. Don’t be shy to stock up, this one will only improve with a year of two of age.
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