- 2021 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California ($6.99 @ Costco, California – Item #514007)
Rules are made for breaking, but here is one I tend to subscribe to: avoid wines labeled “merely” California. I know it sounds like heresy, but hear me out.
As a general rule, a wine that is not sub-appelated (for example, bearing a region such as Napa or Sonoma County or sub-regions thereof) is a blend of multiple appelations, and usually made by massive producers, with massive labels, and made in massive production facilities that could be mistaken for oil refineries. That doesn’t make them undrinkable, but they are more often than not, unmemorable.
The reason I bring this up is because the under $10 price point is where most of these California appelated wines end up. We call them “fighting varietals” in the wine trade because they litterally fight for shelf space in discount outlets, grocery stores and even convenience stores.
But Costco has a Sonoma County wine for the price of a Califorinia appelation wine. And the difference is one that you can taste!
If you are a fan of the buttery, almost sweet style of Chardonnay, you’re in luck. This wine is your style.
Pours a light golden color and presents aromas of popcorn, ripe apples and citrus. It is elegantly rich with nice zestiness coming from the grape’s natural acidity. Apple, pear and orange citrus notes are balanced by hints of vanilla and baking spices. Nice finish with lingering butter and citrus.
Need More Wine Picks from Costco – or Trader Joe’s Even?
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