Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kirkland Cotes du Rhone Villages 2015

Costco's Kirkland wines are some of the best wines for your money that can be found anywhere.  The Kirkland Cotes du Rhone Villages is at the top of the list for quality at a low price.  I have been enjoying this wine since the 2011 vintage and previously blogged about the 2012 vintage (June 16, 2014) and the 2013 vintage (July 11, 2015).  I do not think there was a Kirkland Cotes du Rhone Villages 2014 and it has only been about 14 months since the release of the 2013 vintage.

Cotes du Rhone is a major wine region in southeast France near the outlet of the Rhone River into the Mediterranean Sea.  In a previous blog about this wine, I reviewed the levels of quality of Cotes du Rhone Wines.  This wine is again a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre grapes with 14% alcohol.  Previous vintages were said to be made from sustainably grown grapes but that is not stated on the label this time.  The wine maker is Patrick Lesec from Chemin des Vins and he is best known for Cotes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape wines. He has been recognized by top wine magazines for his quality wines.

Patrick Lesec crafts wines with bright, ripe fruit flavors and oak that enhances but does not overpower the fruit.  I think that is a good description of this wine.  This is a very versatile wine that can be enjoyed with casual food or no food.  I had it with fish tacos and it was perfect. The wine is still only $6.99 and will only be available for a limited time.  I really like this wine and plan to stock up.

SC Wine Joe rating = 89 points