Yup, you read the title correctly, Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, this weeks wine pick is a Costco private label product. I am sure you were aware of the fact that Costco produces Kirkland sweat socks, trail mix, and cheeses, but you may have missed their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wine offerings.
There are many reasons I chose the Kirkland Cabernet Sauvignon, one being that I trek to the Costco weekly. I know what your thinking, "Isn't the idea of buying in bulk that you don't have to go every week," and yes that is the concept, but it doesn't work that way in this milk guzzling household. Another reason for the Kirkland Cab choice is the price, yes my wine drinking amigos, the price is good: $7.99 for a 1.5 liter bottle (that's the BIG bottle ladies and gents). After picking up the apple juice and cheese slices, I put that sizey Kirkland Cab in my ridiculously difficult to manage Costco cart and headed to the check out lanes.
I did have the concern, when picking up the Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, that if the wine isn't necessarily my taste, I am going to be stuck with a rather large bottle of wine I am not interested in drinking (this is part of the reason I chose red over white wine, my fridge would not have been able to manage such a large addition to it's already over flowing shelves). Then I remembered my husband is the human in-sink-erator and a bottle of red will not gather dust in our house, so I was making a safe purchase either way.
To read the label on the back of the Kirkland Cabernet is to take a trip down wine terminology lane, including such terms as: vibrant, linger, palate, and surrounded, the Kirkland writing team left no wine stone unturned.
Finally the time came to pop the Kirkland Cabernet's synthetic cork and get down to the good part of this whole tale, that is the drinking part. My unskilled wine palate doesn't allow for first sip and "I am in" tasting, I need a second, and sometimes a third to be able to describe what's going on with the flavors of the wine.
This is how those sips went:
Sip one: "Okay, it's taste good."
Sip two: "It has a lot of spice at the end."
Sip three: "Actually, it's very smooth to start, maybe a little to smooth, it's bordering on boring."
And to be honest, that is the best way to describe the Kirkland Cabernet Sauvignon, "smooth bordering on boring," but that's not necessarily bad. I like a kick in my wine, food, or even music, and the Kirkland is kick-less. Although, if you enjoy smooth (i.e. milk chocolate, satin sheets, and Issac Hayes) the Kirkland Cab is perfect for you. That's really what it comes down to, the Kirkland Cabernet Sauvignon is a safe wine choice for mixed wine sipping company and your budget, so give it a try.
Side note: I received one of these PacMan
style foil cutters for X'mas...love it!