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Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature
2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: 1.3%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12
Best Buy

Kirkland Signature
2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: 1.3%
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of ripe cherries, pomegranate, and compressed watermelon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, medium-long cranberry crisp bread, fennel, and peppercorns finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, palate-pleasing Pinot Noir with nice depth of flavor

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: ripe cherries, pomegranate, and compressed watermelon
Taste Flavor: cranberry crisp bread, fennel, and peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruit-forward, palate-pleasing Pinot Noir with nice depth of flavor

The Retailer

Costco

The Retailer
500 Redwood Blvd. Ste 200
Novato, CA 94947
USA
1 415-382-6754

Their Portfolio

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92 Kirkland Signature 2020 Rosé, Côtes de Provence 13% (France) $9.00.
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87 Kirkland Signature 2018 Bordeaux Supèrieur 14.5% (France) $7.00.
92 Kirkland Signature 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 15.5% (France) $19.00.
86 Kirkland Signature 2014 Gran Reserva, Ribera Del Duero 15% (Spain) $13.00.
90 Kirkland Signature 2020 Pinot Grigio, Friuli 12.5% (Italy) $5.00.
89 Kirkland Signature Vodka 40% (France) $18.00.
89 Kirkland Signature 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 40% (France) $34.00.
89 Kirkland Signature 2018 Red Wine, Toscana IGP 13.5% (Italy) $14.00.
93 Kirkland Signature 2018 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Sonoma County 15% (USA) $9.00.
93 Kirkland Signature 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Kirkland Signature 2019 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $9.00.
94 Kirkland Signature 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $8.00.
88 Kirkland Signature 2018 Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $9.00.
91 Kirkland Signature 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $12.00.
89 Kirkland Signature 2019 Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $10.00.
92 Kirkland Signature 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
87 Kirkland Signature 2020 California, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $12.00.
87 Kirkland Signature Grapefruit Fruit-Flavored Hard Seltzer 5% (USA)

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.