On the label:
Only one-fifth of the wine produced in Southern Rhone's Cotes du Rhone qualifies for the superior designation of Cotes du Rhone Villages. Vintner Patrick Lesec is recognized among the top winemakers in the region, and his wines are among the finest in France. He brings decades of experience in the Rhone to this Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages.
Grenache adds balanced harmony, warmth and fruit-forward notes of black plum and blackberry. Syrah delivers the deep black fruit concentration and smooth chocolate. Mourvedre gives the sense of sweet earth to this classic blend from the Rhone. - Patrick Lesec, Winemaker.
Aromas of spice, cherry and wet-earthy notes. Light on the palate, shades of licorice, pepper spice and tart cherries, pretty smooth til the dry finish with heavy fruit overtones. Even at the 7.49 price I am not sure I would get this one again. There is something lacking in the overall mouth feel and finish that prevents this from being a recommended pick even at that rock bottom price.
Winery Website: Kirkland
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone
Varietal: Red Blend
Price Paid: 7.49
CWR Rating: 82pts
Costco Item #: 555512
Where purchased: Costco Tukwila, WA