Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2009/Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages

Grabbed this at Costco for $12. Screw-cap. A nice combination of richness and acidity, backed up by lots of citrus and floral notes. Made a tad bit richer than I would like, but a great deal for $12. We'll probably have a few more bottles of this wine through the Spring and Summer since it's getting hot in LA again. B+

For those that don't know, Kirkland Signature is Costco's Private Label. $7. This wine is fucking great for the price. It's a more fruit forward Cotes du Rhone, but really well done. As far as I'm concerned, this is a contender for best Cotes du Rhone value out there right now. It's as good as the Perrin, but in a different way. That's high praise coming from me. If you have a choice of any of the other $7 Cotes du Rhones (except the Perrin) from Trader Joes and this, go get this instead. This wine is like watching the Tour de France, while the TJ's wines are like watching a local Cat 5 race. Showing the ripeness of the vintage, with licorice, blackberry (almost bordering on jam), raspberry, and some herbal notes. Rich. Balanced, with fine-grained tannins that show up at the end. Superb value. I grabbed this wine on a whim as I've sometimes found the KS wines to be a bit too modern for me. I figured that for $7, I had nothing to lose. This wine is exactly right. I'm definitely grabbing more bottles. A/A+


Joshiemac said...

I'll have to pick up a bottle of the Kirkland to give it a try, seems like it would be a great BBQ party wine, but as I mentioned elsewhere--it will be hard to look past my aversion to seeing the same label on my wine as my batteries, socks, white Ts, and boxers.

Jeff said...

Yeah, good BBQ wine. I know it is maybe a bit dissonant or whatever to have the same brand as socks, but it works.

Joshiemac said...

And anyway, I'm sure in 10-20 years there will only be one or two brand names for everything we consume so I better get used to it.