A Pinot and a Meritage

While I was still wandering around the wine department, I did some more exploring, after all who doesn’t like shopping for wine? I mean, not to boast, but if we drank a bottle a day, it would take about four years to deplete the cellar, but it is fun to find something new. If I left it to my Bride who enjoys wine as much as I do, but she tends to buy conservatively and safely. I want to find that new wine that can be our go-to wine. If that makes sense. So, I was at Costco to grab a couple more wines and then a couple of her already go-to wines as well.


I grabbed a bottle of Jean-Claude Boisset Pinot Noir Bourgogne Les Ursulines 2015. Boisset began as a family owned estate in 1961 within the walls of the historic Ursulines Convent in the Nuits-Saint-George area. They have since prospered and grown and have an extensive portfolio of Grand and Premier wines, as well as village-level and Bourgogne wines, and they were the first negocient to go on the big board with the stock market. This wine while on the basic level has a lot of good people behind it, and it was aged for fourteen months in French Oak on the lees, before bottling.


The other bottle that captured my curiosity was Kirkland Signature Rutherford Meritage 2015. Rutherford is almost the center of Napa Valley and the largest AVA within Napa, so a Meritage can’t be all bad. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. When I went to do some additional research on this bottle, there seems to be no animosity on the regular Kirkland Signature wines, it seems only the “Series” wines get wrath. The only thing that I did notice was the lament that this wine is now made with Merlot as the major varietal, instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, but that is understandable as they are trying to keep the cost more affordable. As they say, the proof will be in the pudding.

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