Written by: Jamie

Updated: January 25, 2024

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16 Best Red Wines at Costco in 2024 [Fill Your Cart Time!]

Whether you need something to sip on the sofa or something for the dinner table, my recommendations from Costco's red wine collection has you covered!

There's some serious value for money to be had in the wine section at Costco!

16. 2019 Kirkland Signature Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel

  • Price: $9.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Sonoma County, USA

Produced from vines that average 45 years of age, Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel is fruitier than the average Zinfandel.

It pours medium to deep purple with a jam-like bouquet of cassis, flan, lavender, and vanilla bean. 

Flavors of dark cherry, cassis, blueberry, cedar, oak, and chocolate dominate the palate, with a full body, supple tannins, and bright acidity. The acidity brings those fruity flavors to life with a smooth mouthfeel making it easy to drink. 

This wine goes beautifully with American barbeque, thanksgiving turkey, braises and stews, salty and rich cheeses, and grilled halloumi.

Look no further if you want an approachable type of red wine that is perfect with red meat and smokey foods. It placed really high in my overall Costco wine list.

15. 2019 Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

  • Price: $19.89
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Region: Willamette Valley, USA

A sour cherry and raspberry delight, Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is a juicy red wine with soft tannins and a medium body.

Spicy notes balance those fruity flavors, giving it structure and exciting layers.  

Red cherry, red currant, dark chocolate, and cola aromas reflect the palate, with lively acidity and hints of earth and black pepper. Low tannins, high acidity, and a medium body give this Pinot Noir a lighter mouthfeel.

One of the best food pairings for this Costco red wine is grilled and pan-fried salmon, with the high acidity working well with the fat. 

It also complements filet mignon, game dishes, root vegetables, and wild mushrooms.

14. 2020 Boen Pinot Noir

  • Price: $19.89
  • ABV: 14.7%
  • Region: Sonoma County, USA

The 2020 Boen Pinot Noir is an intriguing blend of 100% Pinot Noir grapes sourced from Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County, and Monterey County.

These regions produce sweet and sour grapes, resulting in a balanced Pinot Noir with lots of depth. 

This wine pours a dark plum color with raspberry swirls, cassis, rosemary, and sage on the nose. The palate brings bright blackberry, cherry, and dark chocolate to the fold, with a full body, a dense mouthfeel, and bright acidity. 

Rich in ripe flavors with judicious hints of chocolate and licorice, you won't find a more interesting American Pinot Noir at Costco

Pair it with butterflied lamb, venison, chargrilled steak, duck breast, and mushroom pasta.

13. 2018 Devois des Agneaux d’Aumelas Languedoc

  • Price: $12.99
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Region: Languedoc, France

Produced in France in the Bordeaux style, the 2018 Devois des Agneaux d’Aumelas Languedoc is a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache.

It bursts with dark fruit, stewed plum, and dark chocolate notes, with elegant tannins and a long finish. 

Medium purple with a hint of pink in the glass, the bouquet is a tasty blend of earth, sage, and stewed plum, with a touch of vanilla.

The palate offers layers of vanilla, oak, leather, cassis, and plum, with a dense mouthfeel and medium acidity. 

This is a divine sipping wine but it also pairs well with roasted meats and vegetables, Asian flavors, braised lamb, and hearty stews and casseroles. 

12. 2018 Mosquita Muerta Pispi Blend de Tintas

  • Price: $14.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Mendoza, Argentina

The 2018 Mosquita is a spicy red wine blending Malbec (40%), Cabernet Franc (10%), Merlot (10%), Petit Verdot (20%), and Bonarda (20%).

It's earthy with lots of oak and notes of red fruit, including cherry and raspberry coulis. 

The Mendoza region is well known for producing exciting, blended wines, and this is no exception. Notes of raspberry, black pepper, and cassis on the nose lead to flavors of red cherry, tobacco, and hints of plum and fig. 

Balanced acidity and a full body give this wine a chewy mouthfeel without the zing, making it effortlessly drinkable.

It pairs beautifully with butterflied lamb, sausage casserole, and fresh, herby sauces like tomato salsa and chimichurri. 

11. 2017 Department 66 D66 Others

  • Price: $15.99
  • ABV: 15.2%
  • Region: Côtes Catalanes, France

The 2017 Department 66 D66 Others is an intriguing red wine because it is high in alcohol but doesn't taste like it. Grippy tannins and a dense mouthfeel wrap your palate with cola, licorice, and fresh red fruit flavors. 

It's a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan grapes from old vines, aged in 30% French oak for 18 months and 5 months in the bottle.

It's crimson in color, with cherry cola, blossom, and dried herb aromas, with chocolate and candied violet on the palate. 

Despite its richness and chewiness, this red wine is easy to drink, complete with an oak and licorice finish with hints of black pepper. It's the perfect pairing for blue cheese, oxtail, venison, ribeye, and spicy lamb. 

10. Tabula Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

  • Price: $18.99
  • ABV: 13%
  • Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain

Made with 100% Tempranillo grapes from the hills of Ribera del Duero, this is a classic Spanish red wine with savory and spicy notes. Pop the top, and ripe black cherry, licorice, and allspice notes deliver a delicious bouquet. 

This wine is grippy and savory, with the earthier profile brought to life with balanced tannins and moderate acidity. It's smooth and full-bodied, with black fruit, oak, and vanilla notes providing complexity. 

This wine benefits from decanting with blackberry, blueberry, and vanilla notes developing well out of the bottle.

I love this wine with aged cheddar but it would also pair well with venison, game, lamb chops, and herbs like marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. 

Related: Looking for something a bit lighter? Don't miss our guide to the top rosé wines at Costco next!

9. 2020 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages

  • Price: $6.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Cotes du Rhone Villages, France

This charming red wine from Cotes du Rhine Villages blends Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.

The Mourvèdre brings intense violet and gamey flavors to a black fruit and licorice base, with a full body and medium acidity. 

It pours deep purple with a crimson highlight, with aromas of mocha, dark fruit, licorice, light earth, and black cherry. The palate is fruity, packed with black cherry, plum, licorice, mocha, and a touch of oak. 

At only $6.99, this wine offers unbeatable value, with a quality befitting wine costing three times more.

It goes wonderfully with lamb tagine, souvlaki, Peking duck, Asian cuisine, and roasted vegetables, especially stuffed peppers. 

8. 2020 Kirkland Signature Malbec

  • Price: $6.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Mendoza, Argentina

The Kirkland Signature Malbec is my go-to Costco Malbec, with vibrant plum and cherry aromas and warming oak spices on the palate.

It's a classic Argentinian Malbec coming from the now famous Mendoza wine region. It has low acidity and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel that goes down a treat. 

I love this wine's fullness and smooth mouthfeel, but the exciting notes of smoke, cedar, and vanilla impress me the most. Black cassis, plum, and allspice notes alongside medium-low tannins give it fantastic depth. 

Because it has relatively low tannins, this wine pairs well with lean cuts of meat like sirloin tip-side steak, venison, rabbit, and pheasant. You can also pair it with stuffed mushrooms, pizza, and hamburgers loaded with cheese. 

7. 2021 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $8.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: Columbia Valley, USA

This is quite possible Costco's best kept secret when it comes to red wine. It's seriously undervalued at just nine bucks and would easily cost double the price elsewhere without the Kirkland label.

I tasted and reviewed it very recently and it totally took me by surprise. Sub-ten dollar Cabernet Sauvignon just isn't usually this well made. It's got great structure and a depth and persistence of flavor that puts every other cheap red wine to shame. 

6. 2017 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

  • Price: $19.99
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Region: Brunello di Montalcino, Italy

The Signature Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is a 100% Sangiovese wine from Montalcino, Italy, aged in oak barrels for three years.

Extended aging has produced a vibrant red with cherry, raspberry, oak, and tobacco notes with a hint of leather. 

Brunello di Montalcino is Tuscany's most famous DOCG, widely considered the finest region for Sangiovese. Kirkland's interpretation is medium-bodied with round tannins and a long, warm finish with spice and tobacco notes. 

Sweet cherry, fig, and mocha flavors on the mid-palate give this wine a delicious profile. We love it with pizza and pasta of any kind, tomato dishes, and garlic. Mushroom pasta and truffles are also perfect pairings.  

This is a really gorgeous wine with enough complexity that you'll keep finding new subtle notes developing in the glass over time. It's got a long, dry finish that's a hallmark of a great Italian wine. This one's a real standout for me!

5. 2020 Kirkland Signature Toscana

  • Price: $13.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Tuscany, Italy

The Kirkland Signature Toscana is a Sangiovese dominant blend that also features Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

It's the Kirkland Signature version of a Super Tuscan wine, made famous by the likes of Tignanello and Sassicaia. Thankfully, it lacks the extortionate price tag and it can be picked up for just $14.

It's an elegant blend with red berry and black fruit flavors, hints of cedar, and a licorice undertone. 

With some bright medium (+) acidity those red berry notes of strawberry and cranberry really shine. There's also some well judged influence from the oak where hints of vanilla, and spice, and some somewhat mellow tannins add a nice layer of depth to the fruit.

It's a great introduction to Super Tuscans and superb value at just $14!

4. 2020 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Claret

  • Price: $13.99
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Region: California, USA

This is one that pops up at Costco from time to time where you can get it a few dollars cheaper than your local supermarket.

It's a wine that really took me by surprise and it's one I always have a bottle of at home.

It's basically a traditional Bordeaux blend made with juicy Californian grapes. It's Cabernet Sauvignon that's on the label which means it's composed of at least 75% cab (according to US wine label laws) but you can also expect Merlot, and Cabernet Franc (and possibly smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère).

It's a got lovely flavors of blackberry, cherry, plum vanilla and cocoa and great structure for the price.

Just think of that lovely Bordeaux blend style of wine made in a more fruit forward, punchy Napa Cab style way!

3. 2020 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva

  • Price: $8.99
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Region: Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico Riserva is typically one of the more expensive Tuscan red wines, due to the extensive aging requirements so to pick this up for just nine bucks is amazing!

It's elegant, smooth, and slightly herbaceous, making it a great accompaniment for the right food. Being an Italian wine, that food is of course pizza!

This is my ultimate midweek pizza wine and it pairs amazingly well with red sauces and herbs, so something like a margherita is perfect (even better with some lightly charred crusts!).

The food also helps to cover up the only flaw with this wine, which for me, is the slightly thin mouthfeel. Otherwise, it's sensational value at nine dollars!

2. 2021 Kirkland Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Price: $24
  • ABV: 15%
  • Region: Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

The Stags Leap District is a tiny AVA right in the middle of Napa Valley. It's well known for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon and these wines are not usually found as cheap as this.

It's a terroir driven wine that has a dusty, earthy nose that reminds me of old rolling tobacco. It has the fruit that yoo expect a Napa cab to have too but it's much more refined in that regard. The fruit isn't as ripe and juicy and this wine smells older than it's relatively young years suggest.

Cherry, plum and a little blackcurrant come through on the palate with some baking spice. The finish is long, flavorful, and persistent. It's got great acidity and some well rounded tannins. It's a punchy wine at 15% but it never gives the impression of being too hot.

You can read more about it in my detailed review.

1. 2019 Kirkland Signature Barolo DOCG

  • Price: $19.99
  • ABV: 14%
  • Region: Barolo, Italy

Produced in the prestigious Barolo DOCG region from Nebbiolo grapes, Kirkland Signature Barolo DOCG is one of my favorite Costco wines.

Don't just buy this by the bottle when you see it, buy it by the case!

At just $20, this is as cheap as Barolo gets. And while it's not the pinnacle of Barolo winemaking, it's an amazing introduction to the wine at an incredible price.

To say this wine is tasty is an understatement – it's absolutely delicious, with balanced acidity, tartness, and intense red and dark fruit flavors.

Each sip is a journey for the palate as bright acidity showcases notes of red berries and balsamic vinegar before rich tannins coat the mouth with strawberry, herbs, and plum, before acidity comes to the fore again leading to a long finish of licorice and cherry.

For a detailed guide on pairing Barolo wine with food, don't miss our dedicated guide.

Is there a Costco red wine that you find irresistible on every trip? Let the world know in the comments section down below!

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About the Author Jamie

I'm Jamie (James to some), professional over-thinker and aspiring pun champion. I'm fluent in emoji, sarcasm, and song lyrics.

I'm a certified cork dork wine obsessive and wineturtle.com is my megaphone.

I have the WSET Level 2 (with distinction) in Wine and I'm currently enrolled in level 3. I've also co-written a book on wine.

I look for value in wine and I'm always on the look out for the next hidden gem.

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