Written by: Jamie

Updated: December 23, 2023

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Kirkland Signature Prosecco Review [Costco Prosecco]

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner I thought it would be a great time to taste and review a budget bottle of fizz.

While Champagne is always great, it's usually overpriced and it's not really an economical choice for bubbles for more than just a few people.

So today, in my quest for good cheap fizz, I’m drinking the Kirkland Signature Prosecco. This costs $8 and it’s a Costco exclusive. Eight bucks for a DOCG Prosecco is spectacular value for money as these wines usually cost at least double this!


Table of Contents


Wine Specs

  • Price: $7.99
  • Vintage: Not disclosed
  • ABV: 11%
  • Location: Asolo, Italy
  • Winemaker: Undisclosed
  • Grapes: Undisclosed, but at least 85% Glera
  • Winemaking Techniques: Aged 12 months in 88% French oak & 12% American oak

This is a Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin wine (or DOCG for short).

This is the highest level of quality for Italian wines and it ensures the wines represent their regional style properly. That means strict regulations when it comes to grape yields and winemaking techniques. It also allows these wines to showcase their terroir.

This particular DOCG classification is for the region of Asolo which is within Veneto, very close to the Italian Alps.

The grapes here grow on steep slopes and are known for their fresh, aromatic profile.

Prosecco regulations dictate that the wine must be made with a minimum of 85% Glera grapes.

The remaining 15% can be made with a variety of grapes including Verdiso, Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Grigio.

However, we aren’t given any grape-specific details about this wine.

Just like Champagne, Prosecco also comes in varying levels of sweetness. 

There are 6 levels of sweetness ranging from the bone dry Brut Nature up to the sweetest category of demi-sec.

This particular wine is right in the middle of the sweetness scale. 

It’s 'extra dry' which is means it contains between 12 and 17 grams of residual sugar per liter. 

So this will be a wine that has notable sweetness but nothing like a dessert wine.

Note how ‘dry’ doesn’t mean what you think it does when it comes to sparkling wine. It's very much a semi-sweet wine.

Let's get tasting!


Appearance

It's a pale yellow with a little green on the edges. There’s no vintage designation for this wine but the green tint indicates a young wine.

It bubbles away quite vigorously in the glass. There's an aggression to these bubbles and I'm expecting quite a lively fizz on the tongue!


Nose

It's light and delicate on the nose, just like you'd expect a Prosecco to behave. There's a fresh apple note with a little citrus in the way of lemon and lime. There's a light floral element there too but it's not as intense as with good Prosecco I've had in the past.

It smells light and fresh and with those bubbles still fizzing away, I'm really excited to take a drink.


Tasting

I'll start with those bubbles which are very lively on the tongue. The nose may indicate a light, delicate sparkling wine but those bubbles tell a different story! Even after 5 minutes they haven't subsided at all. 

Prosecco bubbles are usually a bit lighter than sparkling wines like Champagne because the carbonation occurs at lower pressure (in a steel tank as opposed to in the bottle).

But, these bubbles are persistent and intense.

However, the palate is light and delicate. There's some apple and lime and a light caramel note. The acidity is bright and well judged. It ends with a crisp, dry, mouthwatering finish, but not such a flavorful one.

Being an extra dry Prosecco, there's sugar here but it's only a lightly sweet wine. The sugar gives it a little more body and enhances the light fruity nature of the wine. I thought the sweetness would be more noticeable but I like the role it plays in this wine.


Score

This is a simple, light Prosecco that's better than an $8 price tag suggests.

It's a great option for celebratory drinks for a large number of people or as part of a cocktail.

Lightly sweet and delicately fruity, this Costco Prosecco wine has the lively effervescence required to hold up to the addition of mixers in something like a mimosa.

At just $8, it's a versatile wine that I'll always have a bottle or two at home.

I'm going to score the Kirkland Signature Asolo DOCG Superiore Prosecco 6.5/10.

There's nice balance to this young, fresh Prosecco, which offers incredible value for money. Delicately fruity, aggressively bubbly, and a little quick on the finish.

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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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