Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: *** $ Charles Shaw "Two Buck Chuck" Shiraz, California, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain priced California Shiraz.

By way of background, opening thoughts:  Charles Shaw is the formal name for the widely recognized "Two Buck Chuck" series of wines from Trader Joe's, named because of their $1.99 a bottle retail price point.  Today, we are sampling the Shiraz from that "practically free" line.

Original tasting and review : This is Charles Shaw "Two Buck Chuck" Shiraz, California, 2011, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: medium red with distinct purple new wine overtones.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and slightly meaty fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be solid and lightly layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh, fruity with engaging ripe plums and blackberries.  The finish is short, veers fruity, but remains clean throughout.

In summary: Overall, I find I would come back for another glass, so that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and makes Two Buck Chuck Shiraz a best value at its practically free price!

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