Charles Shaw Chardonnay California 2005
Lovingly nicknamed “Two Buck Chuck” by a member of the wine press, these California wines have become something of a phenomenon in the wine world, and in our stores. Contrary to many an urban legend, these super-value wines began as the result of an oversupply of wine and a great relationship with a valued supplier. They’ve become the nation’s best-selling wines, not surprising when you consider the combination of low price ($1.99 - $3.49 per bottle, depending on the region) and great taste Charles Shaw wines offer. Depending on the season and the quality of wine available, our selection of Charles Shaw varietals will vary, but the quality never will
After reading that the <b>Charles Shaw California Chardonnay 2005</b> had garnered two gold medals at the California State Fair's commercial wine competition, I figured that I had better try it. Could the ballyhooed-yet-reviled Two-Buck Chuck (actually, it's $3 a bottle in my neighborhood) really be that good? The complete results of the competition won't be released for a couple of weeks, so I don't know which 349 Chardonnays the Shaw was judged superior to. But I do know this: It's a light, clean wine with just a little oak, just a little acid, and maybe a bit of malo. I don't get much from the nose -- a little nectarine, maybe -- but there's definitely apple on the palate and a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. And the alcohol content is a mere 12.5 percent, which is nice to find in a world where 14.5 is the new 13.6, and "big" is being redefined as someplace north of 15.0. It's not complex, it's not over-the-top, and to my mind it's not exceptional in any way but this: It's good enough to drink just about every day, and inexpensive enough to drink just about every day (or in mass quantities, if that's what floats your boat). Short answer: This is pretty darned good wine, sure enough. It's not going to be a weekend wine for me, -- but at $3 a bottle this vintage could earn a regular spot on the inside of my refrigerator door.
love 2 buck!
always good for a party and at the 2.99 price you can stock up for those unexpected guests.
It's not a great wine but it's a good wine for the price.
charles shaw cabernet savignon
I picked up a bottle of this after reading about the awards it won at the California State Fair. I honestly wasn't all that crazy about it. I drink Chuck's Shiraz pretty regularly, and like it for what it is. The chard just didn't get it done for me. It had a resin flavor that just fouled up the balance. Oddly, after it sat in my fridge for a couple of days after opening, it seemed to taste rounder and was more drinkable.
One and a half glasses
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