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Charles Shaw Merlot California 2004

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Charles Shaw Winery:
The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popular when marketed exclusively out of Trader Joe’s grocery chain for $1.99, known commonly as “Two Buck Chuck.” It is owned by the Bronco Wine Company out of Ceres, California. The wines are produced from the usual suspect grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardo... Read more
The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popular when marketed exclusively out of Trader Joe’s grocery chain for $1.99, known commonly as “Two Buck Chuck.” It is owned by the Bronco Wine Company out of Ceres, California. The wines are produced from the usual suspect grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel (as White Zinfandel “blush” wine). The Valdiguie style is produced to mimic Beaujolais Nouveau wines, and Pinot Grigio in limited quantities.  Read less
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Charles Shaw Merlot California

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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
63471,856
2.50 5
09/04/2007

Surprisingly good for the price. It has fruit, a little bit of complexity, and isn't out of balance like most wines at this price.


Snooth User: BobbyC10
29161585
3.00 5
07/26/2007

good


Snooth User: winolee
40928559
0.50 5
01/30/2008

I did not like this at all. Starting with the bouquet, it was hard to get a bouquet out of it, but you get a strong smell of sour cherries, then a quick coffee smell at the end. When you just start to taste it, you get a sweet cherry flavor that made me initially think "oh, this is going to be fun". But the middle tastes were cidery sour and had a very long finish... unfortunately of metally bitterness. Thought it may benefit from a 3-hr breathing, but it just got worse - even lost the only bright spot it had, the sweet beginnings. I used this to cook some beef bourguignon, but I made the mistake of putting in a wine I did not taste first, so my dish turned out having an acidy flavor. Yes, but its only $3.50 you say... I would not even take it if it was free. C'mon, $7 more dollars will get me a decent French bordeaux.


Snooth User: Alexr79
162272226
0.50 5
04/15/2009

Absolutely horrible. Trader Joe's had opened in my area and I heard about this stuff. It was supposed to be quaffable wine at $2.99 so I bought some Cab, Merlot, and Shiraz. What a disappointment. I wouldn't even use it for cooking. The good part is that buying these wines was a cheap mistake


Snooth User: dstickst
19648713
3.00 5
09/13/2009

This stuff goes down like grape juice - a VERY drinkable wine. Has a full flavor and goes very easy on the tannins. Yum.


Snooth User: jenphillips
12217924
4.50 5
01/16/2009

Four and a half glasses



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