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Charles Shaw Merlot California 2005

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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

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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

Member Reviews for Charles Shaw Merlot California

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3.00 5
12/05/2007

Of course it's cheap and decent. It's Chuck (of some number of dollars depending on the state you're in)! Nice light fruits -- darker tannins stand out far too much. You can tell you're drinking alcohol. Still, it's eminently drinkable.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.00 5
08/25/2007

I can't believe i'm saying this, but its decent stuff. Light color for a merlot, some earthy notes - rather gamay like. Very fruity, very gulpable and light - barely a trace of tannin. Slightly bitter finish (short) but overall a very easy drinking wine full of cherry flavor.


Snooth User: psimac
42468143
3.00 5
02/02/2008

Lovingly purchased at TJ's on a regular basis, this wine is great for when you have friends over who don't know wine, but you don't want to drink crap! It's really a good wine to uncork when you cannot decide on a wine--and especially considering the price. I always keep a few bottles in my rack. A tip: decant it for at least 30 minutes--it opens up a bit.


Snooth User: Karl
3227785
0.50 5
10/08/2007

This is cooking wine.


Snooth User: jgoody520
17735942
2.50 5
05/08/2009

ok


Snooth User: macunni2
3686805
5.00 5
01/29/2010

Lovin' it! Can't wait till I get to my Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2003.


Snooth User: hagnos358
398904
3.00 5
12/27/2007

I think it is an excellent value for the price. For everyday use, I like it.


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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

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