Wine #1 Charles Shaw Shiraz 2007
Kicking of this review site with a modest selection…. $1.99 at Trader Joes.
Now some reviews of the same wine from a couple of my friends…
Charles Shaw – 2007 Shiraz
I had this wine before home made spaghetti, and was ready to be disappointed based on previous experiences with Charles Shaw reds. The good news is, I was pleasantly surprised. The bad news will come a bit later.
This wine has a pretty light body, and I didn’t find it very fragrant at all. If anything, a slight woodsy smell. On first taste, I found it pretty dry, and somewhat tart, but it disappeared quickly. As soon as the tartness left, there was a pretty nice oak-ish taste. I found this to be the highlight of the wine, not much else stood out.
Now the bad news I alluded to earlier. As quickly as the smooth oak tones came, they left just as fast. The wine left no impression at all, and all the things I liked about it vanished as soon as it was swallowed. It’s not all bad though, I’d rather this than an acidic wine that clobbers you over the head and doesn’t leave.
To summarize, I think this would be a nice, safe choice to give to a group when you’re looking out for your wallet. I think it would be very drinkable, if not forgettable, and there’s the kick. For 1.99, I have no choice but to factor in the absurdly low price to my final review. If this wine were close to our high end budget, i’d most likely give it two stars. Factoring in the price though, I feel ok bumping it up to three.
Final Score – ***
Tasting Date: 8-27-08
Tasting Partner: Jen
Wine Name: Charles Shaw 2007 California Shiraz
Producer: Charles Shaw
Region: Napa, California
Grape Varieties: Shiraz
Price: 1.99 @ Trader Joe’s
Color Depth: Watery
Aroma Intensity: Low/Moderate
Aroma: Pungent Alcohol
Dry/Sweet: Medium Sweet/Sweet
Tannins: High Type: Hard
Flavor Intensity: Low
Flavors: Slight hint of cherry maybe, a fruity mix, jammy but indistinct
Finish: Short ❤ seconds
Food paired with: Nacho Cheese Doritos
The legend of Two Buck Chuck precedes this inexpensive but drinkable wine made with California grapes.
I have tried other wines from Charles Shaw and this was better than most of the others. In fact, this is one of the best wines I have had that cost under two dollars, but that’s not saying too much. There are a lot of wines out there in the 4 dollar range that are better. The aroma is a mix of alcoholy-ness and mild B.O or maybe that’s me, actually it’s not me, I smell good today. When aerated in my mouth, the lack of flavor was astonishing with absolutely no flavor intensity and no distinguishable flavor. It was a literal black hole of flavor intensity. I’m going to leave the bottle corked on the kitchen counter and see if it may taste better tomorrow as it did seem a bit tanninish.
If you are in need of a fix and only have 2 dollars, I guess go with this or maybe try the Charles Shaw Cabernet Savignon.