This week should wrap up Mr. Shaw’s line. It’s been a mixed experience trying the bargain bucket series. While Chuckie’s Cabernet Sauvignon was a surprisingly good wine for the money, the same couldn’t be said for Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, or Pinot Grigio. To start the wrap up, Two-Buck-Chuck has sent Shiraz to bat, hoping to knock it out of the park. Does the 2009 Charles Shaw Shiraz hit a homer, or will it strike out?
Sight: A lighter than average purple shade, but wonderfully firm hot pink edge.
Smell: Delightfully plummy with blackberries. Sweet and jammy smelling, with a strong hit of black pepper. A wink of mint and basal.
Sip: An oddly sweet start for a Shiraz from California, more reminiscent of Jam Jar than yellow tail. It does dry out and gets a plum and black pepper flavor. Not overly complicated, and moderate to high tannins. A firm mouth feel. [A.B.V. 12.5%]
Savor: Not a lot going on here, a little bit like an unripened blueberry. Tannins linger a while.
Overall, it’s a surprisingly decent Shiraz. Charles Shaw actually manages to produce a flavorful, if uncomplicated, bottle of wine, that plays up some of Shiraz’s more appealing characteristics. At under $5 the more sophisticated crowd will turn up their noses, but it’s worth a shot for those that enjoy an easy going wine.