Happy Wine Wednesday!

Okay, so let me just begin by saying they can’t really brand this as a two dollar wine anymore because it is now $2.99. With that being said, this is the cheapest wine I have ever had the pleasure of tasting and reviewing.

As I was wandering around the Trader Joe’s wine aisle looking for my next bottle of adventure, my husband was like,”I thought $3.49 was the cheapest one you found? What about all of these?” He was speaking, of course, about the gigantic half wall that the store has dedicated to the Charles Shaw wine .

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I don’t know if I was just in the “mom zone” every time I was there before looking for wine to review, since my toddler (going on teenager) insists on pushing the small carts around and crashing into everyone and anything… but I have no idea how I missed this brand!

You can also check out the first and second wine reviews, where I mistakenly dubbed them as the lowest of them all. But finally, here it is. The cheapest wines at Trader Joe’s.

Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon

The red for this week is the 2012 Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon. It is made and bottled in Sonoma, California. The bottle is pretty plain, they obviously didn’t spend much of the $3.00 profit on the label.

Scent: It smells like sweet, sugary alcohol… really. That’s all I have for you on this one. Not bad, but definitely nothing that makes you excited.

imageTaste: This wine is EXTREMELY smooth. It is so easy and pleasant to drink and it really makes you want to just savor the flavor in every sip. There is an immense amount of cherry flavor in addition to peppery notes. I wouldn’t say there is a huge amount of layers to the flavor profile, but the ones that it does have are delicious.

This might be the kind of red that you would serve a little chilled, rather then room temperature. I have mine chilling as we speak because I have an inkling that it will enhance the flavor due to the level of sweetness that it has.

I was so surprised at how much I truly enjoyed this wine. Probably even more shocked due to the price tag that came with it. I could see it going very well with the traditional pasta or steak dinner, but also being served afterwards as somewhat of a dessert wine.

I am giving this wine 4 stars****. I would wager that if you put this red up to a bottle that cost $50+, that more then half of the people who try to distinguish between the two would choose the Charles Shaw. Try the challenge, let me know how it goes:)

Charles Shaw Chardonnay

To go along with our lowest of the low wine brand from Trader Joe’s, I also picked up the 2012 Charles Shaw Chardonnay to review as the white wine for the week. Again, it was $2.99.

The coloring of this wine is actually really light for a Chardonnay and reminds me more of the color that a Riesling would have. image

Scent: Don’t spend too much time trying to pick up the notes in this wine. It might ruin your desire to taste it. It doesn’t have the most enjoyable smell (understatement). Personally, I get whiffs of fruit that are a little bit too ripe, or something that has gone MUCH too sour.

Taste: Thankfully, the flavor is better then the smell.  It is pretty smooth as well, with buttery flavor covered with notes of melon. It has some pretty strong hints of oak and some acidity to it as well.  Not bad, not bad at all.

This again surprised me. I actually like this more, outside of the smell, then the white wine that I reviewed in the first week of this series. I mean, that isn’t saying too much come to think of it… but this wine was not bad for a three buck chuck.

I would have to give it 3.5 stars***. It is not the best Chardonnay I have ever had but it certainly is not the worst either.  To me, you can tell that this wine may not have the highest price tag by taste and absolutely by smell. But it does have a pretty even to slightly above average flavor profile.

That’s it for this weeks reviews in the Trader Joe’s Wines series. Though I am no sommelier, I do love the process of swishing, smelling and sampling wine to review for you all. I hope you are enjoying this series! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the wines featured yet.

*Cheers to a good three buck chuck*

Joanna