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100 Point Rating Guide

96-100 Extraordinary A wine of finesse, complexity, and expression. True to variety and region. Perfect balance of flavors with a long finish.
90-95 Excellent True to variety and region, with terrific complexity and balance. While not a wine for the ages, a superior example.
85-89 Good Meets your expectations, with sound flavors and balance. Might have limited complexity or be short on the palate. A sound wine.
80-84 Average Drinkable, might not have as much varietal character. Simple flavors, no flaws, but nothing special.
75-79 Below Average Might contain one flaw, simple straight-forward flavors, off-balance, unpleasant.
60-74 Undrinkable, Flawed Contains significant flaws. Unpleasant, not commercially acceptable.
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2 User Reviews

82
points

$1.99

Trader Joe's

Jul 01, 2007

this is pretty serious. when you can get an acceptable bottle of cabernet for $1.99...why pay $4.99?
as far as extremely affordable wines goes, charles shaw is really onto something [as long as you let him breath for a bit and don't expect your world to change]

Anonymous
165 reviews

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77
points

2005

$1.99

Trader Joe's

May 04, 2007

I tasted this immediately after opening it and I wanted to throw it out the window. It was incredibly tart, thin, and just downright degrading to Cabernets everywhere.

I then let it sit our for about 2 hours, and tried again. Well slap my purple teeth right out ma mouth -- even Charles Shaw can benefit from breathing a little.

OK it's still not great, but a huge improvement from the degrading treatment that it initially heaped on me. A light nose of licorice and berry, flat/sweet and coating on the tongue, but a generally acceptable spicy finish.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record ... it's not bad for 2 dolllars. Real rocket science.

John
161 reviews

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