Charles Shaw Merlot

The infamous Two Buck Chuck. We’ve had this a few times over the years, with mostly unfavorable opinions. Focusing as we are on Trader Joe’s wines, it seemed like a good time to give this bargain-basement bottling another try. The nose is very fruity, dominated by boysenberry and blackberry. But there’s also something a little sour—almost cheesy. The taste is on the tart side. But we’ve had much worse at several times the price. If $2 is your budget, this is your wine.