Monday, December 9, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Charles Shaw Nouveau

Charles Shaw Nouveau 2013
California

A few weeks ago we celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, marking the bounty of the fall harvest. Well, fall has fallen and winter has arrived. In fact, DC is expecting 3-6 inches of snow tomorrow!

Here is the last vestige of fall -- Trader Joe's Charles Shaw "Nouveau". It's the two-buck-Chuck version of a Beaujolais Nouveau. However, it's clearly not from France, and, at least in my neck of the woods, is $3.79-Chuck. This wine is classified as a California Red Table Wine. There's no telling what's in it, but I expect there's a bit Gamay and then a bunch of something else (very specific, I know). The Charles Shaw method is to source grapes from multiple places within California, based on what is readily available and priced to move. That's why their wines can have a great deal of vintage (and within vintage) variation.

Review: The nose on the Nouveau is a bit bland, not giving off many aromas. On the palate the wine is a bit off dry with some sweet red raspberry and mandarin orange notes. Light and simple -- there's not much to say.

Food Pairing: Fruit -- as in cut up some fruit and add it to the wine, along with a bit of Brandy. This would be a decent base for a fun party sangria.

Bottom Line:  This wine is exactly what it is supposed to be -- light, easy, and unoffensive. It doesn't stand up to the real deal Beaujolais Nouveau, but at less than half the price it's not a bad substitute. Did I love it? No. But did I hate it? No. 

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: California
  • GRAPES: Red Blend -- I assume some Gamay, but definitely some other things, too
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • www.traderjoes.com/

Where did I get it?  Trader Joe's

What's the damage?   Low Price

3 comments:

  1. i picked up a case today, accidently . It was on and end-cap of chardonay, which i intended to buy.
    Yes, i know im a Jibrony, but when i got home and realized my mistake, i opened a bottle, to check it out,,, yum, i''m keeping it, you can't get wine like this for 2.49 a bottle, chuck rocks.

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    1. Hi Richard. I'm glad you enjoyed the Nouveau. It's super light and easy. And like you said, you can't beat the price!

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  2. Wine snobs maybturn their noses up but I look forward to this wine. Its very smooth.

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