As an experiment some years back, I socked away a few bottles of Charles Shaw wine. This fine vintage, for those unaware, is sold by Trader Joe's, initially for $2.00/bottle -- hence the widely-used nickname, "2-Buck Chuck".
It's actually pretty good, for $2 wine... it costs a little more now, but it's still a good value, and perfectly drinkable on such occasions as camping trips, boat voyages, and such adventures where more delicate or costly bottles might not fare well.
So. Last week I came across a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from 1999, and, having run out of everything better, I figured now was as good a time as any to try it out. Expectations were low, but one never knows... And now: just how good *is* a 9-year-old bottle of 2-Buck Chuck?
Well, not very. It hadn't spoiled (e.g. wasn't vinegar, yet) but it was clearly past its prime -- which was, in all likelihood, in 1999. The bottle has been relegated to cooking tasks, and will make an excellent contribution to "Anna's wine sludge"!
The next experiment: a blind tasting perhaps, of my carefully-hoarded flight of Charles Shaw Merlot, 1997-2003!
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