With no vintage year specified on the label, one might assume the wine in the bottle has had a short aging life. If true, then that might also lead to the expectation that some of the better characteristics that aging brings to red wines will be missing. Missing is an understatement. While the amount and type of aging will remain a mystery, this wine is some pretty bad stuff.
Perhaps this is just a bad bottle and totally unrepresentative of the brand. No matter. With this wine priced in the low $5 range, why test fate again and buy a second bottle? With so many other proven inexpensive wines in the $5 to $6 range (see Top 10 List here), why take a chance again on this one? The Charles Shaw $2.99 wines, while somewhat variable from bottle to bottle are without a doubt 2 heads and a real cork above this wine.
According to an unverified (but believable) internet source, “Southern Point wines are produced for Walgreens by Franzia Vineyards of Ripon, CA, which is part of The Wine Group, the world’s third-largest wine company, whose assets were formerly owned by Coca-Cola Bottling of New York.” I guess big doesn’t always mean better.
Price about $5.29