Trader Joes Wines: The Gypsy is back…

Trader Joes Wines: 2007 Chariot GypsyThe original post on the Chariot Gypsy was arguably the most popular but it is certainly the most commented ever. So much so that two vintages later information is emerging on the latest to appear at Trader Joe’s. Before we get into the details we have confirmed sightings of the 2007 in Central (Fresno and Clovis) and Southern (Irvine) California. If you are in these areas and reading this, go get some first thing tomorrow morning. If your area is not listed and you have seen this bottle then leave a comment with your locale (after you grab a case for yourself of course). Sadly I am in Northern California and believe that it is not available in the Trader Joe’s warehouse for the region (though I am looking to confirm this via trusted resources).

Now let’s get to the details. Jerry K commented a few times on the coming ’07 vintage first with the release date then with the blend percentage. Jerry had this to say about the ’07; “Slightly bigger that the ‘06 and a bit jammy now as it is young. Very drinkable and once again an excellent value wine. Great summer BBQ wine for almost anything! :-)”

Charlie followed up shortly thereafter to confirm the Gypsy was available in Fresno and Clovis and had this to say about the ’07; “Nice legs, and a good nose. Definitely benefits from aeration. I’d definitely decant at this point. Should benefit from some more time in the bottle.”

The final note on this one comes from Danny who is a long time contributor here on Jason’s Wine Blog. He located the latest vintage in Irvine (on Walnut & Culver which had 120 cases in stock). He had this to say; “serves up spicy raspberry, tarragon and meaty aromas with flavors of ripe, simple plum, orange peel and pepper. Ends on a long finish of mild lemon-tinged tannins and persistent dark chocolate”. To my delight he rates this one on my scale. Danny is “on the fence between Buy It and Bulk Buy”.

Bottom line, if you are in Central or Southern California you should be hitting Trader Joe’s this weekend to grab a case of the 2007 Chariot Gypsy. I’m thinking about driving four hours south to do the same. Here are the locations where the Chariot Gypsy has been spotted to date:

Southern California

  • Camarillo
  • Irvine
  • Tustin
  • Santa Ana
  • Chino Hills
  • Claremont
  • Long Beach
  • Hollywood
  • South Pasadena
  • Burbank (limited supply)
  • Studio City (may be out, call first)

Central California

  • Santa Barbara
  • Fresno
  • Clovis
  • San Luis Obispo

Northern California

  • San Francisco
  • Santa Cruz
  • Mountain View
  • Alameda
  • Lafayette
  • Walnut Creek
  • Pleasanton
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonoma
  • Fairfield (may be out, call first)
  • Folsom


  • Beaverton
  • Portland
  • Lake Oswego


  • Seattle


  • Glendale
  • Ahwatukee


  • Las Vegas


  • Chicago (still available as of August 8th)


  • Northville


  • Cincinnati
  • Westlake


  • Boston


  • Williamsburg

As mentioned earlier if you see this elsewhere leave a comment below…

Trader Joes Wines: 2007 Chariot Gypsy

Editor’s Note (06-Jun-2009): Finally I’ve found the Gypsy. If you notice the two cases missing from the picture on the right those were the ones that ended up under my shopping cart. I found mine in San Rafael. I have confirmed additional sightings as well, via the comments below and twitter, in Lafayette (though joshiemac cleaned it out), Walnut Creek and up further north in Santa Rosa. I feel like the guy at the end of the movie Independence Day when they figure out how to shoot the spaceships down and they are confirming the shots around the world… Expect a review soon, early news is that it need some time to breath/decant to open up.

Editor’s Note (09-Jun-2009): Added bulleted lists of locations identified, first appearance outside of CA is Beaverton, Oregon.  Where have you seen it?  Leave a comment and I’ll add it.

Editor’s Note (15-Jun-2009): More sighting in WA and AZ, still seems confined to the Pacific Time Zone. Where have you seen it? Leave a comment and I’ll add it.

Editor’s Note (20-Jun-2009): Picked up a few more on twitter, any others missing?

Editor’s Note (27-Jun-2009): We’ve gone coast to coast with spottings in Ohio and Virgina. Any others missiing? Get it quick if you want it, insiders say it is no longer available from the warehouse. And in case you missed it here is my review of ’07.

Editor’s Note (01-Jul-2009): Added Burbank. Wondering what is next, adding a new store or marking some of these as sold out? Let me know if you visit one of these stores and there is no Gypsy to be found

Editor’s Note (07-Jul-2009): Added some new locations and appended notes to some where supply is out or limited

Editor’s Note (13-Jul-2009): The Gypsy has landed in Chicago, get it while you can…

Editor’s Note (28-Jul-2009): The Gypsy has now landed in Boston, get it while it last…

Editor’s Note (09-Aug-2009): Learned the Gypsy is available in Michigan and still in the aisles in Chicago…

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53 thoughts on “Trader Joes Wines: The Gypsy is back…

  1. More cases arrived in Phoenix Monday. Picked up two bottles from the Glendale (NW Phx) store. Enjoyed it more than the 2006, more cab and Zin, exceptionally smooth for an ’07. Back for a case tomorrow. It’s competing with the $9 Care Taker PN from TJ for room in the wine cooler.

  2. love all the comments on this wine – drove me to head over to tj’s as fast as i could to see if they had any gypsy.

    unfortunately, it turned out to be not so good. felt very unbalanced, over-oaked and incredibly thin. were the ’05 and ’06 better versions of this wine? don’t love the ’07.

  3. called my local tj’s (chino hills, a little north of orange county). they are holding two bottles for me and said they’d be getting another shipment tomorrow, so at seems like at least some tj’s are getting more in.

    as a side note, the cellar-tracker people seem happier with 07 than people on the blogs…. can’t wait to try for myself…

  4. Added Burbank. Wondering what is next, adding a new store or marking some of these as sold out? Let me know if you visit one of these stores and there is no Gypsy to be found

  5. Read your blog yesterday,
    Found it in our store in camarillo, (socal)
    Had a glass this afternoon before dinner, like it very much !


  6. So it looks like Studio City is totally out, and they don’t expect to receive more. I just snagged two cases from Burbank the other day, but they had a little bit left…

    Everyone, PLEASE do not forget to let this wine breathe. To rjh above and anyone else who found the wine “thin” and “unbalanced,” walk away from it for 30-60 minutes, and then re-taste. You will be blown away.

    For our in-depth tasting notes, and to find out where the wine is available in the Los Angeles area, check out the Young Winos’ write-up:

    Thanks, Jason, for providing this vital public service!

  7. @D Thanks, Camarillo is on the list

    @Umamia added Santa Barbara as well, sorry you didn’t like it…

    @Jesse I added the notes on Studio City and Burbank

  8. The Gypsy arrived in MA this past week and our store has sold most of the initial 80 cases that arrived in just 3 days. More coming next week but I don’t know how much more is available. This is some great juice!

    TJ Wine Guy

  9. Looking for the 2007 Chariot Gypsy varietal blend (Cab/Petit Syrah/Zinfandel/Sangiovese) from Trader Joe’s in the Boston Massachusetts area…Help?

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