2007 Chariot Gypsy

2007 Chariot GypsyPrice: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Jim Neal “The Chariot Gypsy 2007 is a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese from great vineyards in the Napa Valley, and Sonoma, and Monterey Counties. Winemaker Jeff Hunsaker describes the wine like this: “The 2007 ‘Gypsy’ displays a dark garnet color with a clear violet edge. It shows mixed fresh berry aromas — raspberry and strawberry, with hints of white pepper and pastry. Very clean and lively with juicy berry fruit, firm acidity and a touch of smooth tannin. Excellent and versatile food wine particularly well suited for pork chops and poultry”. We think it is the perfect everyday red wine!”

What I Think:

For those that missed the shockwave heard around the Trader Joe’s world the Gypsy is back. After falling in love with the ’05 vintage and completely missing the ’06 I wasn’t going to allow myself to be short changed again. So when it began showing up in the wine aisle in early June I began my aimless search around the bay area for my beloved Gypsy. On my fifth stop, in San Rafael, I finally scored and two cases went into the cart (+1 extra so we didn’t have to open to scan). Whew, what a relief.

Now onto the wine itself. The ’07 is a blend of 37% Cabernet, 33% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 10% Sangoviese which is quite different than the previous vintages. Curious and hopeful I pour the wine in the glass, what’s the verdict? On the nose I get wet wood and faint floral and spice notes. On the palate it is lively, bright and juicy with loads of fruit. Raspberries that are a tad under ripe add acidity that is balanced by a subtle sweetness. This is followed by nice fruity, peppery, spicy finish. A fruit forward (some may say bomb instead) effort best served with food, you name it pizza, burgers, bbq. Any kind will work. Many recommend giving this one 15-30+ minutes to breathe so open it while cooking. If you’ve never experienced the Chariot Gypsy before this is a delightful $5 super value wine.

2007 Chariot Gypsy
Those that have experienced this wine before have a bit more of a conundrum. This effort is much simpler, not complex and lacks the depth of previous vintages. I compared the ’05 to the Rosenblum Heritage Clone Petite Sirah and felt it compared favorably with many $20 bottles. Yes, the label, retailer and price remain the same but given the changes in blend percentage and a new winemaker it is best not to compare this to previous vintages. Take it for what it is; “what you see is what you get” and that would be an easy drinking, summer BBQ wine. Enjoy!

Rating: Buy It (with a caveat, if you like this one treat it as a Bulk Buy as when it is gone, it is gone for good. Wondering if it is available at your local TJ’s? Check here

Editor’s Note (07-Jul-2009): Added a note on letting this one breathe for 15-30 minutes if you don’t initially find it agreeable.

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66 thoughts on “2007 Chariot Gypsy

  1. @K I would think that I could tell you but it appears there may be two different versions/bottlings of the 2007 out there.

    The first which appeared here in CA and per the Chariot website is “Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese from great vineyards in the Napa Valley, and Sonoma, and Monterey Counties.” The second which began appearing in Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer (pdf) outside of CA is “Russian River Petite Sirah, Lodi Zinfandel, Cab, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Verdot” If you bought this recently I am guessing you have the 2nd version. That said I am working on getting to the bottom of this. For the record they also added an extra $1 to the price tag on this second version. Stay tuned for more…

  2. I just sent this to the email address listed on the Chariot Wines site, I’ll let you know if I receive a response, otherwise hopefully we will hear something right here…
    ——————————————
    Hello,

    I had a question on the 2007 Chariot Gypsy. Are there two versions? We had one that appeared months ago which I believe is listed on your site as including “Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sangiovese from great vineyards in the Napa Valley, and Sonoma, and Monterey Counties.” And I believe a second began appearing this month which per the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer (pdf) includes “Russian River Petite Sirah, Lodi Zinfandel, Cab, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Verdot”. Despite that both appear to be labeled as the 2007 Chariot Gypsy. I was hoping you could help me clarify the situation.

    Feel free to respond directly to me or as an alternative you may leave a comment here where the subject is being debated. Thank in advance for your response.

    Cheers,
    Jason
    http://www.jasonswineblog.com
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  4. 20 cases of the second batch in Glendale AZ store. Picked up a case. Interested to know if different grapes used in this batch.

  5. Jason, I haven’t yet purchased the new batch of Gypsy though the TJ’s here in Chicago (Lincoln Park) has a huge display of it. The old Gypsy was 13.9% ABV – is the new batch the same? And for the record, both the old and new batches in Chicago were $6, so no price increase here. (We often pay a buck more than you lucky Californians)

  6. Great point Joe, I only have the old version. The new one isn’t available here is SF. Went to inspect the label of the older version tonight and saw the 13.9%. Also noticed a little emblematic “VII” on the bottle. Does the new one have an “VIII” per chance? Anyone out there with the alcohol percentage of the new version? PeterB can you help?

    • Hey @Danny sounds like your are still subscribed to the comments here. When you receive this one there should be an unsubscribe option. As for me as long as people keep asking/talking about the wine I’ll welcome the conversation!

    • The MPLS ST Paul TJ’s are sold out of this great wine. Both first and second versions. What a value against the field of blended red wines. I bought some of each but can’t part with it.

  7. When I purchaed a bottle of this it was totally random and on a whim, I’m always looking for decent drinkable wines for under $10. Opened it up with some friends and we all enjoyed it, a lot. Went back a few days later (Glendale, AZ Trader Joes) and they were sold out. Looking forward to future bottles, and will definitely be purchasing by the case next time.

  8. I have got to tell you I LOVE this wine. My sister bought 6 bottles and gave me one for Christmas. I can’t get enough. Where can I get it…… Please send more to Seattle…. Love IT>>>>

  9. Hey all,

    I wanted to let everyone know that the 2008 Chariot Gypsy is scheduled to hit shelves soon. You can find more information here. I look forward to hearing what you all think!

    Cheers,
    Jason

  10. It’s now available at TJ’s in Redlands, CA. I just picked up a few bottles but have not cracked them open yet. It is in the February “Fearless Flyer” so I expect it will go quickly.

  11. Just found the 2008 at Trader Joes in Roseville, CA. Bought 1 bottle just to try it. It’s excellent, and I’ll be heading back this week to pick up a case or two. Get it while you can.

  12. ’08 is excellent!!! Picked up a case and a half right went it hit shelves and have gone thru about 6 bottles with friends and family since… I’ve loved each bottle. At $5 this wine is a steal so I went back and bought another two cases at our local Trader Joe’s to get us thru the rest of the year. There were about 100 bottles left and they said that would be it until the next vintage.

  13. dc1955: I don’t know about the other Seattle TJ’s, but I have ~76 cases of the ’08 that just arrived today (4/9) at the Everett store. With last fall’s ’07 batch, I “scooped” the other stores and brought in 280 cases and the other stores had to send folks to Everett after they ran out. I think they must have complained as this delivery of 80 cases was shy of the 240 ordered.

  14. My owner found a bottle of 2007 Chariot Gypsy in the family pantry shelf and opened it for dinner the other night and he crowed all night about how fanastic it was. Typical male human, he couldn’t remember where he it was bought so I googled the name and found it at Trader Joes. He was totally blown over that it is $5 wine. Either my owner is an idiot…or he is paying too much for his Cab, Zin and Pinot at Safeway. Woof woof.

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