2007 Blue Fin Petite Sirah

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2007 Blue Fin Petite SirahPer Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer “Considering its longevity and historical significance, we think Petite Sirah is a wine that hasn’t gotten too much respect. It has often been accused of being too strong, too forceful, and too red (as if that makes sense) for the fancy folks in the wine world. But we’ve recently found a number of Petite Sirahs that break this stereotype – they’re bold and fruity, to be sure, but they also feature softer tannins, making them much more easy-drinking and accessible.

If a wine tastes good but is too heavy for your wallet, though, we’re back in “no respect” territory. And that’s really what makes Blue Fin Petite Sirah such a find. This is an “only at Trader Joe’s” California red that was 40% aged in American oak barrels to soften the tannins. The result is a full-bodied yet mellow-drinking wine, with cherry and black plum aromas and a hint of chocolate raspberry on the palate. Appropriate with pizza and red sauced pastas as well as with grilled meats, at only $3.99 a bottle, Blue Fin Petite Sirah is always appropriate for your pocketbook. Quality + price = value. A simple equation. Only at Trader Joe’s.”

What I Think:

The third of the offerings from Blue Fin which is another product of Bronco Wine Co.. I thought the Chard was nice and didn’t think so highly of the Pinot so I guess this Petite Sirah is now the tie breaker. So would it deliver?

What can I say? In this case I think the description from Trader Joe’s may be one of the more accurate I have ever seen. It pretty much says this wine is a Petite Sirah that isn’t a Petite Sirah. And that is true. A pleasant wine, with little to no varietal characteristics. Smooth drinking with muted fruit and light acids that provide some soft, unexpected tannins. It can surprisingly be referred to as “mellow”. Easy to sip if you are pre-occupied elsewhere but not much to taste here. I’ll be steering clear of this one in the future but at $4 if you have the impulse to give it a try good ahead and do so.

Rating: Skip It

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8 thoughts on “2007 Blue Fin Petite Sirah

  1. I agree with this review, we had this at a friends house about a week ago and both my wife and I were unimpressed with the wine. Some of the guests liked it at first, until they looked back at some of the TJ’s offerings that were opened later. Great blog!

  2. @Mark A bit late, but thanks for the comment and compliment. Any TJ’s faves of your own to share?

    @Robert Ouch, sounds like you need to steer clear of this one in the future!

  3. Love this wine as an everyday red for $4, I have never gotten a headache and it is very smooth going down. Give it a try, agree that it is much better than the Pinot.

  4. Excellent, accurate review. My wife poured some with a nice [organic buffalo] stew from the pot on a snowy evening here in DC. I immediately exclaimed “I taste fruit” – “is that the wine?” I described the taste of “dark fruit”, “almost chocolate” that blossomed in the aftertaste. Came upstairs and googled this. Yum. We have a few more bottles and a few more months of stew weather.

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