The Chariot Arrives

I’m sure many of you are already read my post on the return of the Gypsy. Also guessing those interested are well aware of the multitude of comments confirming sightings of this wine all across California (I have asked my insiders to look into potential arrival in Phoenix and beyond). Michael Rodgers was the first one to break the release date which was indeed yesterday, February 9th. So after work I headed over to my local store. Once inside I was expecting a big end cap display but found nothing. Checking the shelves I found it and grabbed a bottle. One you say? Indeed! You see, I had a corkscrew and glass waiting in the car. So I headed out to the parking lot to do some tasting. For those interested in my first, and perhaps last, attempt at video blogging here was my initial take…

To recap, thinking this one was juicy, fruit forward and a nice easy quaffer. What have I learned sampling it over the last 24 hours? The fruit on this one softer and rounder which at first led me to believe this was a lighter version. Night #2 I’m thinking that is not the case. The wine added some depth over night. Overall, early perceptions are that this one is “very pleasant” and is likely to improve as it settles into the bottle. Easily as good as 1/2 the $12 bottles I drink. A perfect red table wine for any house.

Given the change in the first 24 hours, I’m going to give it another 48 hours or so before doing a more thorough review. In the meantime feel free to share your thoughts!

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24 thoughts on “The Chariot Arrives

  1. Jay,
    Same here in the Portland/Vancouver TJ’s I’ve been calling twice a week and they still don’t know when they will get it. I was told to check back in a couple of months. My hubby works in Seattle, so if you see it there soon, let me know.

  2. The Chariot will be available Tuesday the 8th of this month (Feb.) Get it while you can. It’s still at the great prices of $4.99. Also Tried the 2009 Rabbit Ridge the other day. It’s not as full-bodied as the past years but still really nice for a every day drinking wine when you don’t want to dip into the good stuff. The rabbit ridge should be available the 16th at $4.99 also.

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