I really wanted to like this wine. It has a nice label, a catchy name, and the petit verdot is just uncommon enough to make it fun and different. On top of all that goodness, it was only $7 at Trader Joe’s! I should have remembered the life long lesson that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer told me that Found Object wines are, “from Chile, where they are crafted, as far as we can ess, exactly as intended.” Well, they must have intended their Petit Verdot to be thoroughly average at best.
The biggest issue with the wine is that it does not taste like a petit verdot. If you’re not a fan of petit verdot and don’t have those expectations, you won’t have that problem. The other issue is that it just tastes like a thotoughly generic red wine. If you’re taking it to a party and you think it’ll be the 3rd or 4th bottle open, it’s a great choice. It looks cool and everyone’s taste buds will be dulled enough to enjoy this. Otherwise, avoid and move along.