Thursday, February 14, 2008

Review and Rating: **+ $ Yellow Tail Merlot, 2006, South Eastern Australia

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is called, "taking one for the team"...

This is the merlot entry in the "practically free" Yellow Tail line of Australian varietals, one of the more widely-consumed wines in the United States, and purported a reasonably good value. Let's see what we've got...

In the glass, this looks like a serious contender, deep mahogany/purple at the edges, and becoming opaque within a quarter inch or so. The nose is fairly shy, offering slightly dark, plum aromas, reminiscent of a somewhat creamy Beaujolais.

On the palate, is a solid frontal note of charred cherry, backed by a touch of sweetness and acid. The flavor then curls up into a sort of acidic marshmallow ball at the top of your mouth. Not much in the way of a finish. Pleasant enough for two stars, a plus because of its aromatic intrigues; I don't think I'd seek it out again so it stops shy of three stars, which would have made it a stand-out value.

So, there you have it: "practically free" wine... tolerable drinking.

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