Tuesday, December 16, 2008

**** $ Yellow Tail The Reserve Shiraz, 2006, South Eastern Australia - Review and Rating

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Original Review, July, 2008: This is the big sister to the regular - almost notorious - Yellow Tail Shiraz, which is ubiquitous in the States, and which I liked reasonably well. Let's see what the Yellow Tail Reserve has to offer...

In the glass, it sports a classic shiraz color - deep, almost opaque burgundy. But not quite black. The nose is fruity, dark jammy and bold. The darkness is of slightly charred oak. The first note on the palate is a big, furry punch in the back and top of your mouth. The boxer is wearing a fur-covered chocolate and blackcherry glove, so it's a pleasant punch. That resolves into a moderately-toned, thickly-composed middle of just-slightly-hot deep fruit. It comes together in a modest finish, that picks up again after you think it's subsided.

I'm more or less caught between three stars - with a plus for pleasantness and minor distinctiveness - and four stars, because I might well stick with this one for an evening. Let's see how it progresses for a couple of hours...

You know what? I've stayed with this - so that's four stars. I can't see that much would happen with it given additional aging; but that's NOT what my rating system is based on (see ratings to the right). So four stars it is. Screaming value.

Even Wine Spectator awarded 89 points and said, "Ripe and aromatic. A juicy mouthful of plum and blackberry, with a bouquet of sweet spices, lingering effortlessly on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2012. 50,000 cases made."
Updated Review, December, 2008: Same rich, dark aromatics. Same black cherry, fur and slight chocolate note. This time I would probably go three stars with a plus, but, hey, that's rounding error away from four stars. Still a great value. Still hard to see that additional aging or decanting would benefit in any particular way.

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