Sunday, September 10, 2017

Reviews: *** **+ ** $ Yellow Tail wines, South Eastern Australia, 2016 = Chardonnay is best value

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Original tasting and reviews : This is a look at the line of Yellow Tail wines from South Eastern Australia.   You can think of this as part of our "take one for the team" series, since Yellow Tail, while widely consumed, is an infrequent wine to be subject to tastings and reviews.  The pinot noir, merlot and big bold red are each finished at 13.5% alcohol, while the chardonnay tips in at 13%.  Vintages are all 2016, except the Big Bold Red shows no vintage date

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Inspired by Yellow Tail Chardonnay:  Enjoying crispy fireworks on a cool summer evening. 

In the glass: Gleaming light gold.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a crisp and sparkling sweetness.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright sweet fruit with some surrounding acids.  Quick clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value at bargain price point.

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Inspired by Yellow Tail Pinot Noir:  For some reason, we're all dressed in purple, eating crisp tangy apples.  

In the glass: Light magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a bright and tangy fruitiness.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing bright acids and some backing dry fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Consistent quality to its price point.  It's tough to find a really compelling value-priced pinot noir, although we have unearthed just a few in recent years. This one doesn't quite hit the mark

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Inspired by Yellow Tail Merlot:  Curled in flannel blankets, stoking the fireplace to bring down the chill. 

In the glass:   Deep mahogany, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, furry, fluffy fruit, with soft, velvety surrounds.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact brighter fruit than anticipated.  Full acids surround your palate and bring the sip to a close.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its compelling aroma.

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Inspired by Yellow Tail Big Bold Red:  Sitting, chatting and whittling sticks with a few friends. 

In the glass: Deep maroon and mahogany, opaque from a half-inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, muddled fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fuller and more layered with fruit than suggested by the nose, bringing some acids, rounder tannins and hints of darkened oak along for the ride.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a big plus for its layers on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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