Take One for the Team! Face-off review of *** Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon versus ***+ Chardonnay = both BEST VALUES!

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By way of background:
 Sometimes we "take one for the team" by putting ridiculously inexpensive wines up to formal review processes.  And sometimes we create "face-offs" by pitting somehow-related wines against each other in review.  Today we are doing both with Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon and Yellow Tail Chardonnay.  Let's see what happens!

Inspired by Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2021:   Putting my red flannel jacket on against the chilly breezes, I hurried to catch up to my friends running up the hill to the village green.

Specs: This cabernet sauvignon is finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in May, 2022.

In the glass: Deep burgundy and red cherry hues. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, brings bright purple fruity notes up to your nose.  Muddled black cherry and mulberry.

On the palate:   Enters with a soft, almost velvety touch, bringing sharper fruits and acids into view after a few seconds.  A mixed red and black berry blend holds in the mouth for a few seconds, then fades to a lightly acidic crispness.

In summary: Overall, its upfront aroma and hint of layers on the palate does manage bring this to touch three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value.


Inspired by Yellow Tail Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, 2020:   Trudging with boots and full cold-weather gear through a gentle and wet winter snow. 

Specs: This chardonnay is finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2022.

In the glass: Light yellow, olive and gold tones. 

On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, brings fresh white peaches to the fore.

On the palate:   Slides onto your palate with a sleeker, softer feel than the peach nose would have projected. Restrained white fruit stays polished as the sip gently recedes to a fully balanced finish.

In summary: Overall, reaches an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, even allowing a plus for its sleek polish.  This is a no-brainer best value at its bargain price point.

So, amongst the Yellow Tails, the chardonnay does take the nod over the cabernet sauvignon.  Interestingly, in its competitive price league, the Yellow Tail Chardonnay also SLIGHTLY pushes ahead of California Roots Chardonnay, 2020, recently reviewed here.  

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