We previously reviewed three wines from this very major Australian wine producer. Casella wines. In 1957 the Casella family left their native Sicily for New South Wales, Australia. Eight years later they purchased land and by 2003 they were producing 5 million cases of Yellow Tail wines yearly. A good friend of mine claims that his wife would be happy to drink only Yellow Tail wines. I won't judge. Actually, I will judge this wine. And compare it to another Australian Cabernet, one coming from what is often a considered a great Australian wine area instead of just somewhere… And it will cost you about twice the price of this offering.
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Wine Reviewed Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 13.0 % alcohol about $7. (I paid $12.)
Let's start by quoting the marketing materials. "Tasting Note : Deep purple with intense aromas of currant and oaky vanilla. The palate is rich with confectionary black fruit and wood spice. The finish is rich and mellow. Serving Suggestion : Grilled red meats, spicy sausages, hearty stews and hard cheeses." And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine was sweet and slightly grapey. It offered some acidity but no tannins. Japanese rice crackers with Wasabi cut its acidity but increased the grapeyness. In the presence of slow cooked chicken meatballs swimming in a tomato sauce this purple liquid became fairly thin and short, but it was pleasant. The accompanying potatoes lengthened our Australian friend while reducing its sweetness. A medley of mixed beans and chickpeas continued this transformation. Fruit juice candy blocked the sweetness in my glass and just about everything else.
The next meal centered on slow cooked beef. This libation presented good acidity but was excessively sweet. I tasted plums and almost no tannins. The side dish of black beans, peas, and onions stepped up the drink's acidity and gave it some chocolate. Another side of eggplants and mushrooms in a tomato sauce lengthened the wine and brought out plums. Chinese chili sauce on the meat was too powerful for the Cab. In the presence of fresh strawberries I noted sugar and some caramel in my glass.
The final meal main dish was a spicy barbecued chicken breast. On the positive side the wine was round and long, refreshing with a tinge of tobacco. On the negative side I tasted salt. If there is anything that I hate in my wine it's salt. Potato salad with carrots, peas, and pickles rendered this liquid dark and fairly long. Zesty guacamole brought out the plums while muting the wine. Dessert was a fistful of fresh blueberries. In response the wine was dark and woody with a little bit of sugar.
Final verdict. At $7 you could do worse, or you could do better. At $12 there is no reason to ask any question with respect to any future purchase.
Levi Reiss is a real wine lover. Every week he tastes the same meals with two wines, one under the magic figure of $10 and one that is more expensive, sometimes much more expensive. Why waste your hard-earned money but trying to unearth the occasional bargain? His global wine website http://www.theworldwidewine.com carries these weekly reviews and a whole lot more from wine trivia to wine humor.
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