|Yellow Tail Cabernet-Merlot 2004
||[Apr. 17th, 2005|07:36 pm]
[yellow tail] products have complications for me, but it's mostly okay now and I've never let my personal issues stand between me and this great value bulk wine.
Yellow Tail Shiraz has been a favorite for some time and will most certainly appear in this journal at some point sooner than later. I've enjoyed the Cab-Shiraz (Purpletail!) and will write about it too. Neither the YT Cab nor the Merlot are worth buying again, even at the California price of 4.99$, so I don't expect they will rate independent posts in this journal. I will, however, review the YT Chardonnay right here, right now: swill.
Last week, while replenishing my stock of Shiraz, I saw the (new to me) blue labeled bottle of the Cabernet-Merlot blend and decided to give it a try at the sale price of 5.99$, despite my less than great experience with
[yellow tail] 's offerings in each of the varietals. I'm glad I did.
I'd describe this blend in a single word as - fun! It's certainly no big, aristocratic Cab, nor is it a peppery, deep Merlot. The blend seems to lack the character of its constituent grapes and become something entirely new, surprisingly light, and full of sugar and fruit.
The wine is a lovely purple colour, with a bright, almost lavender rim. The most striking quality of the nose is an overtone of fresh mint, mixed with berries. It opens sweet, the flavour of ripe sage replacing the scent of mint in the bouquet. The fruit at first dominates the wine, but then it develops a little more complexity with a bold taste of vanilla and spices leading the way. The finish is smooth.
This blend has very little tannin structure or astringent quality to it, it's almost all fruit, which might cause it to lose some points at a professional tasting, but it seemed well-balanced enough for me to enjoy -- and I generally prefer a drier wine than this.
I'm not sure this is a real foodie's wine, but I think it would go quite well with a traditional lamb dish. The mint aroma almost begs it. The sweetness the wine brings might also pair well with a spicier Asian offering, like a Vindaloo curry. I tried it with brie and with chocolate. It was nice with chocolate, but the experience with brie, while not bad, was not memorable either.
[yellow tail] Cab-Merlot is a fun drinking, bulk wine. It is a great choice for parties, casual sipping, and even a light dinner at home. The price makes it attractive as an easy drinker too. If you drink with friends whose pallets run a little sweeter than yours, this wine might be a good offer in compromise.