Yellow Tail Big Bold Red

This Australian red blend is a mystery from the folks at Yellow Tail.  I say that because there is nothing on the bottle, nothing on their website, and nothing I could find anywhere else on the web that indicates which grape varietals are used and at what percentage.  If you are privy to that information, please share!!  So … how was it?

Winemaker:  Yellow Tail by Casella Wines
Wine:  Big Bold Red
Varietal:  Red Blend
Vintage:  NV
Appellation:  Australia
Price:  $9.49

Notes:   In the glass it was a very dark garnet.  The bouquet brought lots of berries, spice and tobacco.  It was a medium-to-light-bodied wine and quite soft on the tongue.  Flavors for me were a core of cherry and currant, along with pepper, tobacco, olive and smoke.  With oxidation the cherry increased in presence on the palate.  Tannins were moderate and brought some menthol to the finish.  It seemed acidity was on the low side, and alcohol is at 13.5%.  Reading this description, you’d almost think there was a pack of cigarettes in the bottle, but it wasn’t like that!  Although I don’t feel it lives up to the claims made in the name (except the red part), I found it a very-easy-to-sip selection.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Jacobs Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

2010One of Australia’s most popular vintners, Jacob’s Creek Winery traces it’s roots back over 160 years to a young Bavarian immigrant who is credited with planting the first commercial vineyards in the Barossa Valley.  Today Jacob’s Creek Winery is owned by Orlando Wines which is, in turn, owned by a company called Premium Wine Brands which is owned by Pernod Ricard.  Pernod Ricard is a global conglomerate which has in it’s portfolio such well-known adult beverage brands as Absolut vodka, Seagrams gin, Jameson’s Irish whiskey, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Kahlúa coffee liqueur, and Glenlivet scotch.   Oh my!  That’s quite a group of siblings!  So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Jacob’s Creek wines are exported to over 60 countries worldwide.

Winemaker:  Jacob’s Creek
Varietal:  Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:  2010
Appellation:  South Eastern Australia
Price:  $9.49

Notes:   This Australian red was a dark ruby in the glass.   It had an interesting bouquet – cherry and vanilla with whiffs of dirty sock.  It was light-bodied to me, especially for a Cabernet Sauvignon.  On the tongue I tasted plenty of cherry, some plum, and a light sprinkling of pepper along with some tar and tobacco notes.  There wasn’t much in the way of tannins except a touch of eucalyptus near the finish.  Acidity is high, and alcohol is at 13.5%.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.