Yellow Tail Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia 2008)

I picked up this bottle because I like their TV commercials, which just goes to show you the power of advertising. Nonetheless, it’s inexpensive, at $7 a bottle, and available at your local HEB and Walmart. Convenient for the Baptist shopper.

The wine itself is a lovely ruby color, very dark in the glass, and smells of pepper and blueberries – an odd but enticing combination. The first sip was full of berry flavors and jam, very juicy and pleasant. A second sip reveals subtle leather and cocoa notes, which lead into tobacco and licorice. The tannins are moderate, and this Cabernet was surprisingly light for the varietal. It made me wonder if this is characteristic of Australian cabs, or just this winery. Must experiment.

All-in-all, it was a pleasant drinking wine and would be lovely for sipping with company. We enjoyed it with lasagna, but I’d recommend pot roast or meatloaf as well. If you’ve tried it, let us know what you think. And if you haven’t, give it a taste – you’ll like it.

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