IMO, [Yellow Tail] makes some of the best red wine under $5, even after their recent 17% price hike. It is consistently bold, rich and fruity, more akin to the thick, syrupy wines of Napa than thinner, sharper pretenders.
You may have noted "Casella Wines" printed in small font on the bottom right of the label. [Yellow Tail] can be traced back to 1820s, when the Casello family first began growing grapes in Italy. In 1957, a later generation of Casello's packed up and moved to Australia to see what the burgeoning wine industry in the Southern hemisphere might have to offer.
Today, the sixth generation of wine makers in the Casella family continue to grow nearly one third of their own grapes in the Riverina area of Southeast Australia. As of 2000, they are partnered with Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits to make their wines available in the U.S. and around the world.
As for the name, [Yellow Tail] gets its name from the yellow footed rock wallaby, a smaller cousin of the kangaroo.
Nose: Full bodied, dark fruits, dry.
Taste: Rich, syrupy fruits, dark chocolate, vines, cherry, vanilla.
Recommendation: Whether I'm at Trader Joe's buying a bottle or two, or grabbing six for a 30% discount at a larger grocery chain, this is sure to be one of my picks.
Maybe it was the three story kangaroo billboard outside my dorm room while I was still underage (and attending a still-dry-campus). Maybe it was the month I spent in Australia touring as a tenor in the Men's Collegiate Choir/ #nerd. Maybe it's just my palate. Whatever it is, I LOVE [Yellow Tail] Cabernet.
I've always enjoyed trying new things, whether it's a new type of food, a different wine, or just a place I've never visited before.