Wine Review: Yellow Tail Big Bold Red


[yellow tail] Big Bold Red

     Another party favorite from the budget friendly Australian winemaker, [yellow tail] Big Bold Red lives up to its name as a dynamic red wine blend. 

In recent years, the [yellow tail] brand has seen massive success with skyrocketing sales in the U.S. and it can really only be attributed to one thing: tasting better than its comparably priced colleagues. The cute kangaroo on the label is an added bonus.

     Big Bold Red is definitely a dark red blend. It is rich and jammy with an oak finish that I would describe as a bit heavy handed. The bottle says "a touch of vanilla" and, I mean if you squint hard and think about vanilla, I guess you could say that. This is the wine to choose for curling up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket to enjoy an evening of ghost shows on Discovery Plus. Add in a box of Triscuits and a block of sharp cheddar cheese and you've got yourself a real winner.

     All that being said, there are some other things you should know. As with all dark red blends, Big Bold Red is apt to cause a condition that I refer to as "Penguin Mouth". Think Danny DaVito in Batman Returns. As a PSA, do not - I repeat, DO NOT go to bed without brushing your teeth.

     Additionally, it would also be a good idea to munch some antacids before calling it a night.

     As is common with budget-friendly blends, [yellow tail] Big Bold Red does not include a vintage on the label which simply means that this wine is made with grapes that were grown at some point in the past and now reside in this bottle. A safe guess would be around two years.

     Another feature of [yellow tail] wines is the use of screw caps instead of corks. Back in my early days of writing unsophisticated wine reviews, I used to feel that a screw cap was symptomatic of a larger problem. Now, four years later, I actually feel relieved when I see a screw cap and understand that the "larger problem" is that I'm too lazy to break out the cork screw.
     Big Bold Red is 13.5% Alc/Vol and has the potential to cause a 3:00am headache but it's nothing that a handful of ibuprofen can't fix.



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