See, this is what I meant with my love/hate relationship with Yellow Tail. Days after I posted about how much I loved their Big Bold Red, I finally got around to trying a glass of the Sweet Red Roo. And one glass was it, kids.
As I said in the previous post about the Big Bold Red, Yellow Tail’s labeling is fantastic and eye-catching. Anything that sparkles in light gets my attention, and that label certainly does sparkle . However, the wine does not sparkle as brightly. I’m not a huge fan of sweeter reds, but I do enjoy a good Lambrusco on occasion. This is not going to be a go-to for me, unfortunately.
The wine is very smooth, as sweeter reds usually are. There’s no aftertaste, which is always a plus. What is there? In way of flavor, not much. The label will tell you it is sweet red berries, vanilla, and chocolate. Yum- sounds like a hot fudge sundae. It does not taste like a hot fudge sundae. I got almost no taste of vanilla or chocolate- in fact, it tastes more to my palette like a combination of cherries, maple, and a slight tinge of blackberry. It’s not an unpleasant combination, just not what you would expect from the label. I’m not a fan of maple in wine(that’s another review). I drank it warm first, after aerating it with the Venturi for 2 hours. It was just okay. I tried it cold a few days after. It still wasn’t firework-inducing. Again, still just okay. I can’t, in good conscience, recommend this wine to many. If someone is just starting out and wants a weaker red to begin with, then I would tell them to go with this. If someone just wanted a nice wine to go with a light pork entree, I would tell them go to this. If you want the big guns, I would not even load the cylinder with this wine.
Yellow Tail Sweet Red Roo didn’t impress me much. If you’re going into their blends, my advice is to head to the Big Bold Red. You won’t be disappointed with that blend.