I tend to stay away from Yellowtail
wines, just as I tend to stay away from things that
everyone else flocks too. In most cases, it's too good to
be true, and on the other hand, I am a lion and not a
sheep -- translated, I am not a follower.
I first came across the reserve line of
Yellowtail wines while at the Pacific Rim Wine Tasting,
which was held in Philadelphia in 2007. One of the reps
that I knew was giving samples of Yellowtail, which I
refused to try, so she offered me some of their reserve
Chardonnay, which I can say is wonderful. Upon that, I
decided to try the reserve Pinot Grigio when I say it one
day in the store.
From the first sip, I was not
impressed, and I needed for the bottle to sit for a day or
three, before trying it again.
I can tell you that the wait was worth
it. The flavors in this bottle are of apple, pear, and I
would even say some lemon (though the bottle claims that
it's just acidity. I think that as they produce more of
this wine, it will get better and better, and won't need to
be aired as much from the start.
If I were you, I'd pick up a split case
of the reserve Pinot Grigio and the Chardonnay, and take on
the spring, while waiting for the summer.