Bob Ross wrote:'[Never mind]'
Hoke, what's your view on my impression that it's relatively easy to avoid bottle variation when a winemaker is making thousands of cases of a wine to the same standard?
Yellow Tail is the only "industrial produced" wine I've enjoyed, and part of its charm is its predictability, bottle to bottle.
Technically, Bob, you're correct in your view. A good laboratory technician, given the right 'raw ingredients', and assuming that those raw ingredients are not tremendously flawed, should be able to impose a standard production style. It's done all the time.
The difference is, of course, that it's not done in the vineyards, but in the lab, with finished wines.
But the people that buy Yellow Tail aren't buying it for the same reason that, say Bill Hooper and Lou Kessler are buying their wines. People that buy Yellow Tail are looking for a pleasant wine beverage that doesn't cost very much money. Those people want predictable standard format wines. It's the reason that you expressed for buying it, Bob: it's predictable, consistent, reliable, and within your (lower) threshold of wine.
And that's fine by me. Hey, I make a goodly part of my living off that type of wine. Apparently, that makes me the Antichrist of Wine. Shucks, it's a burden I'll have to carry.