This review is just of Night Two from the weekend's Twitter Taste Live, sponsored by The 89 Project. For Night One with all the Wine Twitters, watch the video, courtesy of 1 Wide Dude:
The Wooden Guys had a good time, but the consensus was that the Rivola was not in the same league as the rest of the wines.
2007 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Domaine Sainte Claire Vieilles Vignes
Producer Jean-Marc Brocard
Designation Vieilles Vignes
Vineyard Domaine Sainte Claire
The nose has tart apple, lime, and some minerality. From Night One to Night Two this lost a lot of fruit on the palate. It is tart and stony. There is some apple there, but it is the tart and green. Butter makes an appearance at the very end of the mid-palate and echoes lightly on the finish.
2005 Abadia Retuerta Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León Rívola
Producer Abadia Retuerta
Variety Tempranillo Blend
Region Castilla y León
SubRegion Sardon de Duero
Appellation Vino de la Tierra Castilla y León
Oak-city on roller skates. Oh wait a second, there's a single teaspoon of blackcurrant jelly there. Unfortunately, it was crushed when the lighting struck and felled the oak tree. The lighting gave it that toasty smell.
Okay, let's take a sip, shall we? Blackberries, lots of blackberries, some cedar, and lots of vanilla. It devolves into a brown sugar/vanilla mess. The finish is short and sudden.
Honestly, I have no idea how anybody ever rated this 89.
2006 Clos La Coutale Cahors
Producer Clos La Coutale
Variety Malbec Blend
Region Southwest France
The nose has nutty, meaty smells underlying some dark fruit. Hiding behind it is a small hint of cherry, probably from the little bit of Merlot blended in. On the palate, black fruit dominates, but there is a lot more there. There is a meaty flavor like a crisp end-piece of prime rib, beefy and smoky. There is also a bit of vegetal taste, tobacco, like whole leaves hanging in a cigar shop on Calle Ocho. Tannins and acid are well balanced and pronounced, suggesting some more cellar time might be possible. Tannins are not quite smooth. "Dusty" would be a better description.
2006 Kilikanoon Shiraz The Lackey
Designation The Lackey
Region South Australia
Bright red fruit, plums, spices, pepper and a touch of cedar all are on the nose. The palate has dark fruit, pepper, and some meatiness. At first, it was reminiscent of bacon, but a better comparison is actually Bresaola, Italian dried beef. It has the same nutty cured dried meaty flavor, especially at the back side-edges of the tongue. Tannins are smooth and sweet. Finish is long. This is nice, quite nice.