For the second of my beach wines, I managed to sneak in an afternoon tasting, rather than my standard time for tasting which is to wait for the kids to be asleep. There are few things more relaxing than being on vacation and spending an afternoon on a balcony near the beach with a glass of wine (see my first post for my view). This was definitely one of those occasions where wine was more than something to analyze and deconstruct. The Rivetto on this day was to be enjoyed first; a complement to the scenery and the moment. The particulars of the winery and how the wine was made would have to take a backseat. Instead the wine shared time with the just-partly cloudy sky, the quiet of being near the beach, and the overall peacefulness of having a few spare minutes to myself. Ah, the joys of summer down the shore.
Alas, I did manage to jot down some notes on the Rivetto before the moment fully took hold. I am still focused on recording the experience after all, even if my attention is not solely on the wine…
- In the glass, the Rivetto showed some density in color, placing it as medium garnet.
- After a quick 15 minutes of air, the nose was of moderate intensity, still youthful in its expression. Cherry, licorice, rose and sweet spice were dominant, with some cedar notes underneath.
- On the palate, the Rivetto had medium plus acidity and a high level of tannins. The tannins were quite sharp and biting, certainly young and green. That was not surprising given the age of the wine. The wine had a medium plus body, juiced up a bit given the high alcohol level. Flavors of cherry, rose and wood mirrored the nose, with a moderate intensity and a medium length finish.
I revisited the Rivetto the next afternoon, after recorking and leaving the bottle out at room temperature. The cherry notes again dominated the nose, picking up some more tartness than the day before. On the palate, the tannins mellowed a good bit, but this left the alcohol alone to overpower the rest of the wine. A strong taste of cinnamon took over after a good bit of time in the glass.
Overall I would say the Rivetto was good. The wine certainly had issues with its balance, particularly the alcohol level and how it crushed the other components. But there were some good points, especially the strong cinnamon flavors that came to the forefront with some time in the glass. And the wine certainly was a fine accompaniment to a peaceful few moments on the balcony that first afternoon, so for that I say the Rivetto was quite enjoyable.