Last Thursday, I took part in the the third edition of Twitter Taste Live event, hosted by Bin Ends, and it was just as fun as the previous edition.
For those who don't know, TTL is a virtual wine tasting even conducted via Twitter. Basically, bloggers and other wine lovers get their hands on the same set of wines and taste them together online.
We tasted four wines from M-S's portfolio:
2006 Chardonnay "La Brume" ($29.60): This one really wasn't much to my liking. It wasn't your stereotypical flabby CA chard, but there was a bit too much buttery character here. Nice tree fruit flavors and the oak didn't seem over-blown, but that butter was just a bit too much.
2005 Syrah ($22.40): This was one of my two favorites of the evening. It had beautiful, delicious dark fruit flavors -- blueberries, blackberries and black plum -- with black pepper spice and a little vanilla. That may make it sound a bit like a fruit bomb, but it's not.
2004 Merlot ($22.40): This, along with the chardonnay, just didn't hit my palate right. There was gobs of cherry flavor with vanilla and leather, but it was pretty simple and a little too jammy and plush. Good, but I like a bit more elegance in my merlot.
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($33.60): I know that I say a lot of not nice things about CA cab, but this one really impressed me. Blackberries, brown sugar, pepper spice and firm, but not harsh tannins. As it opened up over the course of the evening (and even the next day) brown spices really emerged. They kind of reminded me of Chai tea spices.
I'm talking to the folks at Binends about hosting a future event with some New York wines, so if you're a New York winery and are interested in taking part, let me know.