Wine Tasting 2/2

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on January 28, 2010

Vibrant and lively wines from California and Washington Estates that scream enjoyment, easy drinking and value.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday February 2nd, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

WATERBROOK CHARDONNAY 2007

Aromatic green apple and citrus zest married with tropical fruit notes welcome you to this crisp Chardonnay. Notes of grapefruit and apple with hints of toast lead to a wonderful, bright finish.

Wine Spectator Score: 88. —Harvey Steiman, June 2009

BTG $5.50                            Retail $13.99

 

LESSE-FITCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON (SEBASTIANI) 2007

The color of dark rubies, this Cabernet presents itself with a nose of bourbon-soaked cherries, chocolate, and cedar, complemented by flavors of red currants, blackberry cobbler, and subtle notes of walnuts, wild game, and rich French oak. It’s soft, approachable and easy to drink.

BTG $5.00                             Retail $11.99

 

NORMAN NO NONSENSE RED 2004

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

A complex and intriguing wine, this blend of Bordeaux varietals grown in Paso Robles has ripe aromas of cherry and candied-plum, along with spicy notes of mint, black olive and coffee. Medium-bodied, it has intense berry flavors and a soft, luscious mouthfeel that lingers into a malt-chocolate finish. 

BTG $7.00                             Retail $18.99

                     

ELYSE NERO MISTO RED BLEN 2007

 38% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Syrah, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignane, and 8% blend of Gamay, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, and Barbera

The Nero Misto (Italian for “mixed black”) is deep blackish-burgundy colored with a nose of dark black fruits, dried herbs, pepper, leather, and wild blueberries. This delicious “field blend” styled wine has a strong mid-palate with flavors of pomegranate, black fruits, dried cherries and figs with a hint of spice. The wine is medium to full in body, with juicy fruit, firm tannins, great acid balance and a long, lush finish.

BTG $9.25                             Retail $24.99

 

METTLER OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2007

 The focal point or “Epicenter” of Zinfandel is the Lodi Appellation, known as the Zinfandel Capitol of the World, where more zinfandel is grown than anywhere else. The true epicenter for exquisite zinfandels grown in a mediterranean climate.  This Old Vine Zinfandel shows good structure with aromas of wild berry and espresso, giving way to dense tannins and a nice acidity to the finish. This Zinfandel shows good structure with aromas of wild berry and espresso, giving way to dense tannins and a nice acidity to the finish.

 BTG $7.75                            Retail $20.99

Wine Tasting 1/26

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on January 21, 2010

Hollywood Vine is honored and pleased to have a special guest for next week’s Tuesday tasting.

From the Great Estate of Sassicaia

 

We welcome Piero Incisa della Rocchetta;

Grandson of Mario Incisa della Rocchetta of the esteem Antinori family known as the founders of the term “Super Tuscan’.  Its wine Sassicaia is considered one of Italy’s top Bordeaux-style red wines. In the late 1990s Sassicaia was granted its own DOC (Bolgheri), the only wine from a single estate in Italy to enjoy this privilege.

   

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday January 26th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

TENUTA DI SALVIANO ORVIETO CLASSICO SUPERIORE, D.O.C. 2008

Nestled among Umbria’s rolling hills between Todi and Orvieto, the Salviano estate occupies 4,940 acres surrounding Lake Corbara and the banks of the Tiber River in the heart of the Orvieto D.O.C. production zone. 30% Trebbiano Toscano; (Procanico Clone); 30% Grechetto; 20% Chardonnay; 20% Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine’s elegant aromas of ripe fruit introduce a well-structured, refreshing and beautifully balanced wine.

BTG $6.00                            Retail $15.99

 

CHACRA BARDA PINOT NOIR , ARGENTINA, RIO NEGRO 2007
Chacra Barda located at the northern edge of Patagonia is owned by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta. Some of South America’s best Pinot Noir is the focus here.

Juicy, spicy and aromatic, with sweet red fruit flavors complicated by almost Burgundian meat and underbrush

BTG $12.50                             Retail $34.99

 

TENUTA DI SALVIANO SOLIDEO DI SALVIANO, 2003

The Solideo vineyards are located on the hills of Lake Corbara’s northern bank that rise 150-380m above sea level. Exposure varies by vineyard site from the south-west, south and south-east.

Grapes ( Cabernet Sauvignon 80 %, Merlot 20 %)  are harvested and vinified separately. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled vats with 15 to 20 days of maceration on the skins. Racking is followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged separately in French oak barriques (1st and 2nd passage) for 18 to 20 months, followed by blending, stabilization and further refinement in bottle. Intense ruby color with light violet reflections; ripe fruit, vanilla and spice on the nose. Tannins are rich yet soft, round and balanced with a long finish

BTG $17.00                             Retail $47.99

                     

TENUTA SAN GUIDO SASSICAIA 2006

 “The 2006 Sassicaia may very well go down as one of the all-time great recent vintages for this Tuscan thoroughbred. The year started off very warm but by August evening temperatures had moderated, leaving the fruit with a stunning combination of ripeness, perfume, acidity and tannin. The wine is simply glorious, that’s all there is to it. Layers of dark fruit meld into smoke, leather, violets, menthol, earthiness and tar as this profound wine opens up in the glass. The creamy, silky finish lasts an eternity, as waves of fruit caress the tannins with breathtaking elegance. Everything is in the right place in this magical Sassicaia. This is one for the ages. In a word: Awesome.”

97 Points Wine Advocate

Retail $179.99 NET

 

TENUTA DI SALVIANO VIN SANTO

 (holy wine) is a style of Italian dessert wine. Traditional in Tuscany, these wines are often made from white grape varieties such as Trebbiano and Malvasia, they are harvested in September or October, they are laid out on straw mats. They are kept in warm, well ventilated rooms that allow the moisture in the grape to evaporate. This process of desiccation allows the sugars in the grape to be more concentrated; After fermentation the grapes are then aged in small oak barrels. These  wines are required to age for at least 3 years though it is not uncommon for producers to age their wines for 5 to 10 years.

 BTG $7.75                            Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 1/19

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on January 14, 2010

Over 3000 years ago, on the lavic, mineral-rich slopes near Mount Massico and the volcano of Roccamonfina, Greek settlers reinvented viticulture, adjusting cultivation methods to the climate and soil of their adoptive home. Where vine shoots had originally lain directly on the ground, it was in northwestern Campania they were first supported by wooden poles (falanga) above the soil. The resulting wine was to become the “immortal Falerno” sung by the great poets of ancient Rome. (The name, incidentally, comes from “falanga” rather than a particular variety: the varieties themselves being three, both white and red.) Two thousand years later, Italy is one of the world’s foremost producers, responsible for approximately one-fifth of world wine production with hundreds of grape varietals that reflect the different terrains, cultures and History of this amazing country.  Let’s take a tour throughout the diversity of flavors, terroirs and memories.. Viva Italia!!!

 

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday January 19th, 2009

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA “VILLA SOLAIS” DOC: 2008

One sip of a well-made Vermentino and one will experience the beautiful communion of pristine ocean, ancient volcanic soil, and pure ripe fruit from centuries-old vineyards. The palate is delicate, velvety and pleasantly dry. Cantina Santadi (a cooperative founded in 1960) offering pours a pale straw yellow color, a nose of grapes, salinity and Anjou pears that are going to follow into the plate with along with apple, cantaloupe and the classic salinity all encompass in a mouthful of creamy viscosity with very clean finish.

BTG $5.25                            Retail $12.99

 

FALANGHINA DI ROCCAMONFINA IGT: 2008
Villa Matilde released its pure “falanghina” varietal bottling in 1989 even though the grape and wine tradition is probably one of the oldest in the world.

The wine is on the light yellow straw side, nose and palate in perfect harmony of elegance between pineapple, bananas and peaches with roses, flowers and hints of sage to follow with a fine almond finish  .

BTG $5.75                             Retail $14.99

 

FARNESE MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO CASTELLO VECHIO 2006

The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo bears the same name as the variety, which predominates in the grape mixture from which it is made. This wine resembles a cabernet sauvignon or merlot because of its full bodied and distinct tannins, with hearty earthy tones and fruitful flavors. Wine Access International Value Wine Award 2009

BTG $6.50                             Retail $16.99

                     

S BORTOLUZZI CABERNET SAUVIGNON, FRIULI VENEZIA-GUILIA 2006

 “Ad Maiora”  (To even greater success)- this is the motto that embodies the philosophy and the lifestyle of the Bortoluzzi family.

 The color is as bright as that of a ruby. The nose is intense, herbaceous, spicy – with hints of wood – and fruity, from undergrowth.

BTG $8.75                             Retail $22.99

 

SPERI VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO DELLA VALPOLICELLA DOC, 2007

The 2007 Valpolicella Ripasso is a pretty wine redolent of earthiness, wild herbs and black cherries.

A soft-textured, pleasing red, it offers gorgeous length and plenty of harmony in an accessible style.

 BTG $8.75                            Retail $22.99