Wine Tasting 8/3

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PETALUMA HANLIN HILL RIESLING, 2007

The 2007 Hanlin Hill Riesling displays typical minerality and lemon-lime intensity, with hints of orange blossom. The palate shows ripe lemon-lime fruit and has wonderful acidity to complement the fruit.

BTG $ 8.50                                  Retail $21.99

91 Points- Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar August, 2008

YALUMBA VIOGNIER, 2008

The 2008 vintage has created delicate and aromatic Viognier wines. The colour is pale gold with green highlights, with a nose of pure aromas displaying apricot nectar, lifted honeysuckle and orange oil perfume. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense stone fruit – particularly white peach and apricot flavours, finishing with an aromatic citrus freshness.

92 Points-Wine Spectator –Issue November 30, 2009

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 4.75                                 Retail $10.99

 

D’AREMBERG STUMP JUMP RED, 2008

Light in texture and fragrant with floral, berry and beet aromas, this plays its fresh flavors against refined tannins, lingering effortlessly. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre.

 90 Points-Wine Spectator –Issue February 28, 2010

BTG $ 4.75                                   Retail $10.99

 

MOLLYDOOKER THE MAITRE D’ CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2008

Opaque purple-colored with legs that ooze down the glass, it displays a reticent bouquet that with coaxing reveals wood smoke, violets, black currant and blackberry. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with a glossy texture, succulent fruit, and excellent concentration.

90 Points- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate- Issue #186 December, 2009

BTG $9.25                                  Retail $24.99

 

LAYER CAKE SHIRAZ SOUTH AUSTRALIA, 2007

Dark, dense and creamy, complex aromas of black plum, Bing cherry, blackberry and pepper merge with licorice, tobacco, mocha and dark chocolate.  This is one inky Shiraz; an explosion of dark, super ripe, wild blackberry, with a touch of cigar box finishing with a mélange of exotic spices. A pure fruit Bomb…complete from attack through a long, lingering finish.

BTG $ 6.00                                      Retail $15.99

Wine Tasting 7/27

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 20, 2010 No Comments yet

Five varietals from five different regions, winemakers that capture the essence of the vineyard, the true characteristics of the varietals and are able to offer us great wines that set standards of quality.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday July 27th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

WALLACE BROOK PINOT GRIS, 2008

This Wallace Brook Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot gris (Adelsheim declassified excess fruit)embodies the crisp,bright flavors of true quality Oregon Pinot gris style. This wine is a blend of grapes from five vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains, Eola-Amity Hills, and Willamette Valley appellations of Oregon.

BTG $ 4.50                                  Retail $9.99

 

 

TALLEY ESTATE CHARDONNAY, 2008

Produced entirely from estate grown chardonnay grapes from the ArroyoGrande Valley, 85% Rincon Vineyard, 15% Rosemary’s Vineyard.

The 2008 Estate Chardonnay has slightly reticent aromas of citrus and grilled nuts. The flavors

feature layers of lemon, wet stone and spicy green apple with a complex and elegant finish. This is a

well balanced chardonnay

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 9.50                                 Retail $25.99

 

 

LOUIS-CLAUDE DESVIGNES MORGON COTES DE PY, 2007

Morgon is, along with Moulin-à-Vent, the most age worthy of the Cru Beaujolais and Desvignes wines are fine examples. Deep, bright red. Mineral-driven aromas of blood orange, raspberry and Asian spices, with a subtle floral note gaining power with air. Lush and creamy on entry but gains energy and tightens up with air, showing sweet red fruit flavors and very good mineral cut. Expands on the finish, leaving pure red berry and floral notes behind.

BTG $7.00                                         Retail $18.99

 90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, November 2009

 

VIÑA COBOS MERLOT EL FELINO, 2008

Viña Cobos is the result of the partnership beteween Paul Hobbs from California and Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud from Argentina.The Felino Merlot is made with grapes from all over the region of Mendoza and represent the best qualities of the varietal with a deep red color and dark hues. On the palate, it displays and explossion of black cherries, plums and dried grass, with a velvet smooth structure; it has a pleasant, lingering finish.

BTG $8.50                                  Retail $21.99

 

ACENTO CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2008

The fruit comes from the famous Beckstoffer Vineyard in Lake County, California and is made by a Napa super star, who understandably doesn’t publish his name on this wine. These are grapes that don’t make the $100.00 plus wines from the same vineyard. It’s  very fruit forward, bold and smooth. For you Cab lovers who are looking for great wine at every day prices, this is the one

BTG $ 6.00                                      Retail $15.99

Wine Tasting 7/20

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on July 15, 2010 No Comments yet

France, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and Italy are represented in our next tasting; The long traditions of Tuscany and the Loire Valley are the book ends for the style and acomplishments of the new world. To tell us more of his approach we’ll be honored with Pablo Tomé from Doña Paula Winery and its highly regarded Malbec.

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday July 20th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

DOMAINE PICHOT LE PEU DE LA MORIETTE VOUVRAY, 2009

Jean-Claude Pichot produces this wine in the family tradition, which dates back to 1734. His magnificent vineyard is situated on the premiers of coteaux of Vouvray. Fresh, floral chenin blanc with crisp acidity and rich concentration, this Vouvray is slightly dry, pure and intense.

BTG $ 6.50                                  Retail $16.99

 

CONO SUR CHARDONNAY, 2009

This Chardonnay has a beautiful, young yellow colour with golden hints. Exuberant and complex, this wine conveys refreshing citrus aromas, fruity notes of white peaches, along with mineral hints. In mouth complex fruity flavours mingle in with lovely mineral notes.

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 4.75                                 Retail $10.99

 

DOÑA PAULA ESTATE MERLOT, 2008

Doña Paula Estate Merlot 2008 presents a ruby red color with dark hues. On the nose, it displays expressive aromas of mint, herb spice box and black fruits. On the palate, it is sweet, ample and smooth with a velvet structure. It is medium bodied and has a pleasant, lingering finish.

BTG $6.00                                  Retail $15.99

 

SPICE ROUTE CHAKALAKA aka(BABY MALABAR), 2007

Known as the baby ‘Malabar’, a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, respectively, this is Spice Route’s initial release of this wine. The texture is quite engaging with its round mouthfeel and riper, sleek tannins. The nose has an intriguing aromatic profile with an overlay of toast and shades of vanilla with an assortment of dried herbs, spices, game and floral notes melded into darker fruit tones. Soft tannins make up the back bone of this wine but the savory cast to the fruit is the attractive feature with layers of flavor. Supple with sweet dark fruit, even a hint of dark chocolate give this good complexity and a charming flavor profile.

91 Points Wine Spectator Issue June 30, 2009

BTG $ 7.50                                      Retail $19.99

 

CAPARZO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO, 2005

“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly dark in profile for this bottling. A sweet, Pinot-like bouquet leads to perfumed black cherries, spices, licorice and tobacco. This mid-weight, graceful Brunello offers gorgeous balance, with an expressive core of fruit that flows through to a long, refined close. The 2005 is one of best versions of this wine I have tasted in some time”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 188: 92 points -April, 2010

BTG $14.00                                         Retail $39.99

 

DOÑA PAULA SELECCION DE BODEGA MALBEC, 2008

Doña Paula’s 2006 Seleccion de Bodega Malbec is a glass-staining opaque purple. It was fermented with native yeasts and aged in new French oak for 24 months. The nose reveals an aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry. Dense, layered, and full-bodied, it has gobs of spicy black fruit, enough structure to evolve for 3-5 years, and a lengthy, pure finish.

                Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 184: 90 points –August, 2009

                                                           Retail $42.99

Wine Tasting 7/13

We approach this tasting with climate in mind. The South of France , Rias Baixas, La Mancha and North California deliver a common gift; great wine. Hot Summers teach the vignerons to produce refreshing and complex wines full of  vibrant exhuberance. Lets explore and enjoy!

 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday July 13th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

 

ATMOSPHERE ROSE, 2009

25% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon

An Assemblage of red varietals grown on the hillsides above the Mediterranean.

A pastel pink color, a nose of watermelon and pink grapefruit.

BTG $ 5.25                                 Retail $12.99

 

 

NORA ALBARIÑO, 2008

Bodegas Nora’s philosophy is to allow the Albariño grape to achieve maximum expression of its maturity which helps develop Nora’s signature crisp style full of melon and tropical fruit flavors.

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 7.50                                 Retail $19.99

 

 

VENTA LA OSSA TEMPRANILLO, 2006

Venta La Ossa comes from La Mancha, Spain, a region that has some of the lowest precipitation levels and, not surprisingly, some of the highest average summer temperatures. This helps make Venta La Ossa a very deep colored, complex wine. It’s 100% Tempranillo.

BTG $ 7.75                                  Retail $20.99

 

TRINITAS OLD VINES ZINFANDEL, 2006

87% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah,  4% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet

Near the Bay Area town of Oakley live some of California’s oldest vineyards. Planted as far back as 1890, these historic “old vines” produce low yields with concentrated flavors. This Zinfandel displays bright red fruit, raspberries, white pepper, cinnamon, smoke, and toast.

BTG $ 7.00                                        Retail $18.99

 

 

BENNET LANE TURN 4 CABERNET

This Napa Valley Cabernet opens with intense aromas of black fruit, bright cherry, & minerals. Background notes of cedar, sage and violets add to the complexity of the wine. On the palate the wine has good weight, with flavors of dark cherry, cocoa, and plums. The tannins are velvety and approachable, leading to a long, elegant, fruit driven finish.

BTG $ 9.25                                        Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 7/6

Lets start July with refreshing clean flavors from Oregon and New Zealand; an elegant and stylish merlot from Washington State and a Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel that teach us to appreciate exhuberance in fruit and balance in tannins.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING!

Tuesday July 6th, 2010

6:00-9:00 pm

No charge for tastings

EVOLUTION, LUCKY EDITION (SOMEWHERE BETEWEEN 12th & 14th)

“We felt that 13, with its historical negative connotation, wasn’t the right vibe for Evolution,” said Alison Sokol Blosser, Co-President of Sokol Blosser Winery (Dundee, Oregon). 

With over 40 white varietals to choose from, nine different grapes made the luck of the draw for Evolution’s unique blend: Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sylvaner.  The Lucky Edition is inviting with aromas of jasmine, orange blossoms, complex spices and tropical fruit followed by an array of pear, peach, lychee, and honey flavors.

BTG $ 6.50                                  Retail $16.99

 

VILLA MARIA PRIVATE BIN SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2009

Fruit for this wine was sourced from vineyards across the Marlborough region. A blend of fruit grown in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys spanning a range of different meso-climates were incorporated; the grapes which were harvested at varying levels of ripeness over a five week period, provide for an array of flavours and blending options .This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with a fruit-salad-bowl of flavours including ripe gooseberry, passionfruit, fresh citrus lime and exotic herbaceous aromas. The wine has an exciting palate with layers of juicy flavours, intensity and fullness, finishing with a refreshing crisp, clean and racy acidity.

Pale, cloudy yellow. Pungently fruity aromas of pink grapefruit, peach and pear. Juicy, pure and brisk, with very good density of fruit for village wine. Finishes with pineapple and grapefruit notes and enticing lingering perfumeBTG $ 5.25                                 Retail $12.99

 

COLUMBIA CREST MERLOT COLUMBIA VALLEY RESERVE, 2006

87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% new French oak and 30% American oak barrels for 25 months.

Intense aromas of blackberries lead to a soft, velvety palate of chocolate and dark berry flavors. This soft, yet powerful Merlot showcases excellent tannin structure integrated with delicate fruit flavors.

BTG $ 8.50                                  Retail $22.99

90 Points Wine Spectator Issue Feb.28, 2010

 

JOEL GOTT 815 BLEND CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2008

Fruit is sourced from Napa Valley, the Mendocino coast, Paso Robles and Lake County. Together, these appellations create a balanced, structured wine with supple tannins, bright acidity and flavors of spicy red fruit and rich black fruit that are intensified by aromas of currants, cedar and black tea.

BTG $ 6.00                                        Retail $15.99

 

JOEL GOTT ZINFANDEL, 2008

Joel Gott Zinfandel is a rare red wine gem that has steadily built a following over its first 9 vintages. This Zinfandel is considered by some “the poor man’s Turley” because of its astonishing quality-to-price ratio.

The 2008 vintage is a blend of 96% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah and 1% Alicante Bouchet, combining grapes from Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and Amador. The Lodi and Amador vineyards are old, dry-farmed, gnarly head-trained vines which produce concentrated fruit. Adding the depth of Napa Valley fruit and the spiciness from cool Sonoma grapes creates a blend that shows off the best of California Zinfandel. The wine is a deep ruby/purple in color with a vibrant nose of black raspberry, black cherry, plum, cola, tobacco and spicy oak. Medium/full in body, it is bright and assertive with soft tannins and bold flavors of black cherries, raspberries, plums, maple and spice. Aged for 10 months in 30% new American oak, 70% 2- and 4-year-old French oak barrels. Well structured and complex, it offers beautiful balance and a long, smooth finish.

BTG $ 6.00                                        Retail $15.99