Wine Tasting 7/31/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 26, 2012 No Comments yet

This Tuesday We’ll start off with a great summer wine from Italy. The rest of the wines all come from
California, including a beautiful Chenin Blanc Riesling blend, an Italian varietal made American style,
A yummy Zinfandel and a Classic Napa Cab. All low production high quality wines.
Please join us as we say good bye to July.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2010 Gravity Hills “Vertigo” Chenin Blanc, Riesling
Central Coast, CA
Adding a little Riesling to a Chenin Blanc gives this wine the balance to aroma and taste that it needs. This easy drinking white is a total porch pounder. When you least expect it, this wine is gone and you realize that you want more. Easy fruit, light peach, melon, with a crisp finish.
BTG $5.50 Retail $12.99

2011 Home Grown Barbera
Santa Rosa, California
It has been noticed thatdifferent aromas flow from the glass depending on the disposition of the nose smelling or the tongue tasting, kind of mood-ring style. But most people agree that there’s plenty of red and blackberries, with just the right sprinkle of funk to keep it interesting.
BTG $5.75 Retail $13.99

2008 Angel Vine “Les Colline” Zinfandel
Walla Walla, Oregon
The 08 Les Collines’s decadent scents of black cherries and sweet spice are matched by velvety cherry flavors, jammy and juicy fruit, and hints of leather, coffee, and anise. It simultaneously delivers fat, classic Zinfandel fullness and exuberant, lively, food-friendly balance.
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2009 Hill Wine Company Cabernet
Napa Valley
Dark purple in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious tender aromas of red fruits coulis with some black fruits and notes of pepper and
clove. The seamless mouthfeel is soft and silky. The finish is gentle and soft with more flavors of red fruits.
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2011 Anno Domini Moscato
Anno Domini Moscato is as close as one can get to capturing Summer in a bottle. From the moment the bottle is opened intense fruit aromas of orange blossoms, peaches, apricot and ripe citrus delight the senses. The refreshing flavors of peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle make the Anno Domini Moscato a sweet expression of one of Italy’s most celebrated growing regions. The finish is clean and the bubbles dance on your tongue.
BTG 5.75 Retail $13.99

Wine Tasting 7/24/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 19, 2012 No Comments yet

This Tuesday we have a special guest Paul Wilkins, winemaker owner of Alta Maria Winery in Santa Maria California.
Paul spent several years with the prestigious Alban Vineyards in Edna Valley before venturing out on his own. We’re excited
to have him meet and greet you. In addition we will be featuring a great Cotes de Province rose and a wonderful
Carmenere blend from Chile and ending with what we consider to be one of the best Malbec’s from Argentina.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2011 La Croix “Irresistible” Cotes de Province Rose
Grenache,Cinsault, Tibouren, Mourvedre and Cabernet
Pale pink dress, elegant nose with citrus fruit aromas. Supple, frank mouth in attack, fruity with
asoft and silky finish.
BTG $8.00 Retail $20.99

2010 Alta Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Pale antique gold in color, dynamitic aromas of honeydew, gooseberries and tomatillos abound in the glass. Tropical fruit adds to the
body of this moderately weighted wine which opens up on the palate to zesty acidity and slight minerality.
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

2010 Alta Maria Pinot Noir
Garnet red in appearance, this 2010 Pinot Noir’s captivating aromas are spicy with ripe cherries and strawberries. A luscious mid-pallet comes through upon tasting, but lies well within the true character of this variety. Medium bodied throughout, with balance and a great fruit presence that is a classic mark of the vintage.
BTG $9.75 Retail $25.99

2008 Estampa Gold Carmenere Blend
The 2008 Carmenere Gold is made up of 57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It sports an alluring bouquet of herbs and spices (while avoiding any green character) along with earthy minerals, black currant, and blackberry. Ripe, savory, and smooth-textured, this lengthy effort will benefit from another 2-3 years of cellaring and will provide prime drinking from 2013 to 2020. 89 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2007 Cuvelier Los Andes Gran Vin Blend
The 2007 Gran Vin is a blend of 73% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Merlot aged in French oak for 18 months. Saturated purple in color, it offers up an alluring bouquet of smoke, incense, Asian spices, and black cherry, with a hint of chocolate in the background. Full-bodied, layered, and opulent, the wine has superb depth of flavor, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. 92+ pts Wine Advocate
BTG 12.75 Retail $35.99

Wine Tasting 7/17/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 12, 2012 No Comments yet

This Tuesday we have a nice variety of wines from Italy, Spain, France and Argentina
All scoring at least scoring 90 pts from the most prominent reviewers. Please join us!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2008 Gramona Cava Grand Cuvee
This is basically the equivalent of a grower sparkling wine in Spain. A low dosage is based on a solera system going back to 1870! Composed of Chardonnay and Xarella, it exhibits crisp, minerally notes intermixed with hints of orange rind, brioche and lemon zest, light to medium body, and a chalky character. Cavas have come of age and are better than ever, and this impressive, boutique version is well worth trying. It should provide pleasure for several years. 90 pts Wine Advocate
BTG 9.00 Retail $22.99

2010 Palazzone Terre Vineate Orvieto
The 2010 Orvieto Classico Superiore Terre Vineate (Procanico, Grechetto) is a clean, mineral-driven, focused wine of notable pedigree. It shows marvelous energy in its tightly-coiled, bright fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. 90 pts Wine Advocate
BTG 6.00 Retail $14.99

2010 Herencia Altes Garnacha
Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry and floral oils, with a note of white pepper gaining strength with air. Juicy, precise red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth and clarity and gain flesh with air. Finishes sweet and long, with lingering red fruit notes and no rough edges. This is an outstanding value. 90 points Stephen Tanzer
BTG 5.25 Retail $10.99

2009 Lamadrid Bonarda Reserva
The 2009 Bonarda Reserva was sourced from the same estate single vineyard and aged for 12 months in 50% new and 50% second-use French oak. Notions of damp earth, brier, spice box, leather, plum, and mulberry set the stage for a savory, flavorful, impeccably balanced Bonarda that over-delivers in a big way. Drink this outstanding value from 2012 to 2017. 91 pts Wine Advocate
BTG 7.25 Retail $17.99

2004 Ch. Lillian Ladouys St. Estephe
A wonderful nose of chocolate, spices and fruit. Full-bodied, with a lovely core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Hard not to drink this now.
90pts Wine Advocate
BTG 11.50 Retail $31.99

Wine Tasting 7/10/12

Please join us for a fun tasting of wines we’ve tried recently and liked a lot!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

La Valentina D’ Abruzzo 2011 TYPE: ROSE’ | REGION: Abruzzo | VARIETY: Montepulciano
This is an unusual Cerasuolo with a heady alcoholic note on a background of cherries with hints of anise seed and almonds. The delicious fruit is well supported by the slender, stylish tannic structure, and balanced by the acidity in the finish which is typical of this grape variety. A wine to be drunk throughout the meal.
BTG$5.50 Retail $12.99

Ramspeck Pinot Grigio 2010 Lake County California
Golden honey in color, the Ramspeck Sassolini is lush with lemon flavor and high acidity that lingers on the palate, crisp and tart. Sourced from Lake County fruit, a fine place for crisp whites, this wine is balanced in alcohol and richness too.
BTG $5.50 Retail $12.99

Verget Macon Village Chardonnay 2010 Burgundy, France
Aromas of pear, apple, honeysuckle, and vanilla lead to a surprisingly creamy and expansive yet generously juicy palate, and a highly satisfying finish featuring subtly bitter notes of citrus peel and vanilla.
BTG $6.75 Retail $16.99

Gordon Brothers Merlot, 2007 Columbia Valley Washington
A saturated purple color. The nose exhibits aromas of spice box, cedar, cassis, and black currant leading to a ripe, savory, full-flavored Merlot that lacks only complexity. 89 pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Red 2008 Napa, California
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Syrah, 5% Merlot and 3% Cabernet franc
Black cherry and mint jump from the glass, followed by nutmeg and anise. This wine has a chewy core with lively underlying acidity.
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99