Wine Tasting 12/4/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 29, 2012 No Comments yet

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, December 4th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2009 Screenplay White Blend
Carneros
85% Chardonnay 12% Viognier 3% SauvignonBlanc
The 2009 Screenplay White wine enjoys the structure of Chardonnay with a core of light melon flavors, the Viognier really shows itself on the aroma and on the palate with nice honeysuckle and orange peel and finally the touch of Sauvignon Blanc brings in great acidity and citrus flavors that really extend the palate and leave your palate looking for more.328 case
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2010 Domaine Brusset Cotes de Ventoux Les Boudalles
Rhone Valley, France
60% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Clairette.
A beautiful, clear/light, raspberry colour. Very aromatic, typical red fruits (raspberry).
Supple and harmonious, an elegant wine with a flavour of small berry fruits
BTG $5.25 Retail $10.99

2009 CS Cellars “Vindetta” Zinfandel Blend
Lodi & Napa
70% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Syrah, 10% Syrah, 8% Cabernet
sports an inviting perfume of ripe dark berries, cassis and boysenberry notes while punches of plum pie, sassafras, crushed violets and blueberry jam . Medium-bodied, the opulent, slightly jammy interior diverts to notions of fresh brewed coffee and dusty earth tones, revealing a stark integration fruit and tannin.
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2010 Fisticuffs Cabernet
Napa
The latest release of Fisticuffs will knock your socks off! Rob Lawson has been making stunning wines under various labels (“cult” Cabernets such as Ghostblock, Mirror, Pahlmeyer and Kapcsandy) and did not skip a beat with the 2010 vintage. For those who dream of big and expensive Cabernets and don’t want to pay the big bucks… This is for you! It has a dark ruby color with tantalizing aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, espresso beans and black cherries, leading to a concentrated palate of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis. The tannins are fine grained and velvety, providing a full bodied wine with a lingering finish of baking spices, vanilla and black cherry. Well balanced and delicious.
BTG $10.50 Retail $27.99

2009 Robert Foley ” The Griffin”
Napa
50% Petite Syrah, 37% Cabernet, 13% Merlot
This pitch black colored blend opens with a mild oak infused blackberry and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, very well balanced, and super smooth. The flavor profile is a delicious cherry vanilla with notes of blueberry and plum with a touch of black licorice. The finish is dry and its bold tannins are dusty and very sticky.
BTG 13.00 Retail $36.99

Wine Tasting 11/27/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 23, 2012 No Comments yet

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This Tuesday we’re featuring two stellar whites from the South of France, an amazing
Monastrel blend, a Amarone from Italy and a big juicy California cab. We hope you’ll join us.

This weeks featured wine at the Vine is Block 9 Pinot Noir. A great value that just got 89 pts from Wine Spectator $14.99

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, November 27th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 St. Cosme “Little James” White Blend
Languedoc, France
Under the Saint-Cosme label, a new offering, the 2011 Little James Blanc, is made from Sauvignon Blanc,
Muscat Sec and Viognier. It reminds me of a French version of the marvelous Botani Dry Muscat from Malaga, Spain.
It offers a fragrant bouquet of spring flowers, dry, crisp, light-bodied flavors, and a fresh personality.
Enjoy this impressive white wine over the next 12 months.
BTG $5.75 Retail $12.99

2011 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais
Costieres de Nimes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous
whiteChateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged six months in French oak, the Roussanne component jumps from the glass, offering notes of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, quince and pineapple. The flamboyant, intense aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, exuberant, dry white wine that must be tasted to be believed. I suspect this offering has some aging potential, but why risk it given how beautiful it is showing at present.
93 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2009 Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill Monastrell blend
Alicante, Spain
The 2009 Tarima Hill reveals sumptuous aromas of camphor, sweet, smoky oak, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and crushed rocks. Deep and full-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish, this beauty was aged in 100% French oak for 20 months.
92 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2010 Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
Displays cassis, mocha, and tobacco characteristics and is blended from several distinguished Paso Robles vineyards, including Eberle Estate.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2008 La Giaretta, Classico, Amarone della Valpolicella .
Veneto, Italy
Ripe nose of chocolate, oak, prunes, coconut, spice and berry fruit. Very sweet vanilla oak, firm juicy tannins and dark jammy fruit on the palate.
BTG $13.50 Retail $37.99

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This Tuesday we’re featuring two stellar whites from the South of France, an amazing
Monastrel blend, a Amarone from Italy and a big juicy California cab. We hope you’ll join us.

This weeks featured wine at the Vine is Block 9 Pinot Noir. A great value that just got 89 pts from Wine Spectator $14.99

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, November 27th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 St. Cosme “Little James” White Blend
Languedoc, France
Under the Saint-Cosme label, a new offering, the 2011 Little James Blanc, is made from Sauvignon Blanc,
Muscat Sec and Viognier. It reminds me of a French version of the marvelous Botani Dry Muscat from Malaga, Spain.
It offers a fragrant bouquet of spring flowers, dry, crisp, light-bodied flavors, and a fresh personality.
Enjoy this impressive white wine over the next 12 months.
BTG $5.75 Retail $12.99

2011 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais
Costieres de Nimes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous
whiteChateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged six months in French oak, the Roussanne component jumps from the glass, offering notes of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, quince and pineapple. The flamboyant, intense aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, exuberant, dry white wine that must be tasted to be believed. I suspect this offering has some aging potential, but why risk it given how beautiful it is showing at present.
93 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2009 Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill Monastrell blend
Alicante, Spain
The 2009 Tarima Hill reveals sumptuous aromas of camphor, sweet, smoky oak, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and crushed rocks. Deep and full-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish, this beauty was aged in 100% French oak for 20 months.
92 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2010 Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
Displays cassis, mocha, and tobacco characteristics and is blended from several distinguished Paso Robles vineyards, including Eberle Estate.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2008 La Giaretta, Classico, Amarone della Valpolicella .
Veneto, Italy
Ripe nose of chocolate, oak, prunes, coconut, spice and berry fruit. Very sweet vanilla oak, firm juicy tannins and dark jammy fruit on the palate.
BTG $13.50 Retail $37.99

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This Tuesday we’re featuring two stellar whites from the South of France, an amazing
Monastrel blend, a Amarone from Italy and a big juicy California cab. We hope you’ll join us.

This weeks featured wine at the Vine is Block 9 Pinot Noir. A great value that just got 89 pts from Wine Spectator $14.99

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, November 27th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 St. Cosme “Little James” White Blend
Languedoc, France
Under the Saint-Cosme label, a new offering, the 2011 Little James Blanc, is made from Sauvignon Blanc,
Muscat Sec and Viognier. It reminds me of a French version of the marvelous Botani Dry Muscat from Malaga, Spain.
It offers a fragrant bouquet of spring flowers, dry, crisp, light-bodied flavors, and a fresh personality.
Enjoy this impressive white wine over the next 12 months.
BTG $5.75 Retail $12.99

2011 Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Nostre Pais
Costieres de Nimes, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Aromas and rich, honeyed, full-bodied texture reminded me of the famous
whiteChateauneuf du Pape made by Beaucastel, which sells for three or more times the price. An amazing blend of 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Roussanne and 5% Viognier aged six months in French oak, the Roussanne component jumps from the glass, offering notes of acacia flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, quince and pineapple. The flamboyant, intense aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, exuberant, dry white wine that must be tasted to be believed. I suspect this offering has some aging potential, but why risk it given how beautiful it is showing at present.
93 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

2009 Bodegas Volver Tarima Hill Monastrell blend
Alicante, Spain
The 2009 Tarima Hill reveals sumptuous aromas of camphor, sweet, smoky oak, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, and crushed rocks. Deep and full-bodied with silky tannins and a long finish, this beauty was aged in 100% French oak for 20 months.
92 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2010 Eberle Vineyard Selection Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
Displays cassis, mocha, and tobacco characteristics and is blended from several distinguished Paso Robles vineyards, including Eberle Estate.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2008 La Giaretta, Classico, Amarone della Valpolicella .
Veneto, Italy
Ripe nose of chocolate, oak, prunes, coconut, spice and berry fruit. Very sweet vanilla oak, firm juicy tannins and dark jammy fruit on the palate.
BTG $13.50 Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting 11/20/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 15, 2012 No Comments yet

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, November 20th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut Rose
Napa Valley, California
58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir) exhibits a light to medium pink color as well as abundant aromas of kir, medium body, good vibrancy and a crisp, zesty, dry finish. 90pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $26.99

2011 Domaine Laroche Bourgogne White
Bugundy France
This is smooth, with good weight and intensity. Apple, lemon cake and stone notes merge with the supple texture. Fine length and harmony.
89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

2011 PIERRE SPARR Gewürztraminer
Alsace, France
Hints of candied orange peel and dried fruit mix with fresher cantaloupe and mandarin orange notes in this fresh white. Moderate, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2014. 89 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.50 Retail $18.99

2009 PEDRONCELLI Zinfandel Mother Clone
Dry Creek Valley
A balanced and elegant Zinfandel, with appealing black cherry and pepper aromas that lead to zesty raspberry and spicy herb flavors. Drink now through 2016. 88 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

2010 Dark Horse Cabernet
Modesto, California
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is dark red with aromas of ripe Bing cherries, cassis, currants, blackberries, and vanilla oak with toffee notes. The flavors are ripe and layered with gentle tannins. Our Traditions bottling is approachable with a long and smooth finish. “Dark and ripe, this is dense with currant and plum concentration, wrapping chocolate and caramel notes around the fruit as the creamy finish persists. Drink now through 2014.” 90 Wine Spectator
BTG $5.00 Retail $9.99

Wine Tasting 11/13/12

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 8, 2012 No Comments yet

Don’t forget tomorrow night ( Friday) 7-10pm Mixology demonstration

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, November 13th 2012
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 Killka Torrontes
Napa Valley, California
The Torrontés fruit for this wine is sourced from the Valle de Uco, not Salta’s Valle….The wine is well made, showing minerals and floral notes on the nose and light Muscat flavors with good acidity on a light to medium weight palate. This is peachy and a bit oily on the nose, but not harsh or pointed. It feels full and fleshy, with sweet, ripe flavors of melon, citrus and lychee. Long and melony on the finish
BTG $5.50 Retail $13.99

Chateau La Freynelle, Bordeaux Blanc 2011
Bordeaux, France
Very pretty floral and stone fruit aromas waft up from the glass, with apple blossoms and pears showing the most. Similar flavors show on the palate, with the addition of Meyer lemon adding a citrus tang. Partial malolactic fermentation softens the palate and adds apple notes to the mid-palate. Acids are well balanced. This is a very nice wine, particularly for the price.
BTG $5.75 Retail $14.99

2007 Stratton Lummis The Magician Lot 11
Oakville, California
Ripe black cherries mingle with traditional dark red fruits, smoky oak and exquisite spices. This wine is complex. Its flavors will linger and yet it is crisp, surprisingly fresh and easy to drink. Drink it now, but it will taste great for many months to come. The grapes used Cabernet Dorsa, Maxime Rouge, Drunkenfelder, Petite Sirah, Shiraz, Petite Verdot
BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

2009 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Lot 248
Lot 248 is purple/black in color with a sultry smoldering nose infused with toasty oak and cherry. Concentrated black fruit is layered with subtle notes of chaparral. Bold yet refined tannins compliment a fruit-driven finish.
Alexander Valley, California

BTG $6.00 Retail $15.99

2009 Milbrandt Cabernet
Columbia Valley, Washington
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is dark red with aromas of ripe Bing cherries, cassis, currants, blackberries, and vanilla oak with toffee notes. The flavors are ripe and layered with gentle tannins. Our Traditions bottling is approachable with a long and smooth finish. “Dark and ripe, this is dense with currant and plum concentration, wrapping chocolate and caramel notes around the fruit as the creamy finish persists. Drink now through 2014.” 90 Wine Spectator
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

Mixology Demonstration 11/9/12

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Come join us on Friday, November 9th from 7-9 pm for a mixology demonstration using craft spirits, extracts, cordials and concoctions with Master Mixologist, David Ortiz, ambassador for The American Still Life. David will be presenting a series of “small batch” artisan spirits produced by independent distillers in the U.S. and abroad. He will guide you through a tasting and cocktail demonstration with the following spirits: No Charge

CORSAIR TRIPLE SMOKE WHISKEY

At Corsair Artisan we craft classic spirits tweaked with the unusual, to provide enjoyably
unique offerings. We use traditional copper pot stills to distill true small batches of a few
dozen to a few hundred bottles. We are an independent distillery headquartered and distilling
in Nashville, TN as well as Bowling Green, KY. Our spirits are based on traditional recipes but
are noted for unusual and interesting flavor profiles. We take three fractions of malted barley,
each smoked by a different fuel—cherry wood, peat, and beechwood—to craft this deeply
complex whiskey. Pot distilled then barreled in new charred oak, Triple Smoke has the
sweetness and barrel notes of an American Whiskey and a single malt’s rich smoke,
broadened by tones of cherry and beech. Excellent mixed or neat.

BOYD & BLAIR POTATO VODKA
Brand Profile:
Barry Young and C. Prentiss Orr didn’t set out to make the world’s best vodka. They set out
to make a really great vodka distilled only from local produce. They started with the best
Pennsylvania potatoes and a hand hammered copper pot still and added a passion for
perfecting a recipe that includes only the ‘hearts’ of the spirit, not the extraneous stuff you’ll
find in mass-produced, continuous-still vodka. Then, they did something honorable. Rather
than naming the vodka after themselves, they looked to their family trees and channeled the
spirits of two patriarchs. True, James Boyd Rafferty and Dr William Blair didn’t know squat
about making vodka. But they embodied the value of hard work, the joy of following a dream
and the rewards of a job well done.

SMOOTH AMBLER OLD SCOUT BOURBON WHISKEY
Brand Profile:
Smooth Ambler Spirits Distillery is a state-of-the-art, 5200 square foot stillhouse embedded
in the rolling Appalachian hills of Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Handcrafted, true, small
batch spirits made to an exacting degree amid lush mountains known for seeing things get
done by people committed to doing them the right way. Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon is
a fine curated whiskey; “scouted” during our efforts to find an exceptional American Whiskey
with smoothness and flavor we admire. We obtain Old Scout to make available to our friends
(and to ourselves) delicious, drinkable bourbon that might otherwise remain unenjoyed.

BITTERMENS LIQUEURS, EXTRACTS AND TONICS
Brand Profile:
Avery and Janet Glasser started Bittermens, Inc. in 2007 with the vision of creating a new
type of cocktail bitters. In the years that followed, Bittermens has grown to become one of
the largest artisanal producers of cocktail bitters, flavoring extracts and other curiosities –
such as vinegar based shrubs and exquisitely sour citrates. Fate intervened when they were
reunited with long time friend Mayur Subbarao, a master vermouth formulator and creator of
wonderful cordials while working together on a New York pop-up bar concept. Together, the
three formed Bittermens Spirits, Inc. and embarked on creating a new space where they can
launch a generation of American-produced artisanal liqueurs, cordials and vermouths.

JACK RUDY SMALL BATCH TONIC
Brand Profile:
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. was created to preserve and revive the heritage of crafted cocktails
using quality ingredients by improving upon tradition and appealing to a modern market. In
short, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. will offer the world a better drink. Jack Rudy was many things.
He was a pilot who illegally flew his plane under the Ohio River Bridge(on a dare), and he
worked on planes during WWII. He invented a mechanical device for pharmacists to count pills
(rather than by hand), and built a houseboat out of an old city bus. He drew a line on it where
he said it would float when launched and it was dead on. He was an engineer for his working
life after the war. He was, as legend has it, a “marvelous dancer.” He read Popular Mechanics &
National Geographic cover to cover – a curious type who made his own bullets, and shot them
into a dirt wall he constructed in his basement. He LOVED to entertain and was known to
overindulge in drink, smoke, and his wife’s gourmet cooking

Along with many others….