Wine Tasting 2/5/13

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This Tuesday we have a Eclectic lineup ranging from an unusual dry Lambrusco, a racy Loire Valley SB and three highly rated
reds including a top 100 wine from 2012 Wine Spectator Top wines of the year (#40) We hope to see you!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV Cleto Chiarli “Vecchia Modena” Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco,
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
A dry, tangy sparkler, with a pretty rose petal hue and modest candied watermelon and wild strawberry flavors. Refreshing, with a juicy finish. 100 cases imported.
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2011 Domaine du Salvard “Unique” Sauvignon Blanc,
Loire Valley, France
The nose offers up pure, floral aromas of citrus blossom, pear, grapefruit and mint. It’s generously flavoured and fresh, with good mineral snap to the juicy orchard fruit and citrus flavors. Offers great intensity for the price, with tangy acidity giving it a firm shape.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2008 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Tuscany, Italy
A dense, muscular red, displaying concentrated cherry, plum and earth flavors. This is also supple in texture, with underlying dusty tannins. Very suave and long. 92 PTS Wine Spectator
BTG $11.00 Retail $29.99

2010 Lamadrid Malbec Reserve
Mendoza, Argentina
Dark and jammy, featuring dark cherry coulis, blackberry and round plum notes that are backed by light tannins. Fresh acidity lifts the toasty finish. 88 PTS Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2010 Eberle “Steinbeck Vineyard” Syrah,
Paso Robles, California
Pure, rich layers of blackberry and wild fruit are intense and focused, firming with a crushed rock minerality and a long, persistent finish.
93 PTS Wine Spectator #40 2012 Top 100 Wines of the year!
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 1/29/13

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This Tuesday we have an exciting tasting starting with a white from the Iconic Australian wine maker Daryl Groom, a world class wine from
Portugal made by the famous producer of Quinta Noval and the three stellar California reds. Please join us!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2012 Groom Sauvignon Blanc
Adelaide Hills
Darrel groom was head winemaker from 1984-1990 for Penfolds benchmark wine “Grange”
Bright and jazzy, this open-textured white shows delicacy, with pretty pear and herb flavors that linger easily on the dry finish.
89pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2010 Pali Riviera Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
Intense, with roasted herb, cola, dried berry and wet rock flavors, full-bodied and gaining on the finish.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2008 Quinta da Romaneira Sino Da Romaneira Douro
Douro, Portugal
Touriga Nacional (25%), Touriga Franca (25%), Tinta Roriz (30%) and Tinto Cão (20%).
This supple, medium bodied red shows good definition to the red berry, cherry and wild plum flavors, which feature plenty of spice notes. Chocolaty finish. 89 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $19.99

2009 CC Cabernet
Created by Master Somellier Richard Betts from Betts & Scholl
This Cabernet will easily destroy most California Cab bottlings in the $70 to $80 price range. It sports the unique signature of Napa mountain fruit – beautiful plum, blueberry, red and black cherry aromatics, bits of mint, tar, tobacco, and vanilla – all wrapped around a streak of acidity that you can only find in Cabernet from the hills above route 29. The wine is a sleek mouthful.
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2007 Xtant Petit Batard
65% Cabernet Sauvignon20% Merlot 15% Malbec
Petit Batard is a second label for Xtant. The grapes are sourced from five different Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena, and a vineyard in Calistoga. The wine is aged 36mo in a blend of 1/3 new to 2/3 neutral French & American oak barrels. Rich mélange of black fruit and chocolate notes spiked with vanillia on the palate. Dry tannins and balanced acidity carry the fruit to its long, lingering finish.
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

Wine Tasting 1/22/13

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 17, 2013 No Comments yet

Join us this Tuesday for a wine tour of Spain, Producing some of the world’s best quality values.
All the wines that we’re tasting are rated 90+ by the experts!
Don’t miss it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 Columna Columna Albarino
Rias Baixas, Galicia
Planted in 1978 on granite and slate-based soils, the 2011 Columna Albarino exhibits exotic notes of pineapples, white peaches and honeysuckle, fresh acids, and medium-bodied, intense, concentrated, alluring flavors. 91 pts Robert Parker
BTG $6.75 Retail $16.99

2010 Bodegas Olivares Altos de la Hoya Ungrafted Old Vines 92% monastrell and 8% garnacha
Glass-staining purple. Powerful dark berry preserve aromas, with pungent floral and herbal qualities adding complexity. Alluringly sweet in the mouth, with deep blackberry and candied cherry flavors showing impressive intensity and power. The lingering, lucid finish features broad, velvety tannins. Displays wonderful pliancy and focus, and has the depth to age. 91 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $5.75 Retail $12.99

2011 Bodegas Barco de Piedra Barco de Piedra
Ribera Del Duero, Castilla Leon
A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French and American oak (85% and 15% respectively), all three-year-old used barrels. It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex.
91 pts Robert Parker
BTG $6.75 Retail $16.99

2010 Bodegas La Cartuja
50% garnacha, 30% carinena and 10% each of cabernet sauvignon and syrah): Vivid ruby. High-pitched red berries and Asian spices on the nose. Silky and emphatically fruity, offering fresh raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of tangy minerality. A very fresh and suave blend with strong finishing spiciness and lingering florality. 90 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $6.25 Retail $14.99

2011 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat
Bright purple. Aromas and flavors of ripe red berries, cola and spice cake, with a deeper note of licorice emerging with air. Lush and seamless, with very good finishing breadth and spicy persistence. Shows plenty of upfront appeal but this wine has the concentration and balance to reward at least mid-term aging. 91 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 1/15/13

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2010 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris
Light and refreshing, offering flavors of melon and apricot on an open frame.
89pts Wine Spectator
BTG $5.75 Retail $13.99

2009 Clos De Los Siete
Mendoza, Argentina
From the Famous Wine Maker Michel Rolland. Ripe, succulent, and impressively balanced, this outstanding value will also drink well for another 5-6 years. Robert Parker 90 pts.
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

2008 St Supery Estate Merlot
Rutherford, Napa
Sleek and well-focused, with black cherry and roasted herb aromas, and layered flavors of red currant, mineral and espresso. Tannins build slowly on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 91 pts Wine Spectator
Retail $39.99

2010 Pezzi King Dry Creek Zinfandel
Dry Creek, Sonoma
Delightful aromatics full of juicy berry pie, vanilla bean and sweet oak. Lush flavors of cherries, violets, and candied cranberries layered on top of spicy pepper are harmonized with velvet tannins that dance on as the finish keeps you enchanted.
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

NV Croft Distinction
Supple and rich, with concentrated dark plum, blackberry and sandalwood flavors. Milk chocolate notes mark the spicy finish.
89Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 1/8/13

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 3, 2013 No Comments yet

We hope everyone had a happy and healthy New Years.
We’re starting 2013 with a bang! All the wines are 90+ rated .
Looking forward to seeing everyone after our only two week
hiatus of Tuesday night tastings ever.

Tuesday, January 8 2013
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2011 Urban Torrontes
Mendoza, Argentina
The 2011 Urban Uco Torrontes comes from a vineyard in Cafayate, but is vinified at the winery in Uco Valley and it is fermented in stainless steel over ten days. It has a very well-defined pineapple, grapefruit and white peach-scented bouquet with hints of passion fruit developing with aeration. The palate is very well-balanced with an understated, entry of dried apricot and a touch of dried ginger. It is very harmonious, understated with great purity towards the finish. Excellent. Robert Parker 91pts.
BTG $5.25 Retail $10.99

2011 Novellum Chardonnay
Languedoc Roussillon, France
The outstanding 2011 Novellum competes with some of the finest Macon-Villages wines one can find. It is made from 100% Chardonnay (from 25- to 30-year-old vines), aged three months in a combination of Burgundy barrels (30%) and stainless steel tanks (70%), and, somewhat innovatively, is aged on Viognier lees which gives it a honeysuckle and white peach-scented nose. There is also a salty sea breeze character reminiscent of the crushed oyster shell-like note my colleague David Schildknect often detects in Loire Valley whites. This crisp, fresh, medium-bodied Cotes Catalanes exhibits lots of earthy/terroir characteristics. Robert Parker 90 pts.
BTG $6.00 Retail $13.99

2011 Rio Madre Rioja
Rioja, Spain
It exhibits slightly riper blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, wood smoke, camphor and a vivid floral display. These cuvees are aged in French oak prior to bottling. Robert Parker 91 pts.
BTG $5.50 Retail $11.99

2010 Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Rouge Reserve
Southern Rhone, France
This is a custom cuvee made for the U.S. market by Eric Solomon from the dynamic, conscientious, remarkably consistent producer of Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone, Christophe Sabon. This Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Reserve, a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cinsault aged 12 months in foudre, is gorgeous. Kirsch liqueur dominates the aromatics and flavors. The wine’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by lots of floral, licorice, lavender, pepper, roasted meat and herbes de provence notes. This complex, concentrated, stunning Cotes du Rhone sells for a song. Robert Parker 92 pts.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2010 Vajra Langhe Nebbiola
Piedmont, Italy
The 2010 Langhe Nebbiolo is a deep, resonant wine endowed with serious structure and class. Dark red fruit, tobacco, mint and spices are some of the notes that emerge from the glass, but in the end, the 2010 is a wine of depth and structure. Although delicious today, the 2010 will start to blossom in another year or two. It shows remarkable depth and pure breed for a wine of its level. Readers looking for an easygoing Nebbiolo should look elsewhere. This is serious juice. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. 92 pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99