Wine Tasting 5/21/13

This Tuesday we are featuring highly rated wines from South Africa, Chile, Spain and Italy.
You won’t want to miss it!

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, May 21st 2013
6:00-9:00 PM
No charge for tastings

2012 A A Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc
South Africa
Has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Adi Badenhorst is the charismatic winemaker who alongside Eben Sadie has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charisma rubs off upon the wines he creates. Moreover, they are available at extremely affordable prices and serve as a perfect introduction to the delights of Adi’s and Swartland’s wines. 92 Pts Wine advocate
BTG $6.25 Retail $14.99

2011 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra
Terra Alta, Spain
Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache, Herencia Altes’s vineyards are situated high on the hillside above the village of Batea, where grapes have been grown since the 15th century. This offering, from very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. This outstanding 2011 offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, garrigue and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense. A killer value, it is a custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon by proprietor Nuria Altes.
91Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $5.50 Retail $11.99

2010 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez Tempranillo
Toro, Castilla Leon, Spain
Comes from a vineyard planted at an altitude of 2,300 feet. The wine was aged 12 months in mostly French oak (30% new). This fabulous, inky/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of violets, graphite, licorice, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and rich with silky tannins as well as abundant minerality, this super-rich, full-throttle 2010 can be enjoyed over the next decade. 94 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $11.00 Retail $28.99

2009 Vina Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard
Maipo Valley , Chile
Includes 6% petit verdot. Full ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, cured tobacco and rose oil, with suave vanilla and cracked pepper notes gaining strength with air. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and licorice, with a spicy quality contributing back-end cut. Closes with very good energy and focus, leaving sweet cherry-cola and smoke notes behind. 91 points Stephen Tanzer
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2009 REMO FARINA Ripasso 65% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 10% other grapes
Veneto, Italy
A great red wine obtained by respecting pure tradition. The first fermenting process is carried out in autumn. At the beginning of spring it is then re-fermented (“ripassato”) with Amarone grape seeds soaked in wine. This process gives the wine form, personality, aromas and colour. Garnet ruby red, Intense and peppery with notes of leather, plum and cherry jam, liquorice and ginger, solid, vigorous and balanced.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

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