HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
No charge for tastings
2011 Bodegas Vinos Pinol Portal White
Terra Alta, Spain
80% Garnacha Blanca, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Viognier and 5% Macabeu that undergoes no malolactic fermentation and is aged on its lees in stainless steel for two months. It has a light, peachy bouquet with touches of guava developing in the glass. The palate is sweet and generous on the entry, with pineapple and guava notes, good acidity and an agreeable, if simple, spice-tinged finish.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99
2010 Clos Des Fous Chardonnay
Ambitious, with lots of heather honey, toasted hazelnut and matchstick aromas giving way to lush fig, pear and warm piecrust on the palate. There’s a streak of marzipan on the lengthy finish.
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99
2010 Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensées de Pallus, Cabernet Franc
A very solid, muscular style, with a gutsy structure pumping along underneath the blackberry, black currant and roasted tobacco leaf notes. Broad and smoky through the finish, this features hints of violet and sweet tapenade. 92 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99
2011 Chave Mon Coeur Cotes De Rhone, Syrah, Grenache
Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
This dense ruby/purple-colored, rich, reveals kirsch and black currant fruit intermixed with notions of spice box, pepper and meat. Luscious and round, 90 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99
2010 Sean Minor Cabernet
A deep ruby color with aromas of raspberry, cassis and cigar box. Once in your mouth, flavors of blackberries, raspberries and ripe plum fill the mid-palate, creating a full bodied and rich wine experience. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99