Wine Tasting 4/29/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 24, 2014 No Comments yet

Tuesday, April 28th , 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV Bodegas Dibon Brut Reserve Cava
Penedes, Spain
The non-vintage Cava Dibon Brut Reserve (lot 111409) is based on the classic Cava grape varieties with a secondary fermentation after 16 months in bottle.
It ‘sbouquet that has pleasant, light floral aromas. The palate has a crisp citric entry with touches of Clementine and grapefruit with fine delineation towards the fresh, apple-y finish. 88 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $5.75 Retail $11.99

2013 La Figuiere Rose
Provence, France
This amazingly fresh, dry Provencal rose is handcrafted from a mix Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernet. A harmonious noise with aromas of stone fruit, melon and white blossom. On the palate, the floral hint appears again along with strawberry and raspberry.
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2011 Hazana Rioja Tradicion
Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
An absolutely mind-blowing value, this blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano comes from 20-40-year-old head-pruned vines and was aged in a combination of American and French oak. Exhibits classic Rioja characteristics of black cherry jam, lead pencil shavings, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied and elegant with sweet tannin, this wine dramatically over-delivers. 90Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2012 Bodegas Rio Madre Rioja
Rioja, Spain
100% graciano; aged in French oak for 11 months): Opaque ruby. Sexy, high-toned cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by notes of Indian spices and fresh rose. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that become spicier with air. The floral element repeats on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence. This wine delivers uncanny value and has the structure to age. 91 points Stephen Tanzer
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2011 Klein Constantia “Estate” Red Wine
Stellenbosch, South Africa
31% cabernet sauvignon, 29% cabernet franc, 22% malbec, 13% shiraz, 5% petit verdot. Intense sweet red fruit with subtle notes of peppery spice and vanilla on the nose. This 2011 Estate red blend is incredibly fruit driven, highlighting the best that Klein Constantia reds have to offer. It has a well-integrated oak component to round off the palate. The rich and powerful tannin structure creates a great balance between fruit and intensity. 92 Pts Tal Cohen
BTG $9.25 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 4/22/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 17, 2014 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 22nd , 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2012 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc
Happy Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
A zingy, lively effort that offers up straightforward aromas (green apple, citrus and herbs), medium-body and a supple quaffable feel. It-s well-made. 88 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2012 Manciat Macon Charnay
Burgundy, France
Plush, exhibiting peach, candied apple and marshmallow notes, backed by brisk acidity. Ends with a flourish of fennel seed.
88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2012 Texier Cote Du Rhone “Brezeme”
Rhone Valley, France
(100% syrah): Inky purple. Potent mineral- and smoke-tinged dark berry, olive and candied violet scents are lifted by a peppery nuance. Emphatically syrah, displaying energetic black and blue fruit flavors and a strong spicy overtone. Becomes sweeter with air while maintaining its savory aspect, finishing with firm tannic grip and echoing floral character. I’ll bet that this wine, which is a superb value, could do some damage in a blind flight of Cote-Roties. 91 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2012 Bedrock ” Shebang” 60% Zinfandel with the balance being Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah
Sonoma, California
This is a delicious blend that is spicy and full bodied. It’s a fun wine that is perfect for everyday drinking but also has some serious pedigree. The base for Shebang! comes 100+ year old vines from the Bedrock Vineyard.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2011 Bonanno Cabernet
Napa, California
A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 4/15/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 10, 2014 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 15th , 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2010 Berres Impulse Gold Reiesling
Mosel, Germany
Lots of mineral and stone notes mark this firm, focused Riesling. Juicy in the midpalate, joined by pear and apple flavors. Shows plenty of citrus zest on the finish. 88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2011 Bread & Butter Chardonnay
The wine is bright and clean in the glass with a beautiful golden yellow tone.The aromas of fresh butter, vanilla oak, and citrus fruit with a floral, jasmine hint.
Buttered popcorn and vanilla oak characters mingle with flavors of honeydew melon, lemon peel, papaya, jasmine, honeysuckle, banana, and lychee.
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2012 Light Horse Pinot Noir
This deep garnet Pinot Noir showcases ripe cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromatics that commingle with anise, cinnamon and a hint of white pepper. Sumptuous red berry flavors blossom on the palate, while supple acidity and silken tannins contribute to the wine’s innate elegance.
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2011 Peirano Six Clones Merlot
Lodi, California
Aromas of rich ripe cherries, blackberries with hints of toast, and vanilla coalesce into a single sensation of olfactory bliss. The mouth is filled with an array of flavors, including cherry, plum, cranapple, sweet raspberries and strawberries with lingering hints of cocoa and cinnamon, while supple tannins leave a pleasing finish.
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2011 Mettler Old Vines Zinfandel
Lodi, California
Full of personality and shows it off with an expressive array of bright aromas and flavors. Enticing scents of plum, strawberry and vanilla are followed by a wisp of anise. Bold, yet bright and complex flavors of plums, black cherries, dark berries and tobacco are balanced by a hint of smooth dark chocolate that enrobes the palate in richness. The velvety tannins are kept bright and juicy by a pleasing seam of acidity while the flavors build depth and concentration on the finish. This wine packs a lot of flavor, yet manages to hold a measure of finesse and grace.
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99