Wine Tasting 8/5/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 31, 2014 No Comments yet

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2012 Jax Y3 Sauvignon Blanc
Calistoga, CA
Begins with fresh vibrant aromas of melon, pear, grapefruit and hints of dried apricot and fig. The palate captures the essence of the aromatics with a bounty of bright citrus and minerality laced with crisp acidity that lingers with a fresh finish.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2012 Jax Y3 Chardonnay
Calistoga, CA
Begins with tropical finesse, fresh white fruit aromas and lingering notes of honeysuckle and sliced pear. The palate is clean with bright citrus and a tingling minerality. Neither pushy nor boastful, this Chardonnay will leave a lasting impression
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2012 Jax Y3 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
Sitting along the California coastline, the Sonoma Coast is known for producing beautiful Pinot Noir. 2012 was no exception. Ocean breezes during bright, sunny days and brisk morning fog allow proper ripening while preserving the lively acidity in the wine. Gradual ripening allowed development of beautiful fruit flavors of cherry, kirsch, and light blackberry.
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

2010 Chateau De Marsan
Bordeaux, France
This has a good smoldering feel, with warm, steeped currant, plum and blackberry fruit melding nicely with bay leaf and charcoal notes. There’s solid flesh through the finish, with some chalky grip that needs brief cellaring to round into form. Best from 2014 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2011 Jax Estate Cabernet
Calistoga, CA
The bouquet opens up with notes of mocha, camphor and crushed herbs. The palate follows with flavors of cherry, espresso and blackberry with hints of new French oak. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared till 2028.
Retail $52.99

Wine Tasting 7/29/14

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

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

2012 Valle Reale Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Vigne Nuove
Tuscany, Italy
Bright straw. Fresh aromas of jasmine, lemon and pear on the enticing nose. Bright and lively on the palate, but with surprising richness to the apple, lemon and delicate herbal flavors. Finishes long and clean, with a repeating herbal note. Straightforward but with sneaky concentration. 88 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2013 VIÑA LEYDA Sauvignon Blanc
Leyda Valley, Chile
Tropical more than green and pungent, this fragrant wine offers powdery, sweet notes and stronger coastal ones. It’s lean and angular in feel, with oceanic flavors of nettle, tangerine and lemon. A light green flavor and a chalky feel make up the finish.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2011 Poggio San Polo Rubio Sangiovese
Tuscany, Italy
A gorgeous entry-level offering, the 2011 Rubio is a pretty, fresh, vinous wine to drink over the next few years. Sweet black cherries, spices and violets all jump from the glass in this exuberant, flashy Sangiovese. Readers looking for a delicious, value-priced Tuscan red will find much to like here. 88pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2010 Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico
Tuscany, Italy
An elegantly crafted wine with impeccably balanced tones of red cherry, spice, mild coffee and leather that play off each other in an expertly choreographed dance. It’s a young, firm wine that shows great energy. 91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

2010 Bodega Renacer Enamore 60% malbec, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 5% each bonarda and cabernet franc
Mendoza, Argentina
Made from grapes partially dried by wind on the vines. Medium ruby. Sexy, slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, mocha, cedar, violet and bitter chocolate lifted by a peppery note; hints at dried fruits without showing any raisiny character. Sweet, silky and seamless offering lush yet utterly fresh flavors of currant, plum and chocolate nicely framed by harmonious acidity. This very rich wine finishes with plush, ripe tannins and terrific length. In a distinctly European style. Always a delicious bottling and a big success in 2010. 92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
BTG $9.75 Retail $25.99

Wine Tasting 7/22/14

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

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

NV Antoine Muller Brut Rose
Alsace, France
It is fruity and complex; a great value! The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being put in bottles to form its bubbles through the methode traditionnelle. It is aged for a minimum of 9 months to ensure that the lees impart the maximum aromas and finesse to this excellent brut! Delicate almond fragrance with undertones of hazelnut, subtle touch of clove and lime tree. Crisp and elegant.
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2013 Anne Amie Cuvee A Amrita
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Blanc 56.4% Viogner 22.2% Riesling 18.6% Gewurtztraminer 1.7% Pinot Gris 1.1%
AROMA of quince, elderflower, starfruit, shortbread cookies, Ranier cherry, lemon drops. FLAVOR: white strawberry, golden raspberry, nectarine, elderflower liqueur. FINISH: Spicy, off-dry, minerality
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2012 Reto Malbec
60% San Rafael – 40% Valle de Uco, Argentina
Bright violet red.The scents are lilac and violet especially with berries. The flavor is sweet, with good acidity, smooth tannins sweet elegant round, red cherry and plum fruit matures. The wood is perfectly giving amalgam vanilla and chocolate flavors.
It ends with long, elegant tannins.
BTG$5.75 Retail $11.99

2010 Scarbolo Cabernet Franc 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%.
Friuli, Italy
Deep ruby red in color. Intense on the nose with notes of black pepper and raspberries. Robust, full bodied with rich, jammy tannins.
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Nine North Chasing Lions Cabernet
Oakville, California
Rich in structure, the 2012 Chasing Lions has dark fruit aromas of black cherries, violets, and cassis. Blackberry, anise and raspberry notes enhance the bouquet. Like its predecessors, the 2012 has the structure and finesse to allow it to develop for at least an additional 5-7 years
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 7/15/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on July 12, 2014 No Comments yet

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

2013 Santa Luz Sauvignon Blanc
Colchagua Valley, Chile
This is one of those “nose to tail” wines that starts with good fruit aromas and finishes with palate-cleansing acidity.
Has pure fruit and a crisp palate with notes of herb and lemon curd culminating in a lively finish.
BTG $5.00 Retail $8.99

2012 Santa Barbara Winery Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara, California
Intense, tight and young, with a firm tannic framework built around the vibrant berry and floral scents. The tannins carry the flavors through the finish. Chewy. 88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2013 Honoro Vera Monastrell
Jumilla, Spain
This chewy red offers black cherry, meaty, smoky and light herbal flavors that show a pleasantly earthy character, with muscular tannins. Manages to stay fresh through the finish.
BTG$5.50 Retail $10.99

2012 Mocali Rosso di Montalcino
Tuscany, Italy
A highly recommend value wine. The wine is seductive and irresistible thanks to fullness of the fruit it offers in such a confident, almost cocky manner. This is a wine that knows what it wants to accomplish: It makes good on its promise to deliver a genuine, no-fuss drinking experience without the grand expectations of a Brunello di Montalcino. The architecture here is modern with big lines and chunky cherry endnotes. But it also makes rooms for the subtleties of menthol, licorice and balsam herb. 91+ pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
An elegant yellow color with notes of candied apricot, honey and dried sweet stone fruit, this wine is complex and balanced. A pleasant lift of acidity on the finish.
BTG $10.00 Retail $21.99 375ml

Wine Tasting 7/8/14

Tuesday, July 8th , 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV J P Chenet Ice
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2011 The Crusher Chardonnay
Clarksburg, California
Has bright floral notes and aromas of lemongrass, passion fruit and Tahitian vanilla. It’s marked by brisk acidity that drives this racy and lean wine. Flavors of juicy pineapple and green apple impress on the palate, rounded out by a light hint of creamy vanilla from its 3 months of aging on French oak.
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2012 Don and Sons Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
Displays an inky ruby color in the glass. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes wild strawberry and dried tea leaves, with complicated nuances of Tahitian vanilla and violets. Sweet, supple and graceful in the mouth, the silky texture and lively tart raspberry flavors take shape on the palate. It expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves. This alluring wine, often seen as the ultimate food wine.
BTG$7.50 Retail $17.99

2010 Mercer Estate Cabernet
Columbia Valley, Washington 80% Cabernet 16% Syrah and 4% Merlot
Offers up pretty blackberry, black raspberry, lead pencil shavings and subtle toasty notes to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, layered and nicely focused profile on the palate. Showing excellent acidity and classic, focused feel. 90 pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2010 Austin Hope Syrah
Paso Robles, California
This red exhibits pure, rich, ripe and concentrated layers of blackberry, boysenberry and black licorice, with tannins that give the flavors depth and traction. 93 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.50 Retail $27.99