Wine Tasting 1/6/15

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

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2009 Graham Beck Brut Rose
South Africa
A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay has a very pale salmon hue. The nose just needs more vigor with hints of orange peel and tangerine in the background. The palate is clean and fresh on the entry with hints of orange peel and tangy marmanlade. 89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.25 Retail $20.99

2013 MILBRANDT Chardonnay Ancient Lakes Of Columbia Valley The Estates Evergreen Vineyard
Columbia Valley, Washington
Lively, sleek and vibrant, with pear, green pineapple and clotted cream flavors on a supple background. The finish picks up steam, balanced with just enough acidity. 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Finca Sophenia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
bright ruby-colored, with a clean nose displaying varietal notes of Cabernet, some cedar wood and a chalky feeling. The palate is fresh, with very fine tannins, great purity and length. It has the sophistication of a much more expensive wine. A steal.
91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2012 Hendry Ranch “HRW” Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa, California
Plum, raspberry, red and blackcurrant fruit, in a medium-bodied and elegant, refreshing style. Spicy, berry, cedar and herbal aromas. Blackberry-like fruit on the palate, balanced by the cedary component of moderate oak and enough tannic “grip” to please most Cab lovers. Everything is in good proportions and balance.
BTG $10.50 Retail 27.99

NV Marietta Christo Lot #1
Sonoma/Mendocino, North Coast, California
A new offering from Jake and Scott Bilbros is the non-vintage Christo Lot #1, a Rhône Ranger blend of 69% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache and 1% Viognier. A killer wine, it offers peppery, cured meat, blackberry, black currant and Provençal herb characteristics in its full-bodied, earthy, deep, chewy, powerful personality. It delivers both flavor and value in incredible proportions. 92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 12/30/14

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

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Canard Duchene Brut Rose
Champagne, France
Very elegant, with graphite, cherry and citrus aromas and flavors. Builds nicely on the palate, with lovely fruit and a refined texture. The finish lingers. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
Retail $47.99

NV Laluca Prosecco
Veneto, Italy
The nose is instantly defined and distinctive, offering up bold orchard fruits, crisp pears, and lemon curd, all of which come together in a rich, creamy off-dry style that is extremely appealing. There is a deft touch of minerality, playing nicely against the subtle sweetness of the wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel employing the Charmat method, native, indigenous yeasts are utilized when possible. The finish shows excellent length and fine overall balance.
BTG $5.75 Retail $11.99

2013 Honoro Vera Merlot
Jumilla, Spain
Deep ruby. Sweet, musky aromas of cherry, mint, dark chocolate and vanilla. Supple, spicy and lively, with fresh cherry and mocha flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes with broad, supple tannins and refreshing spiciness. This wine delivers astonishing value for the variety. 89 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $5.25 Retail $9.99

2012 Tridente Tempranillo
Castilla y Leon, Spain
(sourced from old bush vines and aged in French oak for 15 months): Bright purple. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berries, cola and vanilla on the perfumed nose. Smoky, pliant and appealingly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors that become livelier with air. Finishes sweet and seamless, with echoing cola and blue fruit notes. 91 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.75 Retail 18.99

2011 Mettler Zinfandel
Lodi, California
Draws you in with its deep, opaque garnet color. Enticing aromas of dried red currant, brambly blackberry and vanilla delight the senses. An impressive concentration of flavors offer waves of sweet raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry pie, enriched by notes of sweet tobacco, pepper and hints of cola. Silky, plush tannins float through the lingering finish, balanced by light touch of acidity. This wine has the elegance and balance of a fine Cabernet, yet retains the juicy, exuberant personality that is uniquely Zinfandel
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 12/23/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 18, 2014 No Comments yet

Holiday shopping :
Hassle free, Great selection and prices, personal service = Hollywood Vine

Tuesday, December 23th, 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Rose
Champagne, France
Richly toasty and creamy in texture, with finely honed acidity lending a mouthwatering impression to lightly honeyed flavors of crème de cassis, toasted brioche, golden raisin, lemon curd and roasted almond. Offers a long, spiced finish.
Drink now through 2024. 93 Pts Wine Spectator
Retail $54.99

2012 Chalkhill Charonnay
Sonoma, California
Light golden in color and displays expressive fruit aromas of yellow apple and tropical fruit complexed by toasty vanilla and crème brulee. The bouquet is pure and direct with guava, nectarine, golden delicious apple and pears. The palate is rich, full and citrusy with traces of butterscotch and vanilla in the finish. The fruit is reigned in by great acidity and has a persistent malty
fl¬avor. 89 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2010 Clos Pegase Pinot Noir Mitsuko’s Vineyard
Carneros , California
Fresh and snappy, with rich, lively blackberry and blueberry fruit that’s deep and concentrated without being weighty. Offers a long, layered finish. Drink now through 2021. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $12.50 Retail $34.99

2012 Cosentino “The Franc” 76% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec
Lodi, California
Deep crimson in color with sweet and spicy notes of fresh herbs and clove, layered over youthful fruit aromatics. Intense flavors of tart, dark fruit pair with hints of black pepper on the palate. This medium-to-full bodied wine has great structure and a long finish.
BTG $6.75 Retail 15.99

2011 Sequoia Grove Cabernet
Napa, California
Dark red/black in color, the nose gives an immediate aroma of raspberries and warm baking spices, leading into cassis and clove. The palate has elements of pie crust, with smooth, silky tannins and well balanced acidity.
BTG $12.50 Retail $34.99

Wine Tasting 12/16/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 11, 2014 No Comments yet

Holiday shopping :
Hassle free, Great selection and prices, personal service = Hollywood Vine

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
6-9 Pm
No charge for Tastings

NV Dibon Cava
Light gold. Spicy, energetic aromas of pear, nectarine and lemon pith, along with a hint of candied ginger. Light-bodied, dry and focused, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and gentle citrus bite. Flavorful and refreshingly bright Cava with good finishing precision and tangy persistence. 88 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $5.75 Retail $11.99

2013 Tournon Viognier/Marsanne
Mathilda Australia
Stacks a rich parfait of spicy pear and grapefruit flavors over lively acidity, stretching the structure into a supple wrapping. Impressive for the purity and precision of the flavors. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2006 Vina Bujanda Reserve Rioja
Rioja, Spain
100% Tempranillo from Alta and Alavesa matured in American and French oak over 20 months. The nose is well-defined, with notes of wild strawberry, leather, sage and tobacco that speaks clearly of its place. The palate is also well-defined, with fine tannins and harmony: an elegant, focused Reserva with a satisfying, silky smooth finish. Excellent. 92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 St Cosme St Joseph ( Syrah)
Northern Rhône, France
Warmed pain d’épices and mocha notes lead the way, followed by melted black licorice, fig paste and macerated black currant fruit. Dark and fleshy through the finish, with a lively anise element adding contrast and lift. 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $13.50 Retail 37.99

2012 Michael Pozzan Alexander Valley Cabernet
Sonoma, California
This super ripe Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Bordeaux style wine that has a dark plum color and very ripe black cherry and cassis aromas. Upon entry the wine is very concentrated and balanced in its acidity and tannin levels, the core is plush with Bing cherry, blueberry fruit and sappy French oak vanilla flavors. The finish is long with cassis, coffee, tobacco and coffee notes
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 12/9/14

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 4, 2014 No Comments yet

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

2012 Pazo del Rey Godello
Galicia, Spain
Pale gold. Complex scents of citrus zest, pear, flowers and smoky minerals. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and gain depth and spiciness with air. A ripe melon note comes up on the smooth, spicy, very persistent finish.
90 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2013 Prisma Sauvignon Blanc
Casablanca, Chile
Hand-harvested, un-oaked, 100% Sauvignon Blanc is producedfrom a blend of three Casablanca Valley vineyards.
The sandy, clay soils and cool, coastal climate contribute to a bright, fresh character in the wine. Citrus notes of lemon,
lime, and grapefruit, combined with a mineral undertone lead to a crisp, elegant, and well-balanced finish.
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2012 Saint-Roch Cotes du Rhone Grenache 60 %, Syrah : 25%, Mourvédre : 15%
Rhone Valley, France
Garnet red colour with violet highlights. A bouquet of small black fruits (black-currants, violet, murlberry and cooked sherry), this wine develops after a few years aromas of stone-fruits, kirch, leather and fur. Pleasantly powerfull, with generous tannins, this wine develops into more complex and rich flavours of stone-fruits with age. Tannins are very pleasant and well-balanced.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2013 Niel Granacha,Tintorera, Merlot
Castilla y Leon, Spain
Fermented in stainless steel and then aged for three months in older French oak): Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant, smoke-accented nose. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good clarity and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish. Superb value here. 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $6.00 Retail 12.99

2011 Dona Silvina Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Was sourced from a certified organic vineyard and aged in a mix of new and used French oak for 10-12 months before bottling without fining or filtration. Dark ruby red in color, it sports a pleasing perfume of balsam wood, cinnamon, violets, and black cherry. On the palate it displays a racy style with lively acidity and ample spicy fruit. Savory, ripe, and intense, this is a stylish effort. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG$9.00 Retail $22.99