Wine Tasting 3/3/15

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 VOLVER Alicante Tarima Blanco
A silky texture carries harmonious flavors of pear, blanched almond, pine and tangerine in this round white. Modest and distinctive, balanced and clean. 88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $5.50 Retail $10.99

2013 VILLA WOLF Riesling QbA Pfalz Dry
The notes of lime are fresh and zesty in this moderately dry style. Wet stone and mineral accents power this through to the finish, showing hints of white pepper. 88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2013 Santa Julia Malbec Plus
A fruitball of a Malbec, with bright, friendly aromas of berry, cola and cherry cough drop. It feels full, round and well balanced, with a black cherry flavor bearing a mild herbal underbelly. The finish is fruity without being heavy.
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Bordeaux, France
Rich and round, this fleshy red has good palate weight, with ripe flavors of plum, prune, cocoa and light herbs. Generous, in the modern style. 89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.25 Retail 20.99

2011 Annabella Red Blend 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 9% Zinfandel, 5% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc
Aged 14 months in French, and American Oak . This wine has wonderful depth, ripe fruit upfront, and a long smooth finish. The aromas are intensely concentrated in its fruit aspects with juicy, over ripe black berry and jammy notes. Medium tannins allow this wine to drink well now, but will improve with future cellaring.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 2/24/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 17, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Chateau de Berne Rose
Provence, France
A perfumy style, with sandalwood and bergamot notes out front, followed by a fresh core of white peach, bitter cherry and orange zest. Offers a long, stony finish.90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $9.25 Retail $23.99

2012 Mercy “Riverbed” Chardonnay
Monterey, California
A beautifully balanced chardonnay with a delicate nose of red apple, citrus and hints of wet stone… On the palate, flavors of red apple, pear, Meyer lemon, vanilla and pie spice. A super-long finish offering notes of nutty caramel and brioche.” 91 points – Bacchus & Beery
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2013 Purple Hands Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Taut, vibrant and expressive, this brims with blackberry and currant fruit, with layers of wet stone and floral aromatics, persisting with grace on the finish. 91 Pts Wine SpectatorBl Black cherry, currents, mulberry, red licorice, cassis, forest floor, salted chocolate, tobacco, leath BTG $10.50 Retail $27.99

2012 Gilbert Cellars ” Left Bank”
Columbia Valley, Washington
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot, spent 19 months in 48% new oak barrels (80% French & 20% American). Shows a deep, dense plum color. Immediately, the nose jumps forth with aromas of ripe black fruit – currant, blackberry, cocoa bean – cigar tobacco, paper smoke, wet rock, freshly-milled cedar, and peppermint liqueur. Broodingly complex and dignified. Upon tasting the palate surprises initially with dry-restraint yet fulfills the earth-driven promise of the nose with micro-fine tannins, a dense mid-palate, medium-long finish, and subtly balanced alcohol and acidity. 89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $9.50 Retail 24.99

2011 Eight Arms ” The Tentacle” 48% Syrah, 42% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
North Coast, California
The varietals were aged separately in a combination of French and American oak barrels (20% new) for 25 months and then blended together prior to bottling. This one really wraps it’s arms around you! It’s big and juicy with bright fruit flavors, a very Zinfandel influenced The Tentacle has a good backbone of acidity, gentle, yet firm tannins and a dollop of vanilla on the finish. Beware! Once you are caught in the tentacles of this wonderfully delicious wine, you may have trouble pulling yourself away!
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 2/17/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 12, 2015 No Comments yet

Valentines day at the Vine
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Familia Zuccardi Torrontes Serie A
Salta, Argentina
The 2013 Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes was harvested early to keep the acidity, and the maceration was limited in order to not extract too much. This is unoaked, and the malolactic is blocked to keep the flowers (jasmine, orange blossom) and citric notes with some lychee aromas. The palate is fresh with clean, pungent flavors and good length. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2012 Verdejo Nisia Old Vines
Rueda, Spain
(partially aged in large French oak casks): Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pungent citrus and melon aromas are
complicated by talc, mineral and fresh herb nuances. Light-bodied and gently sweet, offering intense orchard
fruit and honeydew flavors and a touch of salty minerality. Finishes on a sappy nectarine note, with very good
focus and cling. 90 Pts Vinous
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2012 Bodegas Teso la Monja Romanico
Toro, Castilla Leon, Spain
The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb richness as well as lots of blackberry, charcoal and cassis intermixed with licorice, new saddle leather, pepper and bouquet garni. This nearly viscous red should drink beautifully for 7-10 years. 92 Pts Robert Parker
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2012 Finca Villacreces Pruno
Ribera Del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
This blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from a vineyard situated adjacent to one of the famous vineyards utilized to produce Spain’s greatest red wine, Vega Sicilia. Made from relatively old vines, the 2012 Pruno is a sexy, opulent, voluptuously textured effort that spent 12 months in two-year-old French oak barrels. Reminiscent of a baby Vega Sicilia, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as notes of high-class, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis, licorice, graphite and spice box. Full-bodied, deep, velvety textured, lush and heady, Enjoy it over the next 5-6 years. 93 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.50 Retail 21.99

2012 Mas Doix Les Crestes
Priorat, Spain
A stunningly profound Priorat, the 2012 Les Crestes is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Carinena and 10% Syrah aged eight months in French oak. This single vineyard wine emerges from a parcel planted 350-400 meters above sea level in the pure slate soil that the locals call “licorella.” The blend includes significant amounts of old vine material. The wine’s deep purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of black raspberries, spring flowers and crushed rocks, elegant, medium to full-bodied flavors and a long, zesty, rich finish. The oak is pushed to the background, and the wine’s freshness and exuberance are well-displayed. Poboleda is one of the two coldest micro-climates of Priorat, so this is clearly a more feminine-styled wine. Drink it over the next 4-6 years. 94 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.75 Retail $29.99

Wine tasting 2/10/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 5, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Opening with pronounced capsicum and vegetal notes amid an underlying apple and gooseberry core that is accented by a waft of wet pebbles, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc delights with delicate flavors of pea pods, herbs and green apples plus a real pebbly character coming through in the long finish. 91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Alias Chardonnay
Mendocino and Monterey, California
Nose: Lemons, peaches, banana, tropical fruits, creaminess, a hint of coconut and vanilla oak. Mouth: great citrus and tropical fruit characters come together in a creamy, crisp, lushness. There is just enough oak to give it a touch of toasted bread and vanilla.
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2009 Moshin “Molinari Vyd” Pinot Noir
Sonoma, California
Bright aromas of cherry, tea leaf and spices, – followed by flavors of red fruits, pomegranate and cranberry. Firm tannins and good acidity make this wine a fine choice for the cellar as well as the table.
BTG $9.25 Retail $23.99

2008 Vivanco Crianza
Rioja, Spain
100% Tempranillo and aged for 16 months in French and American oak. Balsam wood, tobacco, cinnamon, clove, violets, and black fruit aromas lead to a ripe, sweetly-fruited, nicely proportioned. 90Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.00 Retail 16.99

2011 Tait ” The Ballbuster”
Barossa Valley, Australia
75% shiraz, 22% cabernet sauvignon and 3% merlot: Deep ruby. Dark berry compote, licorice and woodsmoke on the assertively perfumed nose. Smooth and appealingly sweet, offering vibrant black raspberry and cola flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Velvety tannins come on late and add subtle grip to a smooth, fruit-driven and persistent finish. 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer & Wine Advocate
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99