Wine Tasting 5/5/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 30, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Buitenverwachting “Bayten” Sauvignon Blanc
Coastal Region, South Africa
This crisp and zesty, yet ripe Sauvignon Blanc displays text book aromas and flavors of green fig, gooseberry and lime along with grapefruit and kiwi. Grassy herbal notes are supported by elegant underpinnings of mineral and chalk. You get a lot of wine for your money with this Sauvignon Blanc. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2014 De Morgenzon Chardonnay
Western Cape, South Africa
This wine shows sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with a clean tropical fruit finish. Delicate oak flavours support a rich and full fruit flavour in the mouth with layers of white peach, apricot, grapefruit and vanilla. 88 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2013 Tiamo Barbera
Piedmonte, Italy
Sourced from vineyards on the hillsides of the village of Casteggio in the Pavia district of Lombardy. The vineyards lie on the cusp on Piedmont. It has a lovely aroma of blackberries and spice and is soft but rich with fruit on the palate.
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2014 Indaba ” Mosaic” Bordeaux Blend
Western Cape, South Africa
This Cabernet Sauvignon dominated Bordeaux blend offers enticing aromas and succulent flavors of blackcurrant, ripe brambly berry fruit and dark chocolate, with subtle spice notes. Soft, gentle tannins coat the palate on the balanced finish.
BTG $5.50 Retail $10.99

2012 Dusted Valley “Boomtown” Cabernet
Columbia Valley, Washington State
The wine of kings and the king of wine. Refined, yet rugged; the wine offers wonderful cherry fruit and balancing acid while giving you the rustic complexity of freshly crushed herbs.
BTG $7.50 Retail 17.99

Wine Tasting 4/28/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 23, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

With only a handful of exceptions, Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines come from Friuli Grave. This Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most vibrant and aromatic wines with fresh flavors of peach blossom and citrus fruits. Shows an intense and persistent aromas with a pleasant and velvety body on the palate.
BTG $5.75 Retail $11.99

Languedoc Roussillon, France
A fabulous rose that’s perfect for hot summer day quaffing (I know, as I go through more than a case every year), the 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc Prestige Rose is a direct press of 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault aged all in stainless steel vats. Very light pink in color, it gives up fresh, crisp aromas of rose petal, white peach and hints of melon in its medium-bodied, clean, elegant and hard-to-resist personality. Buy it by the case and enjoy it over the coming summer months. 91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2013 Paraiso Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
Serves up a trim, flavorful band of ripe cherry, wild berry and strawberry jam that’s elegantly styled and well-structured, finishing with a long, complex finish echoing anise and mineral.
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon
Mendoza, Argentina
Bright medium-deep red. Subtly complex aromas of plum, raspberry, currant, mocha, graphite and nutty oak. At once plush and suave in the mouth, showing a light touch and a restrained sweetness to its sappy flavors of redcurrant and minerals. Not a fat style but finishes vibrant and long, with a fine dusting of tannins. Tanzer 91 points
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

2012 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel
Paso Robles, CA
Supple and well-structured, yet appealingly briary, with smoky, peppery wild berry aromas and ripe, layered flavors of black cherry, sage and licorice that linger nicely.
BTG $8.25 Retail 20.99

Wine Tasting 4/21/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 16, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Indaba
Western Cape, South Africa
Bright tropical fruit aromas lead to a crisp, fresh palate with mouth-filling flavors of apple, pear, honey and pineapple. A gentle kiss of oak adds a creamy butterscotch nuance and wonderful depth. A superb value . 87 Pts Wine Spectator & Wine Advocate
BTG $5.25 Retail $9.99

2012 HAZANA “Vinas Viejas”
Rioja, SPAIN
A spectacular wine made from 45- to 70-year-old bush vines (85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano). Aged 12 months in French and American oak, it is difficult to believe a wine such as this could be available for under $35-40 a bottle, but here it is. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, black currants, spice box, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied and elegant yet suave, savory and expansive, this beautiful red is a perfect synthesis of the traditional and more progressive style of Rioja.
92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2013 Raats Red Jasper
Stellenbosch, South Africa
A blend of 85% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 2.5% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Raised for 16 months in French oak (20% new), it has a gorgeous nose, quite regal with intermingling red and black fruit, minerals, touches of black truffle coming through in the glass. The palate is very well balanced, fleshy in the mouth with fine acidity and a composed and harmonious finish defined by the citric acidity. 90-92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Zuccardi “Q” Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
This is dark, with a racy edge to the cassis, crushed plum and raspberry notes, gliding along a full-bodied frame. Hints of cream and mocha balance the tannins on the finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.50 Retail 17.99

2012 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee 39% Cabernet Sauvignon 35% Merlot 12% Malbec 8% Petit Verdot 3% Cabernet Franc
Napa, Ca
The aromas are rich, ripe and enticing, with sweet fruit layers of plum, bing cherry and cassis, as well as notes of mocha, roasted co¬ee, cedar and baking spices, all supported by delicious hints of French oak. On the palate, this wine is supple and round, with balanced tannins, weighty texture and a smooth, mouth lling structure. Though there are abundant ripe red and black fruit avors, there is also an elegant complexity to this wine that comes from artful blending.
BTG 11.00 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 4/14/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 9, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Terra D’Oro Chenin Blanc, Viognier
Amador County,California
Displays luring aromas of juicy tropical fruits, fresh lemon and hints of spice. The palate boasts flavors of pink grapefruit, papaya, and subtle sweet mango. This wine is lively, refreshing and well balanced with crisp acidity – perfect for a warm afternoon or during sunset hour.
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2012 Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc
Martinborough NZ
Fruit-driven style, medium weight, lively finish. Citrus, peach, and tropical fruit aromas; flavors of mandarin and nectarine finish with a mineral note of wet stones. 89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2010 Petit Batard
Napa Valley, Ca
Petit Batard comes from Xtant winery in Napa Vallery and is an amazing value. The fruit is sourced from the Heritage vineyard Oakville and Lewelling vineyard in St. Helena, that often go into wines like Caymus. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with some Malbec and Merlot, super-satisfying, rich, velvety, luscious.
BTG $12.50 Retail $34.99

2012 Terra D’Oro Petite Syrah
Amador County,California
Bold and spicy with terrific mineral details and refined tannins. A dark and opulent aubergine color in the glass, the wine has a powerful nose of sweet oak vanillin and bright, juicy fruit. The palate is focused with crisp and captivating flavors of ripe blueberry and jammy blackberry cobbler, with a warm oaky spice note on the finish.
BTG $7.00 Retail 16.99

2013 The Federalist Zinfandel
Lodi, Ca
Dark purple, Aromas of red fruits (plum, cherry) and cinnamon spice. Good density, supple tannins, bright acidity and a long, smooth finish.
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 4/7/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on April 2, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Flor Prosecco
Veneto, Italy
Offers all of the crisp freshness and elegance expected of a great Prosecco. It releases wonderful aromas of ripe pear, melon, a hint of lilies and almonds and smoothly fills the palate with flavors of golden delicious apples and peaches.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2014 Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc,
Marlborough NZ
Scented of passionfruit, green mango and gooseberries with hints of sweat, baker’s yeast and chopped herbs, medium-bodied has mouth-filling tropical fruit flavors and a racy acid backbone giving lift through the long finish.
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2013 Obalo
Rioja, Spain
All tempranillo; fermented in stainless steel and aged for four months in mostly new French oak: Brilliant ruby. Heady red fruit and floral pastille aromas show very good clarity and pick up spice and mineral qualities with air. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Very fresh Rioja with strong finishing lift and thrust and gentle tannins adding shape. An awfully impressive effort. 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

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

2012 Januik Red Blend
Columbia Valley, Washington
53% Malbec; 18% Syrah; 16% Cabernet Sauvignon; 16% Merlot; 11% Cabernet Franc
The nose is brimming with blackberries, currants, and rich dark chocolate. Medium full on the palate with an elegant, lively mouth-feel and a long finish packed with fresh berry and cherry flavors.
BTG $9.75 Retail $25.99