Wine Tasting 5/12/15

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2013 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast, Ca
It sees about 10% new oak, as the emphasis is on minerality and loads of fruit, and that’s exactly what one gets in this beauty. Notes of orange blossom, caramelized citrus, lemon oil, wet stones and a hint of pineapple and mango are all present in this wine that has largely been aged in stainless steel to preserve its freshness and vibrancy. It’s medium to full-bodied, tasty. 90 pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

2012 Paul Cluver Elgin Pinot Noir
Elgin, South Africa
Bright, juicy red. Musky aromas of plum, smoke, meat, roasted espresso, mint and earthy spices; very South Africa but very pinot too! Suave, dry and restrained on the palate, with a savory quality and a light touch to the broad flavors of raspberry, plum, underbrush and spices. This subtle, complex wine finishes with lovely lift and nuance. 90 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Joao Portugal Ramos Reserve Trincadeira
Alentejo, Portugal
Black olive, dark currant and dried plum flavors give this red plenty of power and lift. Quite minerally as well, featuring an intense and balanced finish that lingers with fig paste and raspberry ganache elements. 90 Pts Wine Spectator #56 2014 top 100 Wines of the year
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2011 Di Majo Norante Ramitello 85 % Montepulciano 15% Aglianico
Moilse, Italy
The up-front mulberry and plum fruit is ripe and fleshy in this balanced red, with polished tannins. Notes of licorice string, graphite, tarry smoke and grilled mushroom push through midpalate and on the finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2014, Rank: 74
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2011 Puech Haut Prestige Old Vine Grenache (55%) and 40-year old Syrah (45%),
Languedoc Roussillon, France
Grown on limestone soils dominated by the famous large rocks (galets roules) also found in parts of Chateauneuf du Pape. The wine is aged in concrete tanks prior to being bottled unfiltered. Some of the vineyards are farmed organically and others biodynamically. The wine exhibits a tremendous perfume of sweet raspberries, spring flowers, forest floor, truffles and lavender as well as a beautiful texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning velvety tannins and purity, and a long finish. This is the “real deal.” 91 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.00 Retail 22.99

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