Wine Tasting 12/01/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 28, 2015 No Comments yet

Tuesday December 1st, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

Graham Beck Wines NV Brut Rosé
Western Cape, South Africa
An effortlessly smooth blend of the two classic varieties – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sourced The Rosé NV was allowed enough time on the lees to develop subtle yeasty undertones but to burst with berry and cherry flavours. On the nose expect whiffs of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary aromas of minerality. The palate delivers a lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings. The ultimate in food friendly wines. 89 Pts Vinous
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2013 Leon Debeaumarche “La Combe” Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay
Burgundy, France
Remarkably elegant and relatively fine with a mix of white flower and apple aromas followed by light weight but beautifully focused flavors that offer good richness and depth for this level. Delicious, round and forward
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2013 Ancient Peaks Merlot
Paso Robles , California
Opens with deep aromas of blueberry and plum with notes of cinnamon spice and cigar box. A rich, chewy texture unfolds with juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Luscious acidity joins sleek tannins on a smooth, structured finish. .
BTG 8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Lodi, California
Has a lovely spicy, cherry like bouquet and is bursting with sweet, berry flavors. There are also delicious overtones of black currant and plums, with a welcoming finish of vanilla and cinnamon toast. The wine is also very elegant and would be perfect with any spicy foods, game or beef.
90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2012 Bramare Malbec
Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Bright, full ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, dark chocolate and sweet oak spices are lifted by a violet topnote. Creamy and subtly sweet, with high-class oak and nicely integrated acidity giving shape to the flavors of black raspberry, currant and dark chocolate. This very glossy wine finishes with fine-grained tannins and lovely persistence. Balanced from day one but has the density to evolve slowly and positively in bottle. 92 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $13.00 Retail $36.99

Wine Tasting 11/24/15

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on November 19, 2015 21 Comments

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

Champagne, France
Lightly chalky, with hints of pastry, poached pear and candied lemon zest running through. Offers a firm bead and a mouthwatering finish. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
Retail $42.99

2013 TOURNON Mathilda White
Victoria, Australia
With 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. Viognier and Marsanne.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
, Monterey, Central Coast, California
The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has come on like gangbusters since I tasted it from barrel last year. It gives up lots of blackberry and darker styled fruits, mint, cloves, crushed rock and underbrush to go with a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, fruit-loaded style on the palate. Possessing beautiful fruit and no hard edges, it represents a killer value in Pinot Noir and should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG 11.50 Retail $31.99

2013 Domaine Lafage Tessellae Vieilles Vignes
Languedoc Roussillon, France
A custom cuvee and joint venture with importer Eric Solomon, the 2013 Tessellae Vieilles Vignes is 100% Carignan and comes from 70-year-old vines and the schist soils of Maury and Les Aspres. It is an off-the-charts value that offers up thrilling notes of black raspberry, chocolate, graphite, tar and licorice to go with a voluptuous, decadent, yet seamless and gorgeously pure feel on the palate. Seriously, this wine is smoking good and should thrill for 4-5 years, if not longer. Just pretend you paid more for it. 94 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2011 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape les Premices
Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
From the estate’s younger vines in Chateauneuf du Pape (around 50 year-old vines) and a new cuvee, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Premices is a blend of 100% Grenache that’s aged one-third in 225-liter French oak barrels and the balance in concrete tank for one year. Gorgeous all around and made in a friendly, seamless style that’s hard to resist, it possesses a translucent ruby color that’s followed by a perfumed array of kirsch, raspberry, flowers, and red licorice. Incredibly pure and smooth, with no hard edges and a silk-like texture, it stays light and elegant on the palate and is a joy to drink. It should drink nicely for 5-8 years. Drink now-2019.
93 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

Wine Tasting 11/17/15

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

Tuesday November 17th, 2015
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

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 $6.00 Retail $12.99

2014 Astrolab Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
With a pretty, relatively restrained lemon peel, grapefruit and fresh grass nose accented by hints of wet pebbles and pea pods, the medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc has a nice grip of astringency to the texture and a lively acid backbone going long in the herbal-laced finish.
90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2012 Clos Los Siete
Mendoza, Argentina
50% Malbec, and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is complex with some restrained notes with plenty of spices and ripe black fruit . The palate is medium-bodied, with sleek tannins, moderate acidity and length.
89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

2011 Plaisir De Merle Cabernet
Paarl, South Africa
Dark ruby red Bouquet, Aromatic nose with cassis, spice and cedar. Full-bodied with dark berries and plummy fruit with savoury notes, underlined by ripe velvety tannins and a sweet vanilla oak finish.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2013 Bodegas Triton Tridente Tempranillo
Castilla y Leon, Spain
(aged for 15 months in French oak): Inky purple. Highly perfumed, incisive aromas of candied red and dark berries, vanilla, potpourri and spicecake. Sweet, seamless and broad, offering juicy black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that put on weight as the wine opens up. Closes sweet and spicy, with fine-grained tannins sneaking in late and adding shape and grip. These vines are reportedly over 80 years old. 91 pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 11/10/15

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

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

2014 Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti
Trentino/Alto Adige, Italy
Lightly floral and crisp, this racy white offers a minerally base note and a lively profile of lemon zest, peach skin and pickled ginger.
88pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2014 Solena Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Fresh, juicy and light-footed, with exuberant tangerine and melon flavors on a sleek frame. 89 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2013 Massaya Le Colombier red blend
Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Tempranillo blend
An exotic, spicy, Rhone-inspired blend of Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Syrah. Rich aromas of morello cherry, cassis and cinnamon. Concentrated and ripe, with plenty of perfumed, violet character displaying notes of wild strawberry, cranberry cobbler leading to a crisp finish framed by fine tannins and an excellent length.
BTG $6.50 Retail $14.99

2012 PAUL BERTRAND Malbec de Cahors “Crocus”
Southwest France
Black violet with amethyst glimmers on the edge. Bright and floral nose, with rose petals, huckleberry pie, black plum skin and a hint of fresh cracked pepper. Expansive, juicy palate with huckleberry, raspberry and black cherry, finishing with a slate-like minerality. Weighty and well-structured, with chewy tannins.
BTG $9.25 Retail $23.99

2012 Tikves Bela Voda Proprietary Blend
Tastes like a top-quality Zinfandel from California with its briar, plum, licorice and underbrush-driven aromas and flavors. A blend of 50% Vranac and 50% Plavac that spent 15 months in 30% concrete tanks and 70% in new and 1-year-old barrels, enjoy this full-bodied, beautifully balanced and silky red over the coming 3-5 years. Although, in this case, I’d be shocked to see this not still going strong at age ten. It’s a smoking value. 92-94 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99