Wine Tasting 3/1/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 25, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday March 1st 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Trefethen Chardonnay
Napa, Ca
Starts with enticing aromas of Granny Smith apple, clover honey, honeysuckle and nutmeg. Clean and bright flavors of tropical fruits, peach and crisp citrus envelop your taste buds.
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2013 Elouan Pinot Noir
Ruby red in color. Rich cranberry, sweet cinnamon and bright cherry create an inviting bouquet, with hints of mushroom and a subtle earthiness. Harmonious and elegant on the palate with firm acidity that accentuates a flavor profile of red plum, dusty earth, a hint of sweet tobacco, hibiscus and a soft green tea finish, creating rustic, complex layers of flavor with soft, refined tannins.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2005 Bodegas Ontanon Tempranillo-Graciano Rioja Reserva
Rioja, Spain
Smokey and sanguine notes frame a core of plum and dried cherry in this savory red, with accents of tobacco, mineral and earth. Maturing gracefully, with well-integrated tannins that give way to the spicy finish. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2013 Ferrari Carano Siena
Sangiovese, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon
has delicious aromas of blackberry, raspberry jam, cocoa, toasty vanilla and licorice. Flavors of juicy Bing cherry, bright blueberry and pomegranate are enhanced by sweet oak notes and hints of butterscotch that add layers of richness to this elegant wine. SIENA has supple tannins that are soft, harmonious and mouth coating with lovely viscosity, depth and a lingering finish.
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99

2013 The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel
North Coast, California
Loaded with toasty oak, this jammy Zin offers aromas of dark cherry, caramel and cracked pepper that lead to zesty flavors of dried sage, espresso and licorice. 90 Pts Wine Spectator, 90 Pts Robert parker
BTG $10.50 Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 2/23/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 18, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday February, 23rd 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Licia Albariño
Rías Baixas, North West Spain
Straw yellow with greenish hues, the Lícia Albariño has strong varietal characteristics with hints of grapefruit, candied fruit, quince jelly, notes of fresh herbs, green apples, and minerals. It is full bodied and well balanced, highlighting the aromas of citrus and green apple, with a long and persistent finish. 88pts Vinous
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2015 De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay
Robertson, South Africa
Comes from seven- to 21-year-old vines cropped between five and eight tons per hectares. This unwooded Chardonnay has a pretty nose with apricot blossom, slate and almond-tinged bouquet that gently opens in the glass. The palate is fresh and poised with a fine bead of acidity, tensile with a focused dried apricot and lemon curd finish. This is an excellent Chardonnay from De Wetshof and at this price, you cannot go wrong.
91 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2013 Remo Farina Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso
Veneto, Italy
50% Corvina, 15%Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 5% Molinara, 10% Oseleta
Ruby red color. Intense and peppery with notes of leather, cherry and plum jam, liquorice and ginger. Solid, vigorous, balanced flavor.
BTG $8.00 Retail $19.99

2013 Finca Villacreces Pruno
Ribera Del Duero, Castilla Leon, Spain
I’ve loved this wine in the past and the 2013, a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 12 months in French oak, is stunning, simply over-delivering in so many different ways. This wine, which offers up copious quantities, of blueberry, black raspberry and black currant fruit, licorice, graphite and meaty notes, offers fabulous aromatics, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful, pure texture and a long, heady finish with subtle oak. What’s amazing is the French oak is all two-year-old, super-expensive Darnajou barrels. For $20 this is another amazing offering from Spain and from importer Eric Solomon. 93 pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.25 Retail $20.99

2013 Land & Reed Cabernet Franc
North Coast, California
Strikingly complex, dense and aromatic, with a rich core of vivid, graphite-laced dark berry, loamy earthy, underbrush and melted chocolate. Gains depth and nuance on the finish.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.50 Retail $27.99

Wine Tasting 2/16/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 11, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday February, 16th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Juan Gil
Jumilla, Spain
This aromatic white has alluring notes of orange blossom, lychee, tangerine and pine, but remains crisp and dry thanks to firm acidity. Expressive, showing the focus and liveliness to match with food. 88pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.00 Retail $12.99

2013 Light Horse Cabernet
Intense ruby in color, this Cabernet features a redolent bouquet of cassis, blueberry, plum, fig, vanilla, mocha and a touch of tobacco. Delectable berry flavors are supported by refreshing acidity which runs through the mid-palate and melts into a long finish. Soft tannins provide a smooth texture, with a touch of oak contributing appealing spice notes to the wine.
BTG $6.25 Retail $13.99

2013 Bodega Garzon Tannat
This elegant and powerful wine opens with beautiful aromas of raspberry and red cherry followed by delicious flavors of black plum, rhubarb and tobacco mixed with dark chocolate and white pepper. It has a finish that presents a brilliant tension between silky tannins and supple fruit. 89 Pts wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $15.99

2011 Waterbrook Merlot
Columbia Valley, Washington
Aromas and flavors of raspberry and white chocolate give a burst of red fruit on the palate, followed by a long toasty oak finish. Medium, well-supported tannins are balanced with bright acidity. The alcohol gives this wine the perfect weight and a slight sweetness.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2012 Black Pearl Mischief Maker
Paarl, South Africa
A blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Mourvedre and those varieties work together well on the nose with blackberry, singed leather and a touch of balsam. The palate is medium-bodied with well-judged acidity, plush red cherry and strawberry fruit, hints of white pepper and sage toward the harmonious finish. This is definitely one of the better Rhône blends from Paarl and comes recommended at this price.
90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.50 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 2/9/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 4, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday February, 9th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc
Elgin, South Africa
It has a lively smoke and gooseberry scented bouquet that is a real treat. The palate is fresh and crisp with good depth, a fine line of acidity, lovely pear and citrus notes vying for attention on the finish. Here’s a great Elgin Savvy! 91 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.00 Retail $16.99

2014 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir
Dark and spicy, sleek in texture, with clove and white pepper overtones to the focused blackberry and plum fruit, lingering against hints of tobacco and walnut. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.50 Retail $21.99

2011 Karavitakis Winery Klima
Crete, Aegean Islands, Greece
Kotsifali is used as a base to create a smooth and berry flavored wine. Merlot Is added after being aged in new oak and gives offers dark red color. The final product is succulent and silky. Oak scents are present and together with ripe tannins make this a special wine .
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

2013 Novy Zinfandel
Sonoma ,Russian River, Ca
A blend from three renowned sites for Zinfandel – Limerick Lane, Carlisle and Papera. At $20.00 a bottle, it’s a steal. The wine shows loads of briary blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, Asian spice, incense, licorice and roasted herbs. It’s ripe, full-bodied, with terrific fruit intensity and purity. The acidity brings everything into focus and gives the wine a zesty, powerful mouthfeel. 91 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.50 Retail $24.99

NV Marietta Christo Lot 3
Sonoma/Mendocino, North Coast, California
A hedonistic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and a touch of Viognier to uplift the aromatics. This is, again, aged in neutral oak for two years and a blend of three vintages: 2011, 2012 and 2013. A wine of exceptional purity and intensity and plenty of character, as this one is 70% Syrah and the rest the other three grapes. It tips the scales at a lofty 15.3% alcohol, but it’s well hidden behind a cascade of blackberry and cassis fruit, roasted meats, steak tartare, licorice and Provençal herbs. It’s a big boy, and that’s exactly the way they want it. 91 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.75 Retail $18.99