Wine Tasting 10/4/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 29, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday October 4th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Impressive and delicious, evoking the supple, fleshy texture of biting into a ripe, white peach. Features plenty of mouthwatering acidity, along with lemon, ruby grapefruit and pineapple notes, accented by lemon verbena, sea salt and dried honeysuckle. Shows good persistence on the finish.
92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Mount Eden Old Vines Chardonnay
Edna Valley, Central Coast, Ca
Pretty, understated and gracious. Pear, white flowers and sweet spices are all nicely delineated throughout in this super-attractive, mid-weight Chardonnay. Readers will have a hard time finding a better wine for the money.Quite simply, this is a fabulous wine for the money. 92 pts Vinous , Antonio Galloni
BTG $9.75 Retail $24.99

2014 Tridente Tempranillo
Glass-staining ruby. Highly perfumed black and blue fruit, incense and violet aromas pick up a suggestion of five-spice powder with air. Supple, seamless and concentrated, offering juicy boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and an enlivening jolt of white pepper. The tenacious floral finish is framed by velvety tannins. 91 Pts Vinous, Josh Raynolds
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2014 Casa Del Bosque Grand Reserve Cabernet
Valle de Casablanca, Chile
Dense ruby red in color, on the nose this wine exhibits lifted notes of rum & raisin and dark chocolate with just a touch of spearmint. In the mouth fresh acidity gives way to opulent notes of blackcurrant, expresso bean and cedar. A well integrated oak backbone combines with svelte, elegant tannins to give a long, textured finish. 94 Pts James Suckling
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2012 Mount Eden Domaine Cabernet
Edna Valley, Ca
This remains one of the real undiscovered gems in California. Plump, juicy and exuberant, the 2012 offers gorgeous breath and intensity throughout. Red-fleshed fruit, sweet spices, mocha and flowers are all pushed forward. The interplay of expressive, pliant fruit and classic struture is compelling. Readers can look forward to another decade or so of fine drinking. 92 Pts Vinous, Antonio Galloni
BTG $13.75 Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting 9/27/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 22, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday September 27th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Valle Isarco
Trentino/Alto Adige, Italy
Structured and elegant, this lovely Pinot Grigio opens with delicate scents of white Alpine flower, citrus and a whiff of herb. The bright palate offers creamy white peach, crisp green apple and juicy nectarine while a mineral note backs up the finish. Bright acidity provides lift and balance.
90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2015 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Bright, pale yellow. Capsicum and gooseberry lift the aromas of lime, white peach and green tropical fruits. At once rich and tangy, with pepper, mineral and citrus zest notes energizing the middle palate. Lovely fruit ripeness with energy here, and deep for Sauvignon Blanc. Finishes smooth and long, with a bracing limey quality that’s buffered by the wine’s strong fruit and texture. Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 91 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 Pike Road Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
This new sister label from Elk Cove offers 100% Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at an everyday price. Fresh cranberry and raspberry fruit is framed by herb-tinged tannins. The immaculate craftsmanship and clean direct flavors are light years beyond budget Pinot Noir from most other regions. This is your perfect salmon wine. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2012 Vetus Flor de Vetus Tempranillo
Toro, Castilla Leon, Spain
Made from 100% Tinta de Toro aged ten months in French and American oak, the full-bodied, complex, dry offers up notes of Provencal herbs, white chocolate and jammy black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. This opulent, chewy, voluptuously textured red comes from high-elevation (2,100 feet) vineyards and represents a stunning value. 92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2013 Graffito Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
The Grapes are sourced from an old Perdriel vineyard planted in 1908 and blended with some grapes from Tupungato. 60% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for one year. There is a nice core of fresh, high-toned fruit , and the floral notes so typical from Malbec (when it’s not too ripe). The palate is medium-bodied, with very accessible soft tannins and great acidity that makes you salivate while longing for the next sip. This is more complex than what it might seem at first. Very good value and a good introduction to Malbec. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 9/20/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 15, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday September 20th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Saint Cosme “Little James” White Blend
Rhone, France
An unconventional blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier take center stage in the St. Cosme Little James Basket Press White; a wine reminiscent of a warm summer night. This aromatic white combines the freshness and acidity of Sauvignon Blanc with the flesh and depth of Viognier, creating a rare wine worthy of the masses. Light yellow in appearance with green hues, the St. Cosme Little James Basket Press White boasts alluring aromas of grapefruit, apricot, boxwood, and mango, with tropical flavors on the palate. Refreshing acidity and structure grace the palate and follow through to a remarkable finish.
BTG $6.25 Retail $12.99

2013 Pikes Los Companeros Shiraz Tempranillo
Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Los Companeros Shiraz Tempranillo races out of the gate with exuberant black cherry, black raspberry and eucalypt notes plus suggestions of cloves and chocolate box. Medium to full-bodied, minted cherry and black berry notes fill the palate, supported by rounded tannins and great freshness, finishing with a lively lift. 90 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2009 La Chapelle de Potensac Haut Medoc
Bordeaux, France
Considerable freshness here, a wine that has ripe blackcurrant fruit, but very soft tannins. All the mineral and dark fruit notes on the nose one would hope for from stalwart of the Medoc, Potensac and this their second wine. Smooth and concentrated palate, with fresh, crystalline fruits and a medium length, fresh and grippy finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.75 Retail $26.99

2014 Ancient Peaks Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
Black pepper, black plum and blueberry show on the nose of this bottling from the nearly 900-acre vineyard atop Cuesta Grade, where it enjoys essentially its own dedicated appellation. A very full mouthfeel delivers blueberry and blackberry-paste flavors along with pencil lead, black coffee and bitter espresso. Still a tad firm in structure, this should age well and open even further in the years to come. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Tarima Moscatel Espumoso
Alicante, Spain
Textbook Moscatel aromas of lychee, honeydew and gardenia lead to a foamy, fresh palate, with coarse, heavy bubbles. Typical tropical flavors of lychee, banana and mango are sugary sweet, then quiet on the finish.
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

Wine Tasting 9/13/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 1, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday September 13th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Jean-Maurice Raffault CHINON ROSE
Loire Valley, France
Bright orange-pink. Dried red berries, floral oils and minerals on the incisive nose. Dry and nervy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors and a bracing kick of orange zest. Puts on weight with air and finishes stony and long, with repeating floral character and nervy mineral bite.
90 Pts Vinous
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

Loire Valley, France
Clear and just slightly golden in the glass, this wine always has an aroma unlike other Sauv Blancs from the surrounding Touraine region (implied by the ‘Unique’ name,) never fruity, strongly savory and almost a cool mint streak. Also very fresh, as if the herbs have just been torn and the oils are still wet on your hands. On the palate the texture is more juicy and generous, and the pulpier white fruit characters come through, but there is still a nice nervy tone through the finish that makes you thirsty for more.
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

Loire Valley, France
An elegant, unoaked style of Chinon, is composed entirely of Cabernet Franc. The nose is fresh and expressive with youthful fresh aromas of ripe berry and green peppercorn, while the soft, silky and fruit-driven palate offers black fruit, roasted pepper, bitter orange and tobacco leaf. Refreshing acidity and structured tannins merge with subtle notes of spice on the finish.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Rioja Spain
Youthful purple color. High-pitched aromas of dark berries and cherry complicated by pungent flowers and clove. Pliant but energetic blackberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up a peppery nuance with air. Gentle tannins lend shape to the persistent floral finish. 89 Pts Vinous
BTG $5.75 Retail $10.99

Mendoza, Argentina
Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon some Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. It has a smoky, balsamic nose with the herbal aromas of the Bordeaux grapes, notes of cigar ash and also ripe berries with some air-dried meat. The medium to full-bodied palate is quite compact and has very polished tannins. This wine is barrel-aged for 15 months with 20% new American oak barrels. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $11.75 Retail $31.99

Wine Tasting 9/6/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on September 1, 2016 No Comments yet


Tuesday September 6 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Bodegas Pinord Cava Dibon Brut Reserve
Penedes, Spain
The non-vintage Cava Dibon Brut Reserve is based on the classic Cava grape varieties with a secondary fermentation after 16 months in bottle. It has a nice bouquet that has pleasant, light floral aromas. The palate has a crisp citric entry with touches of Clementine and grapefruit with fine delineation towards the fresh, apple-y finish. 88 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.00 Retail $11.99

2013 Penner-Ash Rubeo
Newberg, Oregon
70% Pinot Noir, 30% Syrah
Bright core of cranberry and plum is rounded out by dark violet and rich leather aromatics. A sweetly textured palate of briar fruit and black cherry layered with savory herbs and a suggestion of wet slate on the finish.
BTG $10.00 Retail $25.99

Napa Valley, California
43% Merlot 34% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Petit Verdot 7% Malbec 5% Cabernet Franc
The aromas are rich and enticing, with concentrated layers of blueberry and blackberry, as well as notes of baking spice and toasted wood from aging in French oak barrels. Subtle hints of dark chocolate, bay leaf and black pepper round out the aromas. On the plush, rich palate, this wine is immediately hedonistic and satisfying. Mouthcoating ¬avors of black cherry and cassis are layered with clove and vanilla, while integrated tannins give balance and structure to this complex blend of Bordeaux varietals.
BTG $11.25 Retail $29.99

Napa Valley, California
The 2014 Zinfandel Black Chicken (its name coming from the code name used when ordering a jug of Zinfandel during the Prohibition era) is another relatively big-boned Zinfandel at 15.3% alcohol. Gorgeously proportioned, textured and almost chewy, this stunningly hedonistic and fleshy, flamboyant Zinfandel delivers abundant glycerin, fruit, quality and personality. 94 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $14.25 Retail $39.99

Paso Robles, California
The components of this blend change every year, and this vintage of 93% Syrah, 4% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot shows black cherry paste, crushed purple flowers and vanilla. Juicy blueberry and blackberry decorate the lavish palate, which is lifted by thyme and mint herbs. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $9.25 Retail $22.99