Wine Tasting 1/3/17

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

Tuesday January 3rd 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Bodegas La Val Finca Arantei Albariño
Rías Baixas, North West Spain
The wine has an intense and clean straw-yellow colour with bright green tones. On the nose it shows aromas of fresh herbs and laurel with fine floral and lemon notes as well as white stone fruits. In the mouth it is fresh and rich , with citrus notes and a long finish.
90 pts Vinous
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 De Wetshof Robertson Limestone Hill Chardonnay
Breede River Valley, South Africa
Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity. An un-wooded wine, Limestone Hill has notes of grapefruit and nuts, with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a delicate ripeness.
The American critic Robert Parker describes this wine as such: “The De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay never sees oak, and offers impeccably pure, refreshing apple, peach and lemon fruit, a lovely leesy richness of texture, and a nutty, chalky, fruit-filled finish of imposing length. Understated and less tropical than some of the better un-oaked Chardonnays, this wine possesses far better balance and sheer drinkability – not to mention more finesse – than 99% of the world’s Chardonnay I have experienced.” 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Bodegas Abanico Creta Roble
Ribera del Duera, Spain
A custom cuvée from importer Eric Solomon. Made from 60-plus-year-old vines from an area of Ribera del Duera known as La Horra (Pingus and Aalto emerged from this area as well). This expansive, savory, complex, deep ruby/purple red wine shows notes of new saddle leather, black and red currants, has a savory, medium-bodied expansive mouthfeel, with loads of black fruits, licorice, subtle smoke and earth. This is a lovely, sexy, opulent style of wine to drink over the next 4-5 years. 91 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2012 DOMAINE LE COUROULU Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes
Southern Rhône
Delicious, with energetic bitter plum, currant and boysenberry coulis flavors that race along, with mouthwatering black tea and singed mesquite notes. A pleasant iron hint underscores the finish, giving the fruit extra time to play out. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $11.00 Retail $27.99

2014 Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet
Mendoza, Argentina
An exquisitely balanced cabernet sauvignon to be highlighted. Its spicy and fruity character outstands. The intense ruby red color anticipates a complex, appealing wine. On the nose, the freshness of the red fruit and the herbal notes like freshly cut grass complements the spicy notes of black pepper, clove and cinnamon, as well cedar and tobacco. Great freshness on the palate, good acidity, sweet tannins and great intensity for a very well-integrated wine with a persistent finish. 91 pts SK
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 12/27/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 23, 2016 No Comments yet

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

2010 Graham Beck Vintage Rose
Western Cape, South Africa
Lovers of fine fizz with be tickled pink with this exceptional bubbly – pretty and pink, but packing some serious Cap Classique pedigree, this one’s a must to celebrate magical moments and toast special occasions. Crafted from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay the Brut Rosé Vintage The two varietals each add their own special magic to the final blend – Chardonnay for fruit and elegance and Pinot Noir for length of flavour and a touch of colour. The delightful salmon pink colour perfectly complements the delicious strawberry fruit flavours. Savour the light yeasty aromas, good freshness on the nose and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Fine mousse and a great length of flavour round off this blushing stunner.Delicate and a delightfully demure, yet complex and richly rewarding – this vintage Brut Rosé ticks all the boxes for serious bubbly connoisseurs.
BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

Loire Valley, France
100 % Chenin Blanc
This rare wine, made from Chenin Blanc grapes, represents only 2% of the total Chinon production. The gapes are planted mostly in the commune of Ligre, on chalky, limestone clay soils. J-M Raffault’s Chinon Blanc is fermented at low temperatures with only native yeasts. It is a white wine of true finesse, at once rich and very fresh with notes of citrus, honey and white fruits. Plump and open in feel, with yellow apple and white peach flavors, lined with a light salted butter thread. Floral highlights show on the modestly juicy finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2010 Bodega Carlos Serres Rioja Reserve
Rioja, Spain
Cherry red colour with thin terracotta edge showing its longer barrel age. Aromas of mature black fruit, toffee and balsamic as well as some mineral notes. This is a silky wine, but fresh and refreshing as well as elegant and persistent. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Mas D’En Compte Negre
Priorat, Spain
60% Grenache and 40% Carignan
Aged in a combination of concrete tanks. Large wood foudres and smaller French oak barrels. The wine offers loads of licorice and black raspberries and seems to represent the quintessential style of Priorat in its opulence – floral, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, intense minerality and silky, lush tannins. 95 Pts Previous vintage
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

Marietta Cellars Arme Lot 3
Paso Robles, California
, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This is a big Bordeaux blend, aged up to three years in neutral oak prior to being bottled. It’s a blend of three vintages, 2011, 2012 and 2013. All the fruit comes from not only their estate, but from many of their close friends located in Sonoma and Mendocino. Elegant black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and earth. It’s medium to full-bodied, lush and succulent, which is their objective. 90 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.75 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 12/20/16

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

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

NV Leon Launois Brut Reserve
Champagne, France
60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
A Cuvee quite fruity, charming and intense, with the subtle nose where the honey dominates, which associates elegance and roundness in mouth. Ideal Cuvee for aperitif. A very nice value for the price point and an exceptional pleasure.
Retail $29.99

NV Leon Launois Brut Rose Reserve
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier with 15% of Bouzy Rouge (Grand Cru Pinot Noir).
The beautiful slight salmon rosé color is topped with a nice ring enduring foam of fine bubbles. It displays red fruits like cherry followed by plum and black currant. It also features an intense body. Thanks to Pinot Noir , you can discover intense aromas which give to the wine
roundness. Red fruit undertones this cuvée with a wonderful blackcurrant and cherry aromas.
Retail $34.99

2014 Roth Cabernet
Alexander Valley, California
Densely flavored, rich and succulent, it showcases plush flavors of plum, black olive and chocolate on the palate. The supple tannins are beautifully accented by a balanced acidity.
91 Pts Robert Parker
Retail $29.99

2014 Terra Valentine Cabernet
Napa Valley, California
Pure and rich, with density, a firm tannic backbone and tiers of blackberry, wild berry, currant and black licorice flavors. This veers toward the dry side, but ends with cedary oak grip and a kick of fruit. Drink now through 2028.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
Retail $32.99

2013 Halter Ranch Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
78% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Malbec 9% Petit Verdot
Saturated ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of blackberry and candied flowers pick up a hint of licorice and vanilla in the glass. Juicy red and dark fruit flavors gain sweetness and flesh with air while maintaining vivacity. Packs a solid punch but comes off as quite lithe, finishing with strong cut, very good persistence and smooth tannins that provide grip.
91 Pts Vinous
Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 12/13/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 8, 2016 No Comments yet

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

NV Graham Beck Brut Rose
Western Cape, South Africa
An effortlessly smooth blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 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.
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 Tasca Conti d’Almerita Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali Nero d’Avola
Sicily, Italy
The Tasca family hits a home run with this fabulous value wine. The 2014 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali is a terrific rendition of this important Sicilian grape. It opens to dark, spicy and savory notes that contrast the wine’s fruity core. This was a very successful vintage for island winemakers and the ripeness of the fruit is spot-on. The mouthfeel offers elegant fruit flavors and a velvety texture.
92 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Rioja, Spain
Bright, focused and deep, this red marries power with elegance. Offers ripe black fruit flavors, with notes of smoke, licorice, tar and mineral, supported by well-integrated tannins and fueled by racy acidity. The juicy, floral finish lingers. 94 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

2013 L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot
Walla Walla, Columbia Valley, Washington
It offers bright aromas of raspberries and chocolate, with herb and floral accents. The palate is flavorful and full, delivering a lot of enjoyment, with the tannins adding some heft. The rich texture of this wine is elevated by dense flavors of black cherry and plum on a complex mineral finish.
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2015 G D Vajra Moscato Di Asti
Piedmont, Italy
Fresh and fragrant, this foaming dessert wine opens with aromas of orange blossom, chopped herb and ripe orchard fruit. The bright, generous palate doles out juicy yellow peach, apricot, Bartlett pear and lemon drop alongside fresh acidity and a hint of mineral. A sage note closes the finish.
92 pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 12/6/16

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

Tuesday December 6th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2012 Vins El Cep Marques de Gelida Brut Gran Reserva
Penedes, Spain
Made from older vines and a higher elevation of the vineyard, and spends 40 months on its lees prior to being disgorged. The final blend encompasses five grapes: 20% Xarel-lo, 25% Macabeo, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 15% Paralleda. This shows notes of fresh apple skins, white currants, grapefruit and other assorted citrus in a fresh, dry, light-bodied and amazingly pure style. This wine is clearly among the best values money can buy. The quality of what they produce is remarkable. 89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2014 Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Dundee Hills Arthur
The 2014 Arthur embodies the fresh, ripe qualities of the vintage. On the nose, there is candied lemon peel, white flowers, and a touch of honey and vanilla. On the palate, the Arthur is medium-full bodied, with rich texture and excellent mouth weight. The wine is round, with great balance, finishing clean and long. While delicious now, you can easily enjoy this wine over the next 5 to 7 years. 92 pts Wine Spectator
BTG $13.75 Retail $36.99

2015 Domaine de Fontsainte Rouge Corbieres
Languedoc-Roussillo, France
60% Carignan; 30% Grenache Noir; 10% Syrah
Round and concentrated attack with a balanced structure in the mouth, the tannins are delicate and the acidity luscious. Everything showcases the fruit, which follows up with a long finish.
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2012 Ceretto Barolo
Piedmont, Italy
Ceretto presents a fine expression of Barolo (with fruit sourced from various sites) in the 2012 Barolo. The wine is redolent of pressed flowers, cassis, dried raspberry and grilled herb. Lighter, more vertical aromas of cola, smoke, campfire ash, dried ginger and toasted anise seed lift gently from the back. The mouthfeel boasts savory, ripe fruit and offers a distant note of succulent sweetness. 92 pts Wine Advocate
Retail $42.99

2014 Renacer “Milamore” Amarone-style Red Blend
Mendoza, Argentina
45% Malbec, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Bonarda, 5% Cabernet Franc
Uniquely dried and vinified in the Amarone style. The grapes that produce Milamore are sourced from 50+ years old vines located in three distinct high-altitude vineyards from the Mendoza region in Argentina. The grapes are dried on the vines (appassimento), until they loose 1/3 of their weight. After a prolonged fermentation (both alcoholic and malolactic) the wine is aged in new French barriques for 12 months.Dark ruby red in color, Milamore offers supple aromas of ripe berries, raisin, and plums. Sensual notes of exotic spices, charcoal and chocolate are seamlessly layered with the fruit. Full bodied, rich and complex, with a long finish beautifully framed by fine-grained tannins. This is a very special wine that will surprise many wine lovers.
Not reviewed yet. in the past always 90+
BTG $10.75 Retail $26.99