Wine Tasting 2/28/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 23, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 28th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Fontsainte Corbier Gris de Gris
Languedoc-Roussillon ,France
Bright onion skin. Fresh and spicy on the incisive nose, displaying orange zest, red currant and white pepper aromas and a hint of succulent herbs. Dry and tightly wound, offering bitter cherry and tangerine flavors that unfold slowly with air. Ample but nervy as well, finishing with very good focus and spicy cut. 90 pts Josh Reynolds Vinous
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2014 Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve
Southern Rhone Valley, France
This Cote du Rhone Reserve is a bottling exclusively for the American market, a delicious blend of mostly old vine Grenache and Syrah with Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. Aged entirely in foudre, this is as good as it gets for everyday Cotes du Rhone. Friendly, with a mix of cherry paste, fresh blood orange and red licorice notes. A twinge of plum skin holds the finish.
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2013 Edge Cabernet
Napa Valley, Ca
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot and is a major sleeper, as it is meant to sell for under $30.00 a bottle.. This wine shows terrific cassis fruit, a deep ruby/purple color, supple, velvety tannins and a lush, in-your-face extroverted style. This is perfect for restaurants and consumers looking for immediate gratification. Moreover, it should drink well for another 5-7 years.
89 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $25.99

2014 Vinum Cellars Petite Syrah
Clarksburg, Ca
The wine is uber concentrated and ripe with blueberry and boysenberry fruit which are elegantly wrapped in a silky vanilla wrapping. The entry of this dense Petite is both tannic and bold while maintaining a juicy, overripe profile displaying ample acidity to balance the tannins and fruit concentration making it multidimensional and food friendly. The finish is so supple and smooth that you will miss it when it is gone. 90 pts HV
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2014 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel
Paso Robles, Ca
The 2014 Zinfandel opens exuberantly with aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, olallieberry pie and high-toned oak. The palate is juicy and jammy with luscious flavors of blackberry, black cherry and vanilla cream. A dash of black pepper lingers on a clean, composed finish that goes against the grain of more unrestrained Zinfandels. 90 pts TC
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 2/21/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 16, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 21st 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, Ca
Bright and vibrant aromas of mango, fig, and fresh honeydew.
Fresh flavors of grapefruit, kiwi and Meyer lemon with crisp acidity and a clean finish.
90 Pts Wine & Spirits
BTG $6.50 Retail $13.99

2014 Raeburn Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, Ca
The 2014 Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Crème Brûlée with a balanced and elegant finish.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Palacios Petalos Mencia
Bierzo, Spain
The aromas, are phenomenal, very complete and balanced, with an extra degree of complexity. There is great volume in the palate, fleshy, juicy and rich without being heavy, medium-bodied, There’s always a subdued minerality, a texture and mouthfeel difficult to find in wines of this price level. This is approachable now, but it will be better in one year and should develop nicely in bottle. this rich, velvet-textured red made from 60-100 year old Mencía vines grown on steep hillsides in Bierzo.
93 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $9.00 Retail $21.99

2015 TintoNegro Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Sourced from Mendoza’s Primera Zona of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo the Mendoza blend is meant to showcase the exceptional value and approachable profile of Malbec. The wine’s soft, drinkable style is accompanied by light oak aging for additional complexity. A rich and round textured malbec with loads of chocolate, dried berry and hints of vanilla character. Full and flavorful. 91 Pts James Suckling
BTG $5.75 Retail $10.99

2015 Luce Lucente
Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese & Merlot
A deep red colour with purple highlights. The wine’s bouquet is complex: fruity notes of black cherry and small red fruits are enhanced by moderately toasted scents; pleasant vanilla and lightly roasted coffee beans linger delicately in the background. Well rounded with silky tannins that bestow a balanced and harmonious structure, this is an eminently elegant and enjoyable wine. 89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 2/14/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 9, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 14th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Left Coast Orchards Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Zing! This wine sparks your palate! Gentle apple and brown sugar aromas yield to bright and lively accents of grapefruit and honeydew with a crisp minerality and balanced acidity.
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014 Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett Goldtröpfchen
Mosel, Germany
Powerful, with a well of baked apple, ripe pear and salted almond flavors that are firm and fresh. Offers accents of smoke midpalate, presenting a finish of gooseberry and spice..91 Pts Wine Spectator, 93 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2010 Vivanco Rioja Reserve
Rioja, Spain
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Aromas of mature black and red fruit fill the nose, with hints of cinnamon and
sage lending a pleasant spiciness and herbaceous quality to the bouquet. This is
a complex wine with lush, velvety tannins and create a long finish. This age-worthy
red is approachable now, but will continue to develop for years to come.
92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2014 Vistalba Corte C
Mendoza, Argentina
79% Malbec 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% new French oak, Good bright, dark red. Lovely purity and lift to the aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, spices and mint. Densely packed, suave and sweet, showing refreshing acid cut to the savory dark berry and licorice flavors, with a claret-like suggestion of graphite. This has 14.6% alcohol but I’d never have guessed. Boasts lovely intensity a terrific value. 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Bousquet Grand Reserve Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Bright medium ruby. Tight, inky, medicinal aromas of blackberry and violet convey a youthful impression of energy. Juicy, spicy and intense, boasting excellent definition and lift to its dark berry and spice flavors; aeration revealed good creamy depth. Spreads out horizontally to saturate the tongue on the long, firmly tannic finish. A solid mineral underpinning contributes verve and accentuates the wine’s structure. 93 Pts James Suckling
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 2/7/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 2, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 7th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Attems Pinot Grigio
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia, Italy
Sleek and minerally, this refreshing white is creamy in texture and balanced, with a pleasing mix of ripe apricot, pickled ginger, apple blossom and Thai basil notes. 90pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2014 Laguna “Laguna Ranch” Chardonnay
Russian River, Sonoma, Ca
Laguna is dedicated to producing world-class Chardonnay from the prestigious Russian River Valley.
Very appealing, with a direct, rich core of peach, pear and melon, turning spicy and lightly oaky. Ends clean and refreshing.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir
Monterey, Ca
Kali Hart is a pure fruit expression of the vineyard. It is made to be bright and appealing upon release, with the fresh, coolclimate flavors for which the Monterey County AVA is known. It has a beautiful, deep ruby color with bright fruit aromas of cranberry, currant and plum, as well as hints of vanilla. The crisp red fruit flavors continue on the palate, where they are accentuated by soft, smooth tannins. The finish is long with lush fruit and hints of vanilla and French oak. Kali Hart Pinot Noir is named after Robb Talbott’s youngest daughter.
BTG $9.75 Retail $23.99

2015 Canoe Ridge “Expedition” Cabernet
Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 16% Merlot
Spiced floral aromas lead to layered juicy flavors of red currant and smoky plum, with a deep, velvety finish.
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 1000 Stories Zinfandel
Mendocino, Ca
The wine has a deep, rich purple color. Intense red fruits are on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs. The palate is full with ripe tannins, raspberry, cranberry and black fruit flavors, followed by white and black pepper spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers on and on.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99