Wine Tasting 8/15/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on August 10, 2017 No Comments yet

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday August 15th 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2012 Mont Marcal Brut Cava Reserve
Penedes, Spain
Pale green-tinged gold. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying ripe pear and melon scents and a zesty lemon pith topnote. Fleshy, dry and focused on the palate, offering Meyer lemon, honeydew and yellow apple flavors that are given an edge of spiciness by a subtle ginger note. Closes with bright, minerally cut, repeating florality and very good persistence.. 90 pts Josh Reynolds Vinous
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

NV Sokol Blosser Evolution #9
Dundee Hills , Oregon
The different grapes tie together perfectly, creating a smooth, layered, off-dry white wine that can hold its own or stand up to just about any food pairing you dare to serve it with. It is extraordinarily food-friendly, from light salads to the hottest fusion-style cuisine. Intense fruit up front and a crisp, clean finish. This unique white is truly a parade of flavors across the palate.
90 points and Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Leese Fitch Pinot Noir
Clarksburg and Lodi , California
The aromas are reminiscent of fresh summer plum, wild strawberry and lavender blossom with hints of crushed purple basil. The palate starts with flavors of bright Bing cherry, tart strawberry, vanilla bean and light cardamom. On the finish, plum flavors dominate with hints of raspberry, sweet dried cranberry and rich French oak notes of vanilla and nutmeg.
89 Points, The Tasting Panel
BTG $6.25 Retail $11.99

2014 Condado De Haza Crianza
Ribera del Duero, Spain
This rich red shows a deep core of plum, bramble and mineral, with notes of loam and game that impart a savory character. Solid tannins support a thick texture, while balsamic acidity keeps this balanced. Austere but harmonious. 93 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2012 Mettler Old Vine Zinfandel Epicenter
Lodi, California
Draws you in with its deep, opaque garnet color. Enticing aromas of dried red currant, brambly blackberry and vanilla delight the senses. An impressive concentration of flavors offer waves of sweet raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry pie, enriched by notes of sweet tobacco, pepper and hints of cola. Silky, plush tannins float through the lingering finish, balanced by light touch of acidity. This wine has the elegance and balance of a fine Cabernet, yet retains the juicy, exuberant personality that is uniquely Zinfandel.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Great New Zinfa

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Delicious new wine from a Zinfandel Legend…

Marietta Cellars returns to their Zinfandel roots with this incredible first vintage of “ROMAN”

Marietta
Zinfandel “Roman”
North Coast, CA 2015

A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbera, aged for 12 months in neutral barrels, the 2015 Zinfandel Roman sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of black plums, blackberries and licorice with touches of tar, charcoal, salami and Indian spices. Full-bodied with firm, slightly rustic tannins, it offers great fruit expression in the mouth with freshness and purity coming through on the long finish.
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Robert Parker
90 points
$21.99!!!

What is all the fuss about?

Few grapes in the world tell the story that Zinfandel has to tell. The grape arrived to this country in the suitcases of the throngs of early Italian immigrants seeking a new life farming crops in Northern California. These were not trained winemakers. They were farmers, growing plums, apples and almonds but they always planted a vineyard wherever they went to make wine for personal consumption and while many grapes matriculated to the Golden State there is no question that the most beloved among them was Zinfandel. These early wines were rich and fruity and even in many cases in the early days, sweet to the taste of humble pioneering farmers seeking a satisfying red after a hard days work. While Cabernet Sauvignon will always garner the accolades in the landscape of great Californian wines, Zinfandel is the workhorse and perhaps America’s most significant contribution to world’s wine landscape. Plenty of places make great Cab, only Cali makes great Zin. What you may not know is that most of the best Zins are blends as is the wine we are excited to launch today, Marietta Cellars “Roman”.

Marietta Cellars is one of those wineries that has honestly never made a bad wine and what’s more impressive is that they have been doing it for 40 years!!! We love the Bilbro family, owners and operators of Marietta Cellars and have been following them a long time so when they released a new wine, we were scratching and clawing to get a taste. Marietta’s “Angeli Cuvee”, an artful blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan has long been a staple in the Zin-loving community and with the newest addition “Roman”, named for their winemaker the last 30 years, they have added another great Zinfandel to their portfolio that may very well prove even more popular than it’s big brother.
I simply cannot say enough about this new release which reveals both the intensity and power Zinfandel is so well appreciated for but also a graceful aromatic quality that is rarely ever found in these monstrous black wines. Treat yourself to a bottle of this new wine in its first vintage we have a feeling it is going to be a big hit based on our showing at last Tuesday’s tasting.

Wine Tasting 8/8/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on August 3, 2017 No Comments yet

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday August 8th 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Juve y Camps “Gregal” White Blend
Penedes, Spain
Gewurtztraminer, Malvasia and Muscat
Fresh and unctuous, with a well-balanced acidity and remarkable freshness. Notes of tropical fruit, aniseed and fresh notes of jasmine, orange blossom, bitter herbs, citrus and white fruit. Delicately sweet, with a long, fruity finish. This wine has a beautiful clean, bright straw yellow colour with some golden tinges.
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2014 Sonoma-Loeb Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Showcasing what can be achieved from a great vineyard in a near-perfect vintage, this wine offers remarkable depth and concentration, with alluring black cherry and raspberry aromas, as well as layers of chocolate, smoke and spice. On the palate, it is rich and velvety, with lush, mouthfilling berry flavors, silky tannins, complex spice and hints of sweet oak, espresso and vanilla. 92 Pts Vinous
Retail $37.99

2014 Pierre Dupond Côtes du Rhône La Renjardière
Southern Rhône, France
Juicy and direct, with plum sauce and red licorice flavors that maintain good energy through the accessible, white pepper—lined finish.
90 PTS TC
BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2015 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo
Mendoza, Argentina
A juicy, savory style, with crisp raspberry and cherry flavors that offer hints of ginger and licorice. White pepper and cedar accents show on the finish.
89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2015 Marietta Zinfandel Roman
Geyserville, Sonoma County, California
A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbera, aged for 12 months in neutral barrels, the 2015 Zinfandel Roman sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of black plums, blackberries and licorice with touches of tar, charcoal, salami and Indian spices. Full-bodied with firm, slightly rustic tannins, it offers great fruit expression in the mouth with freshness and purity coming through on the long finish. 90 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99