Wine Tasting 9/5/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on August 31, 2017 No Comments yet

We will be open on Labor Day

Don’t forget Jazz and Blues Tonight
7pm -11pm

Tuesday September 5th 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Bodegas Ordoñez-Rueda Nisia Verdejo Old Vines
Rueda, Central Spain
(60 percent raised in large oak casks, 25 percent of them new, and 40 percent raised in stainless steel tanks, all of it on its lees) Green-tinged yellow. Meyer lemon, melon, jasmine and a vanilla nuance on the highly perfumed nose. Pliant and broad in the mouth, offering juicy pit fruit and floral flavors that tighten up on the back half. The floral quality repeats on a long, penetrating finish that’s sharpened by a spine of juicy acidity. 91 Pts Josh Raynolds, Vinous
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2016 Yalumba Viognier South Australia Organics
South Australia
This wine is pale straw in color with green hues. The aroma is a complex mix of pretty white flowers, jasmine and honeysuckle with fennel and ginger. Creamy, rich and long flavors on the palate include fresh apricot nectar and star fruit, leading into a succulent mid palate with bright citrus flavours and Asian five spice on the finish. 89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2012 Dominios de Castilla Tempranillo Crianza
Ribera del Duero, Spain
Estate grown and produced by Bodegas Viña Vilano Bodegas Viña Vilano is located in the village of Pedrosa de Duero, province of Burgos, internationally regarded as the top wine-growing regions within the D.O. Ribera del Duero. With old vines dating back to its foundation in 1957, currently Bodegas Viña Vilano has over 300 hectares of “Tinta Fina,” a local strain of world renowned Tempranillo. The crianza is aged in French and American oak for 14 months and a minimum of 3 months in bottle before released. “Tangy blackberry and plum; smooth, velvety and rich with balance and bright acidity.” 91 Pts TC
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 CONTRADE Negroamaro
Puglia, Italy
100% Negroamaro, one of the most representative red grapes of Salento. Known for producing wines that are full-bodied, rich, elegant and with the typical soft tannins of the Italian “classics,” the word Negroamaro is a Latin-Greek blend which emphasizes the colour of the grape: niger from Latin “black” and mavros from Greek “dark”. Deep ruby red; intense aroma, with notes of cherry and blueberry jam, cocoa, licorice and floral fragrances. Round with warm structure and smooth tannins. 90 Pts TC
BTG $6.00 Retail $10.99

2014 Vinum “The Insider” Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles, California
This medium plum Cabernet from the best “Big Red” grape areas of Paso Robles has concentrated aromas of cassis and boysenberry. The entry of this wine displays a very supple and plush texture with ripe black cherries, integrated vanilla and balanced French oak notes. After opening up, the wine reveals a vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon tannin structure which showcases both its backbone and age-ability while ending with rich plummy and ripe cherry fruit with cherry vanilla on the finish. 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Jazz & Blues Night 9/2/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on August 30, 2017 No Comments yet

Jazz & Blues DJ Night at Hollywood Vine

This Saturday night, Sept. 2 from 7-11pm, Hollywood Vine will be enlivened with sounds curated from almost 100 years of material, from the late 1920s until the early 1970s. Blues and jazz that is, but not necessarily the songs or the artists you’ve heard before. The focus is on either artists who because of geography, personal circumstance, or fate didn’t get their due, and on material from well-known artists that falls outside of the established canon. DJ “Whiskers” Clamato brings the tunes.

As always the cheerful staff will be present to provide the finest wine, beer, spirits and conviviality that Hollywood has to offer.

Wine Tasting 8/22/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on August 17, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday August 22nd 2017
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris
Pfalz, Germany
The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany, directly north of France’s Alsace region.
The wine is made in a full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture.
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2016 Salvard Cheverny
Loire, France
85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Chardonnay
Offers a good chiseled feel, with chive and flint notes leading the way, backed by a long zip of sel gris through the bracing finish.
90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99

2015 Paraiso Pinot Noir
Monterey , California
This smartly priced screwtop shows juicy red cherries and bramble fruit with wet gravel and red rose petals on the nose. The rich red cherries on the palate are cut by tart cranberries, pencil lead, peppercorns and rosemary.
89 pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo
Piedmont, Italy
A hidden gem. Frankly, it is better than many Barolos or Barbarescos. Sweet floral aromatics, bright red cherry fruit, mint, licorice and tobacco are some of the signatures, but it is the wine’s overall balance that is most remarkable. Simply put, this is an outrageously beautiful wine for the money. In most vintages, the Langhe Nebbiolo is a combination of fruit from Vajra’s estate in Sinio plus declassified lots of the Barolos. It sees a short fermentation in steel meant to emphasize freshness, but I have no doubt that if the Vajras wanted to, they could make a Barolo-level wine from this fruit. Instead, the Langhe Nebbiolo is a mini-Barolo that punches well above its weight.
90 Pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2013 Trim Cabernet
From Ray Signorello. This is a side-project apart from his Signorello Estate. The motive was to produce an inexpensive or moderately-priced red wine that performed above their price point. The wine is a blend of 82 percent cabernet, 15 percent merlot and 3 percent malbec. The color is dark ruby with a hint of magenta at the rim. Aromas of black cherries and red and black currants are highlighted by notes of blueberries, cloves and lavender with undertones of dusty graphite. It’s sleek and supple in the mouth, propelled by vibrant acidity and oak-tinged tannins that do not detract from juicy and spicy black fruit flavors with a touch of dried fruit and flowers about them.
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

Wine Tasting 8/15/17

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

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

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on August 10, 2017 No Comments yet

Delicious new wine from a Zinfandel Legend…

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

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.
Robert Parker
90 points

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

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.
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