Wine Tasting 5/1/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 26, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 1st 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Ron Rubin Pinot Gris
Russian River Valley, California
Pinot Gris is very difficult to find in the Russian River Valley, with only 180 acres planted in the entire appellation. Low yielding and challenging to grow (like its cousin Pinot Noir), Pinot Gris requires a very attentive grower. These vines were hand tended to maximize their potential. Pale yellow in color and has delicate floral, stone fruit, pear, and peppermint aromas. It also has fleshy yet bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors of peach, apricot, and Asian pear. The finish has hints of minerality.
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2017 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California
This radiant Sauvignon Blanc presents with pale yellow hues and glinting hints of green. Pristine estate fruit is showcased on the nose, where this wine gives generously of pink grapefruit and lime citrus aromas with a subtle thread of passion fruit and fennel. In the cellar, minimal intervention yields a vivid expression of freshness on the palate with flavors of grapefruit and lime zest zinging through the finish to create a wine of agility, brightness and devotion to its essence. 91 Pts Wine & Spirits
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Banshee Pinot Noir
Sonoma, California
This Sonoma County Pinot Noir is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma wine country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2013 Swanson Cignet Merlot
Napa Valley, California
Dark purple in the glass, delivering rich aromas of cassis and cigar box. Sweet fruit lingers in the foreground giving this wine the pleasing nose that only Napa Valley Merlot can possess. On the palate the smooth tannins envelope the rich berry fruit flavors, delivering complexity and depth. The supple acidity provides versatility for the wine, whilst flavors such as plums, pie crust and strawberry jam allow the wine to be enjoyed with our without food. The flavor development continues on the palate adding a long and balanced finish to the wine.
BTG 8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Kuleto Frog Prince Bordeaux Blend
Lake County, Napa, California
56% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
The different varieties are fermented together to create something wholly unique. The 2015 Frog Prince puts it all together in a classic Old World style wine. Ripe cherry and plum aromas are accented by a hint of baking spices that invites you in. The palate is refined yet dynamic with bright red fruit flavors, a subtle acidity and well-defined tannins that extend through to the finish. Each taste of this wine reveals new flavors and textures as the wine opens up and begins to breathe.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 4/24/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 19, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 24th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Marsuret Prosecco
Veneto, Italy
Aromas of spring blossom and green apple lift out of the glass. Silky and bright, the off-dry palate presents ripe pear, white peach and candied nectarine zest alongside a creamy mousse and fresh acidity. 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Conde Villar Vinho Verde
Galegos, Portugal
Comprised of three of the most famed grape varieties of the region Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura, this Vinho Verde is lush, expressive, and lively; the perfect representation of the land from which it comes. This wine showcases clear color with a slight lemon hue. Mild tropical aromas of pineapple and mango intermingle with floral notes. The palate has a soft minerality, well balanced fruit and acidity, with a slight, pleasant effervescence.
BTG $6.00 Retail $9.99

2015 Argiolas Cannonau Costera
Sardinia, Italy
Costera shows the typicity of the Cannonau grape with flavors of very ripe strawberries, black cherries, herbs, and spices. The warmth and intense sunlight of southern Sardinia can be seen and felt in the wine with unexpectedly deep color and fullness on the palate. French oak barriques provide rounded tannins and flavors of vanilla.
BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99

2015 Sansonina Evaluna
Veneto, Italy
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby red; enveloping sensations of fresh red fruit, such as blackcurrants, raspberries and blackberries, and spicy notes of liquorice and pepper;
a wine with a strong flavour, due to the clay soil south of Lake Garda, full-bodied and harmonious, wrapped in pleasurable hints of herbs.
BTG 8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Ch Puech Haut Prestige
Languedoc, France
Grenache, Syrah, The 2015 Saint Drezery Prestige is a ripe, sexy beauty that gives up full-bodied notes of black cherries, melted licorice and roasted herbs. Like all the wines from this estate, it has lots of richness and texture, yet stays balanced, lively and pure. It’s a year in and year out value that’s a no-brainer purchase. It will drink beautifully over the coming 4-5 years (possibly even longer). 93 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 4/17/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 12, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 17th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Vina San Juan White Blend
La Mancha, Spain
Chardonnay, Verdejo and Viura
Bright yellow with touches of green. This wine has wonderfully fresh aromas of herbs, apple, peach and tropical fruits. Its palate mirrors these flavours with an pleasing long silky finish.
Btg $6.25 Retail $10.99

2016 Chateau La Graviere Blanc
Bordeaux, France
55 % Sémillon 45 % Sauvignon 5% Muscadelle
The nose is aromatic and fruity. Among the aromas are grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon, and lime.
On the palette there’s lots of fruit, along with, refreshing acidity, and a long citrus finish.
BTG $6.00 Retail $9.99

2016 Cedar + Salmon Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Brimming with fresh blackberry and plum aromas,
gains earth and herb nuances with time. Ripe red plums and red
cherries dominate the smooth palate, accented by a
dash of herbs.
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2012 Cadaretta Cabernet
Walla Walla, Washington
Aromas of black cherry, black berry and cassis. Some toasty mocha oak notes. Very subtle, complexing notes of an earthy wet forest floor (a mixture of wet leaves and earth), and pine tar. The fruit profile focused on black fruit carries through onto the palate with an addition of vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full with ample tannins, but they are velvety-soft, nice and round.
92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG 13.75 Retail $37.99

2014 Tait Ballbuster
Barossa Valley, Austrailia
78% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot.
Glass-staining ruby. Expressive, oak-spiced cherry, blackberry and violet pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of dark chocolate and licorice. Sweet, seamless and open-knit, offering nicely concentrated dark berry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of vanilla. Shows very good focus and thrust on the long, juicy finish, which features repeating spiciness and gentle, slow-building tannins.” 91 Pts Wine Spectator, #36 Top 100 wines of the year. 91 Pts Vinous
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 4/10/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 5, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 3rd 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Ferraton Côtes du Rhône White Samorëns
Southern Rhone Valley, France
Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Marsanne
Colour : bright, pale gold colour with silver tints. Nose : aromas of white flowers and white fruit.
Palate : nicely balanced wine. Clairette brings the freshness and white Grenache body and softness.
90 Pts Wine Spectator
Btg $6.25 Retail $11.99

2017 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drezery Prestige Rose
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The 2017 Prestige Rosé is another beautiful rosé from this estate. Spice, underbrush, cherries, citrus blossom and beautiful minerality all emerge from the glass and it’s rich, yet also fresh and crisp. It’s a food rosé to drink over the coming year. It’s a blend of 60/40 Grenache and Cinsault aged in tank.” 91 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Château de Fontenille
Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
A very pleasant ruby color, Château de Fontenille Bordeaux Rouge is elegant and round on the palate with a fine, lingering finish. Well structured and full bodied, this wine represents the character and the authentic personality of the great red Bordeaux.
88 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), It reminded me of a mini Syrah from California’s Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $18 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It’s a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It’s a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. 94 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG 7.75 Retail $17.99

2011 Glenelly Reserve Estate Red
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Features alluring fresh espresso and smoldering juniper notes out front, followed by a rich, polished core of cassis and blackberry fruit, with a serious spine of licorice root and a long tarry edge to the finish. This still has ample grip, but there’s enough development here to begin drinking now..92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99