Wine Tasting 11/20/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on November 15, 2018 No Comments yet

With Thanksgiving in mind

Tuesday November 20th 2018.
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Dibon Brut Cava
Penedes, Spain
Light gold with plenty of bubbles, this wine has aromas of apples and pears with pleasant floral notes. Crisp and light-bodied on the palate, stone fruit flavors are accompanied by a mild minerality and balanced acidity. A delicious sparkler for a great price.
88 Pts Wine Enthusiast Best Buy
BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99

2015 La Follette North Coast Chardonnay
North Coast, California
Unbridled aromatics of ripe nectarine, vanilla and grilled bread provide an enticing greeting. Mouthwatering acidity on entry softens to pear compote and a touch of creaminess on the palate. The finish extends with citrus notes. Elegant and energetic, the La Follette North Coast Chardonnay is a harmonious blend of exceptional vineyards and judicious winemaking, and decidedly ‘coastal’ in character and personality. 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2016 Lola Pinot Noir
North Coast, California
A blend of unique vineyards from Mendocino, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.
2016 was a great vintage in the North Coast and the wine reflects that balance seen in nature itself throughout the year.
The wine is made in the same style as always, preserving the dark berry fruit, cola and redwood forest aromas of Northern California grown Pinot Noir while maintaining bright acidity, lower alcohol and a soft, supple, delicate tannin structure.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 St Cosme Deux Albion
Rhone Valley, France
Les Deux Albions is one of the outstanding wines of Louis Barruol’s collection and highlights the exceptional value that can still be found in the Côtes-du-Rhône category. The wine combines depth, structure, and finesse with aromas and flavors of roasted game, mesquite, and olive, crushed plum, and black currants.
92 Pts James Suckling, 91 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.25 Retail 25.99

2016 Acre Zinfandel
Napa Valley, California
Three words come to mind immediately on tasting the 2016 ACRE Zinfandel: bold, dark, rich. The color is deep garnet, especially dark for a 100% Zinfandel. The aroma is plush, full of black fruits, black cherry, blackberry and higher-toned raspberry along with spicy notes of cedar, sage and licorice. These flavors continue in the mouth with a generous and supple expression. Noteworthy is the exceptional structure and fine tannins which give the wine a long journey across the palate leading to a satisfying finish. This is a serious Zinfandel that would make an ideal and versatile dinner companion.
BTG 11.25 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 11/13/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on November 8, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday November 13th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Heidsieck Monoplole Brut
Reims Champagne, France
Light yellow color, with green highlights. The nose is strong and generous, slightly woody and spicy, characterized by an aromatic richness blending toasty and buttery aromas. It has an unreserved palate, full, fruity and well-structured taste.
Retail $31.99

2017 Bertani Velante Pinot Grigio
Verona, Italy
A golden yellow colour. An aroma of Golden Delicious apples, ripe pear and peach. It is a Pinot Grigio with good density and good balance between acidity and plushness.
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 La Braccesca Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano
Tuscany, Italy
An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers fruity aromas with violet and vanilla notes. On the palate, the wine is ripe, supple and balanced with tannins supported by a vein of acidity that brings out flavors of blackberry and cherry. The wine is persistent and mineral on the finish and aftertaste. 92 Pts Wine Spectator, 91 Pts James Suckling, 91 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2016 Guado Tasso “Bruciato”
Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Syrah
Offers an intense ruby red color. On the nose, the aromas of ripe red berry fruit, sweet spices, and a light and fresh minty note are the most prominent sensations. The palate is well structured, persistent, and very pleasurable in its fruity finish and aftertaste.
94 Pts James Suckling, 93 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail 24.99

2014 Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo
Pulia, Italy
Exhibits an intense ruby red color. The nose is rich and ripe with notes of plum, raspberry, licorice and vanilla. Elegant in style, the wine is full-bodied and supple with generous fruit and spice and vibrant acidity.
91 Pts James Suckling
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 11/6/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on November 1, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday November 6th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV J Vineyard Brut Cuvee
Sonoma, California
Opens with a pop of tart pineapple and orange blossom on the wonderfully aromatic nose. The palate is lively and rich with layered notes of Asian pear and honeysuckle, overlaying hints of fresh mandarin peel and marzipan before a zesty, focused finish..
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.75 Retail $25.99

2017 Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Monterey, Central Coast, California
This rich Chardonnay exhibits a classic profile of tropical fruit and Bosc pear alongside warm oak aromatics. The luscious palate suggests crème brulée and buttered toast, and finishes with fresh acidity. 90 Pts The Tasting Panel
BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99

2015 Hedges CMS Red Blend
Columbia Valley, Washington
65% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah
Dark, deep ruby color. Aromas of fresh plum, raspberry, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cloves and a touch of dried herbs and smoke. Bursting with bright berry flavors, vanilla cream, cocoa and cinnamon. The mid-palate and finish are lush and full but with just the right balance of tartness and astringency. A great food wine, but also very pleasing to sip on while pondering life.
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet
Sonoma County, California
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot
This Cabernet is built each vintage on the notion of a Bordeaux blend, with soft and silky tannins crafted for immediate enjoyment. Aromas and flavors of dark red fruit led by raspberry, black cherry and evident oak spice are joined with more traditional Knights Valley tones of black and blue fruits. A touch of licorice and mocha round out a lingering, pleasant finish.
93 Pts James Suckling, 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.00 Retail 24.99

2016 Exitus Bourbon Barrel Red
Fresno County, California,
This bourbon barrel aged red wine is fermented in American stainless steel and then aged for 3 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. This bold blend of Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon provide a deep ruby color with aromas of blackberry compote, leather and dusty dark chocolate. Bourbon barrel aging offers aromas of fire-toasted oak, baking spices, caramel and loose-leaf tobacco. On the shelf, you may notice that Exitus doesn’t look like your typical bottle of red wine. That’s because it doesn’t hide behind tinted glass. Why should you have to wait until your first pour to experience the rich crimson hue of our bourbon barrel aged blend? Instead of traditional shaded bottles that mask the color of the wine inside. Exitus bucks tradition with a clear glass bottle that showcases what matters most.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99