Wine Tasting 11/5/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday November 5th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Charles Bove Brut Rose Touraine, France A methode traditionelle sparkling made from 70% Cabernet Franc (fine aromatics and acidity) and 30% Gamay (fruit and low alcohol). The wine rests on its lees in Bove?s chalk caves for eighteen months before being disgorged. This is fresh, dry, and very pleasing. 4.0 Vivino BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99 2017 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River, Australia Simultaneously supple and juicy in texture, with an elegant, fresh expression of apple, lemon and melon flavors that are vibrant, intense and mouthwatering. Subtle white pepper and green tea notes linger in the background. 92 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99 2016 AIA Vecchia Lagone Toscano Rosso Bolgheri Tuscany, Italy In the glass, the wine is deep ruby with purple hues. On the nose, the wine is delicate with notes of cherry, vanilla, raw beef and herbs. On the palate, it is dry, structured and elegant with flavors of plum, ripe cherries, wild berries and a hint of spice, followed by a lengthy and smooth finish that begs for food.”60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc  89 Pts Vinous BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99 2017 Martin Ray Napa Cabernet Napa Valley, California Deep notes of chocolate-covered cherry, dense cassis, and cacao nib. Blueberry throughout, with allspice, green peppercorn, and supple integrated tannins. 91 Pts Wilford Wong BTG $9.00    Retail $22.99 2016  Bodegas Alta Black Slate Priorat, Spain Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet, Syrah & Merlot This generous red features a round, soft texture that carries ripe black fruit flavors, laced with licorice, toast and loamy earth notes. Offers well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty floral and cinnamon details emerge on the finish. 93 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 10/29/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 24, 2019 No Comments yet
  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 29th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Lapostolle Le Rose Central Valley, Chile Provence-style pink made from mostly Cinsault with some Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. A very subtle and steely rose with strawberries and cream, nectarines and citrus. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, but there’s some real texture on the palate with creaminess. 92 Pts James Suckling BTG $7.50    Retail $16.99 2018 Tramin Pinot Grigio Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy This wine displays a straw color with aromas of citrus fruits, pears, apples and white flowers. The rich and velvety texture of the wine is balanced by refreshing acidity leading to a long, lingering finish. 91 Pts James Suckling BTG $7.50  Retail $16.99 2017 High Note Red Blend Mendoza, Argentina 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10 % Bonarda. Intense nose blackberry laced with spice fragrances, hints of blueberry. Barrel aging provides further complexity with delicate chocolate and vanilla flavors. 91 Pts James Suckling BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99 2016 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco Piedmont, Italy This wine could qualify as a full-fledged Barolo. Barrels not used in the final Barolo Castiglione blend are used to make the Perbacco. Langhe Nebbiolo is a concept that you get great Nebbiolo quality at a fraction of the Barolo price. Today, Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the fastest-growing categories in the entire wine region., Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with the ageing. 93Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG $10.75    Retail $27.99 2016 Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, California Dark, yet fresh, brambly fruit dominate the nose with upfront notes of blackberry, raspberry, plum and dark cherry. Forward berry-driven fruit is accented by classic Dry Creek Valley baking spice and more subtle dried fruit notes. Palate and texture are rich and full with a dense, flavorful mid-palate. Flavors linger pleasantly in a long, persistent finish. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast BTG $10.25  Retail $25.99

Wine Tasting 10/22/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 17, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday October 22nd 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Patient Cottat Sancerre

Loire Valley, France

Lemon with golden-green reflections. Complex and intense aromas of acacia blossoms with a Muscat-like nose of passionfruit. the palate is full and fat. Very well balanced. Notes of litchi and a small touch of honey. Richer seafood dishes such as crab cakes or squid in a risotto or squid stewed with red peppers and tomatoes. 91 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $10.75    Retail $27.99

2018 Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

Nelson, New Zealand

Passionfruit, nectarine and lemongrass parade before the beholder. Gentle scents of green herb and flamboyant tropical fruit arrive on the scene while a light footed streak of crisp vibrancy departs side stage. 91 Pts Decanter

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

2017 La Posta Fazzio Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Roasted herbs, ink, iodine, chocolate and lots of violets. A bright and racy malbec on the palate with no shortage of dark fruit and ripe tannins, but this is very structured and finishes very savory. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2014 San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva

Tuscany, Italy

Deep ruby red color. The nose is intense and persistent with the typical notes of sweet violet and wild red berries. An austere, full-bodied wine, with succulent tannins and fresh acidity. Enriched with an aromatic complexity that originates from a delicate dosing of wood.

91Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

BTG $10.00    Retail $24.99

2014 Burgess Cabernet

Napa Valley, California

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, powerful and intense. Wild cherry, underbrush, gravel, savory herbs, smoke and earthy notes give the 2014 much of its potent, virile profile. There is plenty to look forward to as the 2014 develops in bottle. This is a lovely wine with classically inspired proportions and plenty of structure. 92 Pts Vinous

BTG $13.75  Retail $36.99

Wine Tasting 10/15/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 15th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Valckenberg “Madonna” Riesling Nahe, Germany Clear, medium lemon yellow in color. Clean aromas of pear, yellow apple, pungent floral, steel wool. On the palate it’s off dry, medium-low acidity, medium body and finish; flavors of overripe peach, applesauce, and candied lemon. BTG $6.50    Retail $11.99 2016 Aviary Chardonnay Napa, Sonoma Mendocino, California In the glass, the wine is a bright straw laced with honey. Aromas of tropical fruit, vanilla bean, banana, and apricot invite you in. On the palate, the texture is round and smooth with bright acid. Flavors of pineapple, guava, buttered toast, and banana balance together into a wine that is both rich and refreshing. BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99 2017 Gota De Arena Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon, Spain Deep purple color, the aromatics erupt from the glass featuring a mix of crushed red and black fruits, and sweet spice tinged with cedar. An incredible value, possessing fantastic fruit, excellent mid-palate depth and ripe tannins BTG $6.25 Retail $10.99 2017 Ravel and Stitch Cabernet Central Coast, California Our Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in through the inviting aromatic of dark cherry and vanilla notes. The evolving flavors on the palate of dark fruits, such as olallieberry, are met by a rich lusciousness that hits on the middle of the palate. 92 Pts Tasting panel BTG $10.00     Retail $24.99 2017 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite Paso Robles, California Starts with aromas of concentrated blackberry jam, toasted wood, plum and violet. The palate is floral and fresh, with penetrating flavors of blueberry sorbet that rest against a strong tannic structure. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast #26 TOP 100 BEST BUY 2019 BTG $16.99   Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 10/8/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 3, 2019 No Comments yet

This Tuesday we have a very special guest: James Stewart


James Stewart is one of Napa Valley’s next-generation winemakers assuming central roles in legacy wine businesses. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he came to the Valley in 2006 to partner with his father, Michael, in running Stewart Cellars. Following a product from the dirt to the shelf greatly appeals to him; moving his family’s wines through the marketplace without having to compromise their standards or beliefs is what he finds most rewarding about his work. Like many of his peers, James is focused on issues surrounding sustainability, preservation, labor practices and maintaining family-owned businesses in Napa Valley. He enjoys charity work and fundraising, but is most intent on spreading the message that Napa Valley is for everyone and that Stewart Cellars, and the other family-owned businesses here, make wines first and foremost for people’s enjoyment.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 8th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, California Refreshing and crisp, our Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of orange blossom and green apple. With a vein of acidity and a textured palate, this wine features flavors of lemon, pear, and key lime. This balanced and elegant Sauvignon Blanc is a must have for spending the weekend poolside. BTG $7.25     Retail $15.99 2016 Stewart Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Plummy strawberry, blueberry and a voluptuous undertaking of baking spice combine effortlessly and with a great depth of flavor in this juicy, lengthy wine, full-bodied but retentive of enough acidity to complement the robust fruit and body. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $42.99 2017 Slingshot Cabernet North Coast, California Complex and yet approachable, the Slingshot North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of ripe forest fruits, tobacco and vintage leather. The palate is dark and textured with notes of dark chocolate, blueberry, and plum that balance the acidity and chewy tannins. The lingering finish of subtle French oak will have you scrambling for more! BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2016 Stewart Tartan Red Blend Napa Valley, California This blends 43% Merlot, 29% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot from several vineyards, including Stagecoach and Brokenrock on Atlas Peak. It’s a richly concentrated, rocky wine with bold flavors of dried cherry and plum, black pepper and leather, the grip of tannin is no joke. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $44.99 2014 Stewart Cabernet Napa Valley, California  A 100% varietal wine, this is an impressive effort, mingling together rich and forward flavors of blackberry cobbler and chocolate around a softly layered yet richly woven core of concentration and power. Decadent, it finishes with a welcoming smoky hint.  94 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $69.99