Wine Tasting Monday 12/23/19

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Monday, December 23th 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Arnaud Lambert Cremant de Loire Rose

Loire Valley,France

Delicate raspberry, wild herbs and chalky minerality come together in this fine, finessed traditional method sparkling wine.  Tiny persistent bubbles not only look gorgeous, but make for a very gentle mousse on the palate.  Elegant acidity brings freshness and carries savory lees-inspired flavors of toast, brioche and biscuit into a long finish.  A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon,  Not only is it certified organic, but it is also fermented with native yeasts, includes no additives or enzymes, and is low in sulfur.

 BTG $8.75   Retail $21.99

2018 Neboa Albarino

Rias Baixas, Spain

From the hillsides of Condado do Tea including an extraordinary plot with 75 year old vines on slate soils. The cooler, higher elevation gives rise to a fresh, precise expression of Albariño in general and this particular site lends an intense mineral streak through the wine. A floral, blossomy nose with peach and apricot aromas which carry through on the palate with taut structure, complex fresh fruit, understated mid-palate weight, all on a strong backbone of mineral acidity.

BTG $7.50     Retail $16.99

2017 Scarpetta Frivo Rosso

Tuscany, Italy

While Sangiovese is planted all over central Italy, it reaches its highest highs in Tuscany.

Frico Rosso is based on a blend of Sangiovese and small amounts of the indigenous grapes

Canialolo, Cliegiolo, and Colorino. This is the perfect balance of crisp tart cherry and the wonderful herb notes found in great Tuscan red wine. When we speak of “food wines” in the wine world, those wines that go great with food, this is exactly what weare talking about.

BTG $6.75       Retail $12.99

2014 Pecina Crianza

Rioja, Spain

This is a actually a reserva level wine, as it was matured for 24 months in seasoned American oak, and then aged for another 24 months in bottle before release. Lots of red berry aromas with fresh and dried flowers, vanilla and cured tobacco. These luscious red fruit flavors are supple and expansive, with a distinctly old-school character on the palate.

BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99

2017 Sean Minor Cabernet

North Coast, California

Full bodied and mouthfilling, this generous, ripe, blueberry-scented and black-cherry-flavored wine has lots to like. It’s exuberant in flavor, broad and smooth in texture, and has very light tannins so it seems to melt in the mouth. flavors with suggestions of cedar, mint, spice and savory tobacco. Finely textured tannins linger on a smooth, dry finish.

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 12/17/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday December 17th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2015 Gramona La Cuvee Gran Reserva Cava Cava, Spain Few Cava producers in Spain begin their range with a vintage Gran Reserva made exclusively from organically-farmed Xarel.lo and Macabeo but then again Gramona is far from your typical Cava house. Pale yellow, steel edges (white gold). Medium intensity aromas. Elegant floral notes wrapped in stone fruit – peach, apricot, golden apple, lemon peel, closed by a shy note of raw almond .Round entrance, medium enveloping body, crispy carbonic texture. In the retro-nasal route citrus memories return, the apple, the almond. Very refreshing and long finish. 90 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate  BTG $9.50    Retail $23.99 2016 Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay Russian River, California The 2016 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is gorgeous, scented of fresh grapefruit, pineapple and warm apricots with hints of chalk dust, fresh ginger, brioche and cashews. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in tons of opulent tropical and spice flavors, with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a very long finish. 95 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93 Pts Vinous  Retail $42.99 2016 Lemelson Thea’s Select Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon Dark cherries and toasted spices make for a captivating nose with plenty of immediate interest. The deeply rich dark-cherries on the palate are cast along fluid, long and sturdy tannin lines. Strong finish. 93 Pts James Suckling, 91 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $11.25       Retail $29.99 2015 Senda Negra Crianza Grenache Almansa, Spain Dark Red, powerful, spirituous aromas with ripe fruit, sweet spices, red berries, toasted balsamic with smoky marked ends of toasted vanilla. 4.0 Vivino, 92 Pts SK BTG $8.00    Retail $18.99 2017 Ancient Peaks One Stone Cabernet Paso Robles, California A new Cabernet Sauvignon offering from the Ancient Peaks family. One Stone is a tribute to all of the women who move mountains, one stone at a time. A portion of each bottle sold is donated to Dream Big Darling, a nonprofit that provides mentorship programs for the next generation of female leaders in the wine and spirits industry. The 2017 One Stone Cabernet Sauvignon opens with classic varietal aromas of dark fruit, black olive and graphite with notes of toasty oak and toffee. The palate is full and round, showing generous currant and black fruit flavors with suggestions of cedar, mint, spice and savory tobacco. Finely textured tannins linger on a smooth, dry finish. 91 Pts SK BTG $8.00  Retail $18.99  

Wine Tasting 12/10/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday December 10th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Canard Duchene Brut Champagne, France One of Champagne’s hidden treasures, Canard-Duchêne produces a lively style that is fresh and yet satisfying. I have tasted these wines over the last decade and they are very consistent. Medium straw, light yellow in color, steady beads; a triumphant aroma of fresh apples, light yeast and brisk mineral; medium bodied, bright and sassy on the palate; dry, very good acidity, well balanced; bright, tart apple flavors; lively aftertaste. 93 pts S.T.  Retail $39.99 2018 Peju Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, California This aromatic and crisp Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely nose of pineapple, white peach, and orange blossom. The palate is bright with notes of apricot, tangerine and nectarine. Balanced with refreshing acidity, our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc concludes with a fresh, clean finish. 90 Pts Wilford Wong BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99 2017 Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno Paso Robles, California 55% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 12% Petite Sirah, 8% Tannat, and 7% Mourvedre. The life of the party has just arrived and is setting up shop in your mouth. It’s approachable, as all good party guests should be, with lively flavors of blackberries, cherries and strawberries to get things started. And this Paso red blend knows how to mingle, introducing milk chocolate, caramel and leather to all those beautiful fruits. It’s going to be an interesting night. 91 Pts Tasting Panel BTG $10.00       Retail $24.99 2016 Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet Napa Valley, California this wine is bold and elegant with enticing aromas of cocoa, mocha, and juicy blackberries. While flavors of black cherry, cassis, plum, and savory baking spices delight the palate, the soft, rich mouthfeel and supple tannins carry through to a lengthy finish. 92 Pts Decanter Magazine BTG $12.75     Retail $34.99 2017 Juan Gil Blue Label Jumilla, Spain Monastrell, Cabernet-Sauvignon & Syrah. Purple/black in colour, it proffers a nose of pain grille, graphite, earth notes, spice box, black fruits, and a hint of balsamic. It opens in the glass to reveal excellent density, savory flavors, plenty of spice, and a lengthy, pure finish. 93 Pts Vinous BTG $12.75  Retail $34.99