|October 18, 2011|
|6:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
No charge for tastings
Groth Sauvignon Blanc, 2010
Sauvignon Blanc 97%, Semillon 3%
2010 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from “sur lie” aging.
BTG $ 7.75 Retail $19.99
E Guigal Côtes du Rhône White, 2009
55% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 10% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc
Pale yellow. Melon, nectarine and honeysuckle on the nose, with notes of anise and white pepper adding complexity. Gains sweetness with air and offers pliant honeydew and orchard fruit flavors, with a touch of spice on the back half. I like this wine’s complexity and finishing sappiness.
BTG $ 6.00 Retail $14.99
Bodega Colomé Malbec, 2007
85% Malbec, 8% Tannat, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot.
The color is deep, dark red with a magenta hue. This wine is layered on the nose with blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and spices. The flavors are rich with layered fig paste, plums, cassis and blackberry fruit. Subtle French oak flavors are well balanced and fully integrated through the mid-palate and well into the finish, which is long and round.
90 Points Wine Spectator’s/ Smart Buy issue November 15, 2011
BTG $ 9.50 Retail $24.99
Maialina Gertrude Toscana, 2008
45% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 30% Cabernet
Gertrude is a rich and lively blend; Its aroma is a distinctive meld of dates and warm spices. On the tongue both date and spice are joined by black cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco in a robust but graceful blend. The medium-long finish carries all those flavors through to a most satisfying end.
BTG $ 5.25 Retail $11.99
Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, 2009
67% Syrah, 14% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 2% Viognier
The 2009 The Chocolate Block has a rustic, earthy bouquet with a touch of saddle-leather and Provencal herbs. The palate is smooth and rounded on the entry and is armed with crisp acidity to cut through that plush dark berried fruit interlaced with rosemary, white fennel and white pepper. Very svelte and harmonious towards the slightly oaky finish and demonstrating good length, The Chocolate Block is a well-crafted Rhone(ish) blend from Mark Kent and his team.
90 Points Robert Parker’s erobertparker.com August, 2011