Wine Tasting 6/25/19

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  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday June 25th 2019 6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings    2017 Goldschmidt Singing Tree Chardonnay Russian River , Sonoma, California Wonderfully bright and refreshing style with crisp, green apple characteristics, medium-to-high acidity and good length. Old field selection clones yield fruit with high natural acidity and citrus flavors like grapefruit and lemon. The nose shows lime, Meyer lemon, and ripe apple. Flavors of juicy green apple, dried fig, white peach, and apricot mingle with hints of vanilla. The dash of French oak pushes the finish a little longer with hints of vanilla and caramel. 89 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2015 Drumheller Merlot Columbia Valley, Washington 80% Merlot, 20% Syrah This Merlot opens with aromas of blueberry, subtle spice and rose petals with hints of cocoa. Balanced in style, this wine is structured, yet lively. 90 Pts SK BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99   2017 Intrinsic Red Blend Columbia, Valley, Washington 51% Malbec, 49% Cabernet Franc This wine opens with refined notes of raspberry, white tea leaves, a hint of fresh mint and lavender. The flavors are layered with milk chocolate fig reduction, dark plum and licorice root, and the texture is angular, yet sophisticated, with chocolate ganache details in the finish. Previous Vintage 94 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99     2017 Fidelity Crazy Creek Red Blend by Nick Goldschmidt Alexander Valley, California 76 % Merlot 10 % Petit Verdot 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon Color is a purple hue with a red middle. Aromas of fresh blueberries and red cherries. The touch of French vanilla oak rounds out a very enticing and complex nose. The palate is again fruit driven. Bright and well-structured with red fruit flavors and a supple finish. Tremendous value for a red blend from a winemaker of more than 30 years in the Alexander Valley.92 Pts SK BTG $7.00 Retail 17.99     2016 Black Stallion Cabernet Napa Valley, California This rich and refined wine doesn’t require years of further aging to achieve ideal balance and enjoy upon release. The full-bodied structure is a hallmark. The wine opens with stunning aromas of blackberry, black cherry and toasty scents; the palate is concentrated with bold, velvety flavors of cassis, plum and blackberry. Intense, concentrated mature fruit, bold, but integrated tannins and beautifully balanced acidity extend to an elegant finish. 92 Pts SK, 4.2 Vivino BTG $10.50  Retail $26.99

Wine Tasting 5/21/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday May 21st  2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Can Sumoi Ancestral Montonegra

Penedes, Spain

A balanced, fragrant and fresh sparkling wine. In the nose, the aromas of ripe white fruit stand out, with floral notes. In the mouth it is fluid, with an elegant bubble and a slightly salty finish that makes it long and persistent.

BTG $6.50  Retail $18.99

2017 Bodegas Muga Rosado

Rioja, Spain

Garnacha ,Viura , and Tempranillo

A wine which enraptures your eyes with its salmon-pink hues and lovely light. It continues to prove captivating on the nose, producing an amalgam of highly elegant fruit aromas with reminders of apricot, strawberries and creamy hints of raspberry yogurt. On the palate, the wine has good acidity, slight citrus fruit notes and a long aftertaste. 92 Pts Vinous, 91Pts James Suckling, Wine Enthusiast top 100 wines 2018

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Artadi “Vinas del Gain”

Rioja, Spain

The 2015 Viñas de Gaín could very well be the finest bottling of this pure Tempranillo that comes from 20 to 30 different vineyards in the villages of Laguardia and Elvillar, located at altitudes of 400 and 700 meters on clay and limestone soils, from vines averaging 30 years of age that are farmed organically. This is a very open, expressive vintage of this bottling, serious but at the same time easy to drink. This is a clean and fruit-driven vintage. 92 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

2015 Bodegas Olivares “Altos de la Hoya”

Jumilla, Spain

Dry-farmed, ungrafted, old vines Monastrell with some 5% Garnacha fermented in 10,000-liter stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in used barriques and larger oak vats for six to eight months. This is serious and has depth and concentration, with black fruit and the oak nicely integrated into the wine. There are mineral notes of graphite and earth and a medium-bodied palate with fine-grained tannins and a tasty finish. 90 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $7.25 Retail 15.99

2016 Teso La Monja “Almirez”

Toro, Spain

The 2016 Almirez is brilliant! Made from 100% Tinta de Toro that spent 14 months in 30% new French oak, this full-bodied, concentrated 2016 is loaded with notions of blueberries, blackberries, cedar pencil, and cured meats. With terrific depth of fruit, notable purity, and a sexy, seamless style, it’s one of those knockout wines that way over-delivers! 94 Pts Deb Dunnuck, 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $11.25   Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 5/14/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday May 14th  2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Zenato Pinot Grigio

Veneto, Italy

Lemon-green in color, aromas of Key limes and white peaches complement undertones of green apples and grains of paradise. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish.

BTG $6.50  Retail $11.99

2016 SANSONINA EVALUNA CABERNET DEL GARDA

Veneto, Italy

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc

Silty/morainic soils with the presence of clay are well-suited soils for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Sandy soil elevates aromatics and creates softer wines, showing less tannin. The presence of clay allows a balancing act to sand, offering higher extract and color. Vinifying in stainless allows for the fresh red fruits to emerge together with peppery characteristics of the Cabernet duo.

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 ZENATO ROSSO VERONESE ALANERA

Veneto, Italy

55% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 10% Corvinone, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Brilliant ruby in color, Alanera delights the senses with a variety of aromas and flavors that include fresh and dried cherries and prunes, sweet spice, and hints of coffee and tobacco. On the palate, Alanera is full-bodied with elegant and velvety tannins. Vibrant acidity brings balance and freshness, and supports a long and harmonious finish. 93 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 ZENATO RIPASSA

Veneto, Italy

85% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta

This wine is closely connected to the greatest wine of Valpolicella: Amarone. After pressing the dried grapes from which Amarone is made, the Valpolicella wine is passed over the still warm marc of Amarone. A second alcoholic fermentation begins which increases the alcoholic content and the wine becomes richer in color, bouquet. This is so refined and focused with layers of fruit and ultra-fine tannins. Plenty of chocolate and spice, too. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a focused finish. 94 Pts James Suckling

BTG $10.00 Retail 24.99

2015 ZENATO AMARONE VALPOLICELLA DOC

Veneto, Italy

80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta and Croatina.

Ruby red in color, intoxicating aromas of dried black cherries, cassis, truffles, and chocolate fudge leap out of the glass. The resulting wine is silky, luscious, and complex, with a lingering finish. 93 Pts WS

Retail $62.99

Wine Tasting 5/7/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday  May 7th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Lagar Condesa Albarino

Galicia, Spain

Pale, green-hued yellow. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe pink grapefruit, Anjou pear and quinine, with a zesty mineral note that gains strength as the wine opens up. Offers concentrated yet lithe orchard and citrus fruit flavors that show sharp delineation and strong, spicy back-end thrust. Picks up a suave floral nuance on the finish, which hangs on with impressive, spicy tenacity. 91 Pts Vinous

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2017 Atalaya Laya

Castilla La Mancha, Spain

This is a fruit-driven Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) blend with some Monastrell  from dry-farmed vines; it fermented in stainless steel followed by malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. This has a very expressive and gentle nose, with nice fruit and even some notes of flowers. It has tannins, but it’s not as aggressive as some might think. This is a characterful and powerful Mediterranean red and represents very good value for money.

90 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $6.25 Retail $10.99

2015 Condado De Haza

Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo. Cherry, red plum and currant flavors are ripe and juicy in this bright red, supported by firm tannins and citrusy acidity that give way to a vanilla- and floral-accented finish. Offers a fresh fruit core, with solid structure. 90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Tridente

Castilla y León

100% Tempranillo

Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for six months in new and used French oak barrels) Saturated ruby. Powerful, deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents develop mocha and licorice nuances in the glass. Densely packed and supple in texture, offering smoke-tinged cherry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of spicecake. Closes smooth and long, with lingering smokiness, gentle tannins and a late, energizing jolt of cracked pepper. 90 Pts Vinous

BTG $8.25 Retail 19.99

2014 Pesquera Crianza

Ribera del Duero, Spain

100% Tempranillo. Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $12.75 Retail $34.99

Wine Tasting 4/30/19

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    HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday  April 30th 2019 6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Vilarnau Cava Brut Barcelona, Spain Aged More than 15 months in bottle This is a cava that is complex on the nose, offering the primary aromas of the grapes. When you taste the Vilarnau Brut Reserva we want you to be reminded that it is made from fruit, in this instance from Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada grapes. Apple, peach and yeast aromas are welcoming . Shows roundness on the palate and no coarseness. Briny apple and dried-apricot flavors are calm on the finish. 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99 2016 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay Central Coast, California Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, Mer Soleil SILVER is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. It is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks imported from Burgundy, France. A sun-kissed, light gold color, the 2016 vintage opens with scents of peach, apricot, Meyer lemon, vanilla wafers and honey. The nose brings additional interest with subtle notes of truffle, mesquite smoke and the kind of savory saltiness that drifts off a coastal shore. The palate is fresh and round, with a minerality that evokes wet stone and steel, as well as a lively acidity that balances lush fruit flavors. Crisp and lingering on the finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2017 Boen Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, California From the creator of Belle Glos and the Caymus Wagner family. This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is rich in ripe fruit flavors and balanced by bright acidity and judicious hints of toasty oak. Deep scarlet red color with garnet highlights. Red raspberry, tart cherry, blackberry, and vanilla aromas with balanced flavors of plum, cranberry, and chocolate covered cherries followed by hints of cola and clove. BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99 2017 Amancaya Red Blend Mendoza, Argentina 85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon Red deep color. The nose reveals fruit aromas of red and black berries with notes of mocha, spices and pepper. On the palate the texture is balanced with elegant and velvety tannins, giving a soft yet mouth-filling structure. Overall, a complex mixture of fruits and spices. 90 Pts Robert Parker BTG $8.25 Retail 19.99 2015 Primus The Blend Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile  A blend that combines each of the estates’ diversity and their best varieties. The base is Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides structure, while Merlot delivers red fruit and vitality in mouth. Carménère adds weight and softness, as well as spices that combine beautifully with Petit Verdot’s smooth, complex finish. And finally, Cabernet Franc presents elegance and persistence . A generous and rich red with round and chewy tannins. So much lovely ripe fruit with currant and hints of walnut character. Full and beautiful. Gorgeous wine. 94 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

Wine Tasting 4/22/19

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Don’t forget this Saturday night 7-9 Free Prosecco Tasting

Our Monday night special wine tasting features the wines of Yalumba from the Barossa Valley in Australia and our special guest Jane Ferrari. Meeting Jane Ferrari is unforgettable. Her job title at Yalumba is multifaceted. She is a storyteller, a communicator, a brand ambassador, a legend. Spend an hour with Jane and you’ll find out more about the heritage and culture of Yalumba and the Barossa than most locals learn in a lifetime.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Monday  April 22nd 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier

South Australia

Pure aromas are reminiscent of fresh apricots, lifted ginger, saffron and fresh white flowers. The palate is long, rich and luscious, with intense and expressive stone fruit flavors and hints of orange peel, finishing with an alluring freshness. This wine will continue to grow and develop in the bottle, firstly showing enhanced apricots and spice, then after a couple of years developing honey flavors and toast complexity.

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2018 Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache

Barossa Valley, Australia

Sourced from low yielding gnarly bush vines, largely aged between 25 and 70 years, this wine is Barossa Grenache at its best. Bright red fruits and spice flow on to a rich, yet savory palate delivering a wine of elegance, tight structure and tremendous length. The subtle use of French oak enhances the true varietal characters of this classic Barossa Grenache.

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2017 Yalumba Barossa Shiraz

Barossa Valley, Australia

A moreish Barossa Shiraz that is approachable, full-bodied and fleshy. Deep and brooding with aromas of dark fruits, red spices, anise and ripe cherries, the palate flows with even texture towards a soft finish.

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2014 Yalumba Cabernet “ The Cigar”

Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, Australia

The Cigar; a name coined by Coonawarra Vignerons to describe the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil.

This wine is plum red in color and medium to full depth in hue. Bright cherry, chocolate and musk fruit aromas are supported by savory cedar oak. The palate is vibrant with blueberries and curry leaf, balanced by choc-mint with the tannins having a mouth filling praline texture

BTG $11.25  Retail 29.99

NV Yalumba Antique Tawny Port 375ml

Barossa Valley, Australia

Deep tawny with green tinges around the edges indicating prolonged aging in wood. Intense wood aged rancio featuring dried fruits, chocolate, and caramel. Elegant brandy spirit adds sweet vanillin and oak complexity. Rich and soft in the middle. Complex rancio flavors with a persistent nutty caramel aftertaste. Fine spirit characters balance the sweetness producing an elegant drying finish. 92 Pts Wine Advocate, 91 Pts wine Spectator

BTG $10.75 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 4/16/19

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OUR REGULAR TUESDAY TASTING ON THE 23RD (the week after next) HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO MONDAY THE 22ND IN ORDER TO HOST A VERY SPECIAL WINEMAKER VISITING

FROM AUSTRAILIA. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDER FOR WHAT SHOULD BE A SPECIAL EVENT

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday April 16th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 L’Acote Cotes de Province Rose

Provence, France

70% Grenache, 20 % Syrah & 10% Cinsault

With a pale pink coulor, the nose reveals a basket of fruits composed of apricot, peach, grapefruit, mango and litchi.

This aromatic expression leaves room for an ample clean mouth feel, with persistent floral flavours.

BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99

2017 Domaine Santa Giullietta Corse Vermentino

Corsica, France

A smooth, warm style of wine, this offers ripe apple and white-fruit flavors. It is floral, perfumed as so often with Vermentino with open fruitiness and a fresh, aromatic aftertaste. 88 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $7.25  Retail $15.99

2016 Domaine de Pallus Chinon Rouge “Messanges”

Loire Valley, France

Cabernet Franc

A very fresh style, with high-pitched red currant and bitter cherry notes, lined with a mouthwatering iron streak. Bright savory and floral accents add lift on the finish. Very pure. 90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Chave Mon Couer Cotes Du Rhone

Rhone Valley, France

50% Grenache, 50% Syrah

A cut above most Côtes-du-Rhônes in structure and complexity. Lurid ruby. Ripe cherries and red berry liqueur on the deeply perfumed, spicetinged nose. Shows impressive power and breadth on the palate, offering rich black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors complicated by hints of lavender and peppery spices. The smooth, gently tannic finish delivers solid punch and repeating red berry and floral notes. 91 Pts Vinous, 91 Pts Wine Advocate, 91 Pts James Suckling

BTG $9.00   Retail 22.99

2014 Chateau Segur de Cabanac

St Estephe, Bordeaux, France

60% Cabernet, 40 % Merlot

Violet color. Earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted berries, chocolate mint and graham crackers, praline, and fallen tree in a forest with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with impressions of cassis tart a la mode, whole nuts, and earth with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, savory St. Estèphe with great poise and structure. 94 Pts Tastings.com , 92 Pts International Wine Reports

BTG $14.00 Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting 4/9/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday April 9th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Maison De Grand Esprit Cremant De Bourgogne

Burgundy, France

A fresh and bright sparkling wine with apple and cream aromas and flavors. Hints of yogurt. Full body, pretty bubbles and a flavorful finish. Blend of 60% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir and 20% gamay. A fun and lively sparkling wine. Bottled fermented and 12 months on lees. 90 Pts James Suckling

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay

Napa Valley, California

COMMENTARY: My notebooks are filled with plenty of impressions of the Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay over the years, and there is a reason why this wine is so successful. While the 2016 vintage shows the evolution of the wine, the Private Reserve Chardonnay has always been at the top of its game, no matter what vintage is in play. TASTING NOTES: This wine is luxurious. Its aromas and flavors of ripe apples and peaches, couple with an enticing creaminess stay long and generous on the palate. 93 Pts Wilford Wong, 92Pts Robert Parker, 91 Pts Wine Spectator

Retail $39.99

2016 Etude Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir

Carneros, California

The Carneros Estate Pinot Noir intrigues with its rich array of red cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate raspberry and spice. The core of red fruit is made complex with layers of sassafras, sandalwood and baking spice that build in intensity through the finish. With an opulent mouthfeel and ideal natural acidity, the wine has significant substance and depth, yet stays lively and lifting throughout. 90 Pts Robert Parker, 92 Pts SK

BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

2017 Gundlach Bundschu Mt Cuvee

Sonoma,  California

74% Merlot ,7% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Cabernet Franc,7% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec

 Refreshing aromas of black cherries and blackberries lifted by vanilla and warm baking spices lead into a light-to-medium bodied palate of more dark fruit, savory cocoa and earth, while dusty tannins and mouth-watering acidity leave a lingering freshness. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $8.25   Retail 19.99

2016 Robert Hall Artisan Collection Cabernet

Paso Robles, California

The intense dark ruby red color of the Cabernet Sauvignon is reflective of this full-bodied, flavorful wine. The core of black currant and hints of cedar and spice along with cocoa aromas echoed by rich persistent flavors of plush ripe fruit, dark chocolate and anise are all supported by balanced rich velvety tannins.

90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 4/2/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday April 2nd 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Digression Rose

Provence, France

60% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 15% Syrah

Pale rose in color, this cool climate rosé from Provence is a delight from start to finish. Digression opens with hints of white flowers, light minerality, peach and melon on the nose. On the palate, initial notes of delicate minerality lead you to notes of sun-kissed strawberry and a hint of watermelon. Aged on fine lees for six months, Digression has an elegant finesse that dances across the tongue.

BTG $9.00  Retail $22.99

2017 Peju Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley, California

This Sauvignon Blanc is very bright, lively and fresh with a pop of citrus flavors and hints of tropical fruit. Aromas of pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit and lychee burst out of the glass. Notes of lemon curd, green apple and apricot linger on the palate with a fresh, clean finish and bracing minerality. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $ 7.75    Retail $17.99

2016 Reata 3 County Pinot Noir

52% Sonoma, 31% Monterey, 17% San Benito Counties

This Pinot Noir is notable for its rich ruby color and notes of cherry,raspberry and pomegranate. Aromas of vanilla fill the glass that lead to a well-structured weight on the palate. French oak notes lead to a strong finish that lingers on the palate nicely. A great Pinot Noir for any occasion. 90 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016  Gehricke Zinfandel

Russian River Sonoma,  California

Aromas are layered and fresh with ripe strawberries, raspberries and a subtle hint of leather. Secondary aromas consist of vanilla, spice and cinnamon stick. The spice carries through to the palate and is prominent. A soft and fruit forward entry displays flavors of dried raspberries and fresh red cherries. The next layer showcases a substantial amount of vanilla extract, caramel and butterscotch. A bright acidity alongside soft tannins keep the overall impact of the finish rounded and nicely balanced. 92 Pts Tasting Panel, 91 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.75    Retail 27.99

2016 Mettler Cabernet

Lodi, California

Inviting aromas of dark cherry, cola, cedar, mineral and earth followed by a graceful mingling of cherry, cranberry and sweet oak flavors with a whisper of vanilla. On the palate, the rich mouthfeel is moderated by juicy acidity, and the long finish is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux. This elegant and poised Cabernet is accessible now, and its structure and complexity will see it through many years of aging. Gold Medal & 91 Points 2018 Winemaker Challenge

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 3/26/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday March 26th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Dourum Tons White Blend

Douro Valley, Portugal

This white blend seems to contain nearly every white grape planted in the Douro. It’s the terroir talking here, with a strong minerality, a tight texture.

 White blossom notes linger over the crisp peach and lemon-lime flavors of this crisp, pretty white, with spice and mineral details dovetailing on the finish

89 Pts Wine Spectator,  Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

BTG $6.50  Retail $11.99

2017 Gramona Gessami

Penedes, Spain

What strikes many as an usual blend is fairly common in Penedes – aromatic whites made from a blend of “northern” and indigenous varieties. In the case of Gessami, it is a blend of the native Muscat (both Frontignan and d’Alexandrie are grown by Gramona), and the non-native but heat tolerant Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. Well over half of the blend is Sauvignon Blanc, which provides both the body and acidity ,both varieties of Muscat are used in addition to a small proportion of Gewürztraminer to boost the aromatics. Such a floral and alluring wine is fittingly named Gessami, which in English means Jasmine. 4.1 Vivino

BTG $ 8.75    Retail $20.99

2016 Dourum Tons Red Blend

Douro, Portugal

Tons is ruby red in color with violet tones. The nose is dominated by aromas of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and prunes, blending beautifully with spicy secondary aromas from barrel aging. Well-balanced acidity, soft and ripe tannins, and a persistent finish result in an elegant wine. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $6.50 Retail $11.99

2015  Volver Tarima Hill Monastrell

Valencia, Spain

This red shows grace and depth. Black cherry, plum, mineral and smoke flavors mingle harmoniously over well-integrated tannins, while lively acidity keeps this focused. Not showy, but all the pieces fit together. Balanced, in the modern style.

92 Pts Wine Spectator 2017 Top 100 #17, 93Pts Jeb Dunnock

BTG $10.75    Retail 27.99

2010 Carlos Serres Gran Reserva

Rioja, Spain

85%Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Bright red and garnet with a rim turning to brick showing its extended aging in barrel and bottle. Complex aromas from its development and aging, mature ripe black fruit, and vanilla and cinnamon spice, with a deep mineral core. Velvety smooth, harmonious with a fresh finish. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

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