Wine Tasting 6/12/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on June 7, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday June 12th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Momo Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
A classic Sauvignon Blanc displaying a complex nose with aromas of tropical fruit, herbaceous notes and a hint of cassis. Natural fermentation adds a rich and textural quality to the palate, with subtle notes of lemon zest and passionfruit. The finish is crisp and dry. 90 Pts Wine Advocate
Btg $7.50 Retail $16.99

2016 Murrietas Well “Whip” white blend”
Livermore Valley, California
33% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 12% Orange Muscat, 10% Viognier
Aromatic appeal that provides a textured and delicious palate, and has the presence and crisp finish to be an excellent food wine. The winery is fortunate to grow several aromatic white varietals on its estate, that provide beautiful fruit and floral expressions. The team uses those varietals and others to accentuate the rich and full palate provided by its estate Chardonnay and Semillon enhanced by the wonderful natural acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. This helps Murrieta’s Well deliver a complete wine that tells the story of the estate each and every vintage. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2015 Conundrum Red Blend
Sourced from premier California winegrowing regions, Conundrum Red features dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It is rich, complex and approachable. With lush flavors of cherries and baking chocolate, this wine has fine tannins that create a silky smoothness. Be daring and drink Conundrum Red chilled to enhance its fruit profile and enjoy it any time of year. 90 Pts Wilford Wong
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Cabernet
Columbia Valley, Washington
The Seven Falls Cabernet opens with darker notes of coffee and cocoa, then transcends into black fruits including cherry and plum, with hints of mint, herb and spice. Powerful and bold, it is full and vibrant, with an elegant finish filled with notes of nut and spice.90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG 7.00 Retail $14.99

2015 Federalist Zinfandel
Lodi, California
The Lodi Zinfandel has aromas of red fruits (plum, cherry) and cinnamon spice, a good density, firm tannin structure, and a long, smooth finish. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 6/5/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 31, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday June 5th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Macrina
Marche, Italy
Citrusy verbena and lemon peel flavors are layered with crunchy white peach and mineral notes in this light-bodied and lithe white, with a mouthwatering, snappy finish.
Btg $7.00 Retail $14.99

2016 Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose
Pfalz , Germany
While dry in style and subtle on the nose, this fruity fresh rosé offers loads of concentrated raspberry, melon and peach flavors. Light on its feet and imminently quaffable, it’s an irresistible warm-weather sip at an approachable price. 89 Pts Best Buy Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

2010 Bodegas Carlos Serres Rioja Gran Reserva
Rioja, Spain
The 2010 harvest will go down as one of Rioja’s greats! It has a nose of mocha, smoke and earthy berry fruits. The palate is layered and texturally complex, while flavors of root beer, baking spice, dried cherry and plum spread out on a smooth finish that is just right in terms of residual tannins and acid. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

2015 Tenuta Sant’Antonio Valpolicella Superiore(Ripasso) “Monti Garbi”
Verona, Italy
: 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 10% Croatina & Oseleta from the “Monte Garbi” site. Two-week fermentation followed by the “re-pass” of Amarone fruit. Aged one year in French oak.
Monti Garbi is a beautiful expression of Ripasso with just the right touch of heft and intensity. Aromas of sweet spice and red fruit fill the mouth and the wine ends with a soft, velvety texture.
BTG 9.00 Retail $22.99

2013 Lapostolle Red Blend
Rapel Valley, Chile
Berry, plum, cola and mineral aromas amount to an inviting whole. A solid yet racy palate delivers punches and jabs of herbal blackberry, plum and spice flavors. On the finish, this blend of Syrah, Carmenère, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is generous with oak, coffee and herbal fruit flavors. 92 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

Wine Tasting 05/29/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 24, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 29th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay
Monterey, 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. Fresh from start to finish, this wine features aromas of flower blossoms and crisp pears. It is round and layered on the palate, with vibrant acidity and depth.
Btg $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Davis Bynum River West Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, California
An appealing struck match and savory character over a core of pineapples, guava and apricots, plus a suggestion of toasty oak. Medium-bodied, it has a lovely silkiness to the texture and plenty of tropical fruit and toasty flavors on offer in the mouth with a lively line of acid lending freshness, finishing long. Yeah, I just love finding great value wines like this that are produced in decent quantities and over-deliver on quality! 91 Pts Wine Advocate, 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Davis Bynum Janes Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California
Has a lovely ruby red hue with aromas of black cherry, plum and earth. On the palate, this medium bodied wine begins with a wild brambly berry note along with purple floral characters and baking spices that shine through with balance, acidity and a long lingering finish. Warm, bright and full of flavor, a wonderful combination of fruit, earth and spice.
BTG $10.50 Retail $26.99

2015 Amancaya
Mendoza, Argentina
85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby color with violet hints. The nose presents aromas of cloves, white pepper, and raspberry. The sleek chocolate and tobacco finish has a pleasant racy edge. On the palate, the tannins are velvety with a long-lasting finish. Layer upon layer of refined flavors and lingering acidity can be appreciated after the bottle has been opened. This well balanced, well defined wine can be drunk now, but will open up with more time. 92 Pts James Suckling
BTG 8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia
Gorgeous purity and silky tannins set the stage for kirsch, blueberry syrup, white chocolate and espresso flavors. Complex and generous, with an epic finish, where the harmonious flavors linger. 93 Pts Wine Spectator, 91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $11.25 Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 5/22/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 17, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 22nd 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Single Post Riesling
Mosel, Germany
The Single Post Riesling QbA has everything you can expect from a fine Riesling from Germany’s renowned Mosel Valley. It has a complex, smoky and floral nose, a juicy, fruity elegant mouthfeel with minerality that finishes off-dry and crisp with the impulse to take the next sip
Btg $6.25 Retail $11.99

2017 Golden Pinot Noir
Monterey, California
Aromas of Ripe cherries, strawberry preserves, floral notes of roses, earthiness,
and a touch of oak. Great balance of fruit and oak on the palate that
reminds of cherry pie, but there is also a light, refreshing quality of
watermelonon the finish. This richness on the mid palate, is enhanced by floral notes that are indicative of Monterey.
It has a smooth finish.
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Garzon Tannat Reserve
This powerful Tannat is elegant with aromas of red fruits such as cherries and strawberries, black plums, tobacco and black chocolate on a spicy background. It is juicy and fresh on the palate, and has a full-body with a lingering finish balanced with a touch of oak.
90 Pts Wine Spectator #41 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Auspicion Mystic Red Bland
Nothern California
55% Zinfandel 27% Merlot 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fresh and fruit-forward selections are produced using grapes sourced from the fi nest
vineyards across northern California. Intense ripe fruit with caramel notes gives this deep, rich wine both character
and intrigue.
BTG 6.25 Retail $11.99

2013 Carpineto Chianti Classico Reserva
Tuscany, Italy
Intense ruby red in color, this wine offers and elegant and full bouquet, with harmonious and persistent notes of vanilla and raspberry. On the palate, it is velvety, generous and warm. 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.25 Retail $25.99

Wine Tasting 5/15/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on May 10, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 15th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Attems Pinot Grigio
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
The wine appears a very luminous, light yellow-gold. The bouquet, seductive and pronounced, releases crisp citrus alternating with ripe apricot, enriched with elegant floral impressions of hawthorn and acacia blossom. The supple palate offers exemplary crispness and a vibrant fruitiness. 90 Pts James Suckling
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2017 Minuty “M” Cotes De Provence Rose
Provence, France
Chateau de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsula, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rose is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes, its fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.90 Pts Wine & Spirits
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Masseria Altemura Primitivo
Pulia, Italy
Dark and profound ruby red. This wine offers the nose full and intense aromas with hints of plums, jams of red fruits and sweet accents of spices. A wine of a good body, it has a mouth-filling flavour that is warm and soft and expresses a highly mature fruitiness, supported by a pleasant complex of sweet tannins. An intense ruby red, it offers scents of sour cherries, violets, liquorice and sweet spicy hints. It is velvety, warm and persistent: a wine to sip slowly together with a substantial dish. 91 Pts Falstaff
BTG $7.00 Retail $14.99

2016 Bacon Red Blend
Central Coast, California
35% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 10% Merlot, 10% Petite Sirah
Full-bodied and packed with grapey and candied flavors, bursting with luscious berry flavors and a mouth-watering finish. 89 Pts WW
BTG 8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Juggernaut Hillside Vineyards Cabernet
Alexander Valley, California
Steep hillside vineyards are difficult to maintain and harvest, but the results are worth it. A huge, rich, opulent wine with complex flavors of chocolate, coffee, blackberries, cassis, mint, and velvety tannins. Aged in new French oak adds further complexity with vanilla and toast as well as creating a round and supple texture on the palate.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 5/1/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 26, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday May 1st 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Ron Rubin Pinot Gris
Russian River Valley, California
Pinot Gris is very difficult to find in the Russian River Valley, with only 180 acres planted in the entire appellation. Low yielding and challenging to grow (like its cousin Pinot Noir), Pinot Gris requires a very attentive grower. These vines were hand tended to maximize their potential. Pale yellow in color and has delicate floral, stone fruit, pear, and peppermint aromas. It also has fleshy yet bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors of peach, apricot, and Asian pear. The finish has hints of minerality.
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2017 St Supery Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, California
This radiant Sauvignon Blanc presents with pale yellow hues and glinting hints of green. Pristine estate fruit is showcased on the nose, where this wine gives generously of pink grapefruit and lime citrus aromas with a subtle thread of passion fruit and fennel. In the cellar, minimal intervention yields a vivid expression of freshness on the palate with flavors of grapefruit and lime zest zinging through the finish to create a wine of agility, brightness and devotion to its essence. 91 Pts Wine & Spirits
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Banshee Pinot Noir
Sonoma, California
This Sonoma County Pinot Noir is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma wine country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2013 Swanson Cignet Merlot
Napa Valley, California
Dark purple in the glass, delivering rich aromas of cassis and cigar box. Sweet fruit lingers in the foreground giving this wine the pleasing nose that only Napa Valley Merlot can possess. On the palate the smooth tannins envelope the rich berry fruit flavors, delivering complexity and depth. The supple acidity provides versatility for the wine, whilst flavors such as plums, pie crust and strawberry jam allow the wine to be enjoyed with our without food. The flavor development continues on the palate adding a long and balanced finish to the wine.
BTG 8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Kuleto Frog Prince Bordeaux Blend
Lake County, Napa, California
56% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
The different varieties are fermented together to create something wholly unique. The 2015 Frog Prince puts it all together in a classic Old World style wine. Ripe cherry and plum aromas are accented by a hint of baking spices that invites you in. The palate is refined yet dynamic with bright red fruit flavors, a subtle acidity and well-defined tannins that extend through to the finish. Each taste of this wine reveals new flavors and textures as the wine opens up and begins to breathe.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 4/24/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 19, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 24th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Marsuret Prosecco
Veneto, Italy
Aromas of spring blossom and green apple lift out of the glass. Silky and bright, the off-dry palate presents ripe pear, white peach and candied nectarine zest alongside a creamy mousse and fresh acidity. 89 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 Conde Villar Vinho Verde
Galegos, Portugal
Comprised of three of the most famed grape varieties of the region Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura, this Vinho Verde is lush, expressive, and lively; the perfect representation of the land from which it comes. This wine showcases clear color with a slight lemon hue. Mild tropical aromas of pineapple and mango intermingle with floral notes. The palate has a soft minerality, well balanced fruit and acidity, with a slight, pleasant effervescence.
BTG $6.00 Retail $9.99

2015 Argiolas Cannonau Costera
Sardinia, Italy
Costera shows the typicity of the Cannonau grape with flavors of very ripe strawberries, black cherries, herbs, and spices. The warmth and intense sunlight of southern Sardinia can be seen and felt in the wine with unexpectedly deep color and fullness on the palate. French oak barriques provide rounded tannins and flavors of vanilla.
BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99

2015 Sansonina Evaluna
Veneto, Italy
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby red; enveloping sensations of fresh red fruit, such as blackcurrants, raspberries and blackberries, and spicy notes of liquorice and pepper;
a wine with a strong flavour, due to the clay soil south of Lake Garda, full-bodied and harmonious, wrapped in pleasurable hints of herbs.
BTG 8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Ch Puech Haut Prestige
Languedoc, France
Grenache, Syrah, The 2015 Saint Drezery Prestige is a ripe, sexy beauty that gives up full-bodied notes of black cherries, melted licorice and roasted herbs. Like all the wines from this estate, it has lots of richness and texture, yet stays balanced, lively and pure. It’s a year in and year out value that’s a no-brainer purchase. It will drink beautifully over the coming 4-5 years (possibly even longer). 93 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 4/17/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 12, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 17th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Vina San Juan White Blend
La Mancha, Spain
Chardonnay, Verdejo and Viura
Bright yellow with touches of green. This wine has wonderfully fresh aromas of herbs, apple, peach and tropical fruits. Its palate mirrors these flavours with an pleasing long silky finish.
Btg $6.25 Retail $10.99

2016 Chateau La Graviere Blanc
Bordeaux, France
55 % Sémillon 45 % Sauvignon 5% Muscadelle
The nose is aromatic and fruity. Among the aromas are grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon, and lime.
On the palette there’s lots of fruit, along with, refreshing acidity, and a long citrus finish.
BTG $6.00 Retail $9.99

2016 Cedar + Salmon Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Brimming with fresh blackberry and plum aromas,
gains earth and herb nuances with time. Ripe red plums and red
cherries dominate the smooth palate, accented by a
dash of herbs.
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2012 Cadaretta Cabernet
Walla Walla, Washington
Aromas of black cherry, black berry and cassis. Some toasty mocha oak notes. Very subtle, complexing notes of an earthy wet forest floor (a mixture of wet leaves and earth), and pine tar. The fruit profile focused on black fruit carries through onto the palate with an addition of vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and full with ample tannins, but they are velvety-soft, nice and round.
92 Pts Robert Parker
BTG 13.75 Retail $37.99

2014 Tait Ballbuster
Barossa Valley, Austrailia
78% Shiraz, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot.
Glass-staining ruby. Expressive, oak-spiced cherry, blackberry and violet pastille aromas are complemented by suggestions of dark chocolate and licorice. Sweet, seamless and open-knit, offering nicely concentrated dark berry, cherry and spicecake flavors and a touch of vanilla. Shows very good focus and thrust on the long, juicy finish, which features repeating spiciness and gentle, slow-building tannins.” 91 Pts Wine Spectator, #36 Top 100 wines of the year. 91 Pts Vinous
BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 4/10/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on April 5, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 3rd 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Ferraton Côtes du Rhône White Samorëns
Southern Rhone Valley, France
Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Marsanne
Colour : bright, pale gold colour with silver tints. Nose : aromas of white flowers and white fruit.
Palate : nicely balanced wine. Clairette brings the freshness and white Grenache body and softness.
90 Pts Wine Spectator
Btg $6.25 Retail $11.99

2017 2016 Chateau Puech-Haut Saint Drezery Prestige Rose
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The 2017 Prestige Rosé is another beautiful rosé from this estate. Spice, underbrush, cherries, citrus blossom and beautiful minerality all emerge from the glass and it’s rich, yet also fresh and crisp. It’s a food rosé to drink over the coming year. It’s a blend of 60/40 Grenache and Cinsault aged in tank.” 91 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Château de Fontenille
Bordeaux, France
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
A very pleasant ruby color, Château de Fontenille Bordeaux Rouge is elegant and round on the palate with a fine, lingering finish. Well structured and full bodied, this wine represents the character and the authentic personality of the great red Bordeaux.
88 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
This wine is almost too good to be true. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache that was brought up in concrete tanks (Grenache) and demi-muids (Syrah), It reminded me of a mini Syrah from California’s Manfred Krankl (yes I just compared a $18 Syrah to Sine Qua Non). It’s a ripe, sexy, heady beauty that exhibits a deep, purple color as well as killer notes of smoked meats, chocolate, blackberry and black raspberries. Deep, unctuous, open knit and layered, it continues to change in the glass, has a seamless and silky profile, and not a hard edge to be found. It’s a sensational value that needs to be tasted to be believed. 94 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG 7.75 Retail $17.99

2011 Glenelly Reserve Estate Red
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Features alluring fresh espresso and smoldering juniper notes out front, followed by a rich, polished core of cassis and blackberry fruit, with a serious spine of licorice root and a long tarry edge to the finish. This still has ample grip, but there’s enough development here to begin drinking now..92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 4/3/18

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events by hvine on March 29, 2018 No Comments yet

Tuesday April 3rd 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Golden Chardonnay
Carmel, California
The golden yellow hue is clearly embraced through the clear glass bottle.
Classic tropical and stone fruit aromas of peaches, pineapple, papaya, apricot, and banana with notes of lemon zest, orange blossom, and vanilla cream. In the glass, there is a sophisticated balance of fruit, mineral, oak, and acid. The fruit and acid are at the forefront with bright pineapple, peach, and star fruit. The minerality lingers on the mid-palate and finish. The oak is very subtle, and grounds the flavors by adding a soft vanilla bean nuttiness, like the perfect pie crust of a meringue pie.
Btg $8.00 Retail $18.99

2014 Grgich Hills Fume Blanc
Napa Valley, California
Dark golden-hay in color, this white was fermented mostly in 900-gallon French oak foudres, with the remainder fermented in smaller French oak barrels. Nutty lime and gooseberry provide intrigue and saltiness against bright acidity, making for a complex and compelling impression on the palate. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2015 Cesari Boscarel
Veneto, Italy.
30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Merlot
Shows notes of wild berries upfront, quickly followed by hints of violets. It is full in body with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Each varietal is vinified separately after which they are blended together to undergo malolactic fermentation and left to rest for 6 months.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2008 Dehesa La Granja
Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León , Spain
Deep ruby. A complex, perfumed bouquet evokes dark berries, cola, smoked meat and mint. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry-cola flavors that are firmed and lifted by juicy acidity. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which hangs on with very good tenacity and a whisper of fine-grained tannins. A fine effort for the vintage and delicious right now. 91 Pts Vinous
BTG 8.00 Retail $18.99

2015 Whiplash Zinfandel
Lodi, California
Brilliant ruby red in color, boasts aromas of dark cherries, boysenberry, plum and blueberry. Layers of juicy red berries explode on the palate. Mild hints of toasted oak lengthen the finish but don’t overwhelm the fruit. Soft tannins and a hint of sweetness lead to a rich, delightful finish on the palate.
.BTG $6.75 Retail $13.99

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