Wine Tasting 2/19/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday February 19th 20196-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2016 Valckenberg Pinot BlancRheinhessen , GermanyThe wine was harvested from fully ripe, aromatic grapes, gentlypressed, bridled with selected yeasts in a cold fermentation. Fruity and full-bodied with aromas of pears and pineapples. Crisp and dry on the palate followed by a clean minerally finish.BTG $6.75  Retail $12.99

 #21 Sokol Blosser EvolutionWillamette Valley, OregonSemillon, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Early Muscat,Muscat-Canelli, Chardonnay. A blend of 9 white grapes, each pressed separately, adding its own character. Evolution is both complex and approachable, with an intensely aromatic and flavorful blend of white varietals that create a wine with depth of interest and versatility in pairing. Spicy and floral on the nose, this wine is lush and tropical on the palate, with a soft and round sweetness that is tempered by a burst of citrus, leaving the finish clean and crisp. We may dare to say that Evolution goes with just about anything, 91 Pts Wine EnthusiastBTG $7.25 Retail $15.99 

2016 Garzon Cabernet FrancPunta del Este, UruguayA strong purple color with violet reflections, this noble red wine has mineral aromas coming from ripe peppers, spices and fruits of the forest accompanied by a chocolate subtle note and smoked hints coming from selected barrels. With gentle tannins , it mixes prunes and ripe blackberries with fresh eucalyptus and mint notes that add to its complexity.BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99  

2016 Jameison Ranch Double Lariat CabernetNapa Valley, CaliforniaEnticing aromas jump out of the glass with this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of black currant, anise, and cedar intrigue the senses. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, and black cherry delight the palate leading to supple tannins that carry through a lengthy finish. The Double Lariat Cabernet is highly elegant yet accessible for any occasion and any connoisseur. 92+ SKBTG $12.75       Retail 34.99  

2016 Chronic Cellars  Sofa King Bueno Red BlendPaso Robles, California44% Syrah, 31% Grenache, 13% Petite Sirah, 10% Mourvèdre and 2% TannatThe 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.

90 Pts Wine

EnthusiastBTG $10.00  Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 2/12/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on February 7, 2019 No Comments yet

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 12th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV  Juve Y Camps Brut Rose

Penedes, Spain

The NV Pinot Noir Brut Rose, a non-vintage sparkling wine from Pinot Noir grapes, which is quite dark-colored, displays a bright cherry red color with a showy nose of cherries, truffles and strawberry jam with a fresh, pungent palate, balanced acidity and flavors. Different, with a strong personality. It feels like a red sparkling wine, and quite good, by the way!  Juve & Camps is a very popular Cava producer in Spain, which seems to have improved its range and added a few luxury cuvees to their range while also moving to organic farming practices.

BTG $7.75    Retail $17.99

 2017 Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay

Mendoza, Argentina

Clear yellow with green hues. The nose is fruity, expressing tropical aromas like mango, pineapple, and citrus. On the palate, there are delightful flavors of green apple, peach, and subtle notes of vanilla. There is freshness as well as structure and persistence. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99

2016 Vajra Barbera d Alba

Piedmonte , Italy

The 2016 Barbera d’Alba has a lively purple color. The nose is fragrant, wide, displaying purple flowers, hibai prune, wet stone and a hint of sweet spices. The mouth is succulent, with prune, small berries and a whiffle of noble spices. This wine is beautifully vibrant and balanced with a long, lingering finish.

92 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.00   Retail $24.99

2017 Vina Cobos Felino Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Violet red with black tones. An attractive nose with aromas of fresh black fruits and prunes. The palate displays good concentration, balance and sweet yet supple tannins. They increased the percentage of French oak and reduced the use of American oak a bit, and the wood seems better integrated, neatly folded into the fruit. 93 Pts James Suckling

BTG $8.00         Retail 18.99

2015 Black Slate Porrera

Priorat, Spain

The 2015 Black Slate Porrera is a custom blend of 60% Garnacha, 35% Cariñena and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from younger and older vines on slate soils. It’s a ripe and heady village red that is part of a collection of village wines from Priorat produced by different wineries in conjunction with US importer Eric Solomon. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats for 25 days and matured in 225- and 300-liter oak barrels for 12 months. The wine has a traditional profile, with ripe fruit and noticeable impact from the oak, following the house style. The palate is medium to full-bodied with some dusty tannins and an earthy finish.

91 Pts Wine Advacate

BTG $9.00     Retail $22.99

Don’t say no to Merlot Wine Tasting

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on January 31, 2019 No Comments yet

2/5/19

Don’t say no to Merlot

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 5th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley California

The aromatics of this warm-weather sipper are bright, playful and tropical, teasing the taste buds with a bouquet of papaya, mango, and honeydew melon. The wine dances across the palate delivering everything promised by the bouquet including layers of white peach, ripe pear, granny smith apples and candied grapefruit. As you enjoy this wine, it continues to evolve beautifully, finishing with silky tones and refreshing minerality; notes of lime zest, mandarin orange, and limestone linger delightfully for minutes. 90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99 

 2014 Liberty School Merlot

Central Coast, California

This  has a deep opaque ruby-black color. Bright blackberry and blueberry aromas fill the glass with an intriguing note of Rainier cherry alongside lavender, clove and a kiss of vanilla. On the palate, the dark fruit play out in concert with the cherry flavor, while accentuated by sweet vanilla and toasted oak. It’s firm yet velvety tannins are balanced by mouthwatering acidity and a long, silky finish.

BTG $7.00 Retail $13.99

2014 Starmont Merlot

Carneros, California

Surprisingly dark with bright cherry, blueberry and currant aromatics on top of coffee/mocha, toast and cranberry. The palate is lush and velvety with good weight and soft tannins. The wine displays great richness, without being heavy or excessive. In short, it is quintessential Carneros Merlot. 90 Pts Wine Enthusiasts

BTG $9.50   Retail $23.99

2015 Jax Y 3 Taureau Red Blend

Napa Valley, California

50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 5% Zinfandel

Ruby purple in color, with loads of black cherry and briary blackcurrant fruit, the wine is meaty and refreshing, with hints of mocha and earth. A beautifully rich, concentrated, irresistible style of wine to drink casually or with serious cuisine. Approachable upon release and will cellar till 2022 and beyond. 90 pts Robert Parker, 90 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $9.25         Retail 22.99

2016 Vina Robles Cabernet

Paso Robles, California

Red Garnet color, the 2016 vintage presents aromas of cassis, blueberry, cedar, and anise, with hints of black olives and juniper berry. Full-bodied with flavors of cassis and blueberry, licorice notes, chewy and chalky tannins.

 91 Pts Tasting Panel

BTG $8.25     Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 1/29/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday January 29nd 20196-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Minuty M Rose Provence, FranceA splendid, pleasurable wine : The Grenache and Cinsault blend form an aromatic harmony offering notes of peach and candied orange. The flavor is crisp and round on the palate.  Eager and intense with orange peel and red current aromas. Smooth with a nice acidulous freshness.90 Pts W&SBTG $8.00    Retail $18.99   

2016 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches ChardonnayRussian River, Sonoma, California Fresh, intense aromas with floral highlights of acacia blossoms move quickly to more traditional Chardonnay aromas of pear, peach, and apple. Tropical notes of guava and toasted coconut are joined by hints of lemongrass and vanilla. The wine is beautifully balanced, delicate yet rich and creamy with well integrated oak. The many pleasures offered by blending our Russian River vineyards brings classic lemon-lime flavors with a slight hint of honey and butter mid-palate. A touch of creme fresh enhances our fruit-forward style, with mineral notes in a distinctive lingering finish. 90 Pts Wine SpectatorBTG $9.00 Retail $22.99 

2015 Lyric By Etude Pinot NoirSanta Barbara, CaliforniaVibrant ruby in color, this Pinot Noir jumps out of the glass with red fruit confiture aromas alongside fresh Bing cherry, raspberry, and hints of kola-nut. From the beautiful oak integration, sweet spiced notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice. On the palate, the red fruits continue with fresh raspberry andstrawberry backed up by soft tannins and cedar spice notes.Silky and elegant, this wine is balancedwith bright acidity and finesse, making this a wonderful accompaniment for an assortment of dishes. 90 Pts Wine EnthusiastsBTG $8.00   Retail $18.99  

2014 Susana Balbo CabernetMendoza, Argentina

Deep bright ruby color with perfumed aromas of cassis, blackcurrants, redcurrants along with hints of roasted coffee beans and tobacco and a touch of fresh mint and fresh herbs. The complex aromas are echoed on the palate with layers of fruit and spices coming on and on. Sweet on the entry with round tannins, this full bodied wine shows a lively and harmonious acidity that leads to a fresh and pure finish.

 93 pts James Suckling, 91 RobertParker

BTG

$9.50         Retail 23.99 

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday January 29nd 20196-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

 2017 Minuty M Rose Provence, FranceA splendid, pleasurable wine : The Grenache and Cinsault blend form an aromatic harmony offering notes of peach and candied orange. The flavor is crisp and round on the palate.  Eager and intense with orange peel and red current aromas. Smooth with a nice acidulous freshness.90 Pts W&SBTG $8.00    Retail $18.99   

2016 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches ChardonnayRussian River, Sonoma, California Fresh, intense aromas with floral highlights of acacia blossoms move quickly to more traditional Chardonnay aromas of pear, peach, and apple. Tropical notes of guava and toasted coconut are joined by hints of lemongrass and vanilla. The wine is beautifully balanced, delicate yet rich and creamy with well integrated oak. The many pleasures offered by blending our Russian River vineyards brings classic lemon-lime flavors with a slight hint of honey and butter mid-palate. A touch of creme fresh enhances our fruit-forward style, with mineral notes in a distinctive lingering finish. 90 Pts Wine SpectatorBTG $9.00 Retail $22.99 

2015 Lyric By Etude Pinot NoirSanta Barbara, CaliforniaVibrant ruby in color, this Pinot Noir jumps out of the glass with red fruit confiture aromas alongside fresh Bing cherry, raspberry, and hints of kola-nut. From the beautiful oak integration, sweet spiced notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice. On the palate, the red fruits continue with fresh raspberry andstrawberry backed up by soft tannins and cedar spice notes.Silky and elegant, this wine is balancedwith bright acidity and finesse, making this a wonderful accompaniment for an assortment of dishes. 90 Pts Wine EnthusiastsBTG $8.00   Retail $18.99 

 2014 Susana Balbo CabernetMendoza, ArgentinaDeep bright ruby color with perfumed aromas of cassis, blackcurrants, redcurrants along with hints of roasted coffee beans and tobacco and a touch of fresh mint and fresh herbs. The complex aromas are echoed on the palate with layers of fruit and spices coming on and on. Sweet on the entry with round tannins, this full bodied wine shows a lively and harmonious acidity that leads to a fresh and pure finish. 93 pts James Suckling, 91 pts Robert Parker

BTG $9.50         Retail 23.99  

2016 Tenshen Red BlendSanta Barbara, CaliforniaSyrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Dark yet joyous on the nose, this blend shows blackberry, black plum, purple flower and uncracked peppercorn on the nose. There’s a soft entry to the palate, where dark fruit and roasted meat flavors are framed by fresh acidity and polished tannins. 91 Pts Wine EnthusiastsBTG $8.25     Retail $19.99

 2016 Tenshen Red BlendSanta Barbara, California Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Merlot and Mourvèdre. Dark yet joyous on the nose, this blend shows blackberry, black plum, purple flower and uncracked peppercorn on the nose. There’s a soft entry to the palate, where dark fruit and roasted meat flavors are framed by fresh acidity and polished tannins. 91 Pts Wine EnthusiastsBTG $8.25     Retail $19.99

DJ NIGHT 1/25/19

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This Friday, January 25th, from 8:30-11pm, DJ Barry Stock will provide mood-altering sounds via classic jazz and blues, to get you in the right 
frame of mind for a nice bottle of wine and the company of friends.

Wine Tasting 1/22/19

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

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday January 22nd 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Rodney Strong Upshot White Blend

 Sonoma, California

50% Chardonnay, 18% Gewurtzraminer, 15% Pinot Noir, 12% Viognier, 5% Sauvignon Blanc

This bright wine bursts with aromas of white peach, apricot and jasmine blossom with flavors of melon, peach and a wet stone minerality followed by a crisp yet full finish.

BTG $7.25    Retail $15.99 

 2016 Ferrari Carano Chardonnay

Sonoma, California

This Chardonnay delights with aromas of pear, white peach, orange blossom, vanilla, graham cracker and buttercream, perfectly balanced by flavors of Fuji apple, cinnamon, apricot, quince and hazelnut. Lingering creamy and toasted oak notes round out the finish.

BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

2015 Cappezzana Barco Reale

Tuscany, Italy

Purplish dark and deep red with ruby red shades. Intense aromas of ripe blackberries and dark cherries with a hint of oak. Concentrated, with sweet, dense tannins and a lush, velvety texture with dark berry fruit flavors mingling on the finish.

90 pts James Suckling

BTG $7.50   Retail $16.99

2015 Clos de los Siete

Mendoza, Argentina

50% Malbec complemented with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot

A fine and fresh wine with blueberries and fresh herbs. Medium body, refined and focused. Linear and tight texture. Very long and bright. Layered and delicious. 93 pts James Suckling, 91 pts Wine Spectator

BTG $8.25          Retail 19.99

2016 Copper & Thief Bourbon Barrel aged Red Blend   

Lodi, California

31% Syrah, 28% Merlot, 20% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, and 4% Other Red Blenders.

A dark and jammy red wine blend loaded with bourbon-inspired flavors and aromas. Crafted by Cellarmaster, Jeff Kasavan, the wine is aged for three months in bourbon barrels, which gives way to soft, velvety tannins with a subtle heat. The combined result is a rich flavor, with a long, lingering finish.

BTG $8.75      Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 1/15/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday January 15th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Cedar + Salmon Pinot Gris

 Willamette Valley , Oregon

Perfumed with stone fruit aromas like nectarine, peach, and apricot. A touch of lime oil adds to the alluring aromas. This wine is crisp on the palate with hints of lemon rind and then opens up to a lovely mix of exotic fruits like kiwi fruit, mango, and guava. The finish is crisp, dry and refreshing. 93 Pts Tasting Panel, 91 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $7.75    Retail $17.99 

 2017 Juan Gil Blanco

Jumilla, Spain

Moscatel / Muscat.

Light, green-tinged gold. Fresh melon, peach and kiwi aromas are complemented by jasmine and white pepper. Juicy, tightly wound pit fruit and honeydew flavors. Delivers a lot of juicy, refreshing fruit and comes off almost weightless on the long, intensely spicy finish.

89 Pts Robert Parker

BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99

2017 Stoller Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills, Oregon

Made with estate Pinot Noir, this wine saw whole berry, native yeast fermentation before aging primarily in neutral French oak for nine months. Notes of bright red fruit, baking spice, cola and earth are met with silky tannins, layers of complexity and a lengthy finish — a classic representation of the Dundee Hills.93 Pts Wine Spectator PV

BTG $10.00   Retail $24.99

2015 Peju Merlot

Napa Valley, California

Fragrant aromas of bright raspberry, blueberry and cigar box introduce the lush plum, blackberry and currant flavors of this firmly structured Merlot. With mouth-filling tannins, this wine is complex and decadent featuring layers of mocha, anise and crème brûlée. Culminating with elegance and hints of cocoa nibs, this Merlot will continue tomature for the next 6- 8 years.

BTG $10.75          Retail 27.99

2016 Cesari Mara Ripasso   

Veneto, Italy

75% Corvina 5% Molinara 20% Rondinell

Named after the Cesari family matriarch, Mara is vinified using the Valpolicella’s exclusive Ripasso technique. Fresh wine was refermented on the Amarone pomace to create a smooth, elegant wine with an aromatic bouquet of ripe cherries. Mara Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso boasts a persistent, warm finish with round tannins after aging in large Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months.

90 Pts Tasting Panel

BTG $8.25      Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 12/18/18

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on December 13, 2018 No Comments yet

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday December 18th 2018.

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 Beinger Luminus Chardonnay

Napa Valley, California

Attractive freshness and gently flinty citrus fruits. Aromas of melon and hazelnut nougat follow and lead to a palate with lemon, grapefruit, grilled peaches and nectarines. Layered and textural. Some pithy grip to close. This has attractive freshness and composure. 92 Pts James Suckling,92 Pts Vinous, 91 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.00     Retail $24.99 

 2017 Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

The fruit for this Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from somewhere you couldn’t find in a taxi vineyards near the Awatere River in Marlborough. Light straw with a subtle grassy green hue. The nose is salivatingly crisp like a summer salad bursting with punchy and intense lemongrass, kaffir lime and herbs. The palate is practically exploding out of the glass it has so much energy weighty, structured and refreshing with layers of green apple. Zesty lime and nectarine notes lead to a photo focused finish and delicious minerality. 93 Pts Natalie Maclean

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 B Side Cabernet

North Coast, California

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Petite Sirah

The B Side Cabernet Sauvignon is a deeply concentrated, inky color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of blackberry compote, mocha, vanilla, sweet leather, and lavender are pronounced on the nose. The fresh, fruit-forward palate is packed with flavor including juicy fruit, cassis, melted chocolate and hints of Blackstrap molasses. 90 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $8.25   Retail $19.99

2014 Stags Leap Investor Red

Napa Valley, California

Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, 

Reflective of the winery’s ability to combine power with elegance, the 2014 vintage of The Investor is rich in dark purple fruit but also captivating for its notes of tea leaf, roasting spices of sage and rosemary with touches of chaparral herbs, cinnamon and clove on the nose. It’s an instant palate pleaser with generous, concentrated flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum, black cherry, strawberry and fine-grained, soft tannins and a juicy, mouthwatering acidity. 93 Pts James Suckling

Retail 42.99

2017 Orin Swift 8yrs In The Desert

Julmila, Spain

Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah

Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig, and peppercorn dominate; time in the glass exposes more – dark chocolate, fennel, and High Sierra forest floor. The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums, and currants. More flavors add to the quality of the blend – a visceral minerality and fresh Herbs de Provence. Fully integrated with puckering tannins, the wine bows out with finesse.

93 Pts Wilford Wong, 94 + Robert Parker

Retail $42.99

Wine Tasting 8/28/18

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Don’t Forget to join us for:
DJ Soul Night Saturday August 25th 8pm-11pm
There is no charge for this event

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING
Tuesday August 28th 2018
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Jolivet ” Attitude” Sauvignon Blanc
Loire Valley , France
Attitude” has a beautiful freshness in mouth, a frank attack, delicate green and lemon flavours, citrus fruits, green appleand kiwi aromas. The minerality gives a long finish to the wine, a smoothness and elegance. Very pleasant with or without food.
BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2016 Landmark “Overlook” Chardonnay
Sonoma, California
Pale lemon yellow, with aromas of ripe lemon, yellow apple, pineapple and toasted oak. Balanced and layered on the entry with ripe lemon, green apple and grilled ripe pineapple with attractive smoky oak and vanilla barrel notes. The crisp mid-palate shows savory chamomile flower and a pleasant mineral texture with sustained fruit that continues through the clean, textured finish.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Belle Glos “Las Alturas” Pinot Noir
Monterey, California
The Spanish term ‘Las Alturas’ means ‘the heights’, a fitting name for this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. At this elevation, the sunny but very cool climate creates a wine bearing all the hallmarks of this coastal region: robust, expressive, full-bodied and balanced by a firm acidity.Deep garnet in color with an aromatic medley of black cherry, marionberry, ripe plum and a hint of anise. Dark fruit on the palate with flavors of wild berries, caramelized oak and cacao nibs complemented by subtle notes of vanilla, cedar and a hint of lavender and forest floor. Rich and unrestrained, this wine’s abundant fruit is beautifully balanced by firm acidity and layers of red and black fruit. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $14.00 Retail $39.99

2014 The Counselor “River Pass” Cabernet
Alexander Valley, California
This wine, made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, offers aromas of raspberry, blackberry and cinnamon. On the palate, black currant, cherry, and raspberry flavors mingle with tea and dark chocolate accents. The wine has bright acid — and is smooth and softly textured with black cherry on the finish. 91 Pts Wilford Wong
BTG $11.25 Retail $29.99

2016 Yangarra Estate “PF” Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Austrailia
The PF Shiraz is made from grapes grown on Yangarra Estate’s certified biodynamic single-estate vineyard, grown without herbicides, fungicides, or synthetic chemicals. It is made without additions of any kind: sulphur (preservative), acid, tannin or finings.
While it’s obviously a healthy, squeaky-clean presentation of young Shiraz, this is also a glass full of joy and laughter. It’s bright and stimulating, but not light in any way other than mood, but as a young wine it’s just as carefree in attitude. It’s intense, dark and perhaps like fresh soft liquorice in a way. This is pure, audacious, open-hearted fun. 94 Pts James Suckling
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Great New Zinfa

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Delicious new wine from a Zinfandel Legend…

Marietta Cellars returns to their Zinfandel roots with this incredible first vintage of “ROMAN”

Marietta
Zinfandel “Roman”
North Coast, CA 2015

A blend of 84% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah and 5% Barbera, aged for 12 months in neutral barrels, the 2015 Zinfandel Roman sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of black plums, blackberries and licorice with touches of tar, charcoal, salami and Indian spices. Full-bodied with firm, slightly rustic tannins, it offers great fruit expression in the mouth with freshness and purity coming through on the long finish.
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Robert Parker
90 points
$21.99!!!

What is all the fuss about?

Few grapes in the world tell the story that Zinfandel has to tell. The grape arrived to this country in the suitcases of the throngs of early Italian immigrants seeking a new life farming crops in Northern California. These were not trained winemakers. They were farmers, growing plums, apples and almonds but they always planted a vineyard wherever they went to make wine for personal consumption and while many grapes matriculated to the Golden State there is no question that the most beloved among them was Zinfandel. These early wines were rich and fruity and even in many cases in the early days, sweet to the taste of humble pioneering farmers seeking a satisfying red after a hard days work. While Cabernet Sauvignon will always garner the accolades in the landscape of great Californian wines, Zinfandel is the workhorse and perhaps America’s most significant contribution to world’s wine landscape. Plenty of places make great Cab, only Cali makes great Zin. What you may not know is that most of the best Zins are blends as is the wine we are excited to launch today, Marietta Cellars “Roman”.

Marietta Cellars is one of those wineries that has honestly never made a bad wine and what’s more impressive is that they have been doing it for 40 years!!! We love the Bilbro family, owners and operators of Marietta Cellars and have been following them a long time so when they released a new wine, we were scratching and clawing to get a taste. Marietta’s “Angeli Cuvee”, an artful blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan has long been a staple in the Zin-loving community and with the newest addition “Roman”, named for their winemaker the last 30 years, they have added another great Zinfandel to their portfolio that may very well prove even more popular than it’s big brother.
I simply cannot say enough about this new release which reveals both the intensity and power Zinfandel is so well appreciated for but also a graceful aromatic quality that is rarely ever found in these monstrous black wines. Treat yourself to a bottle of this new wine in its first vintage we have a feeling it is going to be a big hit based on our showing at last Tuesday’s tasting.

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