Wine Tasting 12/10/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on December 5, 2019 No Comments yet
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

Wine Tasting12/3/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 27, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday December 3rd 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Taittinger Brut La Francaise

Champagne, France

Showing class and style, offers stunning richness while exhibiting excellent overall balance. The winery notes, “(this wine) contains a higher proportion of the finer Chardonnay grape than other nonvintage Champagnes, giving elegance and freshness to the wine.” They are absolutely on the money with their self-assessment. Active on the palate, with bright core fruits and zesty citrus and mineral flavors. 93 Pts Wilford Wong, 91 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 Retail $42.99

2018 Chalk Hill Russian River Chardonnay

Sonoma, California

Round, rich and distinctly Chalk Hill. The nose expresses aromas of lemon, orange peel, and a hint of vanilla bean from the oak influence. This wine is balanced and bright with concentrated flavors of creamy lemon custard, poached pear, almond and spice. This Chardonnay is known for its long, rich and elegant finish, and this vintage is no exception.

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Glorioso Crianza

Rioja, Spain

Lovely softness and finesse to this wine with aromas and flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and spice. Medium-bodied with integrated tannins and a lovely finish. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $6.75        Retail $13.99

2014 Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino

Tuscany, Italy

Intense ruby red with garnet reflections. The nose is ethereal with violet, vanilla and hints of licorice. The palate is full, soft, velvety, with traces of spice.

92 Pts James Suckling, 91 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Retail $69.99

2017 Banshee Cabernet

Paso Robles, California

Aromas of black plum, black cherry and earthy, green herbal notes—followed by a plush and juicy delivery with fine tannins and a velvety texture. Densely layered flavors of boysenberry, cassis, and plum—accompanied by rustic, savory herbs, anise and a touch of cocoa.

4.1 Vivino

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting11/26/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 21, 2019 No Comments yet
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday November 26th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Jansz Brut Rosé Tasmania Premium NV Tasmania, Australia There aren’t many better values in rosé sparklers than this. Hints of toast and citrus add nuance to strawberry scents on the nose, while brioche notes add depth to the palate. It’s a bit creamy in texture, yet remains dry and refreshing on the finish.  91 Pts Wine Enthusiast     Editor’s Choice BTG $9.00    Retail $23.99 2018 Tyrrells Hunter Valley, Semillon New South Wales, Australia Distinctive and refreshing, featuring bright, crisp lemony flavors, with undercurrents of lanolin and saline. Offers a supple frame and an impressive finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99 2015 Vajra Barolo Albe Piedmont, Italy Pretty, featuring rose, cherry, raspberry and mint flavors, with a touch of mineral. Supple, harmonious and elegant, offering a long finish. The aftertaste is tinged with orange peel and tobacco notes. 93 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2019, Rank: 48 Retail $39.99 2015 Aleanna El Enemigo Cabernet Franc Mendoza, Argentina The 2015 El Enemigo Cabernet Franc was produced with fruit from Gualtallary, from a specific 8.8-hectare plot of the Adrianna Vineyard. It fermented in two tries with a portion of full clusters. It has a beautiful nose with plenty of spices and herbs and some Pinot-like red fruit. The palate is harmonious and balanced, with very fine tannins and a velvety texture. 93 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG 11.00    Retail $28.99 2015 Borsao Zarihs Syrah Campo de Borja, Spain 100% Syrah. Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Rich, oaky, spicy fruity toasty aromas of mulberries, burnt vanilla bean, dried leaves, and pepper – black olives with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a distinctive, relaxed finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Produced with Australian clones of Syrah (and hence the name, Shiraz spelled backward) planted in 2002, the 2015 Zarihs was cropped from a very warm and early ripening year. It was produced in a sort of Australian way, maturing only 40% of the wine in new American oak barrels for 12 months. 91 Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99    

Wine Tasting 11/19/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 14, 2019 No Comments yet


Tuesday November 19th 2019            

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens and hints of tropical guava on the nose. The palate is refined and elegant with superb natural fruit weight providing a juicy core of layered fruit, entwined with a salty textural acidity, vibrant citrus pith, and a moreish dry chalky finish. 91 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $7.00    Retail $14.99

2016 Flowers Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, California

Medium yellow in color. Aromas of straw, lemon verbena and honeysuckle mingle with layers of lemon meringue and lychee. Upon entry are flavors of lemon curd, honeydew, and hints of star fruit and wet stone, balanced with a touch of fine grained tannin. The crisp finish is countered with a spicy note of white pepper and lingers with coastal minerality.

91 Pts Robert Parker

Retail $37.99

2015 Quercibella Mongrana

Tuscany, Italy

50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot.

A juicy and delicious 2015 red with plenty of berry and chocolate character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. 93 Pts James Suckling

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2016 Los Vascos Grand Reserve Carmenere

Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile

Deep, intense ruby red. Fruity aromas of cherry, blackberry and ripe plum on a background of roasted hazelnuts, black pepper, ripe red bell pepper, puréed black olives, and roasted eggplant. Notes of dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, and black olive on the palate that harmonically combine with forward, elegant and persistent tannins. As a whole, an amazing communion of fruit and spices that helps the wine express its personality and typicity to the fullest. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $8.00    Retail $18.99

2017 Leviathan Meritage

Napa Valley, California

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc

Seductive black cherry, blackberry and currant fruits laced with cocoa nib, sweet baking spices and cigar box with silky texture and a long, savory finish. Leviathan is a red wine from legendary winemaker Andy Erickson, the former winemaker for Screaming Eagle.

94 Pts Robert Parker (Previous Vintage)

BTG $12.75  Retail $34.99

Wine Tasting 11/12/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on November 7, 2019 No Comments yet
  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday November 12th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Chapoutier Belleruche Rose Rhone Valley, France In the tradition of the Rhone valley’s great rose wines, Chapoutier’s Belleruche Rose is made from a blend of Grenache (roughly 75%), with smaller amounts of Cinsaut (Cinsault), and Syrah. The Grenache in this food-friendly wine gives it bright red stone fruit flavors and beautiful color, while the Cinsaut gives its delicate strawberry aroma and the Syrah its body. BTG $6.75    Retail $13.99 2017 The Calling Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, California This is a remarkably balanced white that is steely in nature, with bright aromas of tangerine, grapefruit and Meyer lemon. These tones follow through on the palate, alongside a fleshy texture and mineral stoniness that refreshes and lingers. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 92 Pts James Suckling BTG $10.75  Retail $27.99 2018 The Calling Pinot Noir Monterey County, California Aromas of bing cherry, fresh raspberry, and cranberry. Medium-bodied, the wine features excellent acidity and a lingering finish. 91 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $11.25 Retail $29.99 2015 Clos De Los Siete Red Mendoza, Argentina 58% Malbec, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 1% 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 2017  Borne Of Fire Cabernet Columbia Valley, Washington A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Zinfandel, which is a variety you don’t see much in Washington. It’s healthy ruby/purple color is followed by a seamless, balanced, downright delicious red that has loads of sweet red and blue fruits, hints of spring flowers, medium body, no hard edges, and a great texture. 92 Pts James Suckling BTG $8.75  Retail $21.99    

Wine Tasting 11/5/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 31, 2019 No Comments yet
  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday November 5th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings NV Charles Bove Brut Rose Touraine, France A methode traditionelle sparkling made from 70% Cabernet Franc (fine aromatics and acidity) and 30% Gamay (fruit and low alcohol). The wine rests on its lees in Bove?s chalk caves for eighteen months before being disgorged. This is fresh, dry, and very pleasing. 4.0 Vivino BTG $8.25    Retail $19.99 2017 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River, Australia Simultaneously supple and juicy in texture, with an elegant, fresh expression of apple, lemon and melon flavors that are vibrant, intense and mouthwatering. Subtle white pepper and green tea notes linger in the background. 92 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99 2016 AIA Vecchia Lagone Toscano Rosso Bolgheri Tuscany, Italy In the glass, the wine is deep ruby with purple hues. On the nose, the wine is delicate with notes of cherry, vanilla, raw beef and herbs. On the palate, it is dry, structured and elegant with flavors of plum, ripe cherries, wild berries and a hint of spice, followed by a lengthy and smooth finish that begs for food.”60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc  89 Pts Vinous BTG $7.50 Retail $16.99 2017 Martin Ray Napa Cabernet Napa Valley, California Deep notes of chocolate-covered cherry, dense cassis, and cacao nib. Blueberry throughout, with allspice, green peppercorn, and supple integrated tannins. 91 Pts Wilford Wong BTG $9.00    Retail $22.99 2016  Bodegas Alta Black Slate Priorat, Spain Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet, Syrah & Merlot This generous red features a round, soft texture that carries ripe black fruit flavors, laced with licorice, toast and loamy earth notes. Offers well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty floral and cinnamon details emerge on the finish. 93 Pts Wine Spectator BTG $9.50  Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 10/29/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 24, 2019 No Comments yet
  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 29th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Lapostolle Le Rose Central Valley, Chile Provence-style pink made from mostly Cinsault with some Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. A very subtle and steely rose with strawberries and cream, nectarines and citrus. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity, but there’s some real texture on the palate with creaminess. 92 Pts James Suckling BTG $7.50    Retail $16.99 2018 Tramin Pinot Grigio Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy This wine displays a straw color with aromas of citrus fruits, pears, apples and white flowers. The rich and velvety texture of the wine is balanced by refreshing acidity leading to a long, lingering finish. 91 Pts James Suckling BTG $7.50  Retail $16.99 2017 High Note Red Blend Mendoza, Argentina 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10 % Bonarda. Intense nose blackberry laced with spice fragrances, hints of blueberry. Barrel aging provides further complexity with delicate chocolate and vanilla flavors. 91 Pts James Suckling BTG $6.75 Retail $12.99 2016 Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco Piedmont, Italy This wine could qualify as a full-fledged Barolo. Barrels not used in the final Barolo Castiglione blend are used to make the Perbacco. Langhe Nebbiolo is a concept that you get great Nebbiolo quality at a fraction of the Barolo price. Today, Langhe Nebbiolo is one of the fastest-growing categories in the entire wine region., Offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy, showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant with the ageing. 93Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate BTG $10.75    Retail $27.99 2016 Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, California Dark, yet fresh, brambly fruit dominate the nose with upfront notes of blackberry, raspberry, plum and dark cherry. Forward berry-driven fruit is accented by classic Dry Creek Valley baking spice and more subtle dried fruit notes. Palate and texture are rich and full with a dense, flavorful mid-palate. Flavors linger pleasantly in a long, persistent finish. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast BTG $10.25  Retail $25.99

Wine Tasting 10/22/19

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


Tuesday October 22nd 2019             

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2018 Patient Cottat Sancerre

Loire Valley, France

Lemon with golden-green reflections. Complex and intense aromas of acacia blossoms with a Muscat-like nose of passionfruit. the palate is full and fat. Very well balanced. Notes of litchi and a small touch of honey. Richer seafood dishes such as crab cakes or squid in a risotto or squid stewed with red peppers and tomatoes. 91 Pts Wilford Wong

BTG $10.75    Retail $27.99

2018 Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

Nelson, New Zealand

Passionfruit, nectarine and lemongrass parade before the beholder. Gentle scents of green herb and flamboyant tropical fruit arrive on the scene while a light footed streak of crisp vibrancy departs side stage. 91 Pts Decanter

BTG $8.25  Retail $19.99

2017 La Posta Fazzio Malbec

Mendoza, Argentina

Roasted herbs, ink, iodine, chocolate and lots of violets. A bright and racy malbec on the palate with no shortage of dark fruit and ripe tannins, but this is very structured and finishes very savory. 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2014 San Felice Chianti Classico Reserva

Tuscany, Italy

Deep ruby red color. The nose is intense and persistent with the typical notes of sweet violet and wild red berries. An austere, full-bodied wine, with succulent tannins and fresh acidity. Enriched with an aromatic complexity that originates from a delicate dosing of wood.

91Pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

BTG $10.00    Retail $24.99

2014 Burgess Cabernet

Napa Valley, California

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, powerful and intense. Wild cherry, underbrush, gravel, savory herbs, smoke and earthy notes give the 2014 much of its potent, virile profile. There is plenty to look forward to as the 2014 develops in bottle. This is a lovely wine with classically inspired proportions and plenty of structure. 92 Pts Vinous

BTG $13.75  Retail $36.99

Wine Tasting 10/15/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 10, 2019 No Comments yet
  HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 15th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2017 Valckenberg “Madonna” Riesling Nahe, Germany Clear, medium lemon yellow in color. Clean aromas of pear, yellow apple, pungent floral, steel wool. On the palate it’s off dry, medium-low acidity, medium body and finish; flavors of overripe peach, applesauce, and candied lemon. BTG $6.50    Retail $11.99 2016 Aviary Chardonnay Napa, Sonoma Mendocino, California In the glass, the wine is a bright straw laced with honey. Aromas of tropical fruit, vanilla bean, banana, and apricot invite you in. On the palate, the texture is round and smooth with bright acid. Flavors of pineapple, guava, buttered toast, and banana balance together into a wine that is both rich and refreshing. BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99 2017 Gota De Arena Tempranillo Castilla Y Leon, Spain Deep purple color, the aromatics erupt from the glass featuring a mix of crushed red and black fruits, and sweet spice tinged with cedar. An incredible value, possessing fantastic fruit, excellent mid-palate depth and ripe tannins BTG $6.25 Retail $10.99 2017 Ravel and Stitch Cabernet Central Coast, California Our Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in through the inviting aromatic of dark cherry and vanilla notes. The evolving flavors on the palate of dark fruits, such as olallieberry, are met by a rich lusciousness that hits on the middle of the palate. 92 Pts Tasting panel BTG $10.00     Retail $24.99 2017 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite Paso Robles, California Starts with aromas of concentrated blackberry jam, toasted wood, plum and violet. The palate is floral and fresh, with penetrating flavors of blueberry sorbet that rest against a strong tannic structure. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast #26 TOP 100 BEST BUY 2019 BTG $16.99   Retail $16.99

Wine Tasting 10/8/19

Posted in Uncategorized by hvine on October 3, 2019 No Comments yet

This Tuesday we have a very special guest: James Stewart


James Stewart is one of Napa Valley’s next-generation winemakers assuming central roles in legacy wine businesses. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he came to the Valley in 2006 to partner with his father, Michael, in running Stewart Cellars. Following a product from the dirt to the shelf greatly appeals to him; moving his family’s wines through the marketplace without having to compromise their standards or beliefs is what he finds most rewarding about his work. Like many of his peers, James is focused on issues surrounding sustainability, preservation, labor practices and maintaining family-owned businesses in Napa Valley. He enjoys charity work and fundraising, but is most intent on spreading the message that Napa Valley is for everyone and that Stewart Cellars, and the other family-owned businesses here, make wines first and foremost for people’s enjoyment.

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday October 8th 2019              6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings 2018 Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley, California Refreshing and crisp, our Slingshot Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of orange blossom and green apple. With a vein of acidity and a textured palate, this wine features flavors of lemon, pear, and key lime. This balanced and elegant Sauvignon Blanc is a must have for spending the weekend poolside. BTG $7.25     Retail $15.99 2016 Stewart Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California Plummy strawberry, blueberry and a voluptuous undertaking of baking spice combine effortlessly and with a great depth of flavor in this juicy, lengthy wine, full-bodied but retentive of enough acidity to complement the robust fruit and body. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $42.99 2017 Slingshot Cabernet North Coast, California Complex and yet approachable, the Slingshot North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of ripe forest fruits, tobacco and vintage leather. The palate is dark and textured with notes of dark chocolate, blueberry, and plum that balance the acidity and chewy tannins. The lingering finish of subtle French oak will have you scrambling for more! BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99 2016 Stewart Tartan Red Blend Napa Valley, California This blends 43% Merlot, 29% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot from several vineyards, including Stagecoach and Brokenrock on Atlas Peak. It’s a richly concentrated, rocky wine with bold flavors of dried cherry and plum, black pepper and leather, the grip of tannin is no joke. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $44.99 2014 Stewart Cabernet Napa Valley, California  A 100% varietal wine, this is an impressive effort, mingling together rich and forward flavors of blackberry cobbler and chocolate around a softly layered yet richly woven core of concentration and power. Decadent, it finishes with a welcoming smoky hint.  94 Pts Wine Enthusiast Retail $69.99
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