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

Wine Tasting 3/19/19

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ITALY PART TWO

HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday March 19th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 Librandi Val di Neto White Critone

Calabria, Italy

Chardonnay with Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh and floral, with lime blossom, kiwifruit, peach and blood orange sorbet flavors, this medium-bodied white is backed by vibrant acidity and lingers with spice and graphite accents.  90 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2018, Rank: 81

BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99

2015 ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Rigoleto ORGANIC

Montecucco, Italy

70% Sangiovese, 15% Ciliegiolo and 15% Montepulciano that sees a minimal part aged in oak barrels. Most of the wine goes into stainless steel tanks instead and is stored at reduced temperatures to lock in that distinct aromatic verve. The wine is redolent of wild cherry and raspberry with light touches of moist earth and toasted nut at the back. 90 Pts James Suckling

BTG $ 7.25     Retail $15.99

2016 Ferzo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Abruzzo, Italy

Deep purple with ruby reflections, this is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at its most loveable.  A perfect balance between bright sour cherry and wild berries with hints of pepper and spice, all held together by elegant tannins and palate-cleansing acidity. 91 Pts TC

BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2015 Vietti Nebbiolo Langhe Perbacco

Piedmont, Italy

White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure. 92 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $10.75     Retail 27.99

2016 Grattamacco Super Tuscan

Tuscany, Italy

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese

Black currant, black cherry, graphite, cedar and olive flavors are the hallmarks of this red. Though lean and sinewy, this is saturated, leaving a palate-staining finish.

93 Pts Wine Spectator

BTG $14.00 Retail $37.99

Wine Tasting3/12/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday March 12th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017 WillaKenzie Pinot Gris

Willamette Valley, Oregon

This pale colored Gris begins with aromas of Bartlett pear, starfruit and a touch of lemon zest. With bright, lip smacking acidity, the wine unveils lovely Pazzaz apple, shortbread and lemon cream flavors. This is just an awesome value out of the Willamette Valley. 90 Pts International wine report

BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2016 Flowers Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, California

The 2016 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is a gorgeous appellation level wine. Intensely perfumed, with tons of sheer class, the 2016 has so much to offer. The tropical fruit, mint and floral notes are pliant and open in this creamy, polished Chardonnay from Flowers. This is a terrific introduction to the vintage.

91 Pts Robert Parker, 92 Pts Vinous

Retail $39.99

2016 Macrostie Pinot Noir

A meticulous blend from several cool coastal vineyards including the Estate’s Thale’s Vineyard and Manzana Vineyard (Dutton Ranch) in the Russian River Valley, Goldrock Ridge in the far Sonoma coast, and Steve MacRostie’s own Wildcat Mountain straddling Carneros and the

Petaluma Gap all contribute delicious and complex layers to the blend. Lively acidity, soft tannin, floral notes and warm baking spices add beguiling complexity to the interplay of juicy Bing cherry and luxurious blue fruits. Pairs wonderfully with a range of foods from aged cheeses to salmon to sweet/spicy barbecue.

90 Pts James Suckling

BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

2016 Trefethen Merlot

Napa Valley, California

A deep ruby red color introduces a wine with layered aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spice. The palate opens with juicy red fruit, clove, and toasty oak. This Merlot is beautifully balanced with soft tannins and a luscious finish. 93 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $10.00      Retail 24.99

2016 Leviathan Red Blend

From winemaker Andy Erickson, the 2016 Leviathan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in 25% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of pencil shavings, black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more.  Rating: 94+ Robert Parker

BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

Wine Tasting 3/5/19

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We have some great new Italian Cheese that will pair beautifully with these wines
HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING Tuesday March 5th 20196-9 Pm No charge for Tastings
2017 Montemassi “Renaissance” RoseSangiovese & SyrahThis is a tight and pretty rosé with strawberries, orange peel and hints of cherries, which follow through to a medium body. Bright acidity and a delicious finish.  91Pts James SucklingBTG $7.00 Retail $14.99  2017 Masseria Altemura FianoPuglia, ItalyLight straw color with green hues, with a bouquet that’s Intense and fruity with fresh hints of almond blossoms, peach, and honey. The Palate is Dry, medium-bodied, and crisp, revealing perfectly ripened apricots, stone minerals, and a rich texture that leads to a refreshing finish. 91 Pts James SucklingBTG $7.00 Retail $14.99
2015 Castello Di Albola Chianti ClassicoTuscany, Italy100 % SangioveseRuby-red in color (advancing to garnet), this wine is bursting with notes of strawberry, red berries, sage, spice cake and subtle earth on the nose. It is vibrant and medium bodied, revealing lively cherry and exotic spice and leading to polished tannins and a delicate finish. 91 Pts James Suckling, 92 Pts Wine Spectator,95 Pts Decanter MagazineBTG $7.25 Retail $15.99

2015 Masseria Altemura NegroamaroPuglia, ItalyDark and intense ruby red, Bouquet is ample with notes of cherries, ripe red fruit, and jam; surprising scents of coffee and cacao.The Palate is robust and medium-bodied revealing vibrant fruit, fresh cracked pepper, and exotic spice that leads to chewy tannins and a mineral-rich finish. 90Pts James SucklingBTG $7.00      Retail 14.99

2015 Zonin RipassoVeneto, ItalyA rich and layered red with dried berry and cherry character. Hints of spice and chocolate. Medium to full body. Plenty of chocolate. Intense and lightly jammy with a tannic edge. 91 Pts James SucklingBTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 2/26/19

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HOLLYWOOD VINE WINE TASTING

Tuesday February 26th 2019

6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2017  The Palm By Whispering Angels

Provence, France

The Palm is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah made from grapes which are selected from the best vineyards in the appellation Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

Pale pink with green hues both of which are clear & very expressive. Great aromatic freshness on the nose followed by more subtle, fruity notes on the palate. The freshness is coupled with exceptional length and roundness. Crisp and suave finish.

BTG $7.25   Retail $15.99

2017 Kracher Pinot Gris

Burgenland, Austria

Hints of ripe Mirabelle and yellow apple show on the rather restrained nose. The palate adds bright, lemony freshness and zesty, pleasantly bitter citrus pith to the fruit, creating a texture alive with juiciness and freshness. It leaves a lasting, lemony aftertaste. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast

BTG $9.00 Retail $22.99

2016 Domaine Pegau “Maclura” Cote Du Rhone

Rhone Valley, France

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Mourvèdre,

A pleasant whiff of barnyard lends savory tones of earth and animal to crisp blackberry and plum flavors. It’s an opulent, slightly warming wine with a plummy, voluminous mouthfeel that’s vibrantly balanced by fresh acidity. The finish is moderately long, lingering on hints of sun-dried thyme, lavender and grippy tannins. Enjoy now–2025. 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast, 90-92 Pts Wine Advocate

BTG $8.75  Retail $21.99

2015 Meerlust Red Blend

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Merlot,  Cabernet Sauvignon,  Cabernet Franc,  Petit Verdot

The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass, youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with intense flavours of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste. 89 Pts Vinous

BTG $7.50        Retail 16.99

2017 Noemia “A Lisa” Malbec

Patagonia, Argentina

Expressive, exuberant and open, clean and focused. A dense violet and plum color, with a bouquet of dark berries, cherry, minerals, and cocoa. Medium-bodied with an excellent structure, notes of cherry and cassis; with balanced, persistent tannins. 93 Pts Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, 92 Pts James Suckling

BTG $8.75   Retail $21.99

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