Wine Tasting 3/7/17

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Tuesday March 7th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2016 BUITENVERWACHTING Constantia Bayten Sauvignon Blanc
Coastal Region, South Africa
This is refined, with a steely spine that lets gooseberry, verbena and white peach flavors streak through. A hint of shortbread adds range and mouthfeel along the edges. The long finish has lovely cut. 92 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2015 A A Badenhorst Family Secateurs Chenin Blanc
Swartland, South Africa
Brightly defined, with delicious quince, persimmon and green almond notes forming a core that is threaded with quinine and white ginger details. A light touch of toast on the finish lets the fruit and minerality play out.. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014 Aia Vecchia Lagone
Tuscany, Italy
The 2014 Lagone is opulent and fruit-forward with dark currant and ripe cherry, followed generously by spice, leather and chocolate. It’s very appealing, and its bouquet is well put together. In the mouth, Lagone (60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc) reveals medium-bodied intensity with a moderate finish. This is a great choice for informal foods like pasta or wood-oven flatbread. It sees 12 months of oak. 89 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Bodegas Breca Old Vines Grenache
Calatayud, Central Spain
(made from the property’s oldest vines, which were planted between 1925 and 1945): Vivid ruby. Sexy, mineral-laced aromas of fresh red berries, candied flowers and Asian spices, with a hint of cola in the background. Sweet, concentrated and seamless, offering intense raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of vanilla. Clings with impressive authority on the finish, which features supple tannins and lingering floral character. This wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then went through malolactic fermentation and 21 months of aging in used French oak barriques. 91 pts Vinous
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014 Chateau Puech-Haut Cuvee Prestige
Languedoc, France
A terrific value, the 2014 Languedoc Cuvee Prestige checks in as a blend of 55% Grenache and 45% Syrah that’s brought up all in tank. It has tons of Mediterranean character in its sweet dark fruits, lavender, damp earth and peppery herb-laced bouquet. This gives way to a full-bodied, sexy, layered 2014 that has plenty of fruit, fine tannin and a hedonistic style that’s just hard to resist. It’s another outstanding vintage for this cuvee that’s well worth a multi-bottle purchase.
91 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 2/28/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 23, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 28th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Fontsainte Corbier Gris de Gris
Languedoc-Roussillon ,France
Bright onion skin. Fresh and spicy on the incisive nose, displaying orange zest, red currant and white pepper aromas and a hint of succulent herbs. Dry and tightly wound, offering bitter cherry and tangerine flavors that unfold slowly with air. Ample but nervy as well, finishing with very good focus and spicy cut. 90 pts Josh Reynolds Vinous
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2014 Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Reserve
Southern Rhone Valley, France
This Cote du Rhone Reserve is a bottling exclusively for the American market, a delicious blend of mostly old vine Grenache and Syrah with Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. Aged entirely in foudre, this is as good as it gets for everyday Cotes du Rhone. Friendly, with a mix of cherry paste, fresh blood orange and red licorice notes. A twinge of plum skin holds the finish.
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2013 Edge Cabernet
Napa Valley, Ca
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot and is a major sleeper, as it is meant to sell for under $30.00 a bottle.. This wine shows terrific cassis fruit, a deep ruby/purple color, supple, velvety tannins and a lush, in-your-face extroverted style. This is perfect for restaurants and consumers looking for immediate gratification. Moreover, it should drink well for another 5-7 years.
89 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $10.00 Retail $25.99

2014 Vinum Cellars Petite Syrah
Clarksburg, Ca
The wine is uber concentrated and ripe with blueberry and boysenberry fruit which are elegantly wrapped in a silky vanilla wrapping. The entry of this dense Petite is both tannic and bold while maintaining a juicy, overripe profile displaying ample acidity to balance the tannins and fruit concentration making it multidimensional and food friendly. The finish is so supple and smooth that you will miss it when it is gone. 90 pts HV
BTG $6.75 Retail $14.99

2014 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel
Paso Robles, Ca
The 2014 Zinfandel opens exuberantly with aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, olallieberry pie and high-toned oak. The palate is juicy and jammy with luscious flavors of blackberry, black cherry and vanilla cream. A dash of black pepper lingers on a clean, composed finish that goes against the grain of more unrestrained Zinfandels. 90 pts TC
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting 2/21/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 16, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 21st 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley, Ca
Bright and vibrant aromas of mango, fig, and fresh honeydew.
Fresh flavors of grapefruit, kiwi and Meyer lemon with crisp acidity and a clean finish.
90 Pts Wine & Spirits
BTG $6.50 Retail $13.99

2014 Raeburn Chardonnay
Russian River Valley, Ca
The 2014 Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Crème Brûlée with a balanced and elegant finish.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Palacios Petalos Mencia
Bierzo, Spain
The aromas, are phenomenal, very complete and balanced, with an extra degree of complexity. There is great volume in the palate, fleshy, juicy and rich without being heavy, medium-bodied, There’s always a subdued minerality, a texture and mouthfeel difficult to find in wines of this price level. This is approachable now, but it will be better in one year and should develop nicely in bottle. this rich, velvet-textured red made from 60-100 year old Mencía vines grown on steep hillsides in Bierzo.
93 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $9.00 Retail $21.99

2015 TintoNegro Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Sourced from Mendoza’s Primera Zona of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo the Mendoza blend is meant to showcase the exceptional value and approachable profile of Malbec. The wine’s soft, drinkable style is accompanied by light oak aging for additional complexity. A rich and round textured malbec with loads of chocolate, dried berry and hints of vanilla character. Full and flavorful. 91 Pts James Suckling
BTG $5.75 Retail $10.99

2015 Luce Lucente
Tuscany, Italy
Sangiovese & Merlot
A deep red colour with purple highlights. The wine’s bouquet is complex: fruity notes of black cherry and small red fruits are enhanced by moderately toasted scents; pleasant vanilla and lightly roasted coffee beans linger delicately in the background. Well rounded with silky tannins that bestow a balanced and harmonious structure, this is an eminently elegant and enjoyable wine. 89 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

Wine Tasting 2/14/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 9, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 14th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Left Coast Orchards Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Zing! This wine sparks your palate! Gentle apple and brown sugar aromas yield to bright and lively accents of grapefruit and honeydew with a crisp minerality and balanced acidity.
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2014 Kesselstatt Riesling Kabinett Goldtröpfchen
Mosel, Germany
Powerful, with a well of baked apple, ripe pear and salted almond flavors that are firm and fresh. Offers accents of smoke midpalate, presenting a finish of gooseberry and spice..91 Pts Wine Spectator, 93 Pts Wine Enthusiasts
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2010 Vivanco Rioja Reserve
Rioja, Spain
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Aromas of mature black and red fruit fill the nose, with hints of cinnamon and
sage lending a pleasant spiciness and herbaceous quality to the bouquet. This is
a complex wine with lush, velvety tannins and create a long finish. This age-worthy
red is approachable now, but will continue to develop for years to come.
92 Pts Wine Advocate
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2014 Vistalba Corte C
Mendoza, Argentina
79% Malbec 21% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% new French oak, Good bright, dark red. Lovely purity and lift to the aromas of cassis, redcurrant, licorice, spices and mint. Densely packed, suave and sweet, showing refreshing acid cut to the savory dark berry and licorice flavors, with a claret-like suggestion of graphite. This has 14.6% alcohol but I’d never have guessed. Boasts lovely intensity a terrific value. 90 Pts Stephen Tanzer
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2013 Bousquet Grand Reserve Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
Bright medium ruby. Tight, inky, medicinal aromas of blackberry and violet convey a youthful impression of energy. Juicy, spicy and intense, boasting excellent definition and lift to its dark berry and spice flavors; aeration revealed good creamy depth. Spreads out horizontally to saturate the tongue on the long, firmly tannic finish. A solid mineral underpinning contributes verve and accentuates the wine’s structure. 93 Pts James Suckling
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 2/7/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on February 2, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday February 7th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Attems Pinot Grigio
Friuli/Venezia-Giulia, Italy
Sleek and minerally, this refreshing white is creamy in texture and balanced, with a pleasing mix of ripe apricot, pickled ginger, apple blossom and Thai basil notes. 90pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2014 Laguna “Laguna Ranch” Chardonnay
Russian River, Sonoma, Ca
Laguna is dedicated to producing world-class Chardonnay from the prestigious Russian River Valley.
Very appealing, with a direct, rich core of peach, pear and melon, turning spicy and lightly oaky. Ends clean and refreshing.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2014 Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir
Monterey, Ca
Kali Hart is a pure fruit expression of the vineyard. It is made to be bright and appealing upon release, with the fresh, coolclimate flavors for which the Monterey County AVA is known. It has a beautiful, deep ruby color with bright fruit aromas of cranberry, currant and plum, as well as hints of vanilla. The crisp red fruit flavors continue on the palate, where they are accentuated by soft, smooth tannins. The finish is long with lush fruit and hints of vanilla and French oak. Kali Hart Pinot Noir is named after Robb Talbott’s youngest daughter.
BTG $9.75 Retail $23.99

2015 Canoe Ridge “Expedition” Cabernet
Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 16% Merlot
Spiced floral aromas lead to layered juicy flavors of red currant and smoky plum, with a deep, velvety finish.
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 1000 Stories Zinfandel
Mendocino, Ca
The wine has a deep, rich purple color. Intense red fruits are on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs. The palate is full with ripe tannins, raspberry, cranberry and black fruit flavors, followed by white and black pepper spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers on and on.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

Wine Tasting

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 26, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday January 31st 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2014 Elizabeth Rose Chardonnay
Napa Valley, Ca
The nose offers a welcoming aroma of tropical fruits, and lychee undertones. The unique style in which this wine is crafted, with no oak treatment, provides a crisp and clean palate with slight minerality and a dry finish. A full mouth-feel and plump body,
BTG $9.00Retail $21.99

2014 La Follette Pinot Noir
North Coast, California
Bright, precise and beautifully delineated throughout. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and crushed rocks are some of the many notes that open up in this super-attractive, mid-weight Pinot from Greg LaFollette. 91 Pts Antonio Galloni
BTG $9.00 Retail $21.99

2014 Pico Maccario Barbera Tre Roveri
Piedmonte, Italy
Pico Maccario is a Barbera specialist located in the town of Mombaruzzo in the heart of Piedmont’s Barbera d’Asti DOCG. Tre Roveri shows an intensity, depth and level of complexity that can only be achieved with old vines. Ripe red cherry fruit is accented with layers of wild herbs, leather and truffle. Wood aging lends flavors of cedar, sweet spices and tobacco. Moderate weight and gentle tannins make Tre Roveri a versatile wine for the table.
BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

2014 Tarapaca Grand Reserve Carmenere
Maipo Valley, Chile
A blend sourced from the best Carménère blocks in Maipo Valley. It was aged in American and French oak barrels for 12 months. This wine stands out for its unique red ruby color and black fruit aromas; in mouth it is well rounded and rich in flavors, where the figs notes and wild fruits, together with delicate spices aromas, are in perfect harmony. 92 Pts James Suckling
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2014 Martin Ray Cabernet
Sonoma, Ca
The blend of Sonoma County’s sub-appellations expresses a wonderful complexity in this wine. A fruit-driven bouquet and palate with notes of wild blackberry, Maraschino cherry, and spicy persimmon is balanced by aromatic cloves, fresh sage leaves, and a touch of butterscotch. This approachable, medium-bodied Cabernet is not to be underestimated with its pronounced tannins and well integrated oak influence.
BTG $9.00 Retail $21.99

Wine Tasting 1/24/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 19, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday January 24th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Kono Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
This refreshing white offers a clear, focused mix of passion fruit, lime, mango and green apple flavors on a light, smooth body. Finishes with a succulent juiciness, showing echoes of lemon verbena. 90 Pts Wine Spectator Rank #41 2016 TOP 100 Wines
BTG $6.50 Retail $13.99

2015 Tenshen White Blend
Central Coast, California
This expressive white is aromatic and juicy, featuring a rich, ripe, fleshy core of apricot and peach flavors, with accents of vanilla bean, honeysuckle and melon. A spicy note lingers on the long finish. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay.
92 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2016, Rank: 31
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

2013 Bodegas Palacios Remondo Rioja La Montesa Crianza
Rioja, Spain
A thick texture carries plum tart, orange peel, toasted vanilla and anise flavors in this ripe version, balanced by juicy acidity. The spicy, berry-scented finish is long and pure. 91 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2016, Rank: 52
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2012 Arcanum Toscana Il Fauno
Tuscany, Italy
A polished, flavorful red, boasting floral, black currant, raspberry and spice flavors. Firm yet harmonious, with the fine aftertaste lingering with fruit, iron, tobacco and tea elements. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
93 Pts Wine Spectator Top 100: 2016, Rank: 19
BTG $14.00 Retail $36.99

2014 Oberon Merlot
Napa Valley, California
Aged in French oak it possesses good density, elegant black cherry and mocha-infused aromas and flavors, excellent purity, density and richness, and a lush, succulent mouthfeel. It is exactly what Merlot should taste like. 89 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 1/17/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 12, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday January 17th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

Mosel, Germany
Farmed specifically for producing a dry wine, it is fermented with native yeasts in 3,000-liter, neutral oak casks. The casks help to soften the acidity, and they allow a tiny amount of oxygenation that adds texture and greater complexity to the wine. Red Slate Riesling Dry has an intense minerality that is warm and enveloping, with a floral, spicy, citrus blossom aroma and a harmonious palate. The dry style is ideal for classic continental cuisine.
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

Santa Rita Hills , Central Coast, California
Apples, sea salt, green pear and buttered popcorn aromas convey both restraint and ripeness on the nose. There’s tarragon tension once sipped, with flavors hovering between soft ruby-red grapefruit pith and ripe red apples, keeping the mouth watering throughout.
90 Pts wine Enthusiast
BTG $9.50 Retail $23.99

Yountville, Napa Valley, California
Burgundian in style, this unique Yountville Pinot is bursting with flavor. A pretty, elegant, and feminine wine with a beautiful balance of earth and fruit.
On the palate, ripe raspberry with spicy undertones. Bright mouth-feel with notes of morel mushroom and forest floor qualities. A mid weight wine with pure expression of the grape. Slight oak on the finish to frame and outline the wine.
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Rioja, Spain
100% Tempranillo
Aged16 months in French and Americain oak barrels
Shiny ruby colour. Rich aromatic intensity with a nice balance of red fruit, liquorice and spices and smoked hints in the background. Elegant and round in the palate with a long afterstate that brings back floral and fruity memories.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wahluke Slope, Washington
Our 2012 estate bottling of CabernetSauvignon is filled with aromas of plum,blackcherry,blackcurrant,blacklicorice,with notes of mocha and espresso.The palate has dense chewy tannins,with a broad viscous midpalate, followed by a very long finish.
BTG $9.25 Retail $22.99

Wine Tasting 1/10/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on January 5, 2017 No Comments yet

Tuesday January 10th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Colimoro Pinot Grigio
Alto Adige, Italy
Crafted with Pinot Grigio grapes grown in the pristine Alto Adige slopes of Northeast Italy. Flavors of white peach, honeysuckle, and ripe melon perfectly pair with the refreshing acidity. Full-bodied, with great balance, length, and a sliced green apple finish. 88 Pts Wine & Spirits Best Buy
BTG $6.50 Retail $13.99

2015 Juan Gil Dry Muscat
Jumila, Spain
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. 88 Pts Wine Advacate
BTG $6.25 Retail $12.99

2013 Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Reserve
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
The Sangiovese grape from Emilia-Romagna produces wine that matures more quickly and possesses a richer fragrance than Tuscan Sangiovese. Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Riserva is vinified at low temperatures in stainless steel and aged in Slavonian and Italian oak barrels. An aromatic blend with notes of violet, this dry wine has a rich taste balanced with slight tannins and a harmonious, long finish.
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

2013 Aviary Cabernet
Napa County AVA Lodi AVA Sonoma County AVA
Deep ruby in color open- ing big with aromas of red fruit, vanilla, and black pepper, followed by soft notes of cherry cola, spice, bay leaf, maple syrup, and sweet cedar. The palate showcases flavors of vanilla, oak, and red fruits with a lingering finish.
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2011 Waterbrook Reserve Merlot
Walla Walla, Washington
Chocolate and raspberry aromatics marry with an earthiness to deliver red fruit flavors and elegant tannins in this beautiful Columbia Valley Merlot. It finishes with burnt sugar, integrated oak and mouthwatering acidity. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $8.25 Retail $19.99

Wine Tasting 1/3/17

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 29, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday January 3rd 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2015 Bodegas La Val Finca Arantei Albariño
Rías Baixas, North West Spain
The wine has an intense and clean straw-yellow colour with bright green tones. On the nose it shows aromas of fresh herbs and laurel with fine floral and lemon notes as well as white stone fruits. In the mouth it is fresh and rich , with citrus notes and a long finish.
90 pts Vinous
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

2016 De Wetshof Robertson Limestone Hill Chardonnay
Breede River Valley, South Africa
Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity. An un-wooded wine, Limestone Hill has notes of grapefruit and nuts, with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a delicate ripeness.
The American critic Robert Parker describes this wine as such: “The De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay never sees oak, and offers impeccably pure, refreshing apple, peach and lemon fruit, a lovely leesy richness of texture, and a nutty, chalky, fruit-filled finish of imposing length. Understated and less tropical than some of the better un-oaked Chardonnays, this wine possesses far better balance and sheer drinkability – not to mention more finesse – than 99% of the world’s Chardonnay I have experienced.” 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Bodegas Abanico Creta Roble
Ribera del Duera, Spain
A custom cuvée from importer Eric Solomon. Made from 60-plus-year-old vines from an area of Ribera del Duera known as La Horra (Pingus and Aalto emerged from this area as well). This expansive, savory, complex, deep ruby/purple red wine shows notes of new saddle leather, black and red currants, has a savory, medium-bodied expansive mouthfeel, with loads of black fruits, licorice, subtle smoke and earth. This is a lovely, sexy, opulent style of wine to drink over the next 4-5 years. 91 pts Robert Parker
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2012 DOMAINE LE COUROULU Vacqueyras Vieilles Vignes
Southern Rhône
Delicious, with energetic bitter plum, currant and boysenberry coulis flavors that race along, with mouthwatering black tea and singed mesquite notes. A pleasant iron hint underscores the finish, giving the fruit extra time to play out. 91 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $11.00 Retail $27.99

2014 Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet
Mendoza, Argentina
An exquisitely balanced cabernet sauvignon to be highlighted. Its spicy and fruity character outstands. The intense ruby red color anticipates a complex, appealing wine. On the nose, the freshness of the red fruit and the herbal notes like freshly cut grass complements the spicy notes of black pepper, clove and cinnamon, as well cedar and tobacco. Great freshness on the palate, good acidity, sweet tannins and great intensity for a very well-integrated wine with a persistent finish. 91 pts SK
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

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