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
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

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

Wine Tasting 12/27/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 23, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday December 27th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

2010 Graham Beck Vintage Rose
Western Cape, South Africa
Lovers of fine fizz with be tickled pink with this exceptional bubbly – pretty and pink, but packing some serious Cap Classique pedigree, this one’s a must to celebrate magical moments and toast special occasions. Crafted from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay the Brut Rosé Vintage The two varietals each add their own special magic to the final blend – Chardonnay for fruit and elegance and Pinot Noir for length of flavour and a touch of colour. The delightful salmon pink colour perfectly complements the delicious strawberry fruit flavours. Savour the light yeasty aromas, good freshness on the nose and rich creamy complexity on the palate. Fine mousse and a great length of flavour round off this blushing stunner.Delicate and a delightfully demure, yet complex and richly rewarding – this vintage Brut Rosé ticks all the boxes for serious bubbly connoisseurs.
BTG $8.50 Retail $20.99

Loire Valley, France
100 % Chenin Blanc
This rare wine, made from Chenin Blanc grapes, represents only 2% of the total Chinon production. The gapes are planted mostly in the commune of Ligre, on chalky, limestone clay soils. J-M Raffault’s Chinon Blanc is fermented at low temperatures with only native yeasts. It is a white wine of true finesse, at once rich and very fresh with notes of citrus, honey and white fruits. Plump and open in feel, with yellow apple and white peach flavors, lined with a light salted butter thread. Floral highlights show on the modestly juicy finish. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.75 Retail $17.99

2010 Bodega Carlos Serres Rioja Reserve
Rioja, Spain
Cherry red colour with thin terracotta edge showing its longer barrel age. Aromas of mature black fruit, toffee and balsamic as well as some mineral notes. This is a silky wine, but fresh and refreshing as well as elegant and persistent. 90 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $7.00 Retail $15.99

2013 Mas D’En Compte Negre
Priorat, Spain
60% Grenache and 40% Carignan
Aged in a combination of concrete tanks. Large wood foudres and smaller French oak barrels. The wine offers loads of licorice and black raspberries and seems to represent the quintessential style of Priorat in its opulence – floral, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, intense minerality and silky, lush tannins. 95 Pts Previous vintage
BTG $10.75 Retail $27.99

Marietta Cellars Arme Lot 3
Paso Robles, California
, a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. This is a big Bordeaux blend, aged up to three years in neutral oak prior to being bottled. It’s a blend of three vintages, 2011, 2012 and 2013. All the fruit comes from not only their estate, but from many of their close friends located in Sonoma and Mendocino. Elegant black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as tobacco leaf, cedar wood, licorice and earth. It’s medium to full-bodied, lush and succulent, which is their objective. 90 Pts Robert Parker
BTG $9.75 Retail $23.99

Wine Tasting 12/20/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 15, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday December 20th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Leon Launois Brut Reserve
Champagne, France
60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
A Cuvee quite fruity, charming and intense, with the subtle nose where the honey dominates, which associates elegance and roundness in mouth. Ideal Cuvee for aperitif. A very nice value for the price point and an exceptional pleasure.
Retail $29.99

NV Leon Launois Brut Rose Reserve
Champagne, France
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier with 15% of Bouzy Rouge (Grand Cru Pinot Noir).
The beautiful slight salmon rosé color is topped with a nice ring enduring foam of fine bubbles. It displays red fruits like cherry followed by plum and black currant. It also features an intense body. Thanks to Pinot Noir , you can discover intense aromas which give to the wine
roundness. Red fruit undertones this cuvée with a wonderful blackcurrant and cherry aromas.
Retail $34.99

2014 Roth Cabernet
Alexander Valley, California
Densely flavored, rich and succulent, it showcases plush flavors of plum, black olive and chocolate on the palate. The supple tannins are beautifully accented by a balanced acidity.
91 Pts Robert Parker
Retail $29.99

2014 Terra Valentine Cabernet
Napa Valley, California
Pure and rich, with density, a firm tannic backbone and tiers of blackberry, wild berry, currant and black licorice flavors. This veers toward the dry side, but ends with cedary oak grip and a kick of fruit. Drink now through 2028.
91 Pts Wine Spectator
Retail $32.99

2013 Halter Ranch Cabernet
Paso Robles, California
78% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% Malbec 9% Petit Verdot
Saturated ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of blackberry and candied flowers pick up a hint of licorice and vanilla in the glass. Juicy red and dark fruit flavors gain sweetness and flesh with air while maintaining vivacity. Packs a solid punch but comes off as quite lithe, finishing with strong cut, very good persistence and smooth tannins that provide grip.
91 Pts Vinous
Retail $29.99

Wine Tasting 12/13/16

Posted in Hollywood Vine Events, Uncategorized by hvine on December 8, 2016 No Comments yet

Tuesday December 13th 2016
6-9 Pm No charge for Tastings

NV Graham Beck Brut Rose
Western Cape, South Africa
An effortlessly smooth blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, allowed enough time on the lees to develop subtle yeasty undertones but to burst with berry and cherry flavours. On the nose expect whiffs of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary aromas of minerality. The palate delivers a lively mousse but fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it’s perfect for all seasons and settings. The ultimate in food friendly wines.
BTG $7.25 Retail $16.99

2014 Tasca Conti d’Almerita Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali Nero d’Avola
Sicily, Italy
The Tasca family hits a home run with this fabulous value wine. The 2014 Sicilia Nero d’Avola Lamùri Tenuta Regaleali is a terrific rendition of this important Sicilian grape. It opens to dark, spicy and savory notes that contrast the wine’s fruity core. This was a very successful vintage for island winemakers and the ripeness of the fruit is spot-on. The mouthfeel offers elegant fruit flavors and a velvety texture.
92 pts Wine Advocate
BTG $8.75 Retail $21.99

Rioja, Spain
Bright, focused and deep, this red marries power with elegance. Offers ripe black fruit flavors, with notes of smoke, licorice, tar and mineral, supported by well-integrated tannins and fueled by racy acidity. The juicy, floral finish lingers. 94 Pts Wine Spectator
BTG $12.00 Retail $32.99

2013 L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot
Walla Walla, Columbia Valley, Washington
It offers bright aromas of raspberries and chocolate, with herb and floral accents. The palate is flavorful and full, delivering a lot of enjoyment, with the tannins adding some heft. The rich texture of this wine is elevated by dense flavors of black cherry and plum on a complex mineral finish.
91 Pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $10.00 Retail $24.99

2015 G D Vajra Moscato Di Asti
Piedmont, Italy
Fresh and fragrant, this foaming dessert wine opens with aromas of orange blossom, chopped herb and ripe orchard fruit. The bright, generous palate doles out juicy yellow peach, apricot, Bartlett pear and lemon drop alongside fresh acidity and a hint of mineral. A sage note closes the finish.
92 pts Wine Enthusiast
BTG $8.00 Retail $18.99

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