Hollywood & Vine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley
Celia knows that given a cooler vintage to work with, an opportunity arises to create extraordinary complex wines. She has created just that in the 2011 Hollywood & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon. Celia is able to optimize nuances found in this well structured 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from five distinct vineyard locations in the Napa Valley, including Oakville, Rutherford, Mt. Veeder and Spring Morntain and St. Helena. The initial aromas of rich Cherry pie give rise to spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. On the mid-palate, layers of dark fruit and black currents and traces of black tea, tarragon and licorice An abundance of deep rich red cherry combines with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove the aromas of this well structured 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The mid palate expresses layers of blueberries, black tea, tarragon and wood tones leading into a lingering complex concentrated finsh that is accessible in it’s young age. This Cabernet Sauvignon optimizes the elegance and finesse characterized in the wines handcrafted by Celia.
Short Ends 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley
A ‘short end’ is a partial roll of film stock left over during a picture filming production and kept for a later use. The Hollywood and Vine 2012 Short Ends is described as the ‘light-hearted’ version of their 2480 Cabernet Sauvignon. Short Ends stands tall on its own, a lush blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Malbec, made from fruit sourced in the Oakville, Rutherford and Carneros AVAs of Napa Valley. The 2012 Short Ends shows fresh raspberry along with blueberries and cassis combines with the cinnamon and clove leading into an elegant and silky mid-palate filled with lush dark fruit leading into sweet wood tones and a lingering finish.
We were thrilled given the opportunity to once again represent a wine crafted by Celia Welch. Hollywood and Vine would be the third winery that DCHWM represented in Southern California followed by a fourth a few years later, each wine different and each meeting the standards of finesse and elegance characterized by Celia’s winemaking techniques. Celia a winemaking consultant for several prestigious California wineries also produces her own label CORRA an ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. Celia’s hands-on-approach to winemaking is shared with partners Bruce and Doug along with Bev Brown , Sales and Marketing guru, Celia sees winemaking as a joint-effort of team members, she says “None of us are doing this 100 percent by ourselves”, and the handcrafted 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Hollywood and Vine is no exception. The 2011 conveys an elegance layered with earthen masculinity, that may be better described as ‘tom-boyishness’ with finesse and elegance.
Bruce Orosz and Doug Barr
Years later, I received a call from my former partner of Unalii, (another story to share on another day) Bev Brown, asking if I would be interested in representing the Hollywood & Vine Cellars wines. Since Unalii’s last vintage, Bev joined the Hollywood & Vine team in 1999 and was responsible for sales and marketing but joined Celia in sharing winemaking responsibilities and so much more. Bev was also an accomplished Chef with an extensive and impressive resume working as Pastry Chef at Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley . It had been years since I had heard from Bev , but was excited when she called and asked DCHWM to represent the wines from Hollywood & Vine in Southern California. Without hesitation, I said “yes” and we immediately began representing the wines from Hollywood and Vine Cellars.
Several years ago, the multi-faceted Doug Barr (Actor, Writer, Director, as well as Partner/Owner of Hollywood & Vine Cellars) contacted the DCHWM office requesting a meeting to discuss the possibility of representing Hollywood & Vine wines in Southern California. Intrigued by this possibility, I met Doug at the La Dijonaise French Bistro in Culver City. Departing from the meeting, Doug informed me that he would discuss with his Partner/Owner, Bruce Orosz, before giving me a final decision. Along with Hollywood & Vine Cellars, Bruce was also the Owner of ACT Productions which promoted the careers of models, photographers, actors, musicians as well as global advertising and communication clients. The meeting went smoothly and I remained extremely interested in the project, knowing that once again I would be marketing a wine made by Celia Welsh (Masyczek at the time). Or so I thought! I was sincerely disappointed to learn that Doug and Bruce had decided to go with another broker to represent the Southern California territory. Doug knew of my disappointment, as not one to hold back my thoughts, and we both went our separate ways in the wine world
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