The Grape Tray

May 30th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Zenato Pinot Grigio

Winemaker Notes: Lemon-green in color, aromas of Key limes and white peaches complement undertones of green apples and grains of paradise. On the palate, it is smooth and refreshing with a long, pleasant finish. $15 Our Price $9.39

Wine Spectator 91
KENDALL-JACKSON Pinot Noir Vintner's Reserve 2014

Deftly balanced, this is slow to build nuance and complexity, unfolding to reveal tiers of spicy raspberry, black cherry and wilted rose. Though medium-weight, the flavors build intensity and nuance. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.-J.L. $20 Our Price $16.99 (Grape Tray email subscribers receive a $4 instant rebate for a net bottle price of $12.99) Limited to stock on hand.

Wine Spectator 90
HAHN Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands SLH 2015

A graceful style that's medium-weight, with spicy, floral flavors of wilted rose and raspberry. Well-focused and persistent, maintaining its graceful balance and ending clean, with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022. 15,941 cases made.—JL. $30 Our Price $19.95

2016 Teres Mediteranee Rosé

Winemaker Notes: Settled in the heart of Frejus, Provence, Les Teres' beautiful vineyards are surrounded by forest and protected from the northern winds by the red rock mountains of Esterel. The estate has a few hectares of noble varietals planted on red sandstone and volcanic rock that is representative of the archetypal terroir of Frejus. At only 15 km from the sea, the vineyards benefit from the cool air that flows in from the Mediterranean. Brilliant rosé. Pale pink hues, lovely colour. On the nose, we can find small red fruit notes. On the palate the wine is light and elegant. Crispy rosé! Enjoy as Apéritif, salads, grilled meat and cuisine using flavoured herbs. Grenache 30%, Cinsault 60 and Tibourenc 10%. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Back in stock 5/31/17)

2016 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino

Winemaker Notes: Vermentino often shows the fragrance of macchia, the mix of evergreen shrubs and herbs that typifies the Sardinian landscape. Costamolino hints at aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and sweet citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes with lingering acidity. $19 Our Price $10.99

2014 AldenAlli Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: AldenAlli is the culmination and celebration of two families’ deep history of food, wine and hospitality, manifested in a wine that speaks of place and tradition. There is a rich tradition of Pinot Noir in the Kosta and Lagasse families. Whether it be the Burgundy wines introduced to Dan Kosta at the young age of five, the nightly presence of Sonoma County Pinot Noir on the dinner table, or the abundant array of Pinot Noir at the restaurants of the Lagasse family, Pinot Noir has brought us together in so many ways. AldenAlli began as a convergence of friendship, family and culinary passions and along with winemaker, Shane Finley, their Pinot Noir tells that story. Vineyards: Campbell Ranch and Lancel Creek Clones: 115, Pommard. Production: 750 cases. $56 Our Price $ (Arrives 5/31/17)

Wine Spectator 93
REINHOLD HAART Riesling Spätlese Mosel Goldtröpfchen 2015

A juicy style, with intense apricot, white currant and crunchy apple flavors, supported by supple acidity. Offers a complex mix of spice and fruit tart notes midpalate. The finish lingers with honeyed accents. Drink now through 2032. 350 cases made. –KM $45 Our Price $39.99

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Tor Kenward Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard comes from the lower hillsides of Howell Mountain. Tor Kenward uses the middle section of this vineyard that was earlier used by Ann Colgin for her Herb Lamb bottlings. This wine has always been noted by its blueberry component, touch of licorice and underbrush. This wine has all of that, medium to full body, beautiful acidity and loads of fruit. It is drinking well now and should continue to do so for 15-20 or more years. $175

Wine Advocate 93
2013 Hayfork Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch

The exciting 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from the respected Lewelling Ranch in St. Helena is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in 70% new French oak, this has a relatively realistic price point for Napa. There are 700 cases of this opaque purple wine, which exhibits classic Pauillac notes of Christmas fruitcake, allspice, cedar wood, black and red currants as well as hints of underbrush and earth. It is medium to full-bodied, deliciously fruity and pure, with light to moderate tannin in the finish. Drink it over the next 15+ years. $75

Wine Spectator 93
WITTMANN Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheinhessen Westhofener 2015

Very rich and elegant, with a slightly airy texture to the richly spiced flavors of pastry, dried apple and roasted pineapple. Engaging notes of shiso and dried sage linger into the vibrantly spiced finish. Drink now through 2022.-K.M. $40 Our Price $32.99

Wine Advocate 90
2014 Titus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

An excellent value is undoubtedly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. For $55.00 one rarely finds this level of quality in Napa. The wine has a dense purple color, a good sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice. Graphite makes an appearance in this medium to full-bodied, delicious wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. $55 Our Price $41.69

2012 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot $125 Our Price $

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard

The completely destemmed (as is everything from this estate) 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard spent 13 months in 35-45% new French oak, with malolactic fermentation in barrel. It's a sensational Pinot Noir that's probably the finest wine I've tasted from this estate, which seems to have hit another level recently. Giving up lots of black raspberry, framboise, crushed spice and floral aromas and flavors, it's medium to full-bodied, has a silky texture, fine tannin and a great finish. There are 600 cases of this beauty out there, and it's well worth the effort to track down. $50 Our Price $36.99

Wine Spectator 95
CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 6,054 cases made. –BS $65 Our Price $54.95

2014 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: We set aside the best barrels of our Cabernet to produce Special Selection – the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.” Pushing the limits of richness and concentration, this Cabernet is enjoyable upon release or improves with aging a decade or more. Fine, luxurious tannins give structure to intense flavors of supple cacao bean, chocolate and dark fruits. $180 Our Price $170.99 Limited

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