The Grape Tray

June 2nd 2017 Newsletter

Wine Enthusiast 89 Points
2014 Bogle Old Vine Zin

Lively fruit flavors and great balance make this wine easy to appreciate and a versatile pairing with food. Fresh cherry and raspberry aromas meet rich flavors on a smooth texture that has just enough light tannins for a little grip. $12 Liquidation Price $6.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

2013 Titus Family Andronicus Red

Winemaker Notes: A berry basket of aromas immediately greet your nose with blackberry, ripe strawberry and raspberry, while reminiscences of Schwarzwalder kirsch torte add depth with German chocolate and cream. On the palate, dark cherry candy and tart plum entwine, revealing great acidity and balance as blackberry and very light vanilla lead you towards well integrated oak and a sweet, red-fruit finish. $30 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 90
KENWOOD Chardonnay Russian River Valley Six Ridges 2015

There's lots to admire in this rich, creamy-textured effort, with touches of citrus, apricot, honeydew and spicy oak. Starts and ends clean and pure. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JL $22 Our Price $18.99 (In Store Special $14.99)

James Suckling 93 Points
2015 Ritual 15 Chardonnay

A bright and stoney chardonnay with clarity and beauty. Full body, bright and tangy acidity with lime and green pineapple character. Vertical tension to this. Long and flavorful finish. Drink now. Screw cap. $20 Our Price $11.99

James Suckling 93 Points
2015 Ritual Pinot Noir

A pinot noir with beautiful strawberry and plum aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins and a precise ripe fruit and fresh character. Complex with light chocolate, walnut and berry aftertaste. Show a little more ripeness than 2014. Drink now. Made from biodynamic grapes. $20 Our Price $11.99 (Great Value!)

2012 Gregory Graham Crimson Hill Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is from our Crimson Hill Vineyard in the Red Hills district of Lake County. The vineyard is at 2,000 feet elevation and overlooks the southern end of Clear Lake. This 13-acre block was planted in 1995 with clone 7 Cabernet on 110R rootstock. The crimson red, volcanic soil provides the perfect site for growing great red wines. The climate is ideal for late season reds because the vineyard receives daily full sun with warm temperatures which are tempered by daily afternoon mistrals. The majority of the vineyard is contracted to Napa Valley wineries. $30 Our Price $25.69

2013 Joullian Carmel Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant, very dark cherry-garnet color with a ruby rim. Perfumed, deep spicy black cherry, cassis, anise, white truffle and cedar nose. Rich cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit is complexed by nuances of spicy anise, dark coffee and cocoa that finish with refreshing acidity and ample round, fine tannins. $35 Our Price $27.99

Wine Spectator 93
TWO HANDS Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale Sexy Beast 2015

Impressive, with a plush, seductive and succulent body, offering sink-your-teeth-into-them flavors of black cherry, blackberry and plum, accented by details of dark chocolate, rose petal and savory. Drink now through 2025.-M.W $30 Our Price $26.95

2016 Domaine Sorin Côtes de Provence TERRA AMATA AOC Rosé

Grenache 40%, Cinsault 15%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 15%, Carignan 10%, Rolle 5%, Orgi 5% Vinified and aged in vats. $12

Wine Spectator 89
JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc California 2015

This white is precise, showing mango, lemon verbena and lime sherbet flavors that are fragrant and juicy. A hint of honeysuckle lingers on the finish. Drink now. 83,500 cases made. –MW $14 Our Price $9.99

Wine Spectator 95
K Vintners Syrah Walla Walla Valley Powerline Estate 2014

A knockout Syrah, precise and impeccably built but explosive with personality. Smoky roasted meat and floral blackberry aromas combine with bold, supple flavors of dark plum, pepper and licorice. The tannins are big but polished. Drink now through 2024. From Washington.—T.F. $45 (Grape Tray email subscribers receive a $6 instant rebate for a net bottle price of $39)

Antonio Galloni Vinous 93+ pts
Accendo Cellars 2015 Napa Sauvignon Blanc

A dense, phenolic wine, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc captures all of the intensity of the vintage in its ample, oily texture. Even so, there is notable cut to the orchard fruit, lime and mint flavors. In 2015, the blend is 78% Sauvignon Blanc and 22% Semillon. This is a gorgeous wine. Drinking window: 2017 - 2022 $52 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 95
2012 Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another massively concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a dense purple color, lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with floral notes, sweet tannins, lush opulent mouthfeel and a full-bodied personality puts it right in the wheel-house of the Treva's in terms of quality. Stylistically, it's much closer than dissimilar. The wine is very broad, rich and impressive with a velvety finish that argues for immediate gratification, but this one will last 15 or more years. $125

Wine Spectator 94
Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf-du-Pape White Clos 2015

Intense, with creamed papaya, Cavaillon melon and Jonagold apple flavors pouring forth, underscored by heather honey, almond and salted butter notes. Drink now through 2019.-J.M. 100 cases imported $53 Our Price $41.99

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

The appellation 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley from this team is a smoking effort. Mostly destemmed and brought up in 44% new French oak, it's loaded with notions of black raspberries, toasted spice, licorice and underbrush. These give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, textured Pinot Noir that packs plenty of fruit, while never losing the elegance and purity of the variety. It will evolve every bit as well as most of the single vineyard releases. $94

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