The Grape Tray

August 8th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Dracaena Paso Robles Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: This 100% Cabernet Franc pours deep ruby in color with red currant, tobacco, and hints of earth fragrances dominating the aromatics. The vibrant bouquet opens to a parade of flavors including plum, dark chocolate, black cherry and an exquisite black licorice that will heighten your taste buds. The hint of oak spice and fresh herbs carry the soft, well structured, full-bodied finish as it continues to linger on your tongue for what seems like ages. This is an unforgettable gift to enjoy now or in the future; you won’t be disappointed either way. $32 Delicious!

Wine Spectator 90
PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Riviera 2015

Juicy and generous, featuring a rich, smooth core of plum and raspberry flavors, highlighted by zesty floral scents that accentuate the aroma and fruitiness. Agreeably supple, with easygoing tannins. Drink now through 2022. 3,200 cases made.—J.L. $22 Our Price $18.59 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 91
HAHN Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands SLH 2015

Vibrant and rich-tasting, offering a complex array of fig, quince, pear and ripe citrus flavors. Well-structured, with notes of lemon meringue on the plush, focused finish. Drink now through 2022.—K.M. $20

2014 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 is strikes a beautiful balance between both red and blue fruits, notably Bing cherry and Asian plums. Interwoven with the fruit characteristics is coastal moss, fresh wild mushrooms and spice. The wine has good carry-through from front to finish, with lively acidity to keep it light on its feet. $23 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 94
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2014

Rich and distinctively briary, with floral blackberry and licorice aromas and complex, expressive flavors of black raspberry, cracked pepper and toasted sage. Drink now through 2025.—T.F. $40 Our Price $34.99

2014 Thorn Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of savory spice, black cherry, and mocha with cedar and blackberry. The entry delivers an elegant balance with flavors of black plum and anise, along with hints of grilled rosemary and toasted oak. Velvety, chocolate tannins develop into a robust finish. $40 Our Price $33.99

Sommariva Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano-Valdobbiane Brut DOCG NV

Winemaker Notes: Fragrant floral tones and drying mineral notes characterize this luminous Prosecco Brut. The sparkling wine delivers frothy peach, herbal accents and a steady dose of citrus zest. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Back in stock 8/9/17)

2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby color. Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor, and small red fruit. $45 Our Price $38.99

2016 Alban Central Coast Viognier

Winemaker Notes: Forward fruit, dense, peach and apricot with a surprising core of minerals and freshness. This wine should be consumed within 3years of its vintage for those looking for the primary stone fruit and pear notes which Viognier can convey. The wine will age gracefully for a minimum of 4 years with proper storage, but secondary flavors will steadily overcome the aromatics and fresh fruitiness. $26 (Arrives 8/9/17)

Merryvale Antigua, 500ml

Golden/amber in color from its long aging in French oak, the wine is a complex combination of nuts and orange-peel aromas. Thick and rich in the mouth, the nuts and orange-peel theme continues from the entry through the long finish, highlighted by the many subtleties from the fine brandy and time in the barrel. 100% Muscat de Frontignan $40 Our Price $31.65

Wine Advocate 95
2014 Long Shadows • Pedestal Merlot

I loved the 2014 Pedestal Merlot and it’s 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers a downright voluptuous and incredibly sexy style in its ripe blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors. Broad, expansive, layered and pleasure bent, with ripe tannin, it's a knockout Merlot that's going to have 10-15 years of drinkability. $65 Our Price $56.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

James Suckling 94
Points Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lyndenhurst 2014

A rich and dense red with a powerful palate of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Lots of blackberry and blueberry character. Expanding tannins. Needs two or three years to soften. $85 (Arrives 9/1/17)

2014 Lewis Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: In his '56 hit recording of "Blueberry Hill," Fats Domino could have been singing about our 2014 Merlot - a dream girl of perfumey fruits and cedary-oak spices. Fleshy, polished and ripe with plenty of youthful drive the wine is beautifully balanced, finishing with long, supple legs. 175 cases produced. $80 Our Price $71.99 (Arrives 8/9/17)

2016 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 375ml

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $20/375ml Our Price $17.99/375ml

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Bootleg Proprietary Red

The 2013 Proprietary Red from Bootleg is a major sleeper of not only the vintage, but in its entire concept. There are just over 8,000 cases of this wine, which has been culled from KJ vineyards on Atlas Peak, Oakville, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. The wine is a blend of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petite Sirah, 21% Zinfandel, 12% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot. That's like throwing in the entire kitchen sink, but the result is a stunningly delicious, complex, big-time, sexy style of wine with a deep, opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blackberries and blueberries, with some lavender Provençal herbs, licorice and a touch of espresso. The wine has a fabulous texture, a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and beautiful purity and depth. It's something that could only be made in California, given the blend, but it is off-the-charts in terms of its hedonistic appeal. At the same time, it is complex enough to satisfy the intellectual senses as well. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. A big-time winner. $39 Our Price $31.99 (Back in stock)

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