The Grape Tray

August 11th 2017 Newsletter

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2013 Congress Springs Monterey Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes from Melissa Robles, Winemaker: This Monterey Pinot Noir has flavors of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, with a silky finish. Suggested Food Pairings: Pairs well with lamb, pork, cheese, and poultry. $16 Our Price $7.35 (Great Value!)

Wine Spectator 90
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Vermentino Toscana Ammiraglia Massovivo 2016

This is round, evoking white peach, melon and straw flavors, with a hint of grapefruit. Beautifully balanced, fresh and easy to cozy up to. A light mineral accent graces the finish. Drink now. 900 cases imported.—B.S. $20 Our Price $16.39

2013 Stewart Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Complex and age-worthy, the 2013 Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has ripe aromas of plum, cherry and a hint of white pepper. Flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, and toasty, French oak are exactly what you would anticipate in this classic Napa Valley Cabernet. The wine’s smooth body and structure are evident, with the acidity acting as a building block in unison with the tannins giving a full and bold palate. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $68 Delicious!

Wine Enthusiast 91
King Estate 2015 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)

This comes on tight and tart, with substantial flavors of apple, pear and peach. The depth and juicy acids suggest you'll want to put this on the dinner table alongside grilled halibut or swordfish, lightly spiced with lemon pepper and a splash of olive oil. $19 Liquidation Price $13.55 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 92
2014 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is also a winner, slightly more open and precocious, but with plenty of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, striking minerality (no doubt from the Obsidian rocks) and a full-bodied, luscious, juicy style with a voluptuous texture. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. $30 Our Price $25.69

2016 Cape Mentelle Rose

Winemaker Notes: Delicate watermelon hue with pale rose edges in the glass. Bright strawberry and cream and cranberry fruit with a complex rose water, candied melon and lemon basil notes. The attack is fresh and reminiscent of the crunch of pomegranates and cranberries. The mid-palate is creamy and generous with notes of ripe watermelon and pink grapefruit zest with just a hint of juniper spice that adds nobility. A line of ripe citrusy acidity drives the palate to a long vinous finish that lets all the near-saline minerality of the terroir shine through. Blend: 71% Grenache, 29% Shiraz. $18 Liquidation Price $12.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

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2013 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is garnet in color with a ruby red rim, it has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036. $150/magnum Our Price $139.99/magnum

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Wine Advocate 90
2012 Marqués de Griñón • Caliza

The 2012 Caliza is named after the limestone (caliza is the Spanish word for limestone) dominant in the Valdepusa Estate soils in Toledo. It's a blend of 40% Syrah and 30% each Petit Verdot and Graciano. Most of these reds mature in newish French barriques for some ten months. The oak is nicely integrated and there is a core of ripe black fruit and balsamic notes. The palate is soft and juicy, with fine-grained tannins. Very pleasant. 92,000 bottles were filled in July 2015. $20

Wine Spectator 92
LEWIS Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015

Builds intensity and nuance from a firm core, with the light spicy oak joining hands with rich fig, melon and peach notes. This is young and unevolved, so short-term cellaring will be a plus. Drink now through 2020. 1,800 cases made. –JL $55 Our Price $49.99

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Department 66 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66

A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and a splash of Carignan, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Grenache D66 IGP spent ten months in roughly 30% new barrels. This inky colored, downright sexy 2014 offers terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, violets and chalky minerality. Big, concentrated and textured, yet still playing in the more elegant style of the 2014 vintage, this beauty will drink well for a decade. $38

2015 Rombauer Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of blackberry, cherry, licorice and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish. Our Price $32 Our Price $27.39

2015 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $82 Internet Price $79.99. Grape Tray Insider Price $74.95

Wine Spectator 95
MEYER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014

Strikingly complex and detailed, with supple, harmonious blackberry, currant, anise, licorice and crushed rock flavors. Gains depth while holding focus and persistence. Drink now through 2032. From California.—J.L. 1,200 cases made. $70 Our Price $64.99 (Back in stock 8/15/17)

Wine Advocate 95
2013 Robert Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from their Spring Mountain estate has a more saturated purple color, beautiful texture, loads of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit and a touch of spring flowers. This is clearly mountain, cool-climate Cabernet with full body, sweet tannin and impressive purity. This beautiful wine from Robert Keenan can be drunk now or cellared for 20 or more years. $106 (Arrives 8/15/17)

Wine Spectator 98
CLOS DES PAPES Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015

This has a drop-dead gorgeous core of cassis and raspberry pâte de fruit flavors that holds center stage but still allows notes of Lapsang souchong tea, anise, incense and shiso leaf to chime in. Very long, with a sublime feel through the mineral-tinged finish. So seductive already, but this will cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2040. From France.—J.M. 850 cases imported $109 Our Price $99.95 (Arrives 8/23/17) Limited

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