The Grape Tray

August 18th 2017 Newsletter

A real TWO BUCK Chuck!
2012 Hardy's William Hardy Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Lifted ripe stone fruit characters of white peach and nectarine with toasty oak hint adding complexity. A well balanced wine with plenty of stone fruit and lively citrus characters giving great flavor and a pleasant lingering finish. Seamlessly integrated vanillin oak gives complexity, while a tight acid structure provides backbone that enhances flavor depth and length. $15 Our Price $2.00

Wine Advocate 91-93
2015 Domaine de Bila Haut • Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut

The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estate’s terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. $15 Our Price $12.25 (Arrives 8/23/17)

Wine Enthusiast 93
2014 Sinor-La Vallee Syrah- SLO County

This feral and gamy wine shows roast lamb, rosemary, dried fennel, rose petal and forest floor aromas on its dynamic nose. The palate leads with explosive acidity, before waves of Concord grape and blackberry flavor take hold. It's light on its feet but has some textural firmness, finishing on rosemary, lavender and game notes. $28 Our Price $23.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
Walter Hansel Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Russian River Valley

The 2014 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is deep, pliant and explosive. The 2014 is defined by its striking aromatics, lovely inner perfume and sheer concentration. Violets, lavender, mint, spice and plum meld into the juicy, inviting finish. Today, the 2014 Cahill Lane is dazzling. It's a simple as that. $39

Wine Spectator 94
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2016

Delicious pear, green apple and green melon flavors show both a creamy and a racy feel, while light meringue, acacia and honeysuckle notes fill in through the finish. Thoroughly delicious. Drink now through 2022.—J.M. 200 cases imported. $50 Our Price $40.99

Wine Spectator 95
CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Gigondas 2015

A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay fill in throughout. Muscular and energetic, this is built for the cellar. Best from 2019 through 2030.—J.M $43 Our Price $38.99

Wine Advocate 91
2014 Jeff Cohn Cellars • Smoke & Mirrors

One of the larger production releases at just under 1,400 cases, the 2014 Smoke And Mirrors is an eclectic blend of 28% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 33% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 6% Mourvedre and 2% Alicante raised in a mix of concrete tanks, foudre and various sized barrels. Reminiscent of classic wine from the Languedoc region of the south of France with its spicy, scrub brush, berry fruits and leathery bouquet, this charming, forward, soft and straight up quaffable red will offer plenty of pleasure over the coming 2-3 years. $25 Our Price $22.95

Wine Spectator 91
CHÂTEAU LAPINESSE Sauternes 2014

A rather racy version, with pineapple and quinine threads enlivening the core of white peach, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Bright mirabelle plum notes add length on the finish. Very pretty. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases made. –JM $30/750ml Our Price $18.95/375ml

2016 Ghost Block MorgaenLee Yountville Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This bright, tempting, and silky sur lie aged Sauvignon Blanc boasts aromatics of ripe stone fruits, mainly white peach and yellow melon. The wine has lively acidity of yellow fruits and hints of peach. This single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc exhibits classic Napa Valley flavors, with a crisp and complex long –lasting, refreshing finish. Varietal Content: 100% Sauvignon Blanc $22 (Arrives 8/25/17)

2012 Cambiata Tannat

Winemaker Notes: We fermented the black juice in small open‐top fermenters and pumped over twice a day during fermentation. The wine was then pressed straight to 60 gallon barrels (100% French, 40% new). Our 2012 Tannat is incredibly deep and concentrated with notes of earth, blackberries, saddle leather and licorice. On the palate it is thick and chewy with bold, well‐integrated tannins. Big wine. Good wine. In case you are not familiar with it, Tannat is a native of Southwest France. Included in its resume are the big, dark, dense reds from the Madiran region north of the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France from Spain.$35 Our Price $25.99 (Arrives 8/22/17)

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay

The 2014 Chardonnay is light gold-colored with a greenish hue and beautiful, fresh tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and a touch of citrus. It is not as dense and concentrated as the 2013, but I love its vibrancy and beautiful subtleties and nuances. It is another top-notch effort from Pahlmeyer to drink over the next 7-8 years. $82 Our Price $69.99

Wine Spectator 95
PAHLMEYER Napa Valley 2014

A remarkable effort, engagingly rich and concentrated, with a deep, firm mix of licorice-shaded blackberry, currant, graphite, dried herb and cedary oak notes. The flavors hold and gain, leading to a persistent finish that keeps echoing the core elements. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. 5,000 cases made. $175 Our Price $159.99 (If you have purchased previous vintages of this wine from The Grape Tray, you will receive a $15/bottle instant rebate for a net bottle price of $144.99)

Wine Spectator 93
FERRATON PÈRE & FILS St.-Joseph White La Source 2015

A light honeyed edge adds intrigue to the core of apricot, yellow apple and star fruit flavors, while heather and salted butter notes fill in on the finish. Provides opulence without sacrificing freshness. Drink now through 2019. 800 cases made. $30 (Arrives mid-September)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 96 Points
Martinelli 2015 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch Russian River Valley, Sonoma

A dazzling, heady wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir Moonshine Ranch is rich, creamy and voluptuous from start to finish. Silky tannins add to the wine supple feel and immediacy. A core of bright red cherry, plum, rose petal, spice and French oak is pushed forward, while more subtle, savory and earthy notes linger beneath. The Moonshine Ranch is a super expressive, impeccably balanced Russian River Pinot from the Martinelli family. $70 (Arrives 8/25/17)

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Antonio Galloni Vinous 97 pts
Krug NV Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition

Krug's NV Grand Cuvée 164 Edition is a total knockout. Based on the 2008 vintage, the 164th Edition shows all the crystalline tension and energy that is such a signature of the year. At times, the 164 reminds me of the 2008 vins clairs I tasted after harvest. The flavors are brisk, delineated and pulsing with energy, while the more oxidative notes that are such a signature of Krug Champagnes are not especially evident. A wine of total pedigree and class, the 164 reminds me of some of the great Grand Cuvées of the 1960s and 1970s I have been lucky to taste over the years. No Champagne lover will want to be without this spectacular, captivating wine. All that said, readers should be patient, as the 164 is painfully young, austere and in need of serious cellaring. $190 Our Price $154.95 (Delicious!)


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