The Grape Tray

August 25th 2017 Newsletter

2014 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. $20 Our Price $13.95

Quady Vya Extra Dry Vermouth

Winemaker Notes: Imagine a forest after the rain: cool, with terrific freshness, and a little floral. Crisp, Floral & Vibrant… Ask for it. $22 Liquidation Price $14.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 88
2014 KJSI Cotes Catalanes Circus Bear Grenache/Syrah/Carignan

Made by Kimberly Jones and from the schist soils around Maury, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Circus Bear is a value-priced red that delivers loads of darker fruits, spice and minerality in a charming, forward and delicious package that's ideal for drinking over the coming year or three. There's over 8,000 cases, so it should see good distribution, and it's a terrific value. $15 Liquidation Price $10.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

Vinous 91
2016 Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rose

Deep orange-pink. Pungent, expressive aromas of dried red berries, orange pith and succulent herbs; floral and mineral elements emerge as the wine opens up. Concentrated cherry and blood orange flavors show very good clarity and energy thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Lingers with strong tenacity on the sappy finish, which leaves a suave candied lavender note behind. $19 Our Price $14.99

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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

Wine Spectator 90

A ripe style, with enticing raspberry and black currant confiture notes studded with singed spice and black tea details. A good tobacco underpinning keeps this honest, though the relatively fleshy edge will give this more immediate appeal. Best from 2018 through 2024. –JM $35 Our Price $24.35

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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

James Suckling 92 Points
2015 Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon

Chocolate and berry aromas with hints of spices and walnuts. Medium to full body. Very fine tannins and a clean and fresh finish.

Winemaker Notes: An exquisitely balanced cabernet sauvignon to be highlighted. Its spicy and fruity character outstands. The intense ruby red color anticipates a complex, appealing wine. On the nose, the freshness of the red fruit and the herbal notes like freshly cut grass complements the spicy notes of black pepper, clove, and cinnamon, as well cedar and tobacco. Great freshness on the palate, good acidity, sweet tannins and great intensity for a very well-integrated wine with a persistent finish. $18 Our Price $14.65

Wine Spectator 95
CHÂTEAU DOISY DAËNE Barsac 2014, Half Bottles

Creamed pineapple, yellow apple and ginger notes form the core here, which has ample weight but moves gracefully, as orange zest and elderflower honey details stream underneath. A bitter citrus oil accent hangs on the finish for a long time. Has a lot of power for a Barsac. Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,083 cases made. –JM $36/750ml. Our Price $24.95/375ml

Wine Spectator 97
CASTELLO DEI RAMPOLLA Toscana d'Alceo 2012

A focused, balanced style, evoking pure cherry, raspberry, mineral and floral aromas and flavors, this is elegant and fluid yet dense and well structured, ending with lively acidity and dusty tannins. The finish goes on and on. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2025. 1,833 cases made. –BS $242 Our Price $189.99

Wine Spectator 93
CHÂTEAU BRANAIRE-DUCRU St.-Julien 2014, Half Bottles

Very pure and expressive, featuring lovely violet and cassis aromas and flavors that stream forth, backed by light anise and graphite hints. Maintains a fresh feel through the finish, with light minerality engaging with the fruit. Best from 2019 through 2028. 13,335 cases made.-JM $43/750ml. Our Price $26.95/375ml

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 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 $17.99

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Merlot

The 2014 Merlot is a blend of 94.5% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec. It has a dense purple color, although not as saturated as the 2015 or 2013, with a beautiful fruited nose of blackberry, plum, chocolate, mocha and espresso. The aromatics are killer and then the wine hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied lushness and an expression that says, "Kiss me!" This is a delicious, front-end loaded, full-bodied Merlot to drink over the next 15 or so years. $85 Our Price $74.99

Wine Advocate 98+
2013 Shafer Vineyards • Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select will probably hit the magic three-digit score, but it is a more backward style of wine, although probably even more concentrated than the 2012, and that’s saying something. Fabulous potential of 30-50 years is evident in this profound bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that is inky blue/black to the rim and offers up notes of charcoal embers, scorched earth, blackberries, cassis, blueberries, a hint of coffee, and background barrique smells. Massively concentrated but incredibly elegant and poised, this is a wine of great energy and vibrancy. It is fabulously deep, built like a skyscraper, and set for an incredibly long life. Try not to consume a bottle for at least another 4-5 years and then watch the magic unfold. Market $269-499 (3 bottles available at $285/bottle. Please email Arrives 9/1/17

Wine Advocate 98
2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS To Kalon Vineyard

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS, which is also from Clone 337 but from different blocks on the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, saw oak with 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud. This wine seems slightly more expansive, shares the black ruby/purple color with all of it siblings, and has a boatload of crème de cassis, incense, licorice, graphite and vanilla along with plenty of spice box and forest floor. This is a killer, full-bodied, super-duper, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20 years. Market $235-$456 (3 bottles available at $259/bottle. Please email

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