The Grape Tray

September 5th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Famille Hugel Gentil Alsace

Winemaker Notes: A kaleidoscope of grapiness, produced exclusively from hand harvested grapes in predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, from a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. $15 Our Price $10.95 (Arrives 9/6/17)

Wine Spectator 90
LA CREMA Chardonnay Monterey 2015

Balanced and fruity, with juicy apricot, pear and guava flavors, accented by spice hints. Creamy notes linger on the pastry-filled finish. Drink now through 2021. 50,000 cases made. –KM $20 Liquidation Price $13.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 Peter Michael L’Après-Midi Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Intense and multi-layered, the bouquet is dominated by mineral, vine blossom, yellow nettle blossom, honeysuckle, white vine rose, hawthorn, lemon, lime, white peach, completed by acacia honey and candied anise. Rich, balanced, and elegant, the zesty flavors are reminiscent of the aromas with additional guava, Williams pear, Mirabelle plum and fresh almond notes. The strong mineral background, a stamp from our terroir, balances the overall richness and gives superb refinement. The finish is layered, extremely long and elegant. The 2016 L’Après-Midi will benefit from three years of cellaring and will age gracefully for a decade or more. Blend: 88% Sauvignon Blanc & 12% Sémillon. $60 (Arrives 9/6/17)

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Domaine Cabirau Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas

One of the blockbusters in the vintage is unquestionably the 2015 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas. Made from the usual blend of 60% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 12% Carignan that was brought up primarily in tank, it has awesome notes of blackberries, licorice, crushed rocks and violets. With off the charts purity, full-bodied richness and finely polished tannin, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face over the coming 5-7 years. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 9/6/17)

Wine Spectator 93
WITTMANN Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheinhessen Westhofener 2015

Very rich and elegant, with a slightly airy texture to the richly spiced flavors of pastry, dried apple and roasted pineapple. Engaging notes of shiso and dried sage linger into the vibrantly spiced finish. Drink now through 2022.-K.M. $40 Our Price $32.99

Wine Advocate 90
2014 Titus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

An excellent value is undoubtedly the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. For $55.00 one rarely finds this level of quality in Napa. The wine has a dense purple color, a good sweet kiss of crème de cassis, blackberry and licorice. Graphite makes an appearance in this medium to full-bodied, delicious wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years. $55 Our Price $41.69

ROAR 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Drawing on aspects of all of our vineyards, our 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a wonderful expression of what the region has to offer. Dark fruit, leather, and toasted oak with light overtones of honey evolve into blackberry, cola and cherry, opening to include chocolate shavings and floral accents. A woody, almost evergreen, perfume enriches the lower-tone fruit through a long, dense, meaty finish full of tobacco, leather, cherry and blackberry. $24/375ml

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

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht

Picked in one passage and without any pre-selections at the end of October, the 2015 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht is super deep, intense and spicy/fresh on the flinty, concentrated nose. Full-bodied, pure and lush, this is a very complex and elegant, highly mineral and salty Riesling. It has good grip and a very long, mineral finish. This is great Riesling that is indicated as Auslese only, because of the sugar weight, but not because of the selective yeasts. $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 92
LA CREMA Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

Pure and lively, with flavors of lemon meringue, green apple, honeydew and spice. Though rich and dense, this is also elegant. The vibrancy keeps the flavors dancing. Drink now through 2021. 21,104 cases made. –JL $30 Our Price $24.35

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. This has a more saturated purple color, a glorious extract and richness, built with a solid inner core of essence that is pure, dark and impressive. Some dusty/loamy undertones are present, but the dark blackberry and cassis fruit dominate this full-bodied beauty. It still has tannins to shed, but this wine should hit its peak in another 5-7 years and last a quarter-century or more. $85 Limited

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 Our Price $99.99

Wine Advocate 98
2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years. $275 Our Price $229.99 Limited

James Suckling 99 Points
Peter Michael Winery Napa Valley Oakville Au Paradis 2014

Extremely perfumed with iron, clay and currant character. Copper pennies and hints of steak. Then this turns to flowers, iodine and oyster shells. Full body that's juicy and defined by hefty blackcurrant flavors and real meatiness. Dark-chocolate and orange-peel undertones. Extremely long and flavorful. About three-fourths cabernet sauvignon with the rest being cabernet franc. Excellent follow-up to the 2013. $225 Limited (Arrives 9/6/17)


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