The Grape Tray

October 3rd 2017 Newsletter

2016 Arkenstone Ambrose Rose

Winemaker Notes: Earthy, bright, bursting... Ambrosé reflects its California origins. Late-ripening Syrah kissed at the confluence of three Sonoma creeks, with a complement of complex Mourvèdre cooled by marine fogs rolling around Mount Diablo. A light touch in the cellar makes for rosé touched by light. Start with a gentle press, brief skin contact, & slow ferment. Stainless steel preserves natural acidity, while a bit of neutral French oak rounds out the mid-palate. $20 Our Price $16.99

Troublemaker Red

Winemaker Notes: Inspired by varieties that flourish in Paso Robles and California's Central Coast, Troublemaker is a truly distinct Paso blend consisting of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Syrah and Zinfandel. By using a multi-vintage approach, winemaker Austin Hope allows the wine to show uncanny complexity in its youth, yet rich and fruit-forward characteristics that make it ready upon release. With rich aromatics that display hints of smoke and violets, bright fruit on the palate and a long finish, Troublemaker shows amazing depth and structure. $20 Liquidation Price $11.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Enthusiast 92
2014 Bogle Phantom

Pure and delicious, this generous, lightly spicy and velvet-textured wine does a great job of combining ripe, tasty fruit flavors with an enticing oaky layer that seems to bring subtle sweetness. While full bodied it is not heavy, and has firm, fine-grained tannins to add texture. $20 Our Price $13.95

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

2015 Killian Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, light gold color with an open star jasmine, citrus blossom nose above red apple, stone fruit and hints of smoky oak. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh apple and pear, and are framed in a richly bodied mouthfeel that finishes with balanced acidity and just a hint of fruit sweetness. This will be one of the best aging of the Killian Chardonnays and should be optimally balanced about a year after release. $26 Our Price $24.99

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

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

Wine Spectator 90
JOSEPH DROUHIN St.-Véran 2015

A lush yet succulent style, this displays floral, apple, white peach and subtle honey flavors. Balanced, leaving a fresh, cleansing impression on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 8,000 cases imported.—B.S. $21 Our Price $17.65

Wine Spectator 92
LUCIA Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Soberanes Vineyard 2014

Dusty, loamy tannins give this a grainy texture, yet the flavors flow freely, with well-distributed anise, underbrush, cedar and wild berry notes. Drink now. 325 cases made. –JL $60

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

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

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

New Vintage! 2014 Stewart Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This 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. $68

Wine Advocate 95
2014 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder comes from a vineyard once owned by the late Robin Williams called Pym Rae (now owned by the Tesseron family from Bordeaux) that sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Blueberry, blackberry and cassis are all present in this full-bodied wine that displays the high-elevation bluer fruits that Mt. Veeder can provide. There is a floweriness and full-bodied richness, big extract, but great balance and no rusticity. This beauty should drink well for at least 25-30 years. $85 Our Price $76.99

2014 Dalla Valle Collina

Winemakers Notes: This new vintage of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is as smooth as silk. It shares similar tones and hues as the Maya, with vibrant fruit and spice aromas, and a dark black-purple color. The natural acidity of the vintage comes through, adding to the wine’s volume, while the softness of the tannins make it immediately appealing. In addition to the typical red and black fruit character, the wine is layered with notes of chocolate, freshly cut thyme, and smoke. It is a subtle but hedonistic offering, and should delight for ten to fifteen years minimum. $90

Wine Advocate 94
2014 TOR Kenward Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon

The Herb Lamb Cabernet tastes like no other wine we have ever made. This shows its terroir perhaps more clearly than any other Cabernet from 2014. On the nose there is copious cassis, dark chocolate and unique to this site some hints of bay leaf. The palate is quite dense and rich but seems to be reaching back to an old world profile more so than the rest of the Cabernets. This exhibits more of the dusty/earthy side of Cabernet with hints of charcoal, lavender and bitter sweet chocolate. A beautiful and truly unique expression of Cabernet. $175

Wine Advocate 99
2014 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill

The flagship wine, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill, 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, is a stunner and one of the great, great 2014s. Inky purple with blueberry and blackberry fruit, cassis, licorice, graphite and white flowers, the wine is stunningly concentrated, full-bodied and seemingly one of the greatest of the 2014s. Still youthful, with at least 25-30 years of upside potential at the minimum, this is a wine for patient connoisseurs. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050. $245

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