The Grape Tray

October 27th 2017 Newsletter

WOW-70% Off! 2013 Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

Winemaker Notes: This wine displays aromas of cedar, ripe currents, spice, and leather with a soft, silky finish and a lingering aftertaste. It is crafted to be enjoyable to drink as a young wine and will continue to improve in the bottle. Try it with bold flavored pastas or Sonoma duck or lamb. $20 Our Price $5.95

Wine Spectator 95
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge, Magnum

The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2015, Magnum Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich, expressive blueberry and cherry flavors, accented by savory spice and espresso details. Builds depth as this dances toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 2,700 cases made. –TF $200/Magnum Limited

Tasting Panel Magazine 91 Points
2014 Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee

Winemaker Notes: The genius of Mountain Cuvée is its approachable quaffability without sacrificing complexity—and for an affordable price! Pleasantly inviting with heady fruit aromas of blueberries, raspberries, and pomegranates lifted by vanilla and spice. The light-medium body has a touch of tannin, integrated acidity, and carries more fruit with layers of earth, warm oak, and mocha slowly revealed on the long finish. This is a wine to be casually enjoyed or slowly contemplated. $20 Our Price $16.35

Wine Spectator 94
MASTROJANNI Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Loreto 2012, Magnum

Rich, full of cherry and raspberry fruit and augmented by tobacco, spice and mineral flavors. Harmonious and long, this has all the elements to age well and develop greater complexity and nuance. Best from 2020 through 2033. 375 cases made. –BS $210/magnum. Our Price $179.99/magnum


Winemaker Notes: Full bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon—Faust is a blend from vineyards on the valley floor and the tops of mountains. Faust is a tribute to Napa Valley's noblest grape, full-bodied, decadently rich and unctuous Cabernet Sauvignon. To express the complexity of the grape and diversity of the Napa Valley, Faust sources Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Agustin’s family vineyards in Rutherford and Coombsville, plus small lots from spectacular mountain and valley terroirs such as Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, Oakville and St. Helena. $135/magnum. Our Price $115.99/magnum

2015 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Creme Brulee with a balanced and elegant finish. $18 Our Price $14.49 (Back in stock)

2015 Carlisle Russian River Valley “Papera Ranch” Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Very dark ruby-garnet, almost opaque. Head-turning aromas of framboise and kirsch are complemented by notes of fresh tobacco leaf, spun sugar, and spearmint leaves. What a sniff! On the palate, full bodied but my-oh-my, so seamless, so well-balanced. Flavors of red currant, macerated cherries, and a hint of pleasing herbaceousness build through the long, smooth finish. Truly one of our top Papera Zinfandels to date. Enjoy from release through 2024. 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan. $47 (Arrives 11/2/17)

2014 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: 2014 Carneros Pinot Noir is light ruby red in the glass. ¬is has an earthy nose, with notes that pop with aromas of baking spices, especially cinnamon. ¬e palate offers bright, fresh flavors of Rainier cherries and vanilla, and a round mouthfeel. $35 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 93
BOOKWALTER Conflict Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2014

Sleek and refined, showing floral red currant and orange zest aromas, and deeply layered, plush cherry, mocha and spice notes that sail to a long finish, with polished tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2022. 1,455 cases made. –TF $60 Internet Price $44.99 Grape Tray Insider Price $24.99 (Delicious!) Back in stock

Wine Advocate 95+
2013 Michel Rolland Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Michel Rolland's enormous experience and obvious knowledge of great viticulture and winemaking has turned out a 300-case cuvée (14.7% natural alcohol) of exceptional wine. Notes of graphite, créme de cassis, blackberry, and a touch of coffee and white chocolate are present in this wine, which offers elegance, full body, beautiful purity, and sweet, well-integrated tannins. As the wine sits in the glass, some blueberry liqueur notes also develop. This plush, full-bodied wine should hit its prime in 4-5 years and last for 20 or more. 225 cases produced. Vineyard Sources: To Kalon, Missouri Hopper, Dr. Crane and Stagecoach $150 Our Price $134.99 (Delicious)

Wine Advocate 94-96
2014 Bacio Divino Janzen Cloudy's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Even better is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Cloudy’s Vineyard, which ratchets up the level of concentration to something even beyond Beckstoffer with notes of graphite, crushed rock, white flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, camphor and subtle oak. It is deep, full-bodied and multidimensional with sweet tannin and low acidity. It should drink beautifully for the next 20-25 years. $125

The Debate Set

The following three wines are sold together and are packed in a wood crate. What an amazing experience to taste all three side by side and they are all delicious! A perfect gift for a serious wine collector. Retail $600/3 pack. Our Price TBD. (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 95+

2014 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

The profound 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard (15.1% alcohol) is another La Mission Haut Brion lookalike. Rich, with notes of charcoal embers, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, violets and a touch of wood spice, it is full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, layered and impressive. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.

Wine Advocate 95+
2014 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missourri Hopper

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper Vineyard has an opaque purple color and a youthful blackberry and black raspberry-scented nose with some notes of lead pencil shavings, forest floor and tobacco leaf. It is full-bodied, rich in fruit, and incredibly youthful and backward for a 2014. A big boy at 15.2% finished alcohol, it would benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. It is certainly capable of lasting 20 or more years.

Wine Advocate 92+
2014 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

From the famous Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon is another relatively hefty wine at 15.1%. It is very backward for a 2014, and in many ways, just as tannic and structured as its 2013 counterpart. Dense black currant fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, blackberry and unsmoked cigar tobacco are present in this wine, which is not really a blockbuster, but rather an elegant take on the To Kalon Vineyard. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25 years.

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