The Grape Tray

November 21st 2017 Newsletter

Free Opus One and Overture Wine Crates
(This is an in-store offer and the crates are available on a first come first served basis)


Holiday Hours
Wednesday, 11/22 10:30AM-5:30PM
Thursday, 11/23 Happy Thanksgiving
Friday, 11/24 Closed
Saturday, 11/25 10:30AM-4:00PM
Sunday, 11/26 Closed

Back in stock this afternoon
2017 Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaujolais Nouveau


2016 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of bright red cherry, strawberry with hints of earth, spices, and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate finish with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel. $25 Our Price $19.75

James Suckling 96 Points
2014 Larcis Ducasse St. Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé

The nose is really glorious with strawberry, wet-earth, blackberry and dark-mushroom character. Full body, a solid core of fruit and beautiful tannins. It’s polished and velvety. Better in 2022 but gorgeous. CA Market Price $49-$63. Our Price $54.95


Wine Spectator 95
CLOS FOURTET St.-Emilion 2014

A sleek, lean cat, with distilled currant and raspberry fruit that races from start to finish, maintaining tension throughout thanks to a riveting chalky spine. A light floral hint hangs in the background. Should develop into a perfumy beauty with time. Best from 2022 through 2035. 3,167 cases made. –JM Our Price $82.95

2014 Bon Anno Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. $24 Our Price $21.39 (Back in stock 11/21/17)

2015 Lewis Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Winemaker Notes: Mason has been going to CrossFit and it shows. No whiskers yet but his 2015 vintage has more serious character, complexity and muscle than ever. Redolent with deeply ripened berries, baker's chocolate, cola, and cedary oak spice the wine is concentrated and rich on entry. Picking up notes of café latte toward the finish, a network of sinewy yet supple tannins provides a platform for this bulked up wine. 600 cases produced. $65 Our Price $58.99

Wine Spectator 95 and #4 Top 100 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 (Limited)

2014 Sinor-LaVallee Pinot Noir- SLO County

Winemaker Notes: This is our flagship Pinot Noir blend of eight clones that come together to create a complex reflection of our Bassi Vineyard terroir. Bassi Vineyard is located just 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Avila Beach, outside of any official AVA boundaries. While we are near to other Pinot Noir regions such as Edna Valley and Santa Maria Valley, we are blessed with a wholly distinct Pinot Noir expression that revolves around elegant red fruits, peppery complexity and a clean, lifted finish. $30 Our Price $25.99 (Back in stock 11/22/17)

Wine Spectator 92 and Top 100: 2017, Rank: 31 FORGE Riesling Finger Lakes Classique 2015

Weighty for a Riesling, with a rounded feel and layers of creamed yellow apple, white peach and persimmon flavors. Delivers energy and cut throughout, with lemon pith, citrus oil and chamomile accents filling in. Shows length and range through the finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,800 cases made. –JM $19 Our Price $16.69 (Arrives 11/22/17)

James Suckling 93 Points
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oakville 2013

Subtle and complex with mint, black currant and licorice aromas. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and refined. A delicious cabernet to drink now or later. Yes. $53 Our Price $43.25

Wine Spectator 92
GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER Riesling Spätlese Rheinhessen Niersteiner Hipping 2015

Laced with pink grapefruit and peach flavors, this white is sleek and taut, with vivid acidity stretching the finish. Brown spice and slate accents emerge there, along with a lip-smacking feel. Drink now through 2035. 1,000 cases made. –BS $17 Our Price $12.99


Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2015 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Flowers' 2015 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is a lovely appellation level wine, and also one of the highlights in this range. Sweet red cherry, plum, dried flowers and tobacco all flesh out in the glass. Nuanced, soft, and open-knit, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This polished, impeccable Pinot is very nicely done. $52 Our Price $42.65 (Arrives 11/22/17)

2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. Blended with over 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. $12 Our Price $6.25

Wine Advocate 94
2012 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degree Slope

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degrees Slope exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as beautiful, sweet crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, licorice and forest floor notes. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, and impressive concentration, texture and length, this superb Cabernet can be drunk early in life because of its velvety opulence or cellared for two decades. Our Price $56.99 Limited (Arrives 11/22/17)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
O'Shaughnessy 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

O'Shaughnessy's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is one of the very best values readers will find in top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet. A host of dark red cherry, plum, mocha, spice, leather and tobacco give the 2014 a good deal of aromatic complexity to balance the natural richness of the year. Unlike the single-vineyard Cabernets, the Napa Valley bottling will drink well pretty much upon release. This is an absolutely impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon from O'Shaughnessy and winemaker Sean Capiaux. $80 Our Price $74.99 (Arrives 11/22/17)

Wine Advocate 95-97 2013 Alban Vineyards • Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard

The 2013 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard is the largest production Syrah of the three vineyard designates. It's another beautiful looking 2013 that has tons of upfront appeal, full-bodied richness, incredible purity and a building, yet sweet, sweet tannin. It picks up more and more smoked meat characteristics with time in the glass, and like all of John's 2013s, will offer tons of pleasure in its youth, yet also evolve gracefully. Market $95-$125 (6 bottles available at $99/bottle. Please email stan@grapetray.com) 


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