The Grape Tray

December 21st 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 90 
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2015

This is loaded with zesty blackberry and raspberry fruit, offering a vibrant structure and appealing accents of toasted sage, white pepper and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 102,000 cases made. –TF. $26 Our Price $19.99 Grape Tray Insider Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 90 
CONUNDRUM White California 2014

Fragrant and juicy, with a charming mix of honeysuckle, peach, apple and lemon verbena, set on a light and effortless frame. A mouthwatering vein runs throughout. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sémillon and Muscat Canelli. Drink now. 89,723 cases made. –MW $25 Liquidation Price $12.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 93
MOLLYDOOKER Shiraz McLaren Vale Carnival of Love 2016

Strikes the right balance between dense, dark flavors and a juicy, vibrant note. Apricot, cherry and raspberry flavors are pure, ripe and expressive, mingling well with Earl Grey tea, sarsaparilla and orange zest accents. The tannins are concentrated and a tad rustic on the finish, adding a charming chewy element. Drink now through 2027.—M.W $75 Our Price $64.95

Wine Spectator 90
LAFOND Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2015

Buttery, with plenty of creamy accents to the ripe apple, pear tart and lemon curd flavors. The richly spiced finish has hints of savoriness and toasty notes. Drink now through 2021. 2,390 cases made. –KM $23 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 93
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Spécial Cuvée NV

Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2022. 11,500 cases imported. –AN Issue Nov 30, 2017. $79 Our Price $53.95

2013 Schramsberg Cremant

Winemaker Notes: The Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate, off-dry sparkling wine: an American original. Crémant is French for creamy and traditionally refers to a wine with light effervescence. It has approximately half the pressure of our other sparkling wines and presents a creamier texture with more exotic flavors. Schramsberg made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study, Jack and Jamie Davies chose a unique California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at UC Davis) to be the core component of this sparkling wine. Flora unites the fruit-forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. Aging on the yeast for two and a half years prior to disgorgement adds complexity, yet the wine will retain its youthful appeal for 20 years or more. $39 Our Price $31.45

J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut

Winemaker Notes: This J non-vintage Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes follow through to a mix of Fuji apple and grapefruit interlaced with toast, caramel and almond flavors on the mid-palate. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. Demonstrating an illustrious combination of yesterday and today, its fresh exuberance showcases layers of depth and complexity. $35 Our Price $28.99

James Suckling
93 Points Laird Napa Valley Jillian's Blend 2013

A lively and fresh style for a Napa red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of citrus character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon (60%), syrah (20%), merlot (14%), malbec (4%) and petit verdot (2%). Drink in 2018. $40 (Arrives 12/22/17)

Decanter Wine Journal 95pts
2015 Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Exotic and vibrant tropical fruit nose. Superbly zesty and vigorous attack with lots of drive, tension and minerality. Flavors of praline, vanilla pastry cream, pear and light citrus. Admirable energy and length. $40 Our Price $33.99

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

2015 Kali Hart Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: A pure fruit expression of our vineyard, Talbott Chardonnay, Kali Hart is lush and lively. Minimal winemaker influence allows Kali Hart Chardonnay to showcases the strength of Talbott’s estate vineyards. The rich, inviting nose shows bright tropical notes that continue on the palate, where refreshing flavors of pineapple and honeydew are complimented by refreshing acidity. A generous mid-palate leads to a long citrus and tropical fruit finish with hints of French oak and minerality. Kali Hart Chardonnay is named after Robb Talbott’s youngest daughter. $20 Our Price $14.99

Vinous 90 pts
Domaine François Villard 2014

Crozes-Hermitage Comme une évidence Northern Rhône Opaque ruby. Fresh dark berry, violet and cracked pepper scents show good clarity and mineral lift. Spicy, penetrating and lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that flesh out with aeration. Fine-grained tannins shape the spicy, clinging finish, which leaves a hint of bitter cherry behind. $30 Our Price $26.99

Wine Spectator 90
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Riesling Willamette Valley 2014

Light and sweet, with fresh pear and citrus flavors gaining extra nuances of fresh ginger and white pepper. The finish lasts nicely, carrying its sweetness with grace. Drink now through 2022. 19,000 cases made. –HS $14 Liquidation Price $9.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

James Suckling 93 Points
Dominus Estate Napa Valley 2011

Wonderful aromas of tobacco, currant, berry and mineral. Ink and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely texture and freshness. Not the amazing 2010 but excellent. Better in 2015. $200 Our Price $149.99 Grape Tray Insider Price $109.99 (9 bottles in stock)

2015 Kokomo Cuvee Red Sonoma

Winemaker Notes: This blend is primarily made up of fruit that is grown by our 4th generation grower and partner, Randy Peters. It is framed by a sturdy structure of Bordeaux varietals and accented with a touch of the Rhone to bring out depth, spice and individuality. The main goal for this blend was to make a beautiful food wine that is complex, balanced, and easy to drink. Varietal: 35% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 16% Grenache, 5% Petite Sirah. $26 Our Price $21.69

Wine Advocate 93-95
2014 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, 750ml

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years. $38 Our Price $29.69 (Back in stock) Delicious!

Wine Advocate 95
2012 Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another massively concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a dense purple color, lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit, along with floral notes, sweet tannins, lush opulent mouthfeel and a full-bodied personality puts it right in the wheel-house of the Treva's in terms of quality. Stylistically, it's much closer than dissimilar. The wine is very broad, rich and impressive with a velvety finish that argues for immediate gratification, but this one will last 15 or more years. $125 (Back in stock)

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