The Grape Tray

January 3rd 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
KENDALL-JACKSON Chardonnay California Vintner's Reserve 2015

Plush, with loads of richness to the well-honed flavors of beeswax, baked pear and lemon tart. Minerally midpalate, with a fresh and zesty finish that finishes with pastry notes. Drink now through 2020. 100,000 cases made. –KM $17 Our Price $9.95

2015 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Rich vanilla aromas, framed by red fruit notes of plum, strawberry and cherry, fill the nose of this California Cabernet Sauvignon. Luscious Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry flavors on the palate give way to hints of cigar box and toffee on the long, textured finish. $17 Our Price $12.45

Wine Spectator 91
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2014

This sports a slightly exotic core of raspberry and blackberry fruit, backed by a roasted apple wood note and a jolt of licorice on the finish, imparting up-front appeal and a bit of mid-term aging capacity. Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made. JM Our Price $18.95

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

2016 Laird Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Grigio

Winemaker Notes: Clear, pale golden hue with inviting aromas of juicy pineapple, jasmine and Asian pear. The palate is full with enticing flavors of lychee, peach and mineralty, leading to a focused, juicy-mouthwatering finish. $20 Our Price $15.99

2014 Mondavi Maestro Red

Winemaker Notes: Highly inspired by the response to our limited-release 50th Anniversary Maestro, we once again let artistic direction in the vineyard lead us to a unique blend in this second rendition of Maestro, where a crescendo of dark, juicy plum and cassis fruit, violet, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa linger on sumptuous sips full of vibrant flavor and plush tannins. Blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. $50 Liquidation Price $31.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 90
STÉPHANE AVIRON Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes 2014

Floral and peach aromas line the ripe strawberry and cherry flavors in this concentrated, harmonious red. Backed by plenty of spice and juicy acidity, this eases into a lingering, spice- and mineral-infused finish. Drink now through 2018. 250 cases imported. –GS $24 Liquidation Price $15.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 91
J Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

An impressive offering, undeniably rich and concentrated, with potent dark berry and licorice flavors. Offers an element of finesse and refinement, enhanced by aromatic floral scents. Drink now through 2024. 19,064 cases made. –JL$40 Our Price $31.99

Wine Spectator 93
ANDREW RICH Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Marine Sedimentary 2014

Polished and elegantly complex, with expressive raspberry and savory tea aromas and supple cherry, crushed stone and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2024.—T. F $45 Our Price $34.99

2013 The Paring Red

Winemaker Notes: A dark and brooding cabernet sauvignon-based beauty. Gobs of smoky black fruit. Dusty and herbal notes emerge with air. With more time in the glass, attractive notes of baking spice arise. Remarkably powerful fruit on the attack followed closely by massive structure. Ample fine-grained tannins that completely coat the palate with a gentle hold. The next day this wine becomes luxurious and hints at the epic future ahead. An enormous, yet ultimately refined wine for the classic California cabernet lover, the tannin fanatic, the steak aficionado and the patient cellar tender. $25

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Faust Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored, with a decadent cassis, baked blackberries and plum preserves-scented nose, plus hints of spice cake, cedar and Marmite toast. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and wonderfully spicy in the mouth, it has velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. $60 Our Price $49.99

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

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 96 pts
Haut-Bailly 2014 Haut-Bailly Pessac Léognan Cru Classé De Graves, Bordeaux, Half Bottles

The 2014 Haut-Bailly has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and expressive, the 2014 exudes depth and finesse. Ample and resonant on the palate, with striking depth, the 2014 possesses exceptional balance and class. Hints of smoke, tobacco and licorice infuse the deep, creamy finish. Our Price $39.75/375ml

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 Our Price $199.99

Wine Spectator 95, Top 100: 2017, Rank: 9
PAHLMEYER Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015

This offers a gorgeous mouthful of rich, buttery Chardonnay, loaded with exotic tropical fruit, pear, melon and pineapple flavors. Impressive for its opulence and silkiness, a nice combination. Drink now through 2022. 2,500 cases made. –JL $75 Market $75-$95 (6 bottles in stock at $79.99/bottle. Please email

Wine Advocate 97
2004 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red

Like so many 2004s, the 2004 Dominus is a full-bodied wine showing brilliantly at age ten, with loads of complex cedar, kirsch, Christmas fruitcake, black currants and spice box. It has a creamy, opulent texture, but remains light on its feet. This sexy wine is showing exceptionally well and is best drunk over the next 10-15 years. Not one of the longest-lived wines from Dominus, but it is certainly at a wonderful point in its evolution right now. Market $150-$282. (5 bottles available at $190/bottle. Please email

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