The Grape Tray

January 26th 2018 Newsletter

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2016 Chateau St. Jean Crisp Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our crisp Chardonnay represents the true fruit characteristics of Chardonnay without the influence of oak. Notes of bright lemon, fresh pear and apple blossom lead to a palate with flavors of nectarines and citrus. Natural acidity shines through the refreshing finish creating a wine that is perfect for sipping or versatile when pairing with food. $13 Our Price $4.95

James Suckling 93
Ruffino Toscana Modus 2014

A juicy and fruity red with plenty of dried fruits and toasted oak. Vanilla. Full body and chewy tannins. Plenty of fruit. A big wine now. Needs a year or two to soften. Drink in 2019. $29 Our Price $22.95

Wine Spectator 90
LUCIENNE Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Doctor's Vineyard 2015

Well-centered on a rich, elegant core of dusty blackberry, baking spices, light cedar and licorice notes, ending smooth and supple while repeating the flavor themes. Drink now through 2020. 765 cases made. –JL $50 Our Price $36.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 94
CARLISLE Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Ranch 2015

A compelling wine, with expressive blackberry and briary underbrush aromas and refined yet evocative cherry, smoky mint and pepper aromas that linger toward plump tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027.—T.F 1,033 cases made. $47 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 93
SAN LORENZO Zinfandel Alexander Valley Rock Garden 2015

Plush and rich yet refined and structured, with expressive licorice and blackberry aromas and supple black raspberry, smoky peppercorn and stony mineral flavors. Drink now through 2028.—T.F 418 cases made. $48

Wine Advocate 94+
2015 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 Liter

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification. $390/3 Liter. Our Price $339.99/3 Liter

2016 A.P. Vin Garys’ Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Rich and concentrated with thrilling notes of blackberry and dark cherry in addition to fleshy plum and blueberry flavors that are pure and deeply focused. Full bodied with loads of texture and layer upon layer add to an incredible mouth feel. Sweet oak completes the sublime, complex finish. Wow! $52 (Arrives this afternoon)

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 Advocate 96
2012 Calera Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard

A thrilling Pinot Noir that comes from a 13.8-acre vineyard planted in 1975 on mostly on limestone, at an elevation of 2,200 feet, the 2012 Pinot Noir Jensen Vineyard was harvested September 24 to October 21 and was aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a dark ruby color to go with a big, sweet nose of cranberry, wild strawberries, crushed flowers, forest floor and spice. Full-bodied, layered and elegant, with a supple, rounded and sexy texture, it packs plenty of fruit, yet is graceful, beautifully balanced and seamless. It's hard to resist now, yet should cruise for a decade in the cellar. $92 Limited

Wine Spectator 90
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Vermentino Toscana Ammiraglia Massovivo 2016

This is round, evoking white peach, melon and straw flavors, with a hint of grapefruit. Beautifully balanced, fresh and easy to cozy up to. A light mineral accent graces the finish. Drink now. 900 cases imported.—B.S. $20 Our Price $16.39

Wine Spectator 91
ROTH Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2015

Complex aromas of creamy oak, mocha, gravel and dark berry combine for a dense, rich and concentrated effort that's firmly tannic, with a seam of elegance. Drink now through 2030. 18,635 cases made.—James Laube $28 Our Price $22.25

Wine Advocate 98+
2013 Aubert Chardonnay Lauren Estate

The 2013 Chardonnay Lauren Estate is made from 15-year-old vines from the old Wente and Mt. Eden clones of Chardonnay planted in Goldridge soils. This wine offers loads of nectarine, honeysuckle, liquefied rock, quince and white currants. The wine has incredible richness, no real evidence of any of the 100% new oak it is aged in, and a multi-dimensional, long finish. This compelling Chardonnay is still young and capable of lasting 10-15 years.Market $145-$268. (3 bottles available at $165/bottle. Please email stan@grapetray.com)

2013 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine was blended in early 2014 and aged for 24 months in 85% new American oak and 15% once-used American oak barrels from our Missouri cooperage, The Oak; early blending assures a balanced core and seamless harmony during barrel aging. After barrel, the wine was aged for an additional 20 months in bottle before being released in February 2018. Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and entices with a nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine's entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038. $125 Our Price $114.99 Arrives 2/6/18 (Please email stan@grapetray.com if you would like to be added to the pre-arrival list)


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