The Grape Tray

February 2nd, 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
REGIS BOUVIER Marsannay Clos du Roy 2014

A taut, austere style, with a structure like a steel spring, waiting to release the cherry, currant and mineral flavors. Shows fine purity and elegance, presenting a long, juicy aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035. 264 cases imported.-B.S $33 Our Price $29.99

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SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2015

Delivers a blast of dark plum, fig and boysenberry fruit pushed from behind by ganache and licorice notes, with a long finish. Not shy in style, but integrated and caressing in feel. –JM $24 Our Price $19.95

2014 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. $20 Our Price $13.95 (Back in stock)

2014 Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Gleaming radiant gold, our 2014 Dijon Clones Chardonnay sings from the glass with enticing aromas of lemon peel, fresh white flowers and citrus blossom, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon tart, ground nutmeg and honeyed graham cracker. The wine exhibits a rounded mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of pineapple juice, sweet candied lemon and creamy lemon curd, leading into hints of white nectarine, yellow pear and vanilla bean that linger through the clean, lasting finish. $25 Liquidation Price $16.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Chateau Grand-Mayne

The 2014 Grand-Mayne has a fragrant bouquet, perhaps more refined than in recent years with dried rose petals and incense fusing with the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and a gentle build towards a vivid, lightly spiced finish that maintains impressive delineation, perhaps less extracted and more precise than wines of the past. This is a superb Grand-Mayne that represents a subtle change in tack for the estate—one that this writer approves of. Tasted on three occasions and consistent every time. $50 Our Price $39.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
CARLISLE Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch 2015

Features briary notes in spades, plus vibrant black raspberry, cracked pepper and anise flavors. Best from 2019 through 2027. 370 cases —T.F $47

Wine Spectator 92
LAURENT-PERRIER Brut Rosé Champagne Cuvée NV, magnum

The fine knit and balance of this elegant rosé sparkler recommends it as an aperitif, but the firm frame of acidity, the subtle richness of the smoky underpinning, and the flavors of baked strawberry, pastry cream and candied orange peel recommend it to food as well. Try this with Peking duck. Drink now through 2022. 9,600 cases imported. –AN $180/magnum. Our Price $152.99/magnum

Wine Spectator 92
CARLISLE Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2015

Supple and refined, with floral blueberry, mint and clove aromas and layered black raspberry and savory pepper flavors that take on complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 788 cases made. –TF $47

Wine Spectator 92
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Rich and open-knit, yet well-structured, with expressive violet and blueberry aromas and layered dark plum, black tea and spice flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,100 cases made. –TF $60 Our Price $53.99

2015 Pahlmeyer Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Winemaker Notes: Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its classic expression with deep, elegant black and red fruit aromas accented by notes of dried herbs. The mid-palate is focused, and a firm structure supports the concentrated fruit. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. Sourced from Pahlmeyer Estate Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles, Stagecoach, Atlas Peak Vineyard. $75 Our Price $69.99

Wine Spectator 91
LAURENT-PERRIER Brut Champagne La Cuvée NV, magnum

A delicate Champagne, with a refined mousse and finely honed acidity, this offers a subtle range of black currant, lemon zest, toast and chalk flavors that linger on the lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. –AN $90/magnum. Our Price $74.99/magnum

Wine Spectator 92
DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey La Framboisière 2015

Packed with bright cherry, blackberry, graphite and smoke flavors, this racy and elegant red dazzles, yet stays focused and firm. The finish is still slightly austere, but the sweet fruit returns for balance and harmony. Best from 2019 through 2032. 200 cases imported. –BS $44 Our Price $38.49

Wine Spectator 93
ANTHEM Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012

A classically styled Cabernet that's firm in structure and taut in focus and flavor, with a direct core of gravel and cedary oak—scented dark berry, licorice and savory herb flavors. Ends with drying, gripping tannins but also dense fruit and oak flavors. Drink now through 2028. 400 cases made. –JL $95

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

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2014 Alban Vineyards • Syrah Patrina

Deep purple-black colored, the 2014 Syrah Patrina is a little broody to begin at this youthful stage, opening out with some coaxing to compelling blackberry preserves, black currants, tar and black soil notions with hints of chocolate box, pepper, Indian spices and licorice. Full-bodied and pleasantly savory in the mouth, it gives up loads of earth and exotic spice flavors plus a solid foundation of firm, rounded tannins, finishing with persistent mineral and pepper notions. $48

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TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Melanson Vineyard 2015

A seductive style that wows you with a creamy aroma and texture and ripe, concentrated dark berry, currant, fresh-turned earth and savory herbal notes, ending long and full-bodied. Drink now through 2034.—J.L. 200 cases made $225

Wine Spectator 95
SCHRADER CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2012

Starts out bold and assertive, with rich dark berry, cedar and nutmeg flavors, revealing touches of espresso, mocha and melted black licorice. Well-built, tight and persistent, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2029. 620 cases made. –JL Market: $185-$699. (3 bottles available at $239/bottle)

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