The Grape Tray

February 9th, 2018 Newsletter

2015 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: On the nose, red plum, tea leaves, and coffee bean. On the palate, red cherry, orange zest and classic Monterey minerality. A lingering finish of sweet spice. Try pairing with Italian sausage with peppers and onions, mushroom risotto, or anything with gruyere. A simple grilled chicken or fish is sublime with this wine. $18 Liquidation Price $12.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Sommariva Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano-Valdobbiane Brut DOCG NV

Winemaker Notes: Fragrant floral tones and drying mineral notes characterize this luminous Prosecco Brut. The sparkling wine delivers frothy peach, herbal accents and a steady dose of citrus zest. $15 Our Price $12.99

2015 Wrath 115/667 Monterey Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of berry compote and spice lead into a wine with a combination of cherry, cola and spice that has an unmistakable verve and rich texture. $31 Our Price $26.99 (Arrives 2/14/18)

Wine Spectator 93
CHALK HILL Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2015

Lots of spice, apricot, fig and honeydew melon flavors combine for a full-bodied, mouth-coating experience, with a finish that sails on and on, gaining depth. Drink now through 2022.—J.L. $42 Our Price $36.99

2015 Sanford Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby red color, bursting with aromas of earthy raspberry and orange peel, along with savory notes of anise and white pepper. The palate delivers dense dusty, berry flavors with lively acid and tannin structure, which carries on with a long and lovely finish. $35 Our Price $29.99

2016 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The high elevation of our Mason Vineyard in Lake County's Kelsey Bench and arc of rich, red volcanic soils, provides a unique growing region for ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavor and body year after year. The Sauvignon Blanc opens with aromas of fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit, and white peach flavors set on a light body with pops of lime zest and passion fruit. $12 Our Price $8.75

Wine Advocate 96
2016 Hartford Family Winery Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard

Already in bottle, the 2016 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard opens with lemon tart, pink grapefruit, pineapple and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg and croissant. Medium to full-bodied, rich and with a pleasantly oily texture, it delivers ripe tropical fruit flavors and a long, creamy finish. 1,600 cases were produced. $50 Our Price $39.99 (Back in stock)

2014 Maxville Napa Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes: Garnet red in color our Cabernet Franc has warm nutmeg and ripe blueberry aromas elegantly supported by hints of vanilla and an opulent texture with a persistent silky finish that keeps you wanting more. $57 Our Price $47.99

2015 Chimney Rock Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of stone fruit, pear and lemon curd highlight the nose on this wine. Crisp and medium-bodied, this wine has great acidity and a nice roundness in the mid-palate. Fermented in a blend of stainless steel tanks and stainless steel barrels. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. $25 Our Price $20.99 (Delicious)

Wine Spectator 93
LEWIS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Sonoma 2016

Rich, deep and layered, with a complex mix of pear, fig, apricot and smoky oak elements. A wall-to-wall sensation on the palate. Drink now through 2022.—J.L. $55 (Arrives 2/13/18)

Wine Advocate 92
2014 Foxen Vineyard Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir

Ripe black cherries, strawberries, forest floor and lots of spice emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard, which is medium-bodied, nicely textured, fresh and elegant. There’s a kick of tannin, yet ripe and polished. Give bottles a year or two and drink through 2024. $65 Our Price $59.99 Limited

2016 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Layers of flavor and beauty—juicy and inviting, with a mélange of white peach, guava, and nectarine. A wine of great complexity—there is a sense of creaminess (lemon meringue comes to mind) juxtaposed with a bright freshness that offers lift and vivacity. This is a beautifully crafted wine—expressive, balanced, and sophisticated—displaying all that is best in Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc. A mouth-filling wine of great presence and breeding. $38

2015 Kermit Lynch Cuvee Cotes du Rhone Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This label retains the title of our best value in red. We offer it in the spirit of the great "bistro wines" you would drink by the carafe in Europe with simple yet satisfying food, and be swept away by the joy of it all. Blend: 62% Grenache, 26 % Syrah, 5% Carignan, 4% Cinsault, 3% Mourvèdre. $15 Our Price $11.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Enthusiast 88 Points
2016 Sinor LaValee SLO Estate Pinot Gris

Winemaker Notes:This bottling is Alsatian in style and almost reductive, with pink grapefruit pith, bitter orange, rounded peach and quinine touches. It's tightly wound on the palate, with high-toned petrol flavors accenting its crisp stone fruit core. $23 Our Price $18.99

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. A beautiful example of Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with its blue and black fruits (raspberries, blueberries interwoven with white flowers), this wine has an opaque purple color, a wonderful sweet kiss of delicate oak and forest floor. It is full-bodied and rich with supple tannins. It is a classic 2014 that is approachable, and frankly irresistible already, but promises to evolve gracefully for another 15 or more years. $75 (Arrives this afternoon)

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