The Grape Tray

February 14th, 2018 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 92
TWO HANDS Shiraz McLaren Vale Angels' Share 2016

Rich and fleshy, with ripe and round plum and cherry flavors, offering hints of cola, sage and green tea that linger on the finish. A fresh, juicy quality keeps everything in focus. Drink now through 2027. 16,000 cases made. –MW $29 Our Price $22.75

2013 Joullian Carmel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant, very dark cherry-garnet color with a ruby rim. Perfumed, deep spicy black cherry, cassis, anise, white truffle and cedar nose. Rich cherry, black currant, and blackberry fruit is complexed by nuances of spicy anise, dark coffee and cocoa that finish with refreshing acidity and ample round, fine tannins. $35 Liquidation Price $22.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 91
BEDROCK Zinfandel California Old Vine 2016

Fun to drink, with expressive raspberry and violet aromas and zesty, vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2021. 4,500 cases made.—T.F. $25 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93

CALIZA Azimuth Paso Robles Willow Creek District 2013

Well-built and loaded with personality, offering smoky blackberry, dark Asian spice aromas and layered flavors of currant, licorice and fresh pepper that linger toward polished tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2026. 300 cases made. –TF $58 (Arrives this afternoon)

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

2017 Sorin Terra Amata Provence Rosé

Producer Notes: For centuries, dry rosé wine has been a staple in the south of France, where it is embraced as the best lunchtime, seaside, and all-occasion wine. Particularly in the coastal Provence region, the heart of the world’s dry rosé production, a passion for dry pink permeates the culture. Provençal citizens know from centuries of winegrowing history that vin rosé pairs with all the foods they like, any time of year. In fact, French rosé outsells white wine in France. $13 (Arrives this afternoon)

Varichon and Clerc Blanc de Blancs Privilège

Winemaker Notes: This pale and brillant gold wine has white fruit aromas with numerous fine bubbles.The palate is elegant, longlasting and well balanced between freshness and fruit. Lively mineral attack giving way to aromas of white flowers and exotic fruit. $13 Our Price $10.49

2015 Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: A brooding and intense wine. The dark fruit dominant aromas begin with notes of cola, Black Cherry and Blueberry, then some Asian spice, chocolate and a hint of Rose petals. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish. Market $87-$250 (3 bottles in stock at $99/bottle)

Wine Spectator 92
A.P. VIN Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys' Vineyard 2016

Plump and juicy, with tiers of lively plum, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Perfectly charming and ready to enjoy, this is hard to put down. Drink now through 2024. 225 cases made. –JL $56 Our Price $51.99

Vinous 95 pts
Linne Calodo 2015 Rising Tides

Vivid ruby. Intense red fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille aromas develop suggestions of licorice and smoky minerals in the glass. Sappy and deeply concentrated yet impressively energetic as well, offering palate-staining raspberry and cherry compote flavors given lift and spine by a core of juicy acidity. Shows a striking combination of richness and elegance and finishes extremely long and seamless; supple tannins sneak in slowly to add shape and grip. $83 Our Price $79.99 Limited

Wine Advocate 95+
2014 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake is their reserve wine and has been called this since 1991, no doubt because of the number of rattlesnakes that populated the property. It is usually their greatest wine, when they declare it. They only made 69 cases in 2014, so this is a tough one to find. The color is opaque ruby/purple and the wine has a few extra gears in it, with plenty of blueberry, cassis, forest floor and white flowers, followed by a full-bodied, beautifully built style of wine. This wine goes on and on – it is incredible rich, but with no defects or hard edges. A full-bodied, lush, elegant, yet powerful wine, this is a classic Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20+ years. $175 Our Price $169.99

2012 Stony Hill Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This is the Chardonnay we strive for year after year. 2012 gave us an absolutely perfect growing season with no rain during May fruit set, consistent warm days with no hot spells through the summerand a dry, sunny harvest in September. The resulting wine is pale straw in color with bright, fresh aromas of pears and apples and a hint of lemon zest. In the mouth you’ll taste the flavors of pureChardonnay fruit and a distinctive minerality coming from our stony vineyards. All in all, it’s a classically pure Chardonnay with a low alcohol level of 13%. We couldn’t be happier with the prospect of this fresh, fruity Chardonnay gradually mellowing into a richly integrated wine over the next five or more years. $48

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
Occidental 2015 Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir

The 2015 Pinot Noir (Freestone Occidental) is superb. Rich, dense and inviting, this Occidental's appellation wine captures the essence of the vintage in its radiant, enveloping personality. Dark red cherry, plum, lavender, licorice and spice notes abound in this exuberant, alluring Pinot. The 2015 shuts down very quickly with air, so I would not open it in advance. Ideally, though, readers should be prepared to hang onto these wines for at least a few years. The Occidental appellation wine now carries the Freestone Occidental designation. It is the same wine I previously reviewed as the estate's Sonoma Coast Pinot. Most importantly, though, it is fabulous. $65 (Arrives 2/15/18) Limited

2015 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes from winemaker Nile Zacherle: Every year we have the opportunity to pull out all the stops and make the ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from David’s vineyard. Sitting at over one thousand feet above sea level, these carefully selected vines give us our much celebrated and highly sought-after flagship wine: Elevation 1147. Expressive and complex, much like David himself, this wine exudes everything we love about the ineffable terroir of Pritchard Hill. Always 100% single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine simultaneously exudes power and elegance, structure and finesse, extraction and refinement. Nature and nurture have once again come together to showcase one of Napa Valley’s finest expressions of this noble grape.

An intensely deep, ruby red color offers complex aromas of earthy sagebrush with garrigue-like floral notes to dark cocoa nibs and baked cassis-cherry compote. There are subtle notes of black tea, roasted pecans and brown muscovado sugar. The palate is broad and expansive with chewy mineral-like tannins lingering on the finish. There are flavors of baked dark cherry, cassis and blackberry as well as chocolate toffee and black tea bergamot notes on the finish. Best from 2018 to 2039. 648 cases produced. $250 Limited 

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