The Grape Tray

March 2nd, 2018 Newsletter

2014 Bon Anno Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. $24 Our Price $21.99 (Outstanding Value!)

Wine Enthusiast 91
Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) 2016 Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling

Earth, smoke and slate contrast sweet, juicy bursts of white peach, raspberry and grapefruit in this spry kabinett. It's unctuously fruity yet zesty, finishing on a long, chalky mineral tone. While integrated and irresistible already, it's likely to maintain fresh appeal till at least 2025. $22 Our Price $16.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2015 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 J. Lohr Hilltop is a great example of the J. Lohr house style of dense but soft Cabernet Sauvignon. Effusive blackberry and currant aromas are integrated with a bouquet of toasted hazelnut and cocoa powder from 18 months of French oak barrel age. Bright fruit on the mid-palate finishes clean and invigorates the appetite for an array of rich menu items. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. $34 Our Price $26.75 (Arrives 3/9/18)

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 Our Price $49.99

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Chard

The 2014 Chardonnay is light gold-colored with a greenish hue and beautiful, fresh tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and a touch of citrus. It is not as dense and concentrated as the 2013, but I love its vibrancy and beautiful subtleties and nuances. It is another top-notch effort from Pahlmeyer to drink over the next 7-8 years. $82 Our Price $69.99

2014 Cru Montage Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale Golden color. Aromas of white peach, nectarine and lime. Fruity yet full body and an elegant crème Anglaise, melon and Meyer’s lemon finish. 100% Chardonnay $20 Liquidation Price $13.35 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Enthusiast 90
Bollig-Lehnert 2015 Piesporter Kabinett Riesling

Smoke and flint notes on the nose introduce this energizing Riesling. On the palate, zingy lemon and tangerine flavors are softened by a sweet veil of honey and stone fruit. It's a slender, fine-footed wine but offers exhilarating refreshment. $17 Our Price $11.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2015 Lewis Cellars Alec's Blend Napa

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Alec's Blend is a lot like the Honda XR500 that Alec takes to the trails of Lefthand Canyon in Boulder, CO - big, powerful, and lots of fun. Bursting with sappy black cherry, chocolaty oak spice and Madagascar vanilla, it's a dense and delicious blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit-driven and plush but framed in fine, polished tannins, this ride will make you smile. $65 Our Price $58.99

Wine Spectator 95
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Upper Terrace 2015

A dynamic wine, with beguiling rose petal and violet aromas, accented by dark plum and blueberry notes. The flavors are focused and structured, yet supple, with espresso and smoky spice details that gain traction toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025. 1,120 cases made. –TF $110

2016 Lloyd Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Lloyd Cellars 2016 Carneros Chardonnay is the newest vintage of our most popular wine. Sourced from the Kiser, Home and Green Acres Blocks from Sangiacomo Vineyard, as well as a small amount of fruit from the Truchard Vineyard, this is a fantastic expression of big, rich California Chardonnay. Picked at the peak of ripeness, our Chardonnay is barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in American oak. Left on the lees right until bottling. Flavors of tropical fruits, pear and apple are supported by rich notes of vanillin, leading into a powerful and succulent finish. Cheers and enjoy! $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 93
WITTMANN Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheinhessen Westhofener 2015

Very rich and elegant, with a slightly airy texture to the richly spiced flavors of pastry, dried apple and roasted pineapple. Engaging notes of shiso and dried sage linger into the vibrantly spiced finish. Drink now through 2022.-K.M. $40 Our Price $32.99

Wine Spectator 95, Top 100: 2017, Rank: 5
CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Gigondas 2015

A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay leaf fill in throughout. Muscular and energetic, this is built for the cellar. Best from 2019 through 2030. 4,000 cases made. –JM. CA Market Price $50-71+ (2 bottles available at $54/bottle)

Wine Spectator 95
LEWIS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Barcaglia Lane

Homes in on a core of rich fig and butterscotch flavors, expanding to apricot, anise, licorice and smoky cedary oak notes. A wall-towall expression of full-tilt Chardonnay. Drink now. through 2024. From California.—J.L 500 cases made. $75 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 98
GRAHAM Vintage Port 2000, Half Bottles

Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. 9,000 cases made. –JS $62/375ml. Our Price $51.99/375ml

James Suckling 96 Points
2012 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Intense aromas of mint, eucalyptus, dark berries, currants and redwood. Citrus peel to boot. Full-bodied, layered and very pretty with silky tannins and a juicy finish. Tight and subtle. Retro cool. From organically grown grapes. Beautiful now to drink. $470/magnum

Wine Advocate 100
2001 Vérité La Muse

2001 was the first truly great vintage for Jess Jackson and Pierre Seillan, and that is evidenced by the utterly perfect 2001 La Muse, a blend of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec. Over three-fourths of it came from the Alexander Mountain estate of Jess Jackson, and the rest from Chalk Hill, Knights Valley, and a tiny bit from Bennett Valley. This dense purple-colored effort exhibits notes of licorice, creme de cassis, plum sauce, violets and truffles. Full-bodied with magnificent density, overall equilibrium, stunning purity, sweet but abundant tannin and a fabulous finish, this profound wine remains a baby at age ten. Give it another 5-6 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 35-40+ years. It is very French in style even though one could argue that this level of concentration can only be achieved by a handful of wines from Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Market $320-$398 (2 bottles available at $199/bottle)

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