The Grape Tray

March 9th, 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Old Vine 2015

Expressive and beautifully built, with raspberry and rose petal aromas and plush, structured flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and dark tea that build power. Shows a slight bite of tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,055 cases made. –TF $42 Our Price $31.99

Wine Spectator 93
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile 2015

Plump and polished but intensely structured, with floral wild berry and orange peel aromas and richly layered black raspberry, mocha and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2026.—T.F 1,622 cases made. $40 Our Price $39.69

2016 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and dense to the rim of the glass. Layered aromas of black currant, blueberry and cherry are accentuated by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder, and dark roasted coffee. High-toned red berry fruit strikes the fore-palate, and follows with brigh acidity and a full structure that is both dense and soft at once. $17 Grape Tray Insider Price $11.95 (Arrives this afternoon) Don’t let the price fool you-The 2016 vintage is an outstanding value!

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

Last Call for 2013!
2013 William Harrison Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This wine’s aroma is heavily cherry oriented with sprinklings of red and black currant, bay leaf and strawberry preserve. Flavors on the palate are of dried cherry, fruit leather, and thistle. The strong structure is very apparent on the front palate and moves to a textured mid and back palate, with a long finish. $50 Our Price $ (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 90
2016 JEAN-CLAUDE BOISSET Bourgogne Les Ursulines

A smoky version, offering black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors to match the toasty oak. This is succulent and leaves spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 715 cases imported.—Bruce Sanderson $20 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 3/12/18)

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

2015 Roth Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright, fruit-forward aromas and a rich, full palate of raspberry, Bing cherry and clove spices. Balanced by sweet oak and lush tannins, this bold and complex wine is a direct expression of its Sonoma Coast origins. $28 Our Price $18.45

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Galerie Cabernet Sauvignon Pleinair

The 2014 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon called Pleinair is a blend of 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is aged 20 months in 58% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine has a similarity to a top-flight St.-Julien from Bordeaux. Loads of Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, tobacco leaf, black currants and spice box all jump from the glass and from the flavors of this round, juicy, medium to full-bodied wine with silky tannins. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. $60 Our Price $49.99

Wine Spectator 92
LORING Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2016

Powerful, focused and well-spiced, with flavors of dark cherry, plum tart and dried beef that lengthen out nicely. Pastry notes linger midpalate, leading to a finish of cola nut and chocolate nib accents. Drink now through 2022.—K.M $38 Our Price $30.99

2016 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

Winemaker Notes: Very intense cherry red color with tones of purple. Great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances on the nose. In the mouth, it is a well-structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with soft and silky tannin. Mountain vineyards with an age of 35 to 60 years situated at an altitude of 600-700 meters, on stony, slimy soils with clay and limestone. $19 Our Price $14.69

2016 Dancing Crow Lake County Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: This wine highlights how the power of Lake County’s Red Hills seamlessly compliments the elegance and aromatic freshness of the High Valley. Aromas of plum, allspice and clove develop into flavors of fresh dark cherry and cedar on the palate. The Red Hills’ fine tannins provide a smoothly textured palate sensation from start to finish. Fresh acidity from the High Valley culminates in a bright finish of cherry with a gentle note of French oak. $20 Our Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 94
ANTHEM Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2014

Offers wonderful richness and focuses on juicy, structured blackberry, cedar, anise and light loamy earth flavors. A very complete and compelling display of power and finesse, showing deft balance. Ends with a long, persistent finish that picks up anise and fresh dirt details. Drink now through 2034. 250 cases made. –JL $110

Wine Advocate 98
2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard displays loads of charcoal, barbecue smoke, blueberry and blackberry fruit, an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of charcoal and subtle oak in a full-bodied, multi-dimensional style. Drink it over the next 20 years. $275 Our Price $229.99

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven

A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made. $500

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