The Grape Tray

March 27th, 2018 Newsletter

Fostoria Savannah Decanter

Handmade, Handcut Lead Crystal 
Retail $190. One new decanter available $50

Wine Spectator 94
CHÂTEAU DOISY-VÉDRINES Barsac 2015, Half Bottles

Richer in style than the typical Barsac, with notes of almond cream and orange curd along with honeysuckle, white peach and toasted pineapple flavors. The long, unctuous finish lets the almond hint linger longest. Best from 2020 through 2040. 3,000 cases made. –JM $21.95/375ml (Arrives 3/30/18)

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 (Back in stock 3/28/18)

Wine Spectator 90
Riesling Willamette Valley 2014

Light and sweet, with fresh pear and citrus flavors gaining extra nuances of fresh ginger and white pepper. The finish lasts nicely, carrying its sweetness with grace. Drink now through 2022. 19,000 cases made. –HS $14 Liquidation Price $9.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (93-96) Points
Carlisle 2016 Syrah Papa's Block Russian River Valley

The 2016 Syrah Papa's Block brings together so many of the best elements that make the Carlisle wines so compelling. Explosive and powerful, with real character, the 2016 is a superb. The 22% whole clusters add an expressive aromatic top notes that plays off the dark, inky fruit beautifully. All the elements are wonderfully fused together in a deep, plush wine endowed with pedigree and class. $45 (Arrives 3/28/18)

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 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 93
DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey Clos des Myglands 2015

Ripe and pure, featuring cherry, blackberry, raspberry, mineral and light toast notes. Balanced and intense, playing out on the long, mouthwatering finish. Best from 2019 through 2032. 1,400 cases imported. –BS $53 Our Price $43.99

2016 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 3 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $165/3L (Back in stock)

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon 3D Dr. Crane

A distinctive and singular style of wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Three D Dr. Crane is a relatively small cuvée of only 345 cases. Dense purple in color, with notes of charcoal, truffle, graphite, blackberry and cassis as well as outstanding purity, texture and length, this wine is still youthful but promising, and certainly seems to have at least a 15- or 20-year upside to it. This is a beauty. $145 Our Price $129.99 (Delicious)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92-95 Points
Turley 2016 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard Howell Mountain

A rich, explosive wine, the 2016 Zinfandel Dragon Vineyard dazzles from start to finish. Inky blue/purplish fruit, menthol, lavender, licorice and violet infuse this unctuous, powerful Zinfandel. In 2016, the Dragon exudes class in every way. Creamy, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. This is an especially sensual, mountain Zinfandel full of mystery and allure. What a wine! $50 Limited

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 89 Points
Turley 2016 Zinfandel Juvenile Napa

The 2016 Zinfandel Juvenile, Turley's young-vine, entry-level wine, captures the freshness of the vintage in its bright, red-toned fruit. Hints of cedar, orange peel, spice and tobacco add layers of flavor nuance to this mid-weight, inviting Zinfandel. Drink it over the next few years. $25

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Laird Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Flat Rock

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Flat Rock Ranch, from another Yountville site, is softer than the Mast Ranch, with sweet tannin, dense purple color, plenty of crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry. There is a nice floral element as well, and the wine finishes full, rich and impressive. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades. $80 Our Price $74.99

Wine Spectator 96
KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition NV

A seamless Champagne, with vibrant acidity and flavors of toasted almond, baked currant and golden raisin. Long and mouthwatering, with a finely detailed bead carrying the flavors to the lasting finish, with accents of spice, pastry cream and coffee. Disgorged spring 2016. Drink now through 2027. –AN $160 (Actual Retail $190) Our Price $154.95

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine

Blended of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Les Pavots Proprietary Red Wine is scented of crème de cassis, blueberries and baking spices with hints of chocolate box, black earth and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate simply sings with black fruit preserves and spicy layers, supported by chewy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long. 2,870 cases were made. $242 (3 bottles available 3/30/18. Please email

Wine Advocate 99 Points
2015 Scarecrow Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with gorgeous floral notes of red roses and lilacs over a core of black and red cherries, crushed black currants and baking spices plus hints of iron ore and dusty earth. The voluptuous, rounded, soft and sexy fruit slinks across the palate with incredible seamlessness and expression. Make no mistake, it is full-bodied and decadently powerful, but with a myriad of aromatic nuances, finishing long, layered and boldly perfumed. Market Price $2100/3 pack OWC. (One 3 pack available 3/28/18. Please email

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