The Grape Tray

March 30th, 2018 Newsletter

2017 Alpes De Haute Lavendette Provence Rose

Winemaker Notes: Pale pink color with an elegant nose reminiscent of fresh berries. This wine is supple and fresh on the palate, with good level of acidity.

This rose is produced from traditional regional grapes, including Syrah, a red grape variety, which gives the wine its structure, its color and its aromas of red berries, with a scent of violets. The vineyards of this winery are planted mainly on very dry slopes of Jean Giono in Provence. Viticulture is very respectful of the environment and the wines benefit from modern winemaking technology. Wine production in the Alpes de Haute Provence takes place between Durance to Verdon where grows lavanders. Blend 15% Cinsault, 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah. $10 Our Price $8.45

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Wine Spectator 93
HARTFORD FAMILY Zinfandel
Russian River Valley Old Vine 2016

Opens with rich, supple fruit that quickly takes on power and depth, offering raspberry, lavender and rosemary notes, with white pepper accents. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $40 Our Price $32.99

New Vintage!
2016 Rombauer Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of raspberry, blackberry jam, plums and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of white pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish. $35 Our Price $32.99 (Arrives 4/3/18) Magnums available

In Stock!
2016 The Florist Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes, Jessica Boone: When creating the Florist blend I am looking for intensity of aromatics, and palate, while maintaining balance and life on the finish. For this Russian River gem, I wanted to showcase the depth and weight that exists in this valley. This is a satisfyingly dense Pinot, with briary dark fruit, black plum, and cherry cola on the nose. The palate brings richness and length but has some vivaciousness in the background and finish. This wine has all of the components that I love in Pinot Noir, I hope you love our inaugural release as much as I do! $52 Our Price $36

2014 Trefethen Oak Knoll Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The beautiful nose features aromas of blackberry, red currant and dried fruit. The palate is round and luxurious with herbal tones and well integrated oak. The elegant finish has complex flavors of cassis, cocoa and black pepper. Bring out the flavors in the wine with the addition of thyme or black pepper over a prime cut of beef, pork or duck. Our favorites are wine braised short ribs or grilled beef tenderloin with a mushroom sauce. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. $54 Internet Price $43.99 In-store Special $30.95 (Limited to stock on hand) Arrives this afternoon

Wine Spectator 92
CARLISLE Petite Sirah Napa Valley Palisades Vineyard 2015

Deeply structured and packing some muscle, but wrapped in a rich and supple texture, offering wild berry, cracked pepper and orange zest flavors. Drink now through 2024. 584 cases made. $50

Wine Spectator 93
CARLISLE Zinfandel Russian River Valley Montafi Ranch 2016

Dynamic and appealingly briary, with plush raspberry, bay leaf and orange peel flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. 704 cases made. Drink now through 2024.—T.F $47

Wine Advocate 92+
2015 O'Shaughnessy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing earthy/meaty/savory nose with a baked plums and crème de cassis core over chargrill and garrigue hints plus a waft of tapenade. The full-bodied palate is relatively restrained and earthy in nature, featuring muscular fruit and firm, chewy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note. $80 Our Price $74.99

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Hayfork Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch offers up notions of crème de cassis, black pepper, cedar chest and dried herbs with touches of tilled earth, menthol and mossy bark. Big, rich and full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy texture, lively backbone and long, spicy finish. $75 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
LA GERLA Brunello di Montalcino 2012

The cherry, milk chocolate, olive, tobacco and earth flavors are backed by dense tannins. The long finish shows enough fruit and balance for the long term. Best from 2020 through 2035. 3,800 cases made. –BS $55 Our Price $44.99

Wine Advocate 95-97
2016 Peter Michael Winery Chardonnay Belle Cote

With a wonderfully intense and perfumed nose, the 2016 Chardonnay Belle Cote opens with a tropical/guava and pineapple nose with a beautiful floral undercurrent and notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon toast. Medium-bodied, with a lovely satiny texture, it delivers plenty of savory layers matched by spicy vitality and finishing with great length. $115 (Arrives 4/4/18) Limited

Wine Advocate 97-100
2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine

A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled. $285 (Pre-sell pricing available. Please email stan@grapetray.com) Release Date 9/1/18


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