The Grape Tray

April 10th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93

SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County
Sonoma 2016

Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $26 Our Price $19.99

Another New 2017 Rose!

Winemaker Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Ideal wine with lighter summer fare such as salads, pasta, grilled meats; exceptional with fish on the grill. $14 Our Price $10.95

Super Buy! Limited
Wine Spectator 91
CUNE Rioja Crianza 2012

Cherry and vanilla flavors mingle with leafy and spicy accents in this round red. Orange peel acidity, cedar and tobacco notes give this a traditional accent. Stays fresh and balanced through the finish. Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases imported. –TM $13 Our Price $6.99

Wine Spectator 90
TURLEY Zinfandel California Juvenile 2016

Loaded with pepper and smoky sweet anise flavors. The raspberry flavors take on tannins toward the finish. Best after 2019. 15,000 cases made.—T.F. Our Price $24.99

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

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
Shafer Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is a fabulous example of the year at its best. Super-ripe red cherry, pomegranate, mint, rose petal and spice infuse this voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers looking for a wine to drink with minimal cellaring will find much to admire in this sexy, racy Cabernet. Even with all of its up-front fruit, the 2015 has quite a bit of depth and tannin to support at least a handful of years of fine drinking. 2018 – 2030. $95

Wine Advocate 90
2015 MacRostie Winery & Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

My personal go-to white at my local supermarket, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is real Chardonnay class at a bargain price. It opens with notes of grapefruit, peaches and cream and honeyed toast with a touch of pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is purely fruited with a lovely suggestion of creaminess plus great intensity and length. With nearly 22,000 cases produced, I’m happy to report there should be loads of this to go around! $25 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 93
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Spécial Cuvée NV

Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and currant fruit, graphite, toast and candied Meyer lemon zest are set in this racy Champagne, with a refined, finely detailed mousse. The mouthwatering finish is long and spicy. Drink now through 2022. 11,500 cases imported. –AN Issue Nov 30, 2017. $79 Our Price $53.95

Wine Advocate 90
2015 Sarah's Vineyard Santa Clara Pinot Noir

Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir gives up notes of violets and black raspberries with hints of smoky bacon, garrigue and forest floor. Medium-bodied, softly spoken and fresh in the mouth, it has a lovely sating texture and great mineral nuances on the finish. $22 Our Price $18.29

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

Wine Spectator 94
TOR Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros
Torchiana Beresini Vineyard 2016

Showing flashes of jazzy oak around a core of zesty green apple, pear and melon flavors, this white gains depth and persistence as it sails along on a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2022. 375 cases made —J.L $65

Clos des Papes Le Petit Vin d'Avril Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows a deep, rich purple robe in the glass with distinct aromas of wild berries, herbs and spices, bitter almond, cloves and star anise. Smooth on the palate and of fine structure. Bewitching to the finish. $25 Our Price $19.95 (Clos des Papes blends several vintages to create this delicious Rhone)

Wine Spectator 90
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 $15.99

Wine Spectator 95
ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino 2013

An intense perfume of juniper, bay laurel, sage, rose and berries marks this silky red. The structure is there, yet superb balance and refined tannins help this retain elegance through the long finish. Almost ethereal in its presence. Best from 2021 through 2036. 10,000 cases made. –BS $65 Our Price $44.75 (Arrives 4/23/18) Please email if you would like to be added to the pre-arrival list.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2014 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Inky blue/purplish fruit, graphite, lavender, grilled herbs and smoke run through the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain). The 2014 has all the Dunn signatures in its flavor profile, but in the mid-weight style of the year. This is an especially restrained, young wine for Dunn with far less of the tannic heft that readers familiar with these wines are likely to expect. $161 Our Price $138.99 Limited

Wine Advocate 100 Points
2012 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is as compelling a Cabernet Sauvignon as one could ever hope to taste. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a high-elevation site boasts an inky/purple color, and smells of ink, blueberry liqueur, blackberries, black raspberries, mulberries, licorice, charcoal and camphor. With magnificent fruit richness, a layered, full-bodied mouthfeel, and incredible length, this seamlessly constructed 2012 should provide immense pleasure for 25+ years. Kudos to winemaker Chris Carpenter as he is clearly at the top of his game. CA Market Price $399-$539 (3 bottles available at $399/bottle)

Wine Spectator 94
TAITTINGER Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Comtes de Champagne 2006

A vivacious Champagne, with fine integration of the racy acidity and chalky bead, rich mineral character and creamy palate of glazed apricot, ground anise, biscuit and passion fruit flavors. Offers a firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2030. 500 cases imported. –AN $170 Our Price $149.99 Limited

Back to Our Blog