The Grape Tray

April 13th 2018 Newsletter

James Suckling 91 Points
2015 Ca’ Rugate San Michele Soave Classico

A White with a phenolic texture that gives a light chewy sensation and lots of fruits. Medium to full body, tangy acidity and ripe fruit. Flavorful finish. $18 Our Price $5.99 (Limited to 24 bottles in stock)

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Chateau Pesquie Terasses Rouge Cotes du Ventoux

A smoking good 2015 that readers should snatch up is the 2015 Cotes du Ventoux Cuvee des Terrasses, which is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that’s aged in a combination of two- to four-year-old barrels and foudres. Medium to full-bodied, polished, silky and with no hard edges, it has classic Southern Rhone notes of Provencal spices, garrigue, licorice and ripe black raspberries. Buy a case and drink bottles over the coming 5-6 years. $14 Our Price $11.55 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Enthusiast 93 Points
Louis Sipp 2010 Osterberg Grand Cru Gewurztraminer, Alsace

Peach, rose and lychee unite into a very rich, seamless perfume on the nose. Those exact flavors expand on the fluid, almost oily palate, supported by residual fruit sweetness: at six years of age this is now toned down and has come into its own. If you're after a treat with washed-rind cheeses, choose this medium-sweet gem. $27 Our Price $7.99 (Delicious!) Arrives 4/17/18

Wine Advocate 93-95
2014 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. This wine, which was not yet in bottle, is fabulous, and there are 42,000 cases of it. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years. $35 Our Price $29.65

2016 Joyce Submarine Canyon
Monterey Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This Pinot Noir was inspired by the Monterey bay submarine canyon. Measuring over a mile deep it claims the deepest point along the west coast. Strong maritime influences and ancient glacial soils consisting of sand & shale loam combine to create the terrior for these pinot noir vines. Bright and vibrant with raspberry, red currant and cherry. $25 Our Price $16.99

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Wine Spectator 92
BOOKWALTER Protagonist Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2014

Rich and polished, defined by a core of refined tannins, wrapped in textured flavors of black cherry, espresso and toasty spice that glide through the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 1,400 cases made. –TF $60 Our Price $44.99 (Grape Tray insider price $24.99)

Wine Spectator 93
SHAFER Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District One Point Five 2015

Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030.—J.L. $95

2014 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby color. Aromas of dark fruit. Intense smooth tannins. After 5 or 6 years of aging, the wine will develop notes of leather, forest-floor, and small red fruit. $45 Our Price $38.99

Wine Spectator 93
REGIS BOUVIER Marsannay Clos du Roy 2014

A taut, austere style, with a structure like a steel spring, waiting to release the cherry, currant and mineral flavors. Shows fine purity and elegance, presenting a long, juicy aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035. 264 cases imported.-B.S $33 Our Price $29.99

2015 Killian Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, light gold color with an open star jasmine, citrus blossom nose above red apple, stone fruit and hints of smoky oak. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh apple and pear, and are framed in a richly bodied mouthfeel that finishes with balanced acidity and just a hint of fruit sweetness. This will be one of the best aging of the Killian Chardonnays and should be optimally balanced about a year after release. $26 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 93
Willamette Valley 2015

Expressive and supple, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward a minerally finish. Drink now through 2024.—T.F $32 Our Price $20.35

2017 Bevan Cellars Dry Stack Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc is an incredibly expressive wine already, just weeks in the bottle. The nose is all about the tropics. Pineapple, guava and kiwi dominate. The wine is lively and the glycerin levels are off the chart, giving it a super seductive mid palate. This wine will disappear from your cellar quickly after you open your first bottle. $32

2014 Renteria RUSSIAN RIVER Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This 2014 Pinot Noir is a beautiful wine that captures the terroir of the Russian River Valley. Generous notes of red cherry and fresh wild strawberry sail over a hint of baking spices, dusty earth and sweet tannin. The mouthfeel is rich, round and juicy, the bright acidity carrying the nuanced flavors through an echoing finish. $48

2017 Chateau du Rouet 'Teres' Rose, IGP Mediterranee, France

Winemaker Notes: Crystal rosé. Pale pink reflections, very beautiful color. Fresh berries on the nose. Light and flexible mouth. Use as aperitif or pair with salads, grills and spicy cooking. $17 Our Price $13.45 (Arrives early May 2018)

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. $75 (Back in stock)

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Faust Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

A barrel sample, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored, with a decadent cassis, baked blackberries and plum preserves-scented nose, plus hints of spice cake, cedar and Marmite toast. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and wonderfully spicy in the mouth, it has velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. $60 Our Price $49.99

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