The Grape Tray

April 17th 2018 Newsletter

Randy Smith-The Wine Write 92 Points
Bruce Patch 2014 Harris Kratka Zinfandel

This is a Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah blend. Drank over 2 nights, no decant. Deep, rich black cherry aromas. Massive fruit on the palate, right from the get-go. Soft texture, nice finish. Delicious, decadent wine, and a terrific value. $35 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2015 A. Rafanelli Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Bright cherry and wild berry framed by vanilla, spice and everything nice! This is a Zin that stands out with a style that is smooth and rich. Attractive aromas with layers of flavors that unfold on your palate. Try with a charcuterie platter of smoked Gouda and black peppered red wine coppa. $41 (Arrives 4/20/18)

Juicy and ripe, with pear, quince and fig flavors laced with light ginger and honeysuckle notes. Shows a flash of hazelnut through the finish. On the hedonistic side, but has the freshness for balance. Drink now through 2024.—J.M. $18 Our Price $14.95

2015 Frank Family Napa Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: This wine appears ruby in color, and aromas of black pepper, savory spices and ripe red fruits waft out of the glass. This bright, fresh zinfandel has a smooth, silky mouthfeel, and bold flavors of grilled plum, fruit compote and fresh raspberries entice the palate. $35 Our Price $29.79 (Arrives 4/18/18)

Wine Spectator 91
 Russian River Valley 2015

Fragrant rose petal, blackberry, lavender and red and dark fruit flavors make for a compelling drink. Has the density and backbone for short cellar time. Drink now through 2024. 6,635 cases made. –JL $37 Our Price $28.45

Wine Advocate 90-93
2016 Wines of Substance Cabernet Sauvignon

The deep, inky-colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that will see 12 months in French oak. It offers terrific notes of cassis, blueberries, violets and wood smoke, medium to full body, ripe tannin and a classy finish. It way over-delivers for the price. It's worth pointing out that this cuvee comes mostly from vineyards planted, and farmed, by Charles Smith and Brennan Leighton; this undoubtedly contributes to the incredibly high quality. $18 Our Price $14.55

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Hahn Family Wines Lucienne
Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard

Produced primarily from Calera and Pommard clones, the light to medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Lucienne Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard has fragrant notes of Bing cherries, pomegranate and cranberries with hints of lavender, dried herbs and forest floor. Medium-bodied, fined-boned and with a great intensity of red berry and earthy layers, it finishes long with some mineral nuances coming through. $50 Our Price $36.99

Wine Spectator 93
Trocken Kamptal 2016

Peach and grapefruit flavors hold court in this focused white, picking up accents of floral, apple and mineral. Intense and long, with a vibrant aftertaste echoing the complex flavors. Silky texture. Drink now through 2025. 650 cases imported. $20 Our Price $15.99

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

Wine Spectator 90
SANTA BARBARA WINERY Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2016

Offers rich white fruit and spice flavors, supported by bright acidity. Green apple, fig and ripe melon dominate on the palate, mixing with buttery accents and ending with hints of sage honey on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 11,500 cases made. –KM $18 Our Price $12.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 92
A.P. VIN Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Garys' Vineyard 2016

Plump and juicy, with tiers of lively plum, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Perfectly charming and ready to enjoy, this is hard to put down. Drink now through 2024. 225 cases made. –JL $56 Our Price $51.99

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Walter Hansel Winery
 Estate Chardonnay

The 2015 season resulted in tiny clusters and small berries with production levels off by a minimum of 25%. The following 2015s will be bottled unfined and unfiltered. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a killer bargain at $25.00 a bottle. The wine is a blend of the 95, 76 and the Hanzell clones. The 4-acre parcel from which the wine was produced was planted in 1976, so it has some age to it. This is a great Chardonnay with loads of honeysuckle, buttered citrus, orange and white peach notes, a medium to full body, terrific energy and purity. This is a terrific wine that tastes like a Chardonnay that should be selling for three or four times the price. So, consumers take note. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. $25

Wine Spectator 93
LEWIS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015

Matches intensity with refinement, with subdued oak shading rich dark berry, espresso, graphite and cedar notes, ending with a long, full finish that echoes the core flavors. Best from 2021 through 2033. 1,700 cases made. –JL $100 Our Price $89.99

2015 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is quite simply delicious, exhibiting charming fruit notes of cassis, plum and blueberry compote, along with chocolate, black tea, rose oil and coffee. The palate is rich, lush and opulent – virtually bursting with flavor – and its age-worthy tannins are present without being overwhelming. This is a gorgeous wine that is already drinking well but has the stuffing to go the long haul. $74 (Arrives 4/18/18) Half Bottles $37

2015 Pride Mountain Merlot

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Merlot offers incredibly expressive aromas of strawberry, blueberry and plum, which carry through into a round, luscious palate full of bright berry and lollipop fruit notes. The finish is lengthy yet integrated, with plenty of tannin that is rich, ripe and velvety on the palate. $62 (Arrives 4/18/18) Half Bottles $31

Wine Spectator 95
LEWIS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Barcaglia Lane 2016

This homes in on a core of rich fig and butterscotch flavors, expanding to apricot, anise, licorice and smoky cedary oak notes. A wall-to-wall expression of full-tilt Chardonnay. Drink now through 2024. 500 cases made. –JL $75 Our Price $66.99

Jeb Dunnuck 99 points
2015 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

The flagship is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon mostly from Champoux with the balance from Palengat and Wallula vineyards. Crème de cassis, graphite, black licorice, unsmoked tobacco, and hints of chocolate and emerge from this beauty and it continues to gain depth and nuance with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, and layered with an incredible purity and elegance on the palate, it's already accessible but has more than enough tannin, depth, and balance to evolve for two decades or more. CA Market Price $190-$225 (3 bottles available at $189.95/bottle)

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