The Grape Tray

April 24th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2015

The core of plum, cassis and blackberry paste flavors is still a bit compact, but there is juicy energy through the licorice- and toast-fueled finish and a lovely sense of polish overall. Long. Best from 2019 through 2027. 3,000 cases made. –JM Published Retail $20. Actual $25 Our Price $19.95

2015 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich vanilla aromas, framed by red fruit notes of plum, strawberry, and cherry, fill the nose of this California Cabernet Sauvignon. Luscious Bing cherry, strawberry, and raspberry flavors on the palate give way to hints of cigar box and toffee on the long, textured finish. $15 Our Price $11.75

Wine Spectator 93
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Old Vine 2015

Expressive and beautifully built, with raspberry and rose petal aromas and plush, structured flavors of cherry, spiced cinnamon and dark tea that build power. Shows a slight bite of tannins toward the finish. Drink now through 2023. 1,055 cases made. –TF $42 Our Price $31.99

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 

G. B. Crane DISCIPLES 2016

Balanced and inviting, the wine opens with a concentrated nose of ripe strawberries, red plum, allspice, vanilla and a touch of black licorice and cigar box. A smooth and enveloping entry of dark red fruits and creme anglaise leasds to a fresh and bright mid-palate. The soft and integrated tannins finish at length with a pleasing texture of bakers chocolate. $45 (Arrives 4/25/18)

2016 Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The big difference between this vintage and previous offerings is the distinctive character of the Platt Vineyard. It adds a muscat-y exotic quality that probably has as much to do with the vintage as it does the site. All three vineyards in the blend are Wente clone but they couldn’t be more different. The Riddle Vineyard fruit adds a stony minerality to the more tropical tinged Lucky Well and the slightly foxy, tea scented Platt. A tough combination to knit together but here it works. The wine is heavily stone fruited on the palate with a tiny bit of reduction on the end adding gunpowder and white chocolate. As it sits open, it actually tightens up a bit, a good sign for future development. $32 (Arrives 4/26/18)

Wine Advocate 94+
2015 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 Liter

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification. $390/3 Liter. Our Price $339.99/3 Liter

Wine Spectator 92
BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley
 Private Reserve 2015

Beautifully crafted, rich and layered, with tiers of smoky oak, buttery fig and tangerine, showing touches of fig and melon. Adds up to a delightfully lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 8,051 cases made. –JL $48 Our Price $35.99 (Back in stock 4/26/18)

2015 Far Niente Estate
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon has deep concentrated aromas of chocolate-covered cherries alongside bright floral notes. The entry of this wine is juicy with a silky-smooth texture that builds through the mid-palate. Mouthwatering dark cherry flavors are supported with well-integrated oak. This wine is an excellent balance of lush, mouth-filling tannins and bright, fresh acidity on the finish. $170 Our Price $146.99

Wine Spectator 91
BÖEN Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

This supple, graceful style pushes ripe blueberry and blackberry flavors to the front, with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and black tea, making for an engagingly complex effort. Drink now through 2026. 7,675 cases made.—James Laube $30 Our Price $24.99

2015 William Harrison Sangiacomo Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant gold in color, this wine has expressive aromas of vanilla, all spice and citrus blossom. With an underlining hint of minerality, the clean and pristine palate leads with layers of Meyer lemon, lime rind and baked apple. Hints of white peach, Asian pear and stone fruits underscore the racey acidity. Leaving you with a memorable and crisp finish. $38 (Back in stock 4/26/18)

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Addax Cabernet Sauvignon
Tench Vineyard Oakville

Deep garnet-purple in color, the Addax 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard gives up notions of black cherries, cassis and red and black plums with hints of dried Mediterranean herbs, pencil shavings and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and seductive in the mouth, it has a satisfying core of black fruit and earthy layers with firm, grainy tannins and a long, savory finish. $185

California Wine Advisors 97 Points
2013 Checkerboard Kings Row
 Aurora Cabernet Sauvignon

This new show-stopper launches forth with alluring notes of caramel, monumental black fruit, deftly balanced tannins and hints of white chocolate across an ultra-silky texture. This immensely age-worthy winner features alluring hints of Mexican chocolate and walnut brownies on the voluptuous finish. Decanting recommended prior to 2020 and savor every sip of this dreamy red through 2025+. Bravo! $165

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