The Grape Tray

April 26th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
DOW Tawny Port 10 Year Old NV

Solid, with hazelnut, fig, plum cake and dried cherry notes in lockstep from start to finish. A streak of hazelnut husk tilts to the drier side of the tawny spectrum, resulting in mouthwatering cut on the finish. Drink now. 3,200 cases imported.—J.M. $38 Our Price $28.95

Wine Spectator 89
OYSTER BAY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017

Tangy lime, grapefruit and dried apricot notes are juicy and intense, set on a mouthwatering, sleek finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported. –MW $16 Our Price $9.45

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 $44.75/750ml. Magnums $104.95

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) Last Call at this price! The supplier is increasing our cost 5/1/18.

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Wine Advocate 88
2014 Ferraton Pere et Fils
Cotes du Rhone Samorens

Offering lots to love, the 2014 Côtes du Rhône Samorens has lots of pepper and dark berry fruit to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, nicely textured and mouth-filling style on the palate. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years. $15 Our Price $5.99 (Great Value!)

2016 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: True Cabernet Sauvignon character stands out, opening in an aromatic riot of blackberry jam, a touch of herb, spice, and coffee. The wine is full-bodied, expanding mid-palate with a dense core of black fruit, black cherries, and cacao beans; the finish lingers with a perfume of dried raspberries and rose water. The distinctive tannic structure of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot hints at the aging potential of this wine. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. $30 Our Price $25.69

Wine Advocate 94-96
2015 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard

The 2015 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard is another salty, meaty, tapenade and earthy Syrah from this site that offers full-bodied richness, silky tannin and a gorgeous texture. It’s certainly not for those craving new world fruit, but is a naked, raw expression of this terrific site. $200 (Arrives 5/3/18) Limited

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 95+ pts
Zakin Estate Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful, dense and explosive. Dark red cherry, rose petal, mint, smoke, licorice, dark spices and menthol all come alive in the glass. Dramatic and ample on the palate, the 2014 exudes personality. This is one of the most impressive debuts I have seen in Napa Valley in some time. $310 (Arrives 5/3/18) Limited

Wine Spectator 96
SCARECROW Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford 2015

Broad, expansive and layered, with dark berry, currant, anise,

cedar and sage notes, supported by firm, chewy tannins and an

impressive aftertaste where the flavors glide along rather effortlessly. Best from 2020 through 2034. From California.—J.L. CA Market $499-800. (3 bottles available at $549.95/bottle)


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