The Grape Tray

May 30th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro 2015

This focused, full bodied red is rich and fruity with raspberry tart and ripe cherry fruit detailed with licorice snap and mineral elements. Full, integrated tannins frame the tangy, floral-tinged finish. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2023. 33,333 cases made. –GS $20 Our Price $13.95

2016 Ryder Estate Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Ryder Estate Chardonnay is bright, focused and elegant with aromas of vanilla, orange blossom and red delicious apple. Medium bodied with crisp acidity, the flavors are rich, ripe and tropical with notes of white peach, Asian pear, vanilla and honeyed oak. $15 Our Price $11.45

Wine Spectator 93
ORIN SWIFT Papillon Napa Valley 2015

A big, rich and potent style, with layers of flavors extending from black licorice to dark berry, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco. Unfolds impressively on the palate, smooth and effortless. Cabernet blend. Drink now through 2029.—J.L $75 Our Price $59.99 (Arrives 6/1/18)

2016 McPrice Myers Right Hand Man Syrah

Winemaker Notes: Nose of lavender, blue fruit, blackberry and crème de cassis. Rich, round and layered. Berry cobbler, maple bacon and brown spice. Finishes with toasted oak and spice. Enjoy with your favorite food truck Korean BBQ tacos! $20

2015 Jax Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This wine is powerful, dense, but beautifully balanced and precise. In the glass it has an evocative nose defined by true cassis, lush red currants and espresso. The palate shows dark brambly berries and a silky, expansive impression from the Cabernet Sauvignon and exotic spice notes and power from the Cabernet Franc. The structure and density of this vintage will allow the wine to age for decades. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc. $55 Our Price $44.99 (Delicious!)

2015 Pont Neuf Pont Royal Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This year’s PONT ROYAL chardonnay demonstrates all the classic characteristics of the Zio Tony Vineyard, honeyed, beeswax infused wine with lemon drop and citrus peel. It is accented with toasty brioche and pastry aromas as well as rich custard and passion fruit. The chardonnay has lingering flavors and rich body but is not too heavy on the palate. The fruit keeps moving and evolving in this young wine, holding our interest as it unfolds. 70 cases produced. $55

Wine Spectator 91
PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Huntington 2016

Dark cherry and dried blueberry flavors are richly spiced in this juicy style. Notes of dried beef intensify on the finish, which features chocolate and mint accents. Drink now through 2020. 8,207 cases made. –KM $25 Our Price $20.49 (Arrives this afternoon)

2014 Tuck Beckstoffer 75 The Sum Red

The 2014 vintage of The Sum boasts an inky deep purple color accompanied by a lovely nose of blueberries, espresso, and dark chocolate. Full bodied and multilayered, this wine exhibits what can be achieved through meticulous winemaking and blending. A fantastic wine that will quite easily age for 15 to 20 years but that also shows wonderfully right away. Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Syrah, 10% Syrah. $26 Our Price $21.45

Wine Advocate 95+
2014 Mt Brave Mt. Veeder
Cabernet Sauvignon

The top score, though, has to go to the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest small quantities of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This wine has an opaque purple color, a big, sweet kiss of blueberry and blackberry liqueur, some graphite, a juicy, full-bodied, savory mouthfeel, and excellent purity and underlying balance. This seamlessly rich mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for two decades or more. $80 Our Price $71.99

2016 Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec

Winemaker Notes: Bright, floral aromas from the predominance of Grenache in the blend are followed by more bright fruits and spices in the mouth with nice mouthfeel and fine tannins carrying the flavors on the long finish. Blend: 46% Grenache, 39% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Counoise. $20 Our Price $15.95 (Great Value!)

Fonseca Siroco White Port

Winemaker Notes: Pale straw gold in color, the wine is lightly sweet with a vibrant acidity and round, velvety texture. White fruit aromas and flavors are offset by light oak notes. Customarily served chilled as an aperitif, on the rocks or with tonic or sparkling water. $17 Our Price $14.25

Wine Advocate 95-97
2015 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The North Slope

The 2015 Pinot Noir North Slope, 100% from Dijon clone 115, also performed spectacularly, no doubt because of the extremely tiny yields. This wine has a dense purple color, a gorgeously compelling nose of forest floor, spring flowers, blue, red and black fruits, followed by a full-bodied, layered and concentrated Pinot Noir that is as light as a ballerina on the palate, but at the same time, intense and rich. The finish just goes on and on. Drink it over the next decade or more. $42 (Limited)

Varichon and Clerc Blanc de Blancs Privilège

Winemaker Notes: This pale and brillant gold wine has white fruit aromas with numerous fine bubbles.The palate is elegant, longlasting and well balanced between freshness and fruit. Lively mineral attack giving way to aromas of white flowers and exotic fruit. $13 Our Price $10.49

Decanter Wine Journal 95 Points
2015 Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Exotic and vibrant tropical fruit nose. Superbly zesty and vigorous attack with lots of drive, tension and minerality. Flavors of praline, vanilla pastry cream, pear and light citrus. Admirable energy and length. $40 Our Price $33.99

Wine Spectator 95
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge, Magnum

The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2015, Magnum Offers impressive presence and polish, with a multilayered, complex core wrapped in rich, expressive blueberry and cherry flavors, accented by savory spice and espresso details. Builds depth as this dances toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025. 2,700 cases made. –TF $200/Magnum

Wine Advocate 94-97
2015 Horsepower Vineyards Syrah
The Tribe Vineyard

The 2015 Syrah The Tribe Vineyard is also gorgeous, with lots of gravely/mineral notes intermixed with pepper, beef broth, currants and spice. It’s slightly more structured and tense than the Sur Echalas Vineyard, but has a similar level of purity, precision and length. $200



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