The Grape Tray

June 1st 2018 Newsletter

2015 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes : 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 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

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 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

Wine Advocate 91-93 Points
2015 Fourcas Dupré Listrac-Medoc Bordeaux

The 2015 Fourcas-Dupré offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a mélange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. $24 Our Price $17.95

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

Wine Advocate 97+
2013 Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope comes from the Sonoma side of the Mayacamas Mountains. It is 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard planted at 1,700 feet. This is a remarkable wine and reminiscent of the great classics from the golden era of the Mayacamas on the Napa side (such as the 1968, 1970, 1973 and 1974) come to mind when tasting this beauty. It is simply loaded. Dense purple in color, the wine has notes of licorice, crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, cedar wood and earth. Full-bodied, opulent and irresistible already, it is capable (because of the impeccable balance and purity) of aging 20-25 or more years. This is a modern-day classic that could compete with very finest Cabernet-based wines in the world. Market $89-$130. Our Price $89.99

Jeb Dunnick 93-95 Points
2016 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir

Plump, rounded, sexy and voluptuous, the 2016 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard gives up plenty of red plum, strawberry and mint aromas and flavors. It's another smoking 2016 that shines for its purity of fruit and texture. $54 (Arrives 6/5/18)

2015 Outlot Sonoma Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Light golden yellow in color, the Outlot Chardonnay has a nose reminiscent of warm apple pie with hints of cardamom, toffee, and acacia blossoms. The luscious, creamy entry on the palate leads to waves of honeycomb, honey-crisp apple, peach, and a touch of apricot, finishing with rich butterscotch flavors and a kiss of vanilla. A truly handsome wine. $20 Our Price $15.95

Wine Spectator 93
ROAR Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2015

Potent yet polished, with floral blueberry, bitter chocolate and pepper aromas and concentrated blackberry, espresso and black olive flavors that take on richness toward the refined tannins. Best from 2019 through 2028. 144 cases made. –TF $45 (Arrives 6/5/18)

Wine Advocate 92-94
2015 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon
 McGah Family Vineyard

As for the 2015s, as you might expect from this high-quality vintage in Northern California, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon McGah Family Vineyard is a fruit bomb. Blackcurrants, blackberry, spring flowers and pen ink, in a full-bodied, in-your-face and rather flamboyant, dramatic style, are all part of its appeal and personality. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. $69

Jeb Dunnuck 100 Points
2015 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red

Another perfect wine from Bevan is the 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red Wine, a Cheval Blanc-like blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot brought up all in French oak. This huge, full-bodied, opulent 2015 carries itself like a ballerina - elegant, weightless and even graceful, with remarkable purity of fruit. Currants, blueberries, liquid violets, Asian spices and a distinct minerality all emerge from the glass and it has both incredible complexity and richness. Bravo! $200

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Booker My Favorite Neighbor Paso Robles Red Blend

 Still in barrel, the Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2016 My Favorite Neighbor offers smokin' notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, licorice, smoke tobacco, and hints of violets. With full-bodied are still fresh, chalky, moderately tannic, elegant and lengthy red. One of the leaders of the Paso wine scene is undoubtedly Eric Jensen's Booker Vineyard (I've affectionately called this group the motley crew before). Jensen and his wife Lisa purchased these 72 acres in 2001, with their wines released in 2005. Since then, the wines have evolved from uber rich and forward, to today where they're more polished, complete and structured. Looking at his 2015s, which Jensen compared to his 2010 and 2013s, they show the more elegant style of the vintage, yet pack plenty of fruit and texture. His 2016s are certainly bigger wines, yet have plenty of tannin and a focused style on the palate which I suspect will benefit from short term cellaring. In addition to his Rhône variety releases and blends, it's worth pointing out the quality coming from his Cabernet Sauvignons as well. These are seriously good wines. $80 (Arrives 6/6/18) Limited

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