The Grape Tray

June 15th 2018 Newsletter

New releases from Pont Neuf arriving 6/22/18
2016 Pont Neuf Pont Royal Chardonnay
2015 Pont Neuf Le Bruant Russian River Pinot Noir

Wine Advocate 93
2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve

One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve, which comes from a number of sites in the Columbia valley and incorporates 10% Merlot. Aged in 53% new French and American oak, this full-bodied, rich, unctuously textured and concentrated Cabernet is loaded with notions of currants, blueberries, smoked herbs, and licorice. Possessing low acidity, a plump, sexy profile and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade. $44 Our Price $35.95

Wine Spectator 91
LA CREMA Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Sleek and gracefully built, offering vibrant cherry, green peppercorn and tea flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2021. 30,086 cases made. –TF $30 Internet Price $26.99. (Grape Tray email subscriber price $18.99)

Wine Spectator 91
BEDROCK Zinfandel California Old Vine 2016

Fun to drink, with expressive raspberry and violet aromas and zesty, vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that finish on a lively note. Drink now through 2021. 4,500 cases made. –TF $25 (Arrives 6/20/18)

2016 Kali Hart Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Kali Hart is Talbott's most fruit-forward expression of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. In the winery, the grapes guide the way with minimal influence, resulting in a luscious, bright wine. Aromas of vanilla and brioche in the aroma lead to notes of mandarin, pineapple and melon contribute to an unctuous, inviting palate. Following the dense tropical fruit flavors, there is a soft, wonderfully clean finish with a touch of minerality and hard spice notes. $20 Our Price $14.99

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

2017 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Rose

Winemaker Notes: This is a dry elegant style rosé with a beautiful light pale pink color. The fresh and lively wine offers bright aromas of watermelon, raspberry, and lemon with flavors of wild strawberry, citrus zest, hints of melon. It is soft and flavorful on the palate with a long crisp finish. This versatile and flavorful wine would be enjoyable on its own or with food. Try it with light pasta and rice dishes, grilled fish, and a wide array of cheese. Blend: 98% Syrah, 2% Merlot $13 Liquidation Price $7.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The high elevation of our Mason Vineyard in Lake County's Kelsey Bench and arc of rich, red volcanic soils, provides a unique growing region for ripe Sauvignon Blanc flavor and body year after year. The Sauvignon Blanc opens with aromas of fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit, and white peach flavors set on a light body with pops of lime zest and passion fruit. $12 Our Price $8.75

Wine Spectator 90

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

2014 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A wine with elegance, refinement, and plenty of verve. Its perfume of blackberries and black cherries mingles with a backdrop of subtle oak notes. The palate has a velvety richness that coats the mouth in concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis, laced with fine tannins from seamlessly integrated, new French oak. Enticing flavors of chocolate, violets and dark fruits linger on the long finish. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.7% Merlot, 5.8% Petit Verdot, 1.2% Malbec, 0.3% Cabernet Franc. $60 Our Price $49.95

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2014 Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The base release is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and it comes from multiple sites throughout the valley. It’s a killer wine and offers the classic sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage. With full-bodied richness, notes of Asian spices, pencil lead, and cedar, and sweet tannin, it's already drinking beautifully yet will keep for another two decades or more. $100

Wine Spectator 90

A ripe style, with enticing raspberry and black currant confiture notes studded with singed spice and black tea details. A good tobacco underpinning keeps this honest, though the relatively fleshy edge will give this more immediate appeal. Best from 2018 through 2024. –JM $35 Our Price $24.35

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 95+ pts
Bedrock Wine Co. 2016 Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch

Black cherry, plum, chocolate, spice, menthol and leather infuse the 2016 Pagani Ranch Heritage Wine with its distinctly dark profile. Powerful and fleshy in the glass, with imposing tannins, the 2016 is going to be fabulous once it softens a bit in bottle. Readers should expect an unctuous, potent style. Even at this early stage, the 2016 Pagani is a total knock-out. Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Mataro, Mission, Lenoir and a host of other varieties make up approximately half of the blend in this Zinfandel-based red. I hope to be able to taste the 2016 with some bottle age, as it is a truly special wine. $45 (Arrives 6/20/18) Limited

Wine Spectator 94
LEWIS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

Aging beautifully, this full, rich, opulent expression is deeply extracted, with flavors of ripe plum, black licorice, spice and light cedary oak and tannins that offer grip and tenderness. Ends long and clean.--Blind 2007 California Cabernet retrospective (January 2017). Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made. –JL (3 bottles available at $145/bottle. Please email

Wine Advocate 96
2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary, One Liter Bottles

They appear to be immune to some of winedom’s less than intelligent trends and fads that we see from time to time, and the result is a spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary offering. Its dense purple/black color is followed by copious quantities of crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, silky tannins, a voluptuous texture and stunning purity as well as length. This full-bodied effort is a fabulous example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a tribute to this amazing family. It is so good now, why wait? However, I’m sure that like most vintages of Caymus, it will last for 20-25 years. Amazing! Market Price $219-275 (4 One Liter bottles available at $240/One Liter bottle. Please email

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