The Grape Tray

July 17th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
HENRI BOURGEOIS Sancerre Les Baronnes 2017

Lively, with bright lemon curd, gooseberry, thyme and lime pith notes. The bright finish has mouthwatering cut thanks to a light chalky echo. Drink now through 2021. 3,000 cases imported.—JM. $25 Our Price $22.99

Wine Spectator 93
BIG TABLE FARM Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

Effortlessly elegant and complex, with vibrant rose petal, savory smoke and raspberry accents that glide along a silky texture toward the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,835 cases made. –TF $45 (Arrives 7/19/18)

2014 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a garnet color with a ruby red rim and bluish tint. It has an alluring nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle and sage. On the palate, it has a broad yet delicate entry and offers cranberry flavors. These flavors are complemented by raspberry and pluot with savory black olive characters on the mid-palate. The wine finishes with silky tannins, cedar and bramble flavors with excellent length and return. This wine is drinkable upon release, but given proper cellaring conditions can be enjoyed through 2038. 97.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.3% Malbec, 0.2% Cabernet Franc. $80 Internet Price $74.99. Magnums, 3 Liter and 6 Liter bottles available.

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay

The 2016 Chardonnay has a lovely savory, yeasty/toasty nose over a core of warm grapefruit, fresh apricots and allspice with a touch of candied ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling stone fruit and spicy layers, supported by great freshness and finishing long and creamy. $90 Our Price $79.99

2017 Donnhoff Estate Riesling

Winemaker Notes: A off-dry Riesling wine, very typical of our wine estate. Wonderfully fresh and well defined, elegant with a tingling minerality. A delicious wine for every day with moderate alcohol and very soothing acidity. $24 Our Price $21.99

Wine Enthusiast 90
2016 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris

With its mix of citrus, stone and tropical fruits, this appealing wine is just a touch past bone-dry. Sourced entirely from estate vineyards, it's supported by just the right amount of acidity. Drink through 2020. $20 Our Price $15.99 (Arrives 7/19/18)

Wine Spectator 94
Meursault Les Chevalières 2015

Offers a linear frame, keeping a tight leash on the lime blossom, peach, melon and apple flavors. Shows a lovely creamy texture and a mineral vein that weaves throughout. Terrific length. $72 Our Price $61.99 (Back in stock) Delicious!

Wine Spectator 93
LUCIENNE Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Doctor's Vineyard 2016

Rich and layered, with plump, juicy wild berry, raspberry, blackberry jam and cedar flavors. A full and complete style that touches all the bases. Drink now through 2025. 777 cases made. –JL $50 Our Price $36.99

Wine Spectator 90
DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER Bordeaux White Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2015

Very flattering mirabelle plum, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors are backed by a hint of anise on the juicy, forward finish. Lovely hedonism here. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now. 5,833 cases made. –JM $22 Our Price $18.99

2017 Sans Liege Groundwork Grenache Rosé

Winemaker Notes: White chamomile blossoms, watermelon rind, cherry 7up, rosewood, crisp granny smith, kiwi, lime perrier finish. 100% Grenache Rosé. 40% saignée from Old Potrero, Alta Mesa, Alta Colina, Derby, Larner & Bien Nacido Vineyards. 60% grapes grown, picked & pressed for rosé from Kopack Vineyard. $13

2016 Biale Black Chicken Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: The nose is full of vibrant black cherries, dried fig, pomegranate, wild black berry, fresh dark flowers, subtle dried herb, toasty brown spices and fruit cake. The entry is soft and weighty and gives way to supple, round tannins. $49 Our Price $43.99

Wine Spectator 96
GRAHAM Vintage Port 2011

This offers a decadently fruity aroma, with peppery accents to the cherry, raspberry and dark currant flavors that are lithe and juicy. Grippy tannins grace the mocha- and chocolate-infused finish. Best from 2025 through 2055. 7,000 cases made. –KM. CA Market Price $79-$115 Our Price $93.95

2016 Secret Cellars Paso Robles
 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Bright fruit aromas and a hint of sage. On the palate, ripe plum, black cherry and currant flavors mingle with dark chocolate. Tannins are rich yet supple leading to a lovely lingering finish. $15 Our Price $11.45


Winemaker Notes: This rich and lush wine is the product of an ideal growing year most farmers dream about. A beautiful growing season combined with meticulous farming and winemaking provided us with a mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that exudes layers of depth and complexity. The aromas and palate of this wine are bold and powerful. The distinctive attributes include notes of ripe blackberry and black cherry complemented with hints of cigar box, tobacco leaf and black tea leaf. As the layers continue to unfold, you will grasp notes of white and black pepper, dark chocolate, and various floral undertones. The tannins on our 2014 are firm, yet supple, with a balance of bright acidity. 150 Cases Produced. $195

2016 Pont Neuf Pont Royal
Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Pont Royal reveals beeswax, honeycomb, citrus, fresh lemon aromas and flavors with the perfect compliment of minerality. There is a superior silky texture that is only experienced in Premier and Grand Cru wines of Burgundy. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with the bright citrus notes; more hallmarks of this single vineyard. $55 (Back in stock 7/20/18)

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