The Grape Tray

July 27th 2018 Newsletter

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2017 Priest Ranch Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This wine displays melon, crisp grapefruit and hints of tropical passionfruit that are inviting on the nose and palate. There are also layers of lemon and vanilla that provide a lively mouthfeel on the finish. Perfect for any occasion, especially for a relaxed night in at home. $22 Internet Price $19.99. Grape Tray Email Subscriber Price $15.95 (Delicious!)

Wine Spectator 93

PURPLE HANDS Pinot Noir Oregon Lone Oak Ranch 2016

Elegantly spirited, with bright cherry and spice aromas and plushly complex raspberry and brown baking spice flavors that linger on the polished finish. Drink now through 2024.—T.F 2,400 cases made. $25

Wine Advocate 93+
2014 WindRacer Russian River Chardonnay, Half Bottles

The 2014 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has lemongrass, orange blossoms and cedar notes over a core of white peaches, grapefruit and green mango. Medium to full-bodied with a gorgeously creamy textured and mouth-filling stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a racy backbone and a very long finish, with some toasty notes coming through. $20/375ml. Our Price $13.95/375ml (Arrives this afternoon)

James Suckling 94 Points
Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Roserock 2015

Another amazing pinot noir that shows such purity of the fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, lemons, oranges and hints of caramel. Medium to full body, an incredibly polished texture and a beautiful, exciting finish. Drink now or hold. $35 Our Price $26.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Decanter 92 Points
2016 Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay

Aromas of peach skin and musk whole the palate shows fresh melon and fig. Distinct minerality on top of under ripe pineapple and vanilla cream.

Winemaker Notes: Bright and crisp flavors of pear, melon, citrus and green apple are balanced by subtle hints of toasty oak, and vanilla from barrel aging. With mouth-filling body, lingering minerality and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a long, refreshing finish. Blend: 98% Chardonnay, 2% Gewurztraminer $17 Our Price $11.95

2015 Chimney Rock Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of stone fruit, pear and lemon curd highlight the nose on this wine. Crisp and medium-bodied, this wine has great acidity and a nice roundness in the mid-palate. Fermented in a blend of stainless steel tanks and stainless steel barrels. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. $25 Our Price $20.99

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in this harmonious rosé . There's tension to the knit of vibrant acidity and chalky texture, driving this to a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $70 Our Price $59.95

2016 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez: The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity. $55 (Back in stock 7/31/18)

2017 Black Pine Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The wine shows appealing aromas of Bing cherry mixed with vanilla and baking spice. The deep ruby and purple wine reveals candied red plum that lingers in the glass. Sensuous and mouth filling with black cherry and strawberry flavors. Medium bodied flavors of perfumed Cherry, lush red fruit and clove give way to the bright natural acidity and fine tannins that draw out a long and impressive finish. $30 Our Price $20.99 (Arrives 8/1/18)

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 93
PENLEY Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Phoenix 2016

Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported. –MW $20 Our Price $16.95 (Back in stock 8/1/18)

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

2014 Bon Anno Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A deep ruby red, this seductive Cab shows classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of spice and sage followed by a mix of blueberries and blackberries with fresh raspberry notes. With a nice balance of acid and well integrated tannins, this wine is smooth, supple and sleek in the mouth: it is well balanced across the palate showcasing flavors of dark fruit, currants and hints of mineral and anise. $24 Our Price $21.99

Wine Advocate 97, Special Price $103.95
2013 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Reserve

One of the great efforts of recent years, and not surprisingly so, is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, a blend of 81% from Howell Mountain, 11% from St. Helena and the rest Calistoga and Mount Veeder. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 84% new French oak. At 15.2% natural alcohol, this is a big boy, but also classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with crème de cassis, graphite, licorice, and a touch of spicy oak. Winemaker Laurie Hook, who has since departed as winemaker, really hit a home run with this beauty. The wine could benefit from 7-10 years cellaring and probably last 30 to 40. When all is said and done, this is an instant classic, the wine full-bodied with oodles of crème de cassis, pen ink, graphite and baking spices. It is multi-dimensional, layered, and one of the all-time great Beringer Private Reserves – and there have been many. $165 Special price limited to 12 bottles arriving this afternoon. Please email stan@grapetray.com or call 559-226-6828 (Outstanding Cab!)

James Suckling 96 Points
2012 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Intense aromas of mint, eucalyptus, dark berries, currants and redwood. Citrus peel to boot. Full-bodied, layered and very pretty with silky tannins and a juicy finish. Tight and subtle. Retro cool. From organically grown grapes. Beautiful now to drink. $470/magnum



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