The Grape Tray

July 31st 2018 Newsletter

2016 Joseph Carr Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The bouquet is intensely aromatic and features notes of ripe peach and lemon. Flavors of toffee and almonds emerge on the palate, bolstered by lively acidity, a creamy mouthfeel, and a long finish. $22 Our Price $13.95

2015 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 J. Lohr Hilltop is a great example of the J. Lohr house style of dense but soft Cabernet Sauvignon. Effusive blackberry and currant aromas are integrated with a bouquet of toasted hazelnut and cocoa powder from 18 months of French oak barrel age. Bright fruit on the mid-palate finishes clean and invigorates the appetite for an array of rich menu items. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. $34 Our Price $26.75

2016 WillaKenzie Willamette Pinot Gris

Winemaker Notes: Extensive lees contact in stainless steel tanks allows this Pinot Gris to maximize fruit expression with notes of pear and papaya. The mouthfeel is rich, yet has a strong backbone of acidity which carries the wine to a long finish. $20 Liquidation Price $14.25 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 93
SHAFER Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District One Point Five 2015

Strikingly complex and engaging, offering tiers of flavor, including dark berry, cedar, graphite and oak, presented in a style that lets the elements speak through the tannins. Drink now through 2030. 9,000 cases made. –JL $95

2017 Lloyd Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Picked at the peak of ripeness, this Chardonnay is barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in American oak. Left on the lees right until bottling. Flavors of tropical fruits, pear and apple are supported by rich notes of vanillin, leading into a powerful and succulent finish. $39 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 91
JOSEPH CARR Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013

A big-league effort, with a firm, tight core of graphite-laced blackberry and wild berry flavors, shaded by spicy, chewy oak and tannins. Ends with a powerful aftertaste that bodes well for the future. Drink now through 2028. 1,730 cases made. –JL $40 Our Price $31.95 (Delicious!) This wine has developed into a seamless Rutherford Cab! Limited

James Suckling 93

A full and juicy red with lots of dried fruit, currants and dark chocolate. Soft tannins and a clean and racy finish. Pretty, dusty undertone. Drink or hold. $40

2016 Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Sauvignon Blanc has tremendous vibrancy and exotic aromatics. Our road map to creating Miller Ranch Napa is simple: cold, stainless steel fermentation to preserve the citrusy freshness, multiple yeast strains to enhance the aromas and enough barrel fermented Semillon to make the texture silky. $25 Our Price $19.99

2016 Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Sourcing fruit from diverse vineyards creates complex aromas and rich structure for the Napa Valley Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides dusty cocoa, currants, and brown sugar. $23 Our Price $18.45

2016 Cakebread Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Enchanting floral and golden apple aromas introduce pure, concentrated melon, white peach and lively citrus flavors complemented by hints of vanilla and mineral. Rich and full-bodied, yet elegant and finely structured, the wine boasts a long, refreshing finish highlighting spiced apple and mineral tones. Delicious now, this classic single-vineyard, cool-climate Napa Valley chardonnay will develop beautifully in bottle for another 3-5 years. $40 Our Price $36.95

Wine Spectator 92

A smooth, polished style, offering black cherry, black currant, earth and mineral aromas and flavors. Dense and vibrant, with a lingering aftertaste of black fruit and mineral. Excellent length. 700 cases imported Best from 2021 through 2033.—B.S. $38 Our Price $35.99

2017 Sorin Terra Amata Provence Rosé

Producer Notes: For centuries, dry rosé wine has been a staple in the south of France, where it is embraced as the best lunchtime, seaside, and all-occasion wine. Particularly in the coastal Provence region, the heart of the world’s dry rosé production, a passion for dry pink permeates the culture. Provençal citizens know from centuries of winegrowing history that vin rosé pairs with all the foods they like, any time of year. In fact, French rosé outsells white wine in France. $13 (Back in stock 8/1/18)


Notes from Will Meinberg: Being a Burgundy lover on a budget is not always easy, but finding a producer you can trust makes the search much simpler. Damien Gachot has produced a wine that aims to please every Burgundy lover’s palate. Sourcing grapes from the village of Corgoloin in the southern end of the Côtes de Nuits, he presents a wine with the velvety character of the Côtes de Beaune while maintaining the structure and finesse of the Côtes de Nuits. From the soft fruit to the exotic spice, this bottle provides something for everyone. $36 Our Price $28.99

2015 Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend

Winemaker Notes: Bursting with sappy black cherry, chocolaty oak spice and Madagascar vanilla, it's a dense and delicious blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit-driven and plush but framed in fine, polished tannins, this ride will make you smile. $65 Our Price $58.99

Wine Spectator 93
2015 Sequoia Grove Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich, smoky oak and plump dark berry, mocha, cedar and sage flavors form an enticing mouthful, supported by a supple, caressing texture, ending long and full. Drink now through 2030. $43 Our Price $35.75

Wine Spectator 92
SPREITZER Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheingau Hendelberg 2014

This has a honeyed aroma, showing rich and intensely spiced flavors of peach cobbler and pear tart that are open-textured. Very custardy on the viscous finish, featuring loads of cream, pineapple and glazed ginger notes. Drink now through 2022. 45 cases imported. –KM $30 Our Price $15.99

2012 Eponymous Macallister Vineyard Red Blend

Winemaker Notes: This vintage of Eponymous Red Wine immediately pleases with complex aromas hinting of cassis, spicy oak notes, and raspberries. Held to the light one sees a rich, purple- scarlet color that hints at the broad palette these grapes afford the winemaker. Solid body and firm, well-balanced structure with the flavors following the aromas and added nuances of chocolate and rhubarb. This wine's elegance and refinement starts with the lush entry and continues through the mid-palate and on to a long, pleasing finish. The grapes come from a single vineyard, MacAllister Vineyard, near the ridge of the Mayacamas Range on the Sonoma side of Mt. Veeder. This is a spectacular sloping site with multiple exposures and well drained, low fertility soils. $45 (Back in stock 8/1/18) Delicious!

Connoisseurs' Guide 96
Points LAURENT-PERRIER Brut Cuvée Rosé Champagne, Magnum

Elegant and fruity at the same time with a quick invitation from bright, pure cherryish notes and then filled out handsomely by whiffs of chalky soils and well-integrated, rich and uplifting yeast-driven scents, this wine manages to be both vigorous and layered at one and the same time. Its bubbles are insistent, finely carved and add to the early sensations of lightness and energy yet also carry the wine long into a balanced, refined finish. And its latter palate grip is exactly what one should expect from the genre. While service with light foods would be our first choice, this one has the beauty to stand alone. $180/magnum Our Price $152.99/magnum

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