The Grape Tray

August 2nd 2018 Newsletter

2016 Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This wine features an intense carmine red color tinged with deep purple highlights. The nose is gorgeous, redolent of flowers and red fruits. In the mouth it has a beautiful finesse, smooth, silky tannins and excellent length. $20 Our Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 92
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2015

The core of plum, cassis and blackberry paste flavors is still a bit compact, but there is juicy energy through the licorice- and toast-fueled finish and a lovely sense of polish overall. Long. Best from 2019 through 2027. 3,000 cases made. –JM Published Retail $20. Actual $25 Liquidation Price $16.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

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2017 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, peach and mango are layered with apricots, crème brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are schoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $37

Wine Spectator 92
2016 RIDGE Zinfandel Paso Robles

Appealingly old-school, with briary black cherry and smoky pepper beef flavors and a whiff of coconut that build zestiness on the long finish. Drink now through 2024.—T.F. $35 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 91
ENROUTE Chardonnay Russian River Valley Brumaire 2015

Dense and concentrated, with spicy baked apple flavors, light oak and touches of nutmeg and baking spices. Ends true to the beginning, strong and persistent. Drink now through 2020. 7,000 cases made. –JL $55 Our Price $41.99 (Arrives 8/3/18)

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 Z. Alexander Brown
Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc is crafted to express a bold style with excellent acidity balanced with ripe, tropical fruit character. This wine is true to the variety, with luscious fruit, juicy acidity and a hint of minerality coming from fruit grown in the moderate climate of our North Coast vineyards. $20 Liquidation Price $11.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Clos des Papes Le Petit Vin d'Avril Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows a deep, rich purple robe in the glass with distinct aromas of wild berries, herbs and spices, bitter almond, cloves and star anise. Smooth on the palate and of fine structure. Bewitching to the finish. $25 Our Price $19.95 (Clos des Papes blends several vintages to create this delicious Rhone) Back in stock 8/3/18

Wine Spectator 92
ENROUTE Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Les Pommiers 2015

Plump and juicy, centered on rich plum, cherry and raspberry flavors, all fresh and vibrant, offering depth without weight. Drink now through 2025. 11,500 cases made. –JL $67 Our Price $54.99 (Arrives 8/3/18)

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

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Ridge Geyserville Proprietary Red

The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice to come with age, and a subtle framing of sweet new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and layered, with a lovely core of ripe, succulent fruit and beautifully fine-grained structuring tannins. The finish is long and pure. There are 23 different grape varieties co-planted in the Geyserville vineyard, but in 2016, Zinfandel dominates at 73%, followed by 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet. $45 Our Price $38.99

Domaine Faiveley Combo Pack (includes one bottle of each of the following for $66.95) Limited
Wine Spectator 93
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 2016

Purity is the hallmark of this sleek red, whose vibrant structure marshals the flavors of cherry, raspberry and currant to a lingering conclusion. Balanced and focused, this fades gracefully with berry, orange zest and spice notes. Drink now through 2030. 1,975 cases imported. –BS $30

James Suckling 91

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Monopole 2016

Deep black plums on the nose with some spices and licorice. Serious concentration for this appellation. There is a nice freshness lifting the firm body and giving the long, spice and licorice finish a light touch. If you can't afford a top Côte de Nuits wine, this is a very good alternative. Drink or hold. $50

Wine Spectator 96
CASTELLO DI VOLPAIA Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Though saturated with black currant and blackberry fruit and backed by opaque tannins, this red is pure and balanced. Thyme, iron, leather and tar notes give this complexity, while the finish goes into overtime. Best from 2023 through 2040. From Italy.—B.S 2,500 cases imported $35 Our Price $26.95 Limited

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 (Arrives 8/3/18)

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