The Grape Tray

August 14th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
LANSON Brut Champagne Black Label NV

This creamy Champagne is bright and citrusy, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors. Racy finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $36.95

Wine Spectator 93
ROEDERER ESTATE Brut Anderson Valley NV

Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details. Drink now. 80,000 cases made.—T.F. $24 Our Price $19.95

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

Wine Advocate 95+
2015 Orin Swift Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mercury Head opens with gorgeous crushed black currants, blackberries and warm plums with suggestions of lavender, camphor, dark chocolate and pencil lead with a waft of smoked meats. Full-bodied, firmly structured and densely packed, it fills the mouth with vibrant, multilayered black fruits and savory notions, finishing long and perfumed. 6,650 cases produced. $120 (Arrives 8/24/18) Please email if you would like to be added to the pre-arrival list. Limited

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2016 JAX Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our grapes are handpicked, sorted and cold-soaked immediately after picking. Following fermentation, this wine was aged for 21 months in French oak, 70% new. This wine offers dark, concentrated depth and character. Given a few minutes or hours after opening a bottle, the aromatics will continue to evolve and improve. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc $50 Our Price $44.99

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

2016 Annabella Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Annabella Napa Valley Chardonnay shimmers golden in the glass, volunteering enticing aromas of red pear, mandarin oranges, a light crème brûlée, and a diaphanous vanilla spiciness. In the mouth, the wine shows flavors of golden delicious apple, subtle white flowers, and a light candied lemon peel. The light oak influence is well integrated into the wine’s delicate structure, melding well into a round, soft palate with a bright, youthful acidity. Enjoy this exquisite wine with seared sea scallops served over buttered pappardelle, served withan arugula salad with goat cheese and mandarin oranges. $18 Our Price $12.99

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 Spectator 97
ANTINORI Toscana Tignanello 2015

Red Dense and intensely flavored, with violet, black currant, blackberry, graphite, wild herb and spice aromas and flavors, this is concentrated and solidly built, yet also harmonious, vibrant and pure. Approachable now, but should be better in a few years. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2035. 5,000 cases imported. From Italy.—B.S. $135 Our Price $109.75

Wine Spectator 90
POSEIDON Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros 2016

Offers concentrated flavors of Fuji apple, Key lime pie and ruby grapefruit that are supported by fresh acidity. Lemon meringue notes extend on the spicy and lightly buttery finish. Drink now through 2022. 3,460 cases made.—K.M. $28 Our Price $21.99

Vinous 91 pts
Château de Trinquevedel 2017 Rosé
(Tavel, Rhône)

Brilliant orange-pink. Pungent red currant, cherry and blood orange aromas, along with suggestions of lavender and chalky minerals. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering red berry and bitter cherry flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Marries power to finesse with a smooth hand and finishes very long and sappy; a late floral nuance adds a grace note. $17 Our Price $14.99

2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Winemaker Notes: A dark, scarlet red color, with powerful aromas of sweet ripe cabernet grapes. Initial impressions are fantastically appealing, brooding to expansive textural sensations of finely grained cacao tannins. The whole of the wine is balanced, rich, expressive and impressively complex. The backbone of fine tannin and sweet ripeness is a carry over from perfectly mature fruit. $90 Our Price $79.95

2016 McGah Scarlett Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Fresh and sublime as the summer sunlight, Scarlett Sauvignon Blanc is a medium to full-bodied wine that instantly captures the senses with aromas of honeysuckle, Meyer lemons and lime blossoms. This captivating California rendition showcases a creamy and smooth midpalate framed by perfectly integrated acidity, carrying Scarlett's trademark throughout the finish. This fabulous Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect complement to the delightful spring and summer seasons, ready for sipping by a sparkling pool or on a sunlit porch. $24

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2015 Black Slate La Vilella Alta DOCa Priorat Proprietary Red

Part of the Black Slate label that focused on the different villages of Priorat, the 2015 Black Slate La Vilella Alta is a blend of 39% Cariñena, 23% Garnacha, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Syrah and Merlot that spent 14 months in 30% new French oak, with a good portion of the blend brought up all in concrete. Incredible notes of blackcurrants, wood smoke, iris flowers, chocolate, and obvious minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant red that knocks it out of the park on the value front. You just don’t find this level of quality at this price point anywhere in the wine world today. There’s roughly 2,400 cases and readers should not miss this sensational wine. $22 Our Price $18.95 (5 additional cases will arrive on 8/15/18)

Wine Advocate 100
2015 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dried roses, lavender and Chinese five spice over a core of warm blackcurrants, kirsch and wild blueberries, plus wafts of fallen leaves and dusty earth. The medium to full-bodied palate features the most amazing intensity of perfumed red, black and blue fruit flavors supported by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Truly stunning. $225. Extremely Limited (Please email

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