The Grape Tray

August 17th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer
Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Entirely fermented in stainless steel, the 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese shows a lovely precise and reductive bouquet with refreshing mineral slate and bright fruit aromas. On the palate this is a lush and piquant, super crisp and salty Juffer Sonnenuhr with great expression but also finesse and elegance. It is sweeter and richer than the more stimulating Juffer Spätlese. The finish is long and tensioned, always very fine and fresh. Tasted March 2018. 2026 – 2046. $41 Our Price $35.99

2016 Joliesse Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Dark crimson in the glass, the 2016 Joliesse Pinot Noir is enticing from beginning to end. You are greeted with notes of red cherry, red plum and a hint of baking spice on the nose. On the palate, delicate notes of cherry pie, sun ripened strawberry and a hint of cinnamon linger. Delicate and well balanced, this Pinot Noir moves gracefully across your palate. $15 Our Price $10.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2017 Turnbull Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Aromatics of grapefruit, guava and melon. Exhibiting lively citrus notes with zest of Meyer Lemon with bright, focused fruit flavors balanced with minerality. Crisp and lively, with medium body and a focused finish. $25 Our Price $21.95

2016 Brown Estate Napa Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Rich magenta hue in the glass. Nose opens with abundant floral notes of hibiscus, dried rose petals, and violet followed by fruit notes of black plum, blackberry, and dried orange peels. Nosefinishes with fresh cut wood/sawdust, fir balsam, and a hint of tangy soy/umami. Medium-plus palate layered with bramble fruit up front, leading into dried herbs, exotic spices, and dustyearth. Long finish with well-balanced acid and tannins. $45

Wine Spectator 91
LA CREMA Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

Sleek and gracefully built, offering vibrant cherry, green peppercorn and tea flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2021. 30,086 cases made. –TF $30 Internet Price $26.99. (Grape Tray email subscriber price $18.99)

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2015 Chappellet Signature Napa
 Cabernet Sauvignon

 Looking at the two releases from Chappellet, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is the larger production cuvee and sees 22 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep, inky color is followed by an incredibly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, hints of blue fruits, graphite, and cedar. With gorgeous minerality, full-bodied richness, building tannin and notable purity, it's an incredible wine, as well as a sensational value. $70 Our Price $55.95 (Back in stock 8/22/18)

Wine Spectator 90
MAISON L'ENVOYÉ Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Straight Shooter 2016

Generous and lively, with supple raspberry and baking spice flavors that dance along the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2022. 4,000 cases made.—T.F. $20 Our Price $16.45

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

2016 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

Winemaker Notes: Lush, layered and complex, this Bordeaux blend begins with concentrated aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, and dark chocolate. As the wine evolves in the glass, notes of anise, clove and bay leaf emerge, creating an inviting combination of fruit and spice. On the palate, a creamy texture underscores the wine’s richness, while accentuating flavors of ripe plum, vanilla, and roasted coffee that glide to a long, lingering finish. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. $35 Our Price $28.99 (Back in stock 8/21/18)

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Duemani Syrah Suisassi

The 2015 Syrah Suisassi is a very ripe and opulent expression. If Syrah loves the summer heat, it has soaked it all up here. It is almost too much of a good thing, and the subtle nuances are buried deep within the considerable girth and width of the mouthfeel. Black fruit is followed by smoke, cured meat and spice. The wine's consistency is fleshy and thick. The oak also appears with unabashed and opulent intensity. $160 Our Price $138.99 (Arrives 8/22/18)

Wine Spectator 95
POGGIO BONELLI Chianti Classico 2015

Offers enticing aromas of black cherry, leather, tobacco, iron and earth. Well-structured and full of ripe fruit, this builds to a vibrant, tannic finish, with a lingering aftertaste of iron, cherry and leather. Should develop beautifully. Best from 2020 through 2032. 1,200 cases imported. From Italy.—B.S $25 (Back in stock 8/22/18)


Winemaker Notes: Mason’s 2016 Cabernet takes the cake this year - and it’s red velvet. Complex, youthful, packed with plums and sweet ripe berries, plus vanilla, milk chocolate, cola and creamy cherry - all you can do is smile. Rich and smooth-cheeked on the palate the wine shows a more mature character too with layers of flavor and polished tannins trailing off to a supple finish. $65 Our Price $58.99 (Arrives 8/22/18)

2016 Lewis Cellars NAPA SYRAH

Winemaker Notes: Devil in a red dress. Explosive blackberries, sexy wood spice and satiny rich texture, our 2016 Syrah is a tantalizing beauty. Layers of fruit with black truffle, chocolate and espresso form a dense, dark core that gradually finds light and a supple, fantailed finish. $75 Our Price $67.99 (Arrives 8/22/18)

Special Price $105.95
Wine Advocate 97
2014 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon
Private Reserve Georges de Latour

Blended of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3 % Merlot, all coming mainly from the Rutherford AVA, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of baked black berries, dried mulberries and preserved plums with hints of allspice, cardamom, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and expressive even today, it has a firm, chewy backbone and bags of freshness, promising a long life and much more to come with careful cellaring. 6,600 cases were made. $145 Special price limited to 8 bottles in stock. Please email or call 559-226-6828

Wine Advocate 97-100
2016 Bevan Cellars Proprietary Red
 EE Tench Vineyard

Composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the 2016 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard reveals a deep garnet-purple color and reticent nose of crushed black and red cherries, mulberries with wafts of dried herbs, lavender and fresh roses plus hints of pencil shavings and tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, very fine and very fresh in the mouth, it has drop dead gorgeous poise and sophistication with a long, graceful finish that cannot fail to impress. $200 (Arrives 8/24/18) Limited. Please email

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