The Grape Tray

August 24th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
PALI WINE CO. Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Huntington 2016

Dark cherry and dried blueberry flavors are richly spiced in this juicy style. Notes of dried beef intensify on the finish, which features chocolate and mint accents. Drink now through 2020. 8,207 cases made. –KM $25 Our Price $20.49

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


Winemaker Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Ideal wine with lighter summer fare such as salads, pasta, grilled meats; exceptional with fish on the grill. $14 Our Price $10.95

Wine Spectator 93
CARPINETO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2012

This is dense, with black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and leather flavors, picking up mineral and spice details on the long aftertaste. Shows ample tannins, fine depth and complexity. Drink now through 2023. 12,500 cases made. –BS $31 Our Price $26.95

2015 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Monterey Pinot Noir is spectacular. The wine has bright cherry aromas that are layered with notes of spice, Earl Grey tea, and hints of vanilla and toasted oak. On the mouth, you get juicy black cherry flavors, with hints of mocha and well-balanced tannins. A silky texture leads to a long finish. $20 Liquidation Price $11.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 92
BERINGER Cabernet Sauvignon
Knights Valley 2015

Red Firm, rich and tightly focused on a core of vivid dark berry, light mocha and cedar flavors, finishing long and layered. A real treat. 85,000 cases made Drink now through 2026.—J.L. $36 Our Price $22.75 (Back in stock)

Jeb Dunnuck 90-92 points
2016 Château de Saint Cosme Gigondas

 Looking first at the base 2016 Gigondas, it’s certainly going to be another outstanding wine from Barruol. Based on 70% Grenache and the rest close to an even split of Syrah and Mourvèdre, it offers classic St Cosme notes of dark fruits, tapenade, pepper and smoked earth. It has plenty of tannin and will need 2-3 years of cellaring and shine for a decade or more. Louis Barruol’s Chateau de Saint Cosme is unquestionably one of the reference point estates in Gigondas, as well as the entire southern Rhône Valley. The estate lies just to the east of the village and covers 25 hectares, with 15 of those in Gigondas. He makes a classic Gigondas as well as four single vine releases from single vineyards located around the estate. The wines are not destemmed and aged mostly in older barrels, with a small portion in new barrels. $60 Our Price $49.95

2013 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine was blended in early 2014 and aged for 24 months in 85% new American oak and 15% once-used American oak barrels from our Missouri cooperage, The Oak; early blending assures a balanced core and seamless harmony during barrel aging. After barrel, the wine was aged for an additional 20 months in bottle before being released in February 2018.

Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and entices with a nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine's entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038. $125 Our Price $114.99. Magnums $275.

2016 Hunt & Harvest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The nose is layered with black cherry, blueberries, cassis, and has touches of dark spices, black tea, and charred oak. The palate is fruit forward, supple in the middle and finishes with long, soft tannins. Aging in 25% new French oak barrels adds structure and complexity to the fruit. Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec. $28 Our Price $23.99 (Arrives 8/28/18)

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 97
CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Gigondas Le Claux 2016

This offers a range of sage, savory and bay leaf aromas followed by crushed black cherry, bitter plum and red currant fruit, all supported by racy, mouthwatering chalky cut. Dense, but fresh and well-defined throughout. Long finish. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.—J.M. 79 cases imported. $143 (Limited)

Wine Spectator 98
CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Gigondas Le Poste 2016

Offers a perfumed feel to the lavender, violet and savory notes that lead off, followed quickly by ripe, focused fresh cherry, cassis and raspberry puree flavors, all harnessed by very fine chalky minerality, which extends through the lengthy finish. Best from 2020 through 2040. From France.—J.M. 22 cases imported. $143 (Limited)

Wine Advocate 97-100
2016 Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Sugarloaf Mountain

Very deep purple-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (a barrel sample) gives up profoundly ripe, expressive black berry and cassis scents with underlying chocolate box and spice cake hints plus wafts of roses and dried herbs. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and full on full throttle when it comes to flavors, it has a firm, fine-grained backbone and an epically long finish. 300 cases produced. $200 Limited (Arrives this afternoon)

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