The Grape Tray

August 28th 2018 Newsletter

Labor Day Holiday
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Wine Spectator 92
BOOKWALTER Protagonist
Conner-Lee Vineyard Columbia Valley 2014

Rich and polished, defined by a core of refined tannins, wrapped in textured flavors of black cherry, espresso and toasty spice that glide through the long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 1,400 cases made. –TF $60 Our Price $29.95 (The winery is leaving the CA market in September and we have 10 cases arriving 8/29/18). If you would like to reserve a few bottles or cases please email stan@grapetray.com or call the store at 559-226-6828.

2015 Shafer Relentless Syrah

Winemaker Notes: Once again our Syrah and Petite Sirah vineyard in the sloping foothills of the Vaca Mountains has yielded a dark, liquid feast of great richness and depth. The first pour offers an endlessly rich density of meaty, smoky, black fruit aromas while the wine saturates the mouth with deep flavors of black licorice, bramble fruit, black pepper, allspice, bacon, and char. All of this opulence is energized with underlying acidity and bound together with structured, ripe tannins built for very long term ageability. $100 Our Price $91.99

2015 VML Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: This wine is bursting with aromas of lavender, sandalwood, dried cranberry and cocoa. The palate starts with ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry. Vanilla and dark chocolate flavors lead into high notes of raspberry. The wine has focused acidity, balanced tannins and a smooth finish that will continue to soften over time. $32 Our Price $27.99

Wine Spectator 94
CHÂTEAU DOISY-VÉDRINES
 Barsac 2015, Half Bottles

Richer in style than the typical Barsac, with notes of almond cream and orange curd along with honeysuckle, white peach and toasted pineapple flavors. The long, unctuous finish lets the almond hint linger longest. Best from 2020 through 2040. 3,000 cases made. –JM $21.95/375ml

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

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

2017 Donnhoff Estate Riesling

Winemaker Notes: A off-dry Riesling wine, very typical of our wine estate. Wonderfully fresh and well defined, elegant with a tingling minerality. A delicious wine for every day with moderate alcohol and very soothing acidity. $24 Our Price $21.99

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc Estate

The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Estate delivers intense passion fruit, white peach and grapefruit notes with touches of musk perfume, wet slate and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate offers bags of stone fruit and citrus flavors, with a racy backbone and long mineral-tinged finish. 7,500 cases produced. $33 Our Price $19.45

2015 Pride Mountain Merlot, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Merlot offers incredibly expressive aromas of strawberry, blueberry and plum, which carry through into a round, luscious palate full of bright berry and lollipop fruit notes. The finish is lengthy yet integrated, with plenty of tannin that is rich, ripe and velvety on the palate. $31/375ml

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

Antonio Galloni Vinous 97 pts
Paul Hobbs 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
 Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard

Vivid and utterly captivating, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard is also a wonderfully complete wine that brings together aromatic complexity, unctuous fruit and powerful structure, all signatures of this great Napa Valley vintage. Today, the 2013 is even better than it was from bottle. Drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend in a wine that captures the very best of site and year. Drinking window: 2019 - 2033 $440 Our Price $349.95

Wine Advocate 97
2015 Fait-Main Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras is scented of freshly crushed plums and blackberries with a loam, underbrush and crushed rock undercurrent, plus a waft of allspice. Full-bodied and tightly wound in the mouth, it has a rock-solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long with serious mineral layers. $210

2016 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 5 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, melon and mango are layered with apricot, creme brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are echoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long, smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $411/5L


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