September 4th 2018 Newsletter

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2015 Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot

Winemaker Notes: This little Devil is wrapped in a velvet robe. Full with density and bursting with flavor. Dark fruit, cherry, and blackberry. Brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco and earth. The truth is in the name: Velvet! Pair with roasted pork and grilled steaks. $12 Our Price $7.45


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. 2,500 cases imported.—B.S $35 Our Price $26.95

Wine Spectator 96
DOMAINE DES BOSQUETS Gigondas La Colline 2016

This delivers a gorgeous display of fruit, with raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry notes in lockstep as they race through, infused with light anise, bergamot and rooibos tea accents along the way. The racy, chalky structure holds the finish, giving this sleek tension. Best from 2020 through 2036. 456 cases made.—J.M. $75 Our Price $68.99

Wine Spectator 96
DOMAINE HUËT Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont 2017

A beauty, with an inviting display of succulent yellow apple, green plum, pear, persimmon and quince flavors that ripples lengthily through the finish, while light verbena, ginger and honeysuckle notes dart around. A long green tea echo runs through the finish. Shows terrific range and purity, with the sweetness easily harnessed for balance. Best from 2019 through 2040. F500 cases made. From France.—J.M. $50 Our Price $46.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 97+
Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne

The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. Drinking 2016 – 2046. $200 Our Price $129.99

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

2015 Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Big and bold in style, Carnivor Cabernet offers intense, dark fruit aromas and deep, inky color. A plush, velvety mouthfeel frames rich flavors of dark berries, coffee, mocha and toasted oak, all backed by a distinctive smoothness and a lingering, silky finish. $13 Our Price $9.75

Half Bottles
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. $20/375ml

Wine Advocate 92+
2015 O'Shaughnessy Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing earthy/meaty/savory nose with a baked plums and crème de cassis core over chargrill and garrigue hints plus a waft of tapenade. The full-bodied palate is relatively restrained and earthy in nature, featuring muscular fruit and firm, chewy tannins, finishing on a lingering mineral note. $80 Our Price $74.99

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 (Back in stock 9/5/18)

Wine Spectator 88
BODEGAS LA CANA Albariño Rias Baixas La Caña 2016

This round white offers juicy flavors of apricot and quince, with lemon-lime acidity and accents of honeysuckle and chalk. Bright, lively and graceful. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. –TM $18 Our Price $14.75

Wine Spectator 95
ODETTE Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2015

Beautifully crafted, rich and polished, with a dense core of dark berry, mocha, cedar, crushed rock and licorice flavors, combining power and finesse in an impressive showing. Drink now through 2034. 2,324 cases made.—J.L. $140 (Five bottles available on 9/7/18) Please email stan@grapetray.com

Arrives 9/5/18
Wine Advocate 97-100
2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red

A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled. $285 Our Price $



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