The Grape Tray

September 7th 2018 Newsletter

2016 Ancient Peaks Renegade

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Renegade presents heady aromas of plum, cherry, violets, vanilla bean and savory leather with a suggestion of baking spice. Juicy flavors of red and black fruits co-mingle seamlessly across a rich, expansive palate, revealing hints of wildberry jam, sage and cedar. Lively yet integrated acidity lends elegance to this otherwise powerful wine, carrying notes of black pepper into a long, balanced finish. Blend: 32% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, 20% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah. $26 Our Price $17.99

2014 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, Bogle’s mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries, black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 42% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. $20 Our Price $13.95

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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

New Vintage!
2016 William Harrison Carneros CHARDONNAY

 Winemaker Notes: Our Chardonnay is sourced from fruit found deep in the cool climate of the Los Carneros appellation, and farmed under the watchful hands of the Sangiacomo Family. Brilliant gold in color, this wine has expressive aromas of pippin apple, vanilla, allspice and citrus blossom. With an underlining streak of minerality, the clean and pristine palate leads with layers of Meyer lemon, baked apple and toasted almond. Hints of Asian pear and stone fruits underscore the racy acidity, leaving the drinker with a fresh, balanced finish that lingers on the tongue. Aged 10 months in 35% new French and Hungarian oak, this wine underwent 40% malolactic conversion. $38

Wine Advocate 94-96
2015 Quintessa Rutherford Proprietary Red Wine

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep purple color and notes of crushed rocks, dusty earth and iron ore over blackcurrants and black cherries, plus hints of tapenade, bay leaves, underbrush and chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with densely packed, youthful black fruits, framed by finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing long and mineral laced. This was tasted as a barrel sample. $197 Our Price $174.99

Wine Spectator 95
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Hautes
Brusquières Cuvée Spéciale 2015

Gorgeous, with red currant, fig, boysenberry and blackberry paste flavors that run along in unison, while tightly focused graphite, oolong tea and singed anise hints run underneath. This drips with fruit, but has energy and persistence, with a mineral echo adding cut on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. Drink now through 2035. 1,000 cases made. –JM $58 Our Price $50.95 (Arrives 9/11/18)

Wine Spectator 93
Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 2016

Fresh and lively, with lots of green almond, pear and white peach flavors liberally laced with verbena and acacia notes. A bright mineral streak and a twinge of star fruit add length and cut to the finish. Drink now through 2022. 486 cases made. –JM $37 Our Price $32.45 (Arrives 9/11/18)


Winemaker Notes: “Le Bruant” is named for our village in the Haute Côte de Nuits of Burgundy, less than a dozen houses gathered around a source which brought delicious water all the way from the Alps. It comes from the gently sloping hills of Goldridge soil in the Martinelli Zio Tony Vineyard where the summer mornings are often foggy. The landscape is gentle and quiet and produces wonderfully elegant pinot noir. The flavors, however, take us back to the hills above Burgundy where the locals hunt pheasant and wild boar and produce the best cassis. “Le Bruant” is the perfect combination of rustic backcountry flavors and the refinement unique to pinot noir. The wine is brilliant ruby and red-violet, in spite of being un-filtered. Sweetly perfumed aromas of Huckleberry and Pomegranate mix with earthy forest floor and intensely pure red fruit flavors. The fine balance of acid and ripe fruit keeps it lively on the palate carrying the flavors to a lingering finish. We recommend decanting at this early stage of development. 50 cases produced. $75 Delicious! (Back in stock this afternoon)

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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

Back in stock 9/18/18
Wine Spectator 91
JOSEPH CARR Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford 2013

A big-league effort, with a firm, tight core of graphite-laced blackberry and wild berry flavors, shaded by spicy, chewy oak and tannins. Ends with a powerful aftertaste that bodes well for the future. Drink now through 2028. 1,730 cases made. –JL $40 Our Price $31.95 (Delicious!)

James Suckling 93

A full and juicy red with lots of dried fruit, currants and dark chocolate. Soft tannins and a clean and racy finish. Pretty, dusty undertone. Drink or hold. $40

Wine Spectator 95
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015

A lovely licorice snap note leads off, followed quickly by crushed raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Rich yet restrained, with light shiso leaf, iron and incense details weaving throughout. The silky finish lets the fruit linger with a sustained hum. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2035. 600 cases made. –JM $58 Our Price $50.95 (Arrives 9/11/18)

Wine Spectator 97

LOUIS ROEDERER Brut Champagne Cristal 2008

This expresses a sense of focus and vibrancy to the overall structure, while the palate is all grace and charm. A fine, lacy texture carries a tapestry of ripe white cherry, toast point, blood orange zest, honey and ground ginger notes, with a minerally, mouthwatering finish. A stunning Champagne with a long future ahead of it. Drink now through 2033. From France.—A.N. $279 Our Price $248.95. Limited

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