The Grape Tray

September 18th 2018 Newsletter

2017 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Opens with aromas of cinnamon stick, cardamom, and fresh raspberries. The palate offers a soft, balanced structure framed by elegant tannins with flavors of cherry pie, violets, and baking spices followed by a long, decadent finish. $37 Our Price $31.99

Wine Spectator 93
LEWIS Chardonnay Napa Valley Reserve 2016

Rich and full-bodied, deeply concentrated and loaded with ripe fig, apricot, melon and toasty oak notes that impart a buttery texture. Drink now through 2023. 500 cases made. –JL $75 Our Price $67.99

2014 C. Beck Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Sourced from the Barlow vineyard, our wine has a nose of ripe black cherry and sweet vanilla. The palate is soft and luscious with flavors of dark plum and blackberry. Finishing with soft supple tannins. 244 cases produced. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $48

2014 Schramsberg Brut Rose

Winemaker Notes: Juicy strawberry jumps out of the glass, followed by raspberry and cherries. The berry bouquet is complimented by mandarin orange and papaya. The palate has exotic flavors of mango and cantaloupe, followed by mouthwatering citrus. A juicy viscosity leads to a long, lingering finish.” 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay . $44 Our Price $34.29

Zardetto Z Brut Prosecco

Winemaker Notes: Straw-lemon with a fine perlage, Zardetto Prosecco offers fresh, fragrant aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruits. Delicately soft and harmonious on the palate. $15 Liquidation Price $10.95 (Limited to stock on hand)


Winemaker Notes: Flirting with perfection, the 2016 McGah Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, flawless and a compelling Rutherford beauty. Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. The mid palate is a silky flow of abundant blue and black fruits, followed with an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The integrated structure and polished tannins carry through to a detailed and long finish. This blend from five of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks on the estate showcases what an amazing terroir the McGah Family Vineyard is. Allow two to three years for it to mellow out or enjoy it in its prime five to ten years out. It’s an absolute pleasure to release this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $70 (Arrives 9/19/18)


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 Advocate 92
2016 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard

The 2016 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard offers up aromas of wood smoke, plums, tar, spice and berry preserve. On the palate, it's full-bodied and rich, but also more angular, with firm, stony tannins underlying its formidable core of ripe, sweet fruit. While this makes the biggest impact of the Paul Lato Pinot Noirs, I wonder if it will ever attain the same harmony as some of the other wines in the portfolio. $94

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)

2015 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Combining the lush fruit of our warmer Anderson Valley estate vineyards with the rustic elegance of grapes from the cooler “deep end” of the valley. This is a rich and beautifully textured Pinot Noir with velvety tannins and bright acidity. On the palate, flavors of candied cherry and dark plum are underscored by deeper notes of forest floor. The finish is long and supple, with lively fruit and just a touch of French oak. $54 Our Price $42.65 (Arrives 9/19/18)

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Clos Solène Fleur de Solène

A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Grenache, the 2015 Fleur de Solène reveals expressive aromas of luscious cassis, cocoa and ripe blackberry. On the palate, it's full-bodied, supple and succulent with juicy acids—despite its lavish, textural attack—and fine-grained, surprisingly chalky structuring tannins. Follow it for the coming decade. $70

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

2015 Sobon Rezerve Primitivo

Winemaker Notes: Originally planted in the early 90’s on well-drained bench land, this dry farmed, sustainably grown block

is now producing some of the most flavorful high quality fruit on the entire estate. Primitivo is the Italian clone of Zinfandel, and delivers a wine leaning more in the direction of rich plum-like flavors rather than blackberry. A full bodied wine of great richness and depth with a ripe mouth-filling viscous structure, and a smooth almost feminine silkiness that belies its bold character. Heady aromatics give way to a lush warm finish that makes this wine the ideal complement to the most savory and heartiest fare. FOOD PAIRING: Serve with leg of lamb, braised short ribs, duck confit and beef tournedos, or pasta with spicy sauces.$25 Our Price $15.95

Wine Advocate 96
2016 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay
Richard Dinner Vineyard

The 2016 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard comes charging out of the glass with super intense grapefruit, green mango, lime leaves and lemon curd scents plus touches of baking bread, coriander seed, crushed rocks and nutmeg. Full-bodied and laden with citrus and tropical fruit layers in the mouth, the palate has wonderful tension and a compelling oiliness to the texture, finishing very long with a mineral kick. 535 cases were made. $80

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous 98+ pts
Ridge Vineyards 2015 Monte Bello

Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast

One of the highlights in this tasting, the 2015 Monte Bello will soon take its place among the greatest Monte Bellos ever made. Powerful, deep and explosive, the 2015 possesses magnificent concentration and richness in every dimension. Even with all of its raciness, the 2015 has terrific aromatic presence and regal tannins. The 2015 is a bit less showy than it has been in the past, but it was also just bottled two weeks before this tasting. Readers who own it will be absolutely thrilled. $215 (Please email

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