The Grape Tray

September 25th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Roar Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard

The 2016 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard delivers invigorating grapefruit, pineapple and nectarine scents with suggestions of clotted cream, chalk dust and fresh ginger. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers a great intensity of citrus and tropical layers with a lively backbone and mineral-laced finish. $45 (Arrives 9/26/18)

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in this harmonious rosé . There's tension to the knit of vibrant acidity and chalky texture, driving this to a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $70 Our Price $59.95. Mags $134.95

2016 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Shafer winemaker Elias Fernandez: The 2016 offers alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity. $55

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard

Another of the more Burgundian-styled wines in the portfolio, the 2015 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard reveals lovely aromas of clove, rose hip, red berry fruit and spicy new oak, followed by a medium-bodied, juicy palate with a sapid core of fruit framed by velvety tannins and an intense, lingering finish. $70 (Arrives tomorrow afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
BODEGAS BRECA Garnacha Aragón Old Vines 2015

Round, smooth and dense, this red shows harmony and balance. Plum and blackberry flavors mingle with black olive, toast and mineral notes, supported by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, leaving a lovely floral finish. Drink now through 2027. 20,000 cases made. –TM $16 Our Price $13.95

Clos des Papes Le Petit
 Vin d'Avril Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows a deep, rich purple robe in the glass with distinct aromas of wild berries, herbs and spices, bitter almond, cloves and star anise. Smooth on the palate and of fine structure. Bewitching to the finish. $25 Our Price $19.95

Wine Spectator 91
SAN FELICE Chianti Classico 2015

Rich and dense, with bright black cherry, earth, tobacco and tar flavors fanning out through the long finish. There's plenty of fruit, but also depth and harmony. Sangiovese, Colorino and Pugnitello. Drink now through 2023. 29,200 cases made. –BS $17 (Arrives 9/27/18) Delicious!

Wine Spectator 92
ASTROLABE Sauvignon Blanc
Awatere Valley Valleys 2016

Vibrant and mouthwatering, with generous flavors of Key lime pie, fleshy green papaya and savory roasted herb. Focused and intense on the long, refreshing finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –MW $25 Our Price $15.95

Wine Spectator 92
DOW Tawny Port 10 Year Old NV

Solid, with hazelnut, fig, plum cake and dried cherry notes in lockstep from start to finish. A streak of hazelnut husk tilts to the drier side of the tawny spectrum, resulting in mouthwatering cut on the finish. Drink now. 3,200 cases imported.—J.M. $38 Our Price $28.95

Wine Spectator 91
ROTH Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley 2015

Complex aromas of creamy oak, mocha, gravel and dark berry combine for a dense, rich and concentrated effort that's firmly tannic, with a seam of elegance. Drink now through 2030. 18,635 cases made.—James Laube $28 Our Price $22.25 (Back in stock 9/25/18)

2016 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Built around an opulent core of boysenberry, black cherry and wild strawberry, our 2016 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir shows off a beautiful dark ruby color when swirled in the glass. The clarity of the fruit is accentuated against a backdrop of graphite, orange peel, and sandalwood spice notes. Waves of volume coat the palate even as bright, polished acidity culminates in supple, focused tannin. Having weathered another year of drought, the vines produced berries of intensely concentrated flavor. The result is a Pinot Noir that combines richness with restraint and complexity with precision—together with the assurance of a long life in the bottle. $65 (Arrives 9/26/18)

Wine Spectator 96
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 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) 2 bottles in stock

Wine Advocate 97+
2016 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape

The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is full-bodied but balanced, with plenty of richness and concentration but also a certain paradoxical lightness. It offers complex garrigue and anise notes, a blend of cherry and raspberry fruit, a silky texture and a long finish that shows no sign of the wine's 15.8% alcohol. For technocrats, the wine's pH is 3.7, which is sufficient acidity to maintain a fine sense of balance. This lovely wine should drink well for at least two decades. Together with the 2015 and the 2017, it will be a compelling trio of wines to follow over the years. $150 Our Price $119.95 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

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