The Grape Tray

October 2nd 2018 Newsletter

Wine Enthusiast 93 Points

Lafond 2015 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

This is one of the more elegant and satisfyingly dark expressions of Pinot Noir in its price range, starting with aromas of sugarplum, hibiscus, dark berries, crushed slate and moist earth. The palate combines rose petals, baked boysenberry and dark cocoa with a strong streak of earthy minerality, all upheld by chalky tannins. $27 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 92
SPREITZER Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Rheingau Hendelberg 2014

This has a honeyed aroma, showing rich and intensely spiced flavors of peach cobbler and pear tart that are open-textured. Very custardy on the viscous finish, featuring loads of cream, pineapple and glazed ginger notes. Drink now through 2022. 45 cases imported. –KM $30 Our Price $15.99 (Back in stock 10/5/18)

Wine Spectator 92
ENROUTE Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Les Pommiers 2015

Plump and juicy, centered on rich plum, cherry and raspberry flavors, all fresh and vibrant, offering depth without weight. Drink now through 2025. 11,500 cases made. –JL $67 Our Price $54.99 (Back in stock 10/5/18)

Wine Enthusiast 98 Points

Dolce 2012 Late Harvest Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

This is divinely sweet without ever becoming cloying. A blend of 89% Sémillon and 11% Sauvignon Blanc from grapes grown in Coombsville, it offers a clean, creamy palate of peat, caramel, vanilla wafer, nuts and honey. If a finishing touch of sweetness is needed at the end of any meal, this is your wine. $85. Our Price $72.99

2016 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Beautiful aromas of blackberry and boysenberry pie, cassis, licorice and sweet anise, pair gorgeously with hints of lightly toasted oak. A silky entry transitions to a very smooth midpalate with flavors of mixed berry fruit, light toasted oak, and sweet licorice. Well-structured and polished, this wine is filled with juicy acid and fine grain tannins that melt into a long mouthwatering finish. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon3% Petit Verdot. $185 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 10/5/18)

Wine Advocate 91+
2015 Three Sticks Durell Chardonnay

The 2015 Chardonnay Durell Vineyard is intensely scented of ripe grapefruit, lemon curd, gingerbread and allspice with a waft of yuzu zest. Medium to full-bodied with a pleasantly creamy texture, it has a lively line and long, mineral and spice-laced finish. $57 Our Price $48.99 (Arrives 10/3/18)

Wine Spectator 93
CARPINETO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2012

This is dense, with black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and leather flavors, picking up mineral and spice details on the long aftertaste. Shows ample tannins, fine depth and complexity. Drink now through 2023. 12,500 cases made. –BS $31 Our Price $26.95

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)

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

Vinous 92 pts

ROAR Wines 2014 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

Bright yellow. Pear and peach nectar, honey and smoky lees on the powerfully scented nose, joined by slowly emerging floral and mineral nuances. Silky and concentrated on the palate, offering hefty orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of quinine. The floral and smoke notes return on the spice-tinged finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity. Drinking window: 2017 – 2021. $45

Wine Spectator 90
Clos des Lunes Lune Blanche 2015

Very flattering mirabelle plum, white peach and yellow apple fruit flavors are backed by a hint of anise on the juicy, forward finish. Lovely hedonism here. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now. 5,833 cases made. –JM $22 Our Price $18.99

2016 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Hahn SLH Chardonnay greets the nose with citrus, stone fruit and hints of banana and vanilla. A viscous mouthfeel with welcoming acidity that showcases stone fruits, citrus and hints of apple and spices. $25 Our Price $16.45

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia has slightly muted black cherries, crushed black plums and cassis with hints of licorice, black soil and cracked pepper plus a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and expressive in the mouth, it delivers a lot of layers and wonderfully fine tannins, finishing long and earthy. $145 (Back in stock 10/4/18)

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