The Grape Tray

October 12th 2018 Newsletter

2016 The Prisoner Proprietary Red, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: The Prisoner was inspired by the “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. The Prisoner is now the most recognized Napa Valley red blend, leading the resurgence of interesting blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono. The 2016 vintage features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish. $105/magnum. Our Price $85.95/magnum

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EVENING LAND Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs 2015

Subtly powerful and rich, with expressive black cherry and spicy cinnamon aromas and layered plum and licorice flavors that build toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 3,372 cases made. –TF $45 Our Price $32.45 (Arrives this afternoon)

2014 Twomey Cellars
 Soda Canyon Ranch Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of black cherry, roasted meat, wet soil, raspberry jam, mocha, loose pipe tobacco, dried blueberry and brioche. Velvet entry on the palate with a structured mid-palate, mouthwatering, bright cherry, blackberry, vanilla flavors and an enticing texture. Finishes with integrated tannins, elegant, juicy with a long finish and return. $65 Our Price $59.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2016 Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Merlot

Winemaker Notes: Expressive aromas of red fruits, crushed raspberries with a touch of dried fennel. Deep red in the glass with crystal clear clarity. On the palate, the medium-bodied tannins complement the crisp acidity and savory undertones, as the big red fruit flavors wash across the palate. Finishing with generous expressions of blackcurrants, raspberries and a touch of plum with more subtle flavors of dried herbs, forest floor and crushed graphite. $40 Our Price $21.95

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JUSTIN Isosceles Paso Robles 2014, Magnum

Shows a measure of finesse and restraint given the size, which is big and expressive, offering notes of plum, blackberry, baking spices and cedary oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2032. 20,000 cases made. –JL $165/magnum. Our Price $134.95/magnum

2016 Joseph Carr Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

A big-league effort, with a firm, tight core of graphite-laced black and wild berry, shaded by spicy, chewy oak and tannins and ending with a powerful aftertaste that bodes well for the future. Drink now through 2028. $40 Our Price $31.95

2016 Copain Tous Ensemble
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Light golden yellow color. Floral aromatics of honeysuckle, jasmine, white blossom, pineapple mint; Meyer lemon, verbena, mandarin and tangerine, pink lady apple. Simple, pleasing texture in mouth, with lively acid thathits up front and is followed behind by fuji apple and asian pear flavors. $28 Our Price $24.99

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2015 Far Niente Estate
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Estate (composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) has notions of fragrant earth, dried leaves and Chinese five spice over a core of black cherries, black currants and blueberries plus a waft of bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers intense, crunchy, youthful black fruits framed by fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with an herbal lift. $170 Our Price $139.95

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 $159.99

2015 Chimney Rock
Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of stone fruit, pear and lemon curd highlight the nose on this wine. Crisp and medium-bodied, this wine has great acidity and a nice roundness in the mid-palate. Fermented in a blend of stainless steel tanks and stainless steel barrels. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. $25 Our Price $20.99

2015 Lewis Cellars Alec’s Blend

Winemaker Notes: Bursting with sappy black cherry, chocolaty oak spice and Madagascar vanilla, it's a dense and delicious blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit-driven and plush but framed in fine, polished tannins, this ride will make you smile. $65 Our Price $58.99

Justin Vineyards 2010 Isosceles, 6 Liter

Winemaker Notes: Bright with a deep ruby core, lighter with a bit of garnet toward the rim. Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa and subtle toasted cedar in the background. Full bodied with black cherry and classic black currant fruit, complex brown spice of star anise, licorice with cocoa and herbal notes of sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus. The rest is classic Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon - fruit, complex spice, and mineral flavors balanced with guiding structural elements on a long, memorable finish. Drink on release or wait a dozen years, this one will be ready for you. Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot $850. Our Price $699.95/6 Liter

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2015 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with seducing notes of crushed black currants, blueberry compote and dried mulberries with hints of spice cake, sandalwood, dried roses and star anise plus a touch of smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and densely packed, the opulent fruit is superbly framed by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with lingering spice layers. 758 cases were made. $560 (2 bottles in stock)

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