October 16th 2018 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

October 16th 2018 Newsletter

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2015 Hungry Blonde Chardonnay

There’s 2,000 cases of the 2015 Chardonnay Hungry Blonde and it’s one seriously good Chardonnay. Aged sur lie in 20% new French oak this classic beauty gives up lots of orchard fruits, some buttered citrus and peach, medium to full-bodied richness, and terrific balance. It’s the real deal and will keep for 5+ years. At 30 bucks it’s a killer value. $30 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 10/17/18)

2016 Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The influence of fog and wind on the iconic Gap’s Crown vineyard creates a site that produces world-class Pinot Noir with perfect balance of blue fruits and mouthwatering acidity. The nose of the 2016 Pinot Noir hints at its cooler origin, evoking fresh blackberry galette with undertones of hibiscus and red licorice. On the palate, the texture is inviting and bright, yet structured with silky tannins creating a wine that is built to age well. Our mix of Heritage and Dijon clones lend an elaborate blend to the wine, showing a blue/black fruit core with pipe tobacco spiciness. As evidenced by the beautiful balance and strength of this opulent Pinot, the Gap's Crown Vineyard shows how well Pinot Noir performs in some of these cooler areas of our county. $70 Our Price $59.99 (Arrives 10/17/18)

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 Meritage Red Paso Robles

Winemaker Notes: Deep crimson in color, with aromas mocha, ripe plum, and blackberry, with cocoa and a mélange of baking spices. Displays a rich, exquisite mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and ripe fruit balanced with notes of chocolate and French vanilla, Velvety tannins complement a lengthy, utterly elegant finish. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec. $35 Our Price $11.95 (We have 20 cases arriving today)

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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 93
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Volcanic 2016

Precise and lively, with tension, offering layered and vibrant cherry, river stone and orange peel flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 242 cases made. –TF $42 Our Price $33.95 (Arrives 10/17/18)

Wine Spectator 91
PATRICIA GREEN Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Old Vine 2016, Half Bottle

Broad and generous, with expressive and savory raspberry and spiced tea flavors that persist toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 850 cases made. –TF $25/375ml Our Price $20.95/375ml (Arrives 10/17/18)

2017 Lewis Chardonnay Sonoma Russian River Valley

Like its Napa running partner, the 2017 Sonoma Chardonnay is long-limbed and race-day ready for the 200 meter. The nose is showy with layers of tropical fruits, citrus, and toasty spice. Quick off the starting blocks yet densely fruited the wine is succulent and well-defined with lees and lemon-lime zest that run well past the finish line. $55 Our Price $49.99 (Arrives 10/17/18)

2014 Frank Family Napa Cab, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: A classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows its Rutherford base with bountiful aromas of cocoa, red currant, cinnamon and blackberry; full bodied with moderate tannins and a long finish, the wine sings with flavors of chocolate, kirsch, and eucalyptus. $28 Our Price $23.49/375ml (Back in stock 10/17/18)

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

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

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

2016 Kali Hart Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Kali Hart is Talbott's most fruit-forward expression of Sleepy Hollow Vineyard. In the winery, the grapes guide the way with minimal influence, resulting in a luscious, bright wine. Aromas of vanilla and brioche in the aroma lead to notes of mandarin, pineapple and melon contribute to an unctuous, inviting palate. Following the dense tropical fruit flavors, there is a soft, wonderfully clean finish with a touch of minerality and hard spice notes. $20 Our Price $14.99 (Back in stock 10/17/18)

Wine Spectator 93
KOSTA BROWNE Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Gap's Crown Vineyard 2016

Everything is moving in the right direction, from the snappy wild berry and plum flavors to the crushed rock and savory underbrush notes. Ends with fine-grained tannins that bode well for the future. Drink now through 2024. 3,400 cases made. –JL $95 Actual Retail $140 (Arrives 10/17/18) Limited. Please email stan@grapetray.com

Wine Advocate 98+
2014 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

Very deep inky-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is incredibly intense and impactful on the nose, revealing notes of crushed black cherries, blackberries and fresh black currants with underlying notions of charcoal, sautéed herbs, black soil, chargrilled meat and pencil lead, plus a waft of violets. Very full-bodied, very rich and wonderfully concentrated, the wall of fruit is well matched by a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth. $300 (Back in stock)

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