November 9th 2018 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

November 9th 2018 Newsletter

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

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Wine Spectator 92
BODEGAS JUAN GIL Jumilla Blue Label 2015

This red has density and polish, in the modern style. Cocoa and spice flavors mingle with blackberry and currant fruit, backed by well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Plush and harmonious. Drink now through 2025. 1,250 cases imported.—T.M. $35 Our Price $29.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2017 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of vanilla, peach and mango are layered with apricots, crème brulee, butter and a slight minerality. Those scents are schoed as flavors on the creamy, rich palate, along with peach, pie crust and baking spices. The long smooth finish is marked by mouthwatering acidity. $84 Our Price $74.99/magnum

Wine Spectator 96
WARRE Vintage Port 2011-750ml and 375ml

Offers seamless flavors of kirsch, chocolate, dark plum and allspice, fresh and elegant, with a towering structure and intense red berry accents. Unctuous and long on the finish, showing loads of grip. Best from 2030 through 2060. 3,000 cases made. –KM Market Price $69-$102. Our Price $71.95/750ml and $40.95/375ml

Randy Smith-The Wine Write 92 Points
Bruce Patch 2014 Harris Kratka Zinfandel

This is a Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah blend. Drank over 2 nights, no decant. Deep, rich black cherry aromas. Massive fruit on the palate, right from the get-go. Soft texture, nice finish. Delicious, decadent wine, and a terrific value. $35 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay
Freestone Vineyard

The 2016 Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard features delicate lemon juice, orange blossoms and baking bread notes with hints of white grapefruit, chalk dust, yuzu and lemongrass. The palate is medium to full-bodied, very refreshing and tightly wound at this youthful stage, with super intense citrus flavors and gorgeous mineral sparks, finishing long and savory. 2,725 cases produced. $60 Our Price $39.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2015 Chalk Hill Estate Red

The 2015 Estate Red is deep garnet-purple colored and delivers a good amount of oak-inspired notions to begin over a core of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry pie, preserved plums and chocolate box with hints of vanilla pod and cigar box. Big, concentrated and full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with black fruit preserves, framed by ripe, firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a woody note. Forget it for 5-6 years and drink it over the next 20. 5,240 cases produced. $70 Our Price $50.95

Wine Spectator 94
Chehalem Mountains Victoria 2015

Silk in a glass, with a sleekly complex core and refined raspberry, orange tea and spice flavors that glide along the finish. 577 cases. Drink now through 2023.—T.F $65 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
BILLECART-SALMON Brut Rosé Champagne

A lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020. –AN $90 Our Price $74.95

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Wine Spectator 96
MOËT & CHANDON Brut Champagne Dom Pérignon 2009

There's a subtle power to this graceful Champagne, which boasts a firm, crystalline frame of acidity married to the fine, satinlike mousse and notes of white raspberry, brioche and Earl Grey tea. Seamless through to the long finish of smoke and spice accents, this opens beautifully in the glass. Drink now through 2029. –AN Our Price $334.95

Wine Spectator 93
REGIS BOUVIER Marsannay Clos du Roy 2014

A taut, austere style, with a structure like a steel spring, waiting to release the cherry, currant and mineral flavors. Shows fine purity and elegance, presenting a long, juicy aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2035. 264 cases imported.-B.S $33 Our Price $29.99

Wine Enthusiast 91
2015 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is bursting in lavish aromas of blueberry, black currant and fudge that lead into a palate full of mouthcoating tannins and solid acidity. Blackberry, black plum and dried herb flavors complete the picture. $35 Our Price $26.75

2016 Hunt & Harvest Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The nose is layered with black cherry, blueberries, cassis, and has touches of dark spices, black tea, and charred oak. The palate is fruit forward, supple in the middle and finishes with long, soft tannins. Aging in 25% new French oak barrels adds structure and complexity to the fruit. Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec. $28 Our Price $23.99

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Cuvee Alyce leaps from the glass with gregarious black cherries, pomegranate and cranberry notes with touches of red roses, lavender and dried Provence herbs plus a waft of black soil. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, it is simply packed with taut fruit and finishes on a lingering mineral note. 896 cases produced. $45 (Arrives this afternoon)

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