November 30th 2018 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

November 30th 2018 Newsletter

2013 Lamadrid Single Vineyard Bonarda

Winemaker Notes: Bright red color with blue hints. In the mouth, it is unctuous, full of red-fruit jam which can also be perceived in the nose. $20 Our Price $16.25

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Wine Spectator 94
SAN FELICE Chianti Classico 2016

Expressive and smooth, this red hits all the right notes, with pure black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Touches of earth, iron and tobacco add complexity. Best from 2020 through 2036.—B.S $17 Our Price $14.99

2016 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: This wine appears light straw in the glass with aromas of toasted brioche, baking spices, and candied lemon rind. On the palate, the Carneros Chardonnay is full-bodied and creamy yet balanced by its lively acidity; with nuanced flavors of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, melon, and subtle hints of oak toast. $75/magnum. Our Price $65.99/magnum

2013 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is dark ruby in color and entices you with a nose of raspberry, cassis and loose pipe tobacco. This full-bodied wine has an assertively silky structure and is notably spicy on the palate. Flavors of sage and blackberry mark the wine’s entry. The strong acidity in the mid-palate is followed by a lingering finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. $125 Our Price $114.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

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 93
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2014

Openly complex and charming, from the initial burst of zesty black cherry and raspberry flavors to the shades of loamy earth, gravel and cedar. Never loses sight of the fruit purity. Drink now through 2030. 250 cases made. –JL $105 (Back in stock)

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 Advocate 93
2015 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard

The 2015 Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard has a very sultry nose of apricots, green mango and grapefruit with touches of croissant, honeysuckle and chalk dust. Medium to full-bodied with a sexy, satiny texture and tons of citrus and stone fruit layers, it has a nice long, savory finish. 840 cases produced. $32

2016 Janodet MOULIN-À-VENT

Winemaker Notes: Explosive nose of raspberries, red currants, plums; medium body with layers of fruit on the palate, plush texture, fruit lasts through the finish, acidity well balanced by the fruit. Quintessential bistro wine, enjoy with steak frites or roasted lamb shank. $25 Our Price $19.95

2018 Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaujolais Nouveau

Winemaker Notes: Crafted in our signature house style, this Beaujolais Nouveau is smooth, juicy and perfectly refreshing. It’s great on its own or with a light meal. $12 Our Price $9.15

2016 Joliesse Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Dark crimson in the glass, the 2016 Joliesse Pinot Noir is enticing from beginning to end. You are greeted with notes of red cherry, red plum and a hint of baking spice on the nose. On the palate, delicate notes of cherry pie, sun ripened strawberry and a hint of cinnamon linger. Delicate and well balanced, this Pinot Noir moves gracefully across your palate. $15 Our Price $10.99

Wine Spectator 92
BOOKWALTER Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Readers 2015

Polished yet appealingly brawny, with floral black cherry, toasted spice and bittersweet chocolate flavors that take on momentum toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 3,405 cases made. –TF $28 Our Price $20.95 (Arrives 12/4/18)

2016 Pont Neuf Pont Royal
 Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Pont Royal reveals beeswax, honeycomb, citrus, fresh lemon aromas and flavors with the perfect compliment of minerality. There is a superior silky texture that is only experienced in Premier and Grand Cru wines of Burgundy. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with the bright citrus notes; more hallmarks of this single vineyard. $55


Winemaker Notes: Flirting with perfection, the 2016 McGah Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, flawless and a compelling Rutherford beauty. Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. The mid palate is a silky flow of abundant blue and black fruits, followed with an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel. The integrated structure and polished tannins carry through to a detailed and long finish. This blend from five of our Cabernet Sauvignon blocks on the estate showcases what an amazing terroir the McGah Family Vineyard is. Allow two to three years for it to mellow out or enjoy it in its prime five to ten years out. It’s an absolute pleasure to release this wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $70 (Back in stock)

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