The Grape Tray

December 7th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 94
2014 Altamura Napa Cabernet

Ultrarich and extracted, offering a powerful array of blackberry, licorice, gravelly earth, cedar and tobacco leaf notes. Never eases up on torque and authoritative presence. Best from 2021 through 2035. 3,500 cases made. –JL $115 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 95
Anderson Valley L’Ermitage 2012

Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2020. From California.—T.F $48 Our Price $42.95

James Suckling 92 Points
2014 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Complex aromas of blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of stones and pine needles follow through to a full body, firm and round tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to come together. Try in 2019. $60 Our Price $39.95

2016 J. Lohr Hilltop Paso Robles Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: 2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. $33 Our Price $26.75

96 points Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot

Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a classic wine from this region as well as a great example of the style of this estate. Ripe black cherries, currants, flowers, and earthy notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated 2016 that has a beautiful sense of purity and elegance. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. $70 Our Price $54.99

Wine Spectator 91
CLINE Zinfandel Contra Costa County Ancient Vines 2016

Lively and supple, with floral raspberry and fresh pepper aromas and sleekly appealing cherry and licorice flavors that glide lightly along the finish. Drink now through 2022. 50,000 cases made. –TF $15 Our Price $12.95

2016 Wrath Destruction Level Syrah/Grenache

Winemaker Notes: This red Rhone blend is composed of Syrah and Grenache from the Santa Lucia Highlands and other cool sites throughout Monterey County. Inky and intense, this blend is upfront with mulled dark fruit, soy and earthy undertones. The palate is generous and seamless with mulberry, cola and a long lively finish. $35 Our Price $29.99

2015 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Appealing gold straw and brilliant in color, the 2015 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay unveils nuanced aromas of honeysuckle, sandalwood and stone fruit. A pretty wine; possessing a graceful combination of structure and acidity, seamlessly framing flavors of Granny Smith apple, lime and notes of nutmeg spice. Smooth and elegant, can be cellared through 2020. $30 Our Price $22.99

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Hayfork Wine Co Llewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Llewelling Ranch reveals warm black plums, black cherries and mulberries notes with touches of eucalyptus, cigar box, tapenade and truffles. Medium to full-bodied with impressive intensity and a pleasantly chewy frame, it finishes on a lingering savory note. $75

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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

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay

The 2016 Chardonnay features a wonderfully spicy nose of nutmeg, ginger ale and coriander seed with a core of Bosc pears, ripe nectarines and applesauce. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic freshness with a zippy acid line lifting all those fantastic spices to a good long finish. 5,390 cases were made. $60 Our Price $48.99

2015 Mazzocco Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Brambly flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry with a drop of spice greet the nose while the palate is loaded with dark berry fruit, cherry cola and a smidgen of pepper. This Zinfandel's core is framed with ripe tannins, accented by toasted almonds and cacao. $22 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 90
G.H. MUMM Brut Champagne Grand Cordon NV Gift Set

A firm, well-knit Champagne, in an aperitif style, this offers a lightly toasty mix of ripe apricot, black currant, anise and candied lemon zest flavors, set on a crisp, lively mousse. Drink now through 2020. 20,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $29.99 (Includes 2 Petina Champagne Glasses)

2014 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a garnet color with a ruby red rim and bluish tint. It has an alluring nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle and sage. On the palate, it has a broad yet delicate entry and offers cranberry flavors. These flavors are complemented by raspberry and pluot with savory black olive characters on the mid-palate. The wine finishes with silky tannins, cedar and bramble flavors with excellent length and return. This wine is drinkable upon release, but given proper cellaring conditions can be enjoyed through 2038. 97.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.3% Malbec, 0.2% Cabernet Franc. $80 Our Price $75.99

Wine Spectator 91
LANSON Brut Champagne Black Label NV

This creamy Champagne is bright and citrusy, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors. Racy finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $34.95

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