The Grape Tray

December 18th 2018 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
SEVEN FALLS Chardonnay Wahluke Slope 2014

Broad and supple, expressing a range of spice and citrus flavors, centering on pear and fig notes. Finishes with polish. Drink now through 2019. 27,000 cases made. –HS $20 Our Price $5.95



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Wine Spectator 91
NIK WEIS ST.-URBANS-HOF
Riesling Qualitätswein Mosel From Old Vines 2016

A pure, well-sculpted, off-dry version, with persimmon, lime and slate flavors coating the palate. Hints of orchard blossom and herbs add to the complexity, making you reach for another sip. Drink now through 2024. 7,000 cases made. –AZ $19 Our Price $13.95

Wine Spectator 92
VIETTI Nebbiolo Langhe Perbacco 2015

White pepper, cherry, tea, juniper and tobacco flavors dissolve into a swath of tannins that leave a grip on the finish. Though elegant, this feels more like a Barolo in profile and structure. Best from 2020 through 2030. 3,500 cases made.—B.S. $26 Our Price $22.45

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Clos des Papes Le Petit Vin d'Avril Rouge

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows a deep, rich purple robe in the glass with distinct aromas of wild berries, herbs and spices, bitter almond, cloves and star anise. Smooth on the palate and of fine structure. Bewitching to the finish. $25 Our Price $19.95 (Clos des Papes blends several vintages to create this delicious Rhone)

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Hahn SLH Chardonnay greets the nose with citrus, stone fruit and hints of banana and vanilla. A viscous mouthfeel with welcoming acidity that showcases stone fruits, citrus and hints of apple and spices. $25 Our Price $

2017 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 5 Liter

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. $477

Vinous 91 Points
2017 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc

Pale gold. Mineral-accented orange, pear and white flowers on the perfumed nose, along with a gingery nuance that adds spicy lift. Taut citrus and orchard fruit flavors unfurl slowly and show hints of bitter quinine and anise that build slowly with air. Shows very good depth as well as energy on the finish, which echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 12/19/18)

Wine Spectator 95
PRUETT Syrah Sierra Foothills
 Championship Cuvee 2016

Plump and polished, with a deep, structured core, offering blackberry, crushed stone, orange peel and licorice flavors that gather richness toward big-shouldered tannins. 75 cases made Drink now through 2026.—T.F $100 (Arrives 12/21/18)

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

Wine Spectator 92
ORNELLAIA Toscana Le Volte 2016

Black currant, blackberry and mint aromas and flavors mark this firm, linear red. Fruity yet savory, ending with a dense, wide swath of dusty tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best from 2021 through 2030. 9,000 cases imported. –BS $34 Our Price $26.95

Wine Spectator 91
DONUM Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Single Vineyard 2014

Presents an authoritative core of rich, earth- and licorice-laced blackberry and wild berry jam flavors, pushing ripeness in a pleasing manner. The size gives this a weighty presence, so short-term cellaring is recommended. Drink now through 2023. 627 cases made. –JL $72

2015 Bogle Phantom

Winemaker Notes: Phantom, the mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries and black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. 44% Petite Sirah, 44% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. $18 Our Price $13.95

Wine Spectator 91
CARLISLE Grenache
Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch 2016

Sleek and structured, with expressive raspberry, smoky anise and cracked pepper flavors that speed toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 235 cases made.—T.F. $40

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 $

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 Delicious!

Wine Advocate 93
2016 TOR Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The vineyards used in the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley are from Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain and Soda Canyon. Every vine is planted on a very steep hillside, so in many respects this is a pure hillside Cabernet. Deep garnet-purple, it's simply gorgeous on the nose with cassis, black cherries, blueberries and spice box with nuances of roses, violets and chocolate box. The palate is full-bodied, rich, spicy, plush and expressive, finishing very long. $95 (Arrives 12/19/18)

Wine Advocate 96+
NV Krug Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition

Compared to Krug's 160th edition, the bright golden-yellow colored NV Grande Cuvée 166ème Édition (ID117010) is still a baby that shows the chalky and fruity features of a young white Burgundy intermixed with notes of Schwarzwälder Kirsch (dark cherries with black chocolate) and floral (ammonia) flavors on the pure, fresh and elegant yet intense and still yeasty brioche nose with its ripe apple aromas and refreshingly bright (lemon juice) overtones. Round, wide and very elegant yet also straight and tense on the palate, this 2010-dominated cuvée is very delicate, fresh and chalky but also dense and lush in its vinous texture. The finish is well-structured, fresh and persistent, indicating great complexity and vibrancy. However, I would wait at least another three years, during which time the 166th edition will gain even more finesse and quiet. The 166ème Édition is composed of 140 wines from 13 different harvests between 1998 and 2010, and it's a blend of 45% Pinot Noir with 39% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier, the latter of which provides the vivacity that the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs surprisingly didn't have in 2010, a vintage that was marked by its "tumultuous climate," as Eric Lebel writes. Tasted in New York in November 2018. $200 Our Price $159.95

Wine Advocate 96
2016 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard

Cimarossa means "red hill top" in Italian, which aptly defines this very special hillside vineyard, planted on a volcanic cinder cone. The elevation is 2,100 feet, and the soils are predominately red volcanic rock and dust. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Vineyard gives up cassis, blackberry pie, blueberry tart and earth with notions of spices, camphor, meat and wood smoke. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, the palate is packed with fruit and spices, finishing layered, very long and savory. 211 cases produced. $225 (Arrives 12/19/18)


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