The Grape Tray

January 3rd 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
Santa Clara Valley 2016

This red offers a deft mix of dried red cherry, berry and crushed red plum flavors supported by medium-grained tannins and fresh acidity. Turns plush midpalate, followed by a finish filled with suave minerality. Drink now through 2023.—K.M. $30 Our Price $18.95 (Arrives 1/4/19)

Wine Spectator 90
2013 Chateau Ste Michelle
Indian Wells Merlot

Focused, with firm tannins on a pliable frame, supporting dark berry, licorice and chocolate flavors. Lingers deftly on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2021. 42,060 cases made. –HS$18 Our Price $7.45 (Back in stock and great value!)

2016 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Raeburn Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of Creme Brulee with a balanced and elegant finish. $17 Our Price $13.45

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Anderson's Conn Valley
 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon rocks up with quite a profoundly earthy nose of tilled black soil, underbrush and truffles over a core of baked plums and warm cassis plus a waft of dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with vibrant black fruits and a solid structure of ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with bags of vivacity. $58 Our Price $39.95

Wine Spectator 93
POGGIO AL TESORO Bolgheri Il Seggio 2015

Fresh black currant and leafy flavors announce this juicy red. Wild herb, graphite and olive notes complete the picture as this unwinds on the lingering aftertaste. Very youthful, yet has all the components, including a dense structure. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2033. 800 cases imported. –BS $40 Our Price $35.99

2016 Sinor LaVallee SLO Syrah

Winemaker Notes: Classic cool climate aromas of white pepper and tar. In the mouth you may find blueberry and violets. This wine has lots of fruit, textural firmness, and finishes with graphite and tea. $30 Our Price $23.99 (Delicious)

2016 Beringer Knight’s Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet is built each vintage on the notion of a Bordeaux blend, with soft and silky tannins crafted for immediate enjoyment. Aromas of lavender and clove join flavors of dark red fruit led by boysenberry, huckleberry, raspberry, black cherry and evident oak spice are joined with more traditional Knights Valley tones of black and blue fruits. Fine acidity and elegant structure lead to a touch of licorice and mocha, rounding out a lingering, pleasant finish. $36 Our Price $

2017 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Great value! Miles above other Pinots in the same price category, this wine is a particularly wonderful vintage. It is deeply colored with aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries joined by anise and clove in mouth filling intensity. $24 Our Price $20.99

2016 Chappellet Mountain Cuvee

Winemaker Notes: Lush, layered and complex, this Bordeaux blend begins with concentrated aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, and dark chocolate. As the wine evolves in the glass, notes of anise, clove and bay leaf emerge, creating an inviting combination of fruit and spice. On the palate, a creamy texture underscores the wine’s richness, while accentuating flavors of ripe plum, vanilla, and roasted coffee that glide to a long, lingering finish. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. $35 Our Price $28.99

Decanter Magazine 94 Points
2015 Trefethen Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Lack of rain combined with a warm summer resulted in one of the earliest harvests this estate has seen, starting September 5. Smaller grapes than usual made this a very structured, concentrated wine, with plenty of tannin, savoury and spicy flavours, alongside aromas of bay leaves. The blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, and 4% Malbec — aged for 18 months in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak — marks a new level of quality. $55 Our Price $44.99

Wine Spectator 95
POGGIO AL TESORO Bolgheri Superiore Sondraia 2015

Black currant, plum, herb, thyme and sweet spice aromas and flavors mesh seamlessly with the tight matrix of tannins in this expressive, complex red. Shows harmony, depth and length, but needs time to integrate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2021 through 2036. 1,000 cases imported. –BS $85 Our Price $64.99 (Arrives 1/4/19)

Wine Spectator 94
BRUNO ROCCA Barbaresco 2015

A pretty red, leading with rose, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors allied to an elegant frame, this is firmly structured, if a bit lacier in texture than many 2015s, with accents of earth, tobacco and tar. Ends with a chalky feel. Best from 2022 through 2040. 151 cases imported — B.S $60 Our Price $46.75 (Arrives 1/4/19)

Wine Spectator 93
PENLEY Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Phoenix 2016

Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported. –MW $20 Our Price $16.95 (Back in stock 1/4/19)

Wine Spectator 94
CLIF FAMILY Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Kit’s Killer Cab 2015

Tight and backward now, this ripples with sage, sassafras and bay leaf notes, while the core of black currant and blackberry paste flavors waits its turn to unfurl. Lots of bramble and tar notes score the finish, giving this ample grip, though there’s more than enough fruit to keep pace. Needs cellaring. Best from 2023 through 2040.—J.M. $75 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

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