The Grape Tray

January 29th 2019 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Joseph Phelps Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in 48% new French and American oak and bottled in May/June of 2018. Deep garnet-purple colored, it sings of crushed blackcurrants, blackberry pie and blueberry compote with suggestions of cigar box, menthol, rose hip tea and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with vibrant black fruit laced with plenty of spicy sparks, framed by grainy tannins and oodles of freshness and finishing long with a menthol kick. $80 Our Price $64.99

Wine Spectator 94
PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ross Station Estate 2016

Shows a mastery of rich fruit and jazzy new oak flavors, with smoky, toasty notes and pure fig, melon, anise and nectarine elements, sailing along on the finish. Drink now through 2024. 541 cases made. –JL $85 (Arrives 1/30/19)

2018 Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rose

Notes from Anthony Lynch: The Corbières Gris de Gris is back in stock—that’s why we’re here. It has a delicate, pale salmon color, tantalizing as ever, and it is succulently fruity on the nose and palate. “Succulent” in the sense of biting into a ripe fruit—or, rather, a cornucopia of ripe fruits—and feeling them burst under your teeth, spattering your taste buds with delectable flavors of fresh citrus and berries. And then, the finish: crisp, dry, lip-smacking as ever. Rosé season lasts 365 days, my friends, and the calendar has just renewed! $17 Our Price $12.39 (Arrives 1/30/18)

2016 Joseph Carr Rutherford
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA, features notes of black currant, tobacco, coffee, black cherry, and toffee. Full bodied, plush tannins and integrated acidity lead to a persistent finish. $40 Our Price $30.95

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor

The 2016 Scout's Honor is blended of 70% Zinfandel, 14% Charbono, 9% Petite Sirah and 7% Syrah. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it offers up baked raspberries, fruitcake, dusty soil and Chinese five spice scents with touches of tobacco and potpourri. Full-bodied with a velvety texture and loads of spice-laced berry preserves flavors, it finishes long and opulent. $38 Our Price $35.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2016 Leviathan Wine • Leviathan

From winemaker Andy Erickson, the 2016 Leviathan is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot aged in 25% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant black cherries, black raspberries and blackcurrants with hints of pencil shavings, black pepper, tobacco and forest floor plus a waft of tapenade. Full, firm and grainy, with gorgeous mid-palate generosity and packed with layers of black fruit and savory sparks, it has a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. Approachable now yet structured to cellar, this seriously affordable, serious California blend should age 15-20 years or more. $40 Our Price $34.95

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 Liquidation Price $17.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

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

Wine Spectator 92
BERNHARD OTT Niederösterreich
Am Berg 2017

Lovely aromas of lily, rose, vanilla and coconut accent the peach and pineapple flavors in this white. A firm structure and dense texture make this complete. Multidimensional, with enough acidity for balance, and the body helps out. Persistent saline finish. Grüner Veltliner. Drink now through 2027. 1,320 cases imported.—A.Z. $21 (Arrives 2/1/19)

2016 Pahlmeyer Jayson
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its classic expression with deep, elegant black fruit aromas, and hints of plum, licorice, vanilla, fresh cream and the suggestion of forest floor. A juicy entry leads into a dense mid-palate; mocha, dusty chalk, and attractive herbal hints round out the rich flavors. Fine tannins support the fruit character for a complex, balanced wine that pairs well with food. $80 Our Price $70.99

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

2016 McGah SCARLETT
Rutherford CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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 1/30/19)


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