February 12th, 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

February 12th, 2019 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 92
Central Coast 2016

Lively and generous, with zesty black raspberry, savory dried sage and peppercorn flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Graciano. Drink now through 2026. 1,902 cases made.—Tim Fish. $20 Our Price $17.99 (Arrives 2/13/19)

J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut

Winemaker Notes: This J non-vintage Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes follow through to a mix of Fuji apple and grapefruit interlaced with toast, caramel and almond flavors on the mid-palate. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. Demonstrating an illustrious combination of yesterday and today, its fresh exuberance showcases layers of depth and complexity. $35 Our Price $27.99

James Suckling 94 Points
Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills Roserock 2015

Another amazing pinot noir that shows such purity of the fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, lemons, oranges and hints of caramel. Medium to full body, an incredibly polished texture and a beautiful, exciting finish. Drink now or hold. $35 Our Price $27.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
Ribera del Duero 2015

Rich and focused, this red delivers ripe fruit flavors of currant and blackberry that mingle with espresso, mineral and licorice notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated and crisp acidity keeps this focused. Concentrated and harmonious. Drink now through 2030. 2,500 cases made. –TM $45 Our Price $26.99

2015 McGah Scarlett Rutherford Petit Verdot

Winemaker Notes: The McGah Family Vineyards Petit Verdot block produced a prodigious and compelling wine in 2015. Dark violet in color followed by an intense set of aromas consisting of dark, heady fruit, cedar, and sandalwood spice. The mid-palate consists of firm but perfectly integrated acidity along with a ripe, rich and highly concentrated Rutherford fruit. A beautiful streak of anise runs right through the middle leading to a long and highlighted finish. Consistent with the nature of this varietal, the tannins are forefront, but a have a measure of finesse and polish allowing this wine to be enjoyed in its youth. Drink now with a long decant or allow it to age for 6-10 years. $50 (Arrives 2/13/19) Delicious

Wine Spectator 90
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV, Magnum

A firm and creamy rosé Champagne, with rich pastry cream and sweet brioche notes followed by candied grapefruit peel, white peach and smoke accents. Offers a clean-cut, mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 1,200 cases imported. –AN $165/magnum. Our Price $140.99/magnum

Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
2014 Saintsbury Donnelly Creek Vineyard
 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

This new vineyard-designate from Saintsbury has a classic profile. Spicy, woodsy, cherrylike aromas lead to layered raspberry, cinnamon and cherry flavors, with the firm texture of fine-grained tanins and good acidity. It offers a lightly tart and lingering finish. Great balance and complexity come together beautifully here. $62 Our Price $36.99 (Limited)

Wine Spectator 98
GRAHAM Vintage Port 2000, Half Bottles

Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young Vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graham I have ever tasted, young or old. Best after 2014. 9,000 cases made. –JS $80/750ml. Our Price $45.95/375ml

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

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

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
Outpost 2016 Zinfandel
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

The 2016 Zinfandel is another superb wine from Outpost. Dark, ample and full-bodied, the 2016 is imbued with tremendous character as well as complexity. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate, leather and smoke all build as this super-expressive Zinfandel shows off its personality. In 2016 the Outpost Zinfandel is outrageously beautiful, not to mention a huge overachiever. $50 (Arrives 2/15/19)

Wine Advocate 96
2015 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon
 Helena Montana Vineyard

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard gives up notes of coffee grounds, chocolate box and warm blueberries with hints of black currant cordial and blackberry pie, plus touches of tar and black soil. Medium-bodied and totally laden with tightly packed fruit layers and great tension, it has a very firm frame of grainy tannins and epic length. 847 cases produced. $150 Our Price $119.99

Wine Advocate 96+
2016 Chappellet Signature Napa Cabernet

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature has a very deep garnet-purple color and opens with wonderfully expressive notes of warm cassis, baked plums, black raspberries and kirsch with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and chocolate box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals layers of red and black berries with stunning freshness and an approachable, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy. $75 Our Price $64.99

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