February 15th, 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

February 15th, 2019 Newsletter

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2014 Franciscan Equilibrium Red

Winemaker Notes: Our Equilibrium red blend is a rich, fruit forward, unique wine that's so easy to enjoy. Equilibrium means to come together in a state of harmonious balance. We brought together the juicy, ripe fruit flavors of Zinfandel, added some dark, peppery Petite Sirah, and complemented it with rich, soft, mouth-filling Malbec and Syrah. The combination is irresistible - so soft and luscious, it's hard to pull yourself away! A very round palate and abundance of vibrant fruit flavors enables it to pair beautifully with a range of foods, from spicy barbeque to burgers to salmon. Or have it on its own and savor the velvety mouthfeel. $60 Our Price $24.45 (Arrives 2/19/19)

Wine Spectator 93
Bennett Valley 2015

Delightfully rich and lively, medium-weight yet packed with flavors highlighting tangerine, nectarine and spicy oak, with a long, layered aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more. Drink now.—J.L. 665 cases made. $30

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Paul Lato Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard

From one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Paul Lato’s superb 2016 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard reveals attractive aromas of yellow orchard fruit, citrus zest, peach and honeycomb. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, with more textural glossiness than the Belle de Jour, underpinned by bright acids and concluding with an intense, chalky finish. This is quite structurally tight-knit right now and will need a couple of years in the cellar to blossom. $80

Wine Spectator 93
BEDROCK Zinfandel California Old Vine 2017

Old-school meets new in this Zinfandel, with just enough polish and plumpness to match the briary rusticity. Offers expressive black cherry, smoky anise and white pepper flavors. Drink now through 2024.—T.F $25

2016 Inkberry Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby with a vibrant purple edge. Ripe stewed plums on nose, with a touch prunes. Full bodied with ripe plums, sweet cassis fruits; juicy ripe mid palate sweetness, subtle oak adds texture and weight, fine, persistent tannins give the wine structure and length. $15 Our Price $9.35 (Arrives this afternoon)

2016 Copain Tous Ensemble
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Light golden yellow color. Floral aromatics of honeysuckle, jasmine, white blossom, pineapple mint; Meyer lemon, verbena, mandarin and tangerine, pink lady apple. Simple, pleasing texture in mouth, with lively acid thathits up front and is followed behind by fuji apple and asian pear flavors. $28 Our Price $24.99

Wine Advocate 90
2016 Macphail Family Wines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir The Flyer

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir The Flyer is scented of crushed red cherries and raspberries with touches of wild thyme and black pepper plus a waft of rose hips. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant, youthful red berry flavors with a velvety texture and plenty of freshness, finishing long and fruity. 605 cases were made. $50 Our Price $35.95

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 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 97
2015 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard has a compelling savoriness of char-grilled meat and roasted nuts on the nose with a core of crème de cassis, violets and crushed plums plus a touch of garrigue. Medium-bodied and tautly structured with firm, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, it has a incredible depth of primary fruit and earthy layers, finishing with incredible length and a lovely mineral hint. 432 cases produced. $150 Our Price $119.99

Wine Advocate 97
2015 Arkenstone Proprietary Red Estate

This estate blend from Howell Mountain was formerly known as “Obsidian.” Composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec, the 2015 Proprietary Red Estate gives a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of spiced blackberries, fruitcake and plum pudding with suggestions of Indian spices, earth and underbrush, plus a touch of violets. Packed with rich, opulent fruit in the full-bodied mouth, it has a solid, fine-grained backbone and plenty of freshness, finishing long and multilayered. 500 cases were made. $175 Limited

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