February 26th, 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

February 26th, 2019 Newsletter

Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points
2016 Ancient Peaks Paso Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific value and is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, and the rest Petite Sirah. It has a Bordeaux-ish bouquet of new saddle leather, cedarwood, tobacco leaf, and smoky black fruits as well as medium body, plenty of fruit, sweet tannins, and a good finish. It’s not going to make old bones, but it has serious character, and I’d happily drink bottles over the coming 4-6 years. $20 Our Price $16.49

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Plumpjack Napa Merlot

Containing a 4% splash of Malbec, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Merlot opens with notions of chocolate-covered cherries, plum preserves, spice cake and black pepper with hints of garrigue and wild sage. Full-bodied and boldly fruited in the mouth, the juicy black fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and spicy. $60 (Arrives 2/27/19)

Wine Spectator 90
Le P'tit Pape Central Coast 2016

A lanky red, laced with an appealing gamy quality and offering sleek and lean cherry, smoky anise and spice flavors. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now through 2023. 1,800 cases made. –TF $22 Our Price $17.99

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Chateau de Beaucastel
 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

The family is a great believer in Roussanne as the white grape of the Southern Rhône, and the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc includes 80% of that variety. Waves of honeyed pineapple and tangerine sorbet flood the senses. This is really lush, yet it's underscored by a briny sense of freshness that prolongs and lingers on the finish. It may be drunk young or aged several years. $90 Our Price $79.95

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

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

Wine Spectator 94
BUCKLIN Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley 2015

Deeply structured and powerfully built, yet agile, with expressive blueberry and blackberry flavors accented by tar, cracked pepper and dark Asian spice notes that build richness toward polished tannins. Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2025.—T.F. 430 cases made $34 (Arrives 3/7/19)

Wine Advocate 92
2016 DuMOL Pinot Noir Wester Reach

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Wester Reach sings of ripe black cherries, red plums, red currants and cranberry sauce with touches of violets, cinnamon stick, spearmint and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tantalizing red and black berry layers with a satiny texture and oodles of freshness, finishing long and earthy. $70

2016 Mending Wall Napa

One of things we are most proud of around here is the growth and development of the Napa Cabernet program. Each new vintage takes the best aspects of the previous and improves upon them. The 2016 Napa takes that step and then some, it would be safe to say we feel this is the best iteration of this wine to date. The 2016 Mending Wall Napa Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright juicy shell that gives way to a deep, dark core of blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. A wine not to be missed. 363 cases. $85 (Arrives 2/27/19)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Shafer Vineyards Red Blend TD-9

The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with touches of baking spices, bay leaves and potpourri. Full-bodied with a serious, firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, the palate delivery loads of black fruit and spicy layers with bags of vivacity and panache. $65

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate reveals lovely, open-knit, youthful cassis, crushed black plums and black cherries scents with hints of rose hip tea, chocolate box, lavender, tobacco leaf and redcurrant jelly. The full-bodied, vibrantly fruited palate beautifully offsets the rich black fruits with red fruit and herbal sparks plus tons of freshness, finishing with a wonderfully plush texture blanketing the fruit right through the long finish. $140 (Arrives 2/27/19)

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