March 15th, 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

March 15th, 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
FAUST Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Lush and inviting, with cassis, creamed plum and boysenberry puree flavors gliding through on a very polished structure, while anise, mocha and tobacco accents check in on the finish. A seductive style. Drink now through 2028.—J.M. $60 Our Price $44.95

2017 Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby red with fresh, vibrant aromas of wild blackberry, raspberry jam and cedar box accented by rich floral notes. This wine is juicy and generous on the palate with sweet cherry, field-ripened strawberry, cranberry and just-baked gingerbread. Perfectly balanced with bright acidity and a supple mouthfeel. Fine grained tannins provide an authentic textural distinction and structural depth. $50 Our Price $39.95

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2016 Bookwalter Protagonist
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 is perhaps our finest vintage at Bookwalter because we used new analytic tools measuring our wines natural extraction to ideal reserve proportions. 2016 yielded a bigger than average crop which ripened into the hot vintage very well. Early in the season and again at verasion, we lowered our yields with much hand labor. By harvest, the vintage was measuring record color and tannin. Our vintage portfolio carries a volume and weight that match our house style of rich and smooth age worthy reds.

We aged on lees reductively developing savory tones complimentary to the powerful fruit. After 20 months, we selected each puncheon for this reserve bottling. We then blended and filtered for purity and aging stability. With the addition of choice Syrah and Cabernet Franc for aromatic lift, the blend describes Cabernet at its most gorgeous vintage expression. This rich wine will age for a decade or two. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah and 2% Cabernet Franc $60 Internet Price $39.99. Grape Tray email subscriber price $30.45

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

A terrific example of this bottling, the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah and tiny amounts of Cinsault, Counoise and Vaccarèse. About 40% was destemmed in this textbook vintage, the fruit coming from 40 different parcels around the appellation. Floral and raspberry notes emerge on the nose, while the palate is full-bodied but silky textured, ending on subtle shadings of Provence herbs and licorice. It's a relative bargain that's easy to drink now, but it should easily go a decade or more in a cool cellar. The wines here seem to be going from strength to strength, with quality inching up nearly every vintage and prices still reasonable given the fairly large volumes involved. This is a property to buy from before pricing jumps. $50 Our Price $38.95

2016 Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Sourcing fruit from diverse vineyards creates complex aromas and rich structure for the Napa Valley Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides dusty cocoa, currants, and brown sugar. $21 Our Price $18.45 (Delicious)

Wine Spectator 91
WRATH Pinot Noir Monterey 115/667 2016

Firm acidity supports a rich array of dried date, cherry and raspberry flavors that are finely textured. Hints of cocoa powder show on the decadently spiced finish. Drink now through 2023. 427 cases made.—K.M. $35 Our Price $26.99

2016 Herdade do Rocim Touriga Nacional

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby and violet color, the Touriga Nacional has a fresh and mineral nose. Floral notes typical of the grape varietal and spicy notes from barrel aging. Soft and silky tannins. A structure that allows for bottle aging. $17 Our Price $12.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2016 Rombauer El Dorado Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: This wine is ruby red with a bright hue, and aromas of red berries and mountain berries mixed with brown sugar, tobacco and a hint of violet. On the palate, it’s expansive and dense with flavors of plums, raspberry, blackberry jam, vanilla and dried florals. The finish builds and lingers on and on. $42

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Hall Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Half Bottles

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers an earthy/savory nose with notes of fertile loam, tree bark and smoked meat over a cassis and black cherry core with touches of roses and menthol. The full-bodied palate delivers great expression and plenty of character, supported by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note. $35/375ml. Our Price $28.65/375ml

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 Our Price $18.69

Wine Advocate 93+
2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon
Le Petit Vice

This is a new second wine meant as a means for consumers to discover the Vice Versa brand. Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, blending fruit from St. Helena, Pritchard Hill and Yountville and aged 20 months in 50% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Petit Vice is deep garnet-purple colored and opens with expressive crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry tart with hints of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, pencil lead and menthol plus a waft of coffee beans. It's full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth with wonderfully plush yet firm tannins and great freshness, finishing very long and spicy. 500 cases produced. $75 (Arrives 3/20/19)

Wine Advocate 95+
2016 Vice Versa Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon (coming from vineyards in St. Helena, Pritchard Hill and Yountville), aged 20 months in 65% new French oak, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a little closed to begin, soon giving way to notions of blackcurrant cordial, plum preserves and blackberry compote with wafts of mocha, licorice and fertile loam plus hints of cedar chest, lavender and unsmoked tobacco. It's very big, rich and full in the mouth and chock-full of taut black fruit and earthy layers, supported by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with epic length. 450 cases produced. $150 (Arrives 3/20/19)

Wine Advocate 98+
2015 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven

A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made. $500

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