The Grape Tray

April 12th 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
LE P'TIT PAYSAN 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

All American CV Chocolate Wine

A delicious blend of velvety chocolate and cream. CV Chocolate has an inviting nose, a creamy mouthfeel with a delightful and balanced finished. CV Chocolate offer consumers a unique and exciting sensory experience. Cream from the Famous Galloway Dairy in Wisconsin, and Delicious Chocolate. $15 Our Price $10.65 (Tastes like a Starbucks Frappuccino) Arrives this afternoon

Wine Spectator 94
DOMAINE SERENE Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve 2015

Polished and gracefully complex, with refined raspberry and strawberry flavors accented by toasty cinnamon and river stone notes, finishing with lithe tannins. Drink now through 2025. 8,900 cases made. –TF $75 Our Price $66.95 and Half Bottles $36.95

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 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 92
RIDGE Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Estate 2017

A big, rich and showy white, filled with spicy notes to the ripe apple, pear and wild herb flavors. Minerally and buttery accents emerge on the contoured finish. Drink now through 2024.—K.M. $55 Our Price $49.99

Wine Spectator 93
RED STITCH Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands
Sierra Mar Vineyard 2017

The concentrated pear tart and apple pastry flavors are well-structured and graceful, with plenty of cream and meringue accents. Rich buttery notes emerge on the powerful finish, revealing dried herbal and smoky hints. Drink now through 2024.—K.M 200 cases made $50

2016 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Built around an opulent core of boysenberry, black cherry and wild strawberry, our 2016 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir shows off a beautiful dark ruby color when swirled in the glass. The clarity of the fruit is accentuated against a backdrop of graphite, orange peel, and sandalwood spice notes. Waves of volume coat the palate even as bright, polished acidity culminates in supple, focused tannin. Having weathered another year of drought, the vines produced berries of intensely concentrated flavor. The result is a Pinot Noir that combines richness with restraint and complexity with precision—together with the assurance of a long life in the bottle. $65

Wine Spectator 91
MERCER Cabernet Sauvignon
Horse Heaven Hills 2016

Broad-shouldered, with a core of refined blackberry, orange peel and sage flavors that take on structure toward big but polished tannins. Best from 2020 through 2026. 9,795 cases made.—Tim Fish

Why it's of note: From Columbia Valley in southern Washington State, this Mercer red offers a mix of classic Cabernet characteristics that are found in both California and Left Bank Bordeaux examples. The climate in this region is drier than the Médoc but cooler than Napa Valley, yielding a unique expression of the grape. The 2016 growing season was cool, which gave the grapes extra time to develop on the vines. $17 Our Price $15.95

Wine Advocate 93-95 Points
2017 Ridge Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine

A first look at the 2017 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine revealed immense promise. Despite having been in barrel for a mere six months, it's already offering up complex aromas of raspberries, blackberries and exotic spice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and succulent, with superb concentration, a lovely line of ripe acidity and a chalky, fine-grained finish. The wine attained 14.7% alcohol, and Baugher believes it will be one of the best renditions of Geyserville in a decade. $45 Our Price $39.99

Wine Advocate 91-93 Points
2017 Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles

Tasted from barrel, the 2017 Zinfandel Paso Robles is also very promising, offering up youthful primary aromas of ripe cherries and currants. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent, with melting tannins and a pure, juicy, fruit-driven profile. In 2017, Ridge was able to pick their entire block of the Benito Dusi vineyard in one go, meaning that all the grapes arrived at the Monte Bello winery the day that they were harvested, and that will also be the practice going forward. While the Paso Zinfandel is never the most complex of Ridge's Zinfandels, it's inordinately appealing for its generous expression of Zinfandel fruit. $35 Our Price $30.99

2017 Kosta Browne One Sixteen Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Rose petal and crème brûlée with hints of cantaloupe skin and coconut nibs. An expansive and rich mouthfeel with favors of pear and notes of peach crisp. Precise and tactile. $75 (Arrives 4/16/19)

2017 Kosta Browne Santa Rita Hills Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Soft and elegant with aromas of lifted red fruits; rhubarb and sour cherry. Notes of lemon zest and crème fraîche. Compelling and bright with high energy. Structured, layered tannins backed with slight minerality. Thoughtful, layered oak undertone. Vineyards: Sourced from a variety of special vineyards: La Encantada, John Sebastiano Vineyard, Bentrock, Radian, Francesca, Hilliard Bruce, and Mt.Carmel Clones: 828, 777, 2A, 115, 91, POM 4, 667. $105 (Arrives 4/16/19)

2017 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Nose of forest floor, with blackberry, Bing cherry and bramble fruits. A hint of Rosemary. Thoughtful and focused on the palate. Intense dark fruits with notes of blackberry and blueberry Vineyards: Pratt-Sexton, Marshall, Burnside, Watertrough, Kanzler, Gap's Crown, Thorn Ridge, Freestone Clones: 667, Pommard 4, 115, 777, 828, Swan, 23, 114, 2A. $105 (Arrives 4/16/19)

Wine Advocate 100 Points
2016 Dominus Estate Proprietary Red Wine

A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would. To be released in May 2019. $335 Limited (Please email stan@grapetray.com)



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