The Grape Tray

April 19th 2019 Newsletter

One of our most popular 2017 Rose was added to the close out list, so we purchased more!


Winemaker Notes: Inviting bouquet of red currants, strawberries and melon. At once delicate yet flavorful on the palate with a long, refreshing finish. Ideal wine with lighter summer fare such as salads, pasta, grilled meats; exceptional with fish on the grill. $14 Our Price $5.95

2016 J. Lohr Hilltop Paso Robles Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: 2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. $33 Our Price $26.75 Half bottles $14.95

Wine Spectator 93
PURPLE HANDS Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
 Lone Oak Ranch 2017

Well-built and lively, featuring cherry and blueberry flavors, laced with black tea and smoky spice notes that build tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027.—T.F $30 Our Price $25.95

2016 Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 815 Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of bright red fruit, black cherry and blackberry with notes of clove, vanilla and baking spices. The wine opens with dark, concentrated fruit flavors, followed by firm tannins on the mid-palate, and notes of cedar and coffee on the long, textured finish. $15 Our Price $11.95 (Great Value Cab!)

2016 Laird Red Hen Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: With sophisticated aromas of freshly baked pastries and ripening pear, this unique wine will allure you to sweet memories of springtime. Lively acidity on the front of the palate develops into notes of lemon meringue, brioche, and hints of oak spice, while the creamy finish is sure to satisfy your palate’s expectations. $30

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 90
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2016

Expressive and lively, with tropical fruit and toasted spice flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 137,000 cases made. –TF $17 Our Price $14.95

Wine Advocate 91+
2017 Turley Wine Cellars • Zinfandel Juvenile

This is a blend of young-vine fruit from 13 different counties in California. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Zinfandel Juvenile is scented of cinnamon toast and licorice with warm red currants, cranberries, warm black berries and cherries with blue fruits and spicy hints. Light to medium-bodied, it has a good core of fruit in the mouth with loads of warm spices coming through, framed by softly textured tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and spicy. 15,000 cases produced. $22 (Back in stock)

2017 Leo Steen Saini Dry Creek Chenin Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This wine has alluring weight and richness, a silky texture and subtle aromas of Chamomile, green apple, quince, lemon verbena and white flowers. The palate offers a medley of herbal and tea notes, as well as hints of wet riverstone minerality that carries through to a lingering almost salty finish. After years of searching for just the right Chenin Blanc to work with, I found what I was looking for in the 37-year-old vines of Saini Farms in Dry Creek Valley. Planted in Yolo sandy loam soils on an old river bottom site, these dry-farmed vines produce grapes that capture the fresh, enticing purity that can be achieved when Chenin Blanc is grown with care and respect. $18

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese

The 2016 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese is very clear and nicely reductive on the flinty and limey nose. Lush, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a beautifully mineral and complex Sonnenuhr with a long and intensely aromatic but always refined and refreshing mineral finish. This is a fabulous Spätlese from the Juffer. $35 Our Price $28.99

2017 Austin Hope Paso Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Dark garnet in color, the 2017 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of freshly picked blueberries, ripe black cherries, with subtle notes of roasted coffee, cocoa and dried spices. On the palate, the luscious supple tannins are powerful yet modern in style with layered flavors of juicy blackberry and red fruit, while nuances of black pepper, clove and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and firm, polished tannins. “The goal for this Cabernet is simple – to make wine that expresses all that Paso has to offer, with its pastoral beauty, perfect soils, maritime climate and limitless possibility.” $52 Our Price $44.99

2016 Taken Proprietary Napa Red

Winemaker Notes: Dark garnet red with a purple hue. The nose of this opulent blend is incredibly flashy with abundant aromas of red currant, raspberry, blackberry cobbler, spice and a hint of underbrush. The French oak is subtle, yet present. This powerful wine boasts copious amounts of juicy, ripe red fruit characteristics and is extraordinarily soft and supple. In addition, hints of lingering milk chocolate and cherry truffle notes dance on the back palate. $40 Our Price $24.95

Wine Advocate 100

2016 Realm Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is very deep garnet-black in color and gives a truly profound nose of chargrill, pencil lead, crushed rocks and tar with a core of crème de cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and mincemeat pie with wafts of cardamom and cumin seed. The powerful, full-bodied palate gives a firm, ripe structure to match the incredible concentration of fruit, finishing long and earthy. Market Price $600. (2 bottles available @ $350/bottle) Arrives 4/24/19.

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