The Grape Tray

April 30th 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
Russian River Valley Old Vine 2017

Offers a lively beam of crisp acidity, paired with complex and precise blueberry, raspberry, white pepper and licorice flavors that build richness toward a long finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,316 cases made. –TF $40 Our Price $34.99 (Arrives 5/1/19)

Wine Spectator 91
KENDALL-JACKSON Pinot Noir California
Vintner's Reserve 2014

Deftly balanced, this is slow to build nuance and complexity, unfolding to reveal tiers of spicy raspberry, black cherry and wilted rose. Though medium-weight, the flavors build intensity and nuance. Drink now through 2020. 50,000 cases made.-J.L. $20 Liquidation Price $10.99 (Limited to stock on hand)


Winemaker Notes: This wine displays melon, crisp grapefruit and hints of tropical passionfruit that are inviting on the nose and palate. There are also layers of lemon and vanilla that provide a lively mouthfeel on the finish. $22 Internet Price $19.99. Grape Tray Email Subscriber Price $15.95

2017 Plumpjack Reserve
Napa Valley Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Chardonnay grapes are sourced from two vineyards in the Napa Valley one in Los Carneros and the other in St. Helena. The cooler Carneros site imparts this wine with lemon zest, green apple, and Bosc pear on the nose, while the warmer St. Helena site lends apricot, melon, and tropical notes. The Carneros vineyard also gives this wine a beautiful, bright, lively acidity, which is balanced by the creamy, rich texture of the St. Helena fruit. The touch of oak adds subtle layers to the nose and palate with traces of toasted almonds, vanilla, caramel, and spice. By foregoing malolactic fermentation, we are retaining the bright, lively malic acid, which helps to accentuate the fruit on the palate, and gives this wine its balance, drive, and length. $52 (Arrives 5/1/19)

2014 Oakville Cross
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our winery is located adjacent to Screaming Eagle and Silver Oak. This elegant and well balanced Oakville beauty has black cherry, plum, baking spices and blackberry. The flavors are integrated and produce a long and elegant finish. $70 Our Price $59.99

2018 Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rose

Notes from Anthony Lynch: The Corbières Gris de Gris is back in stock—that’s why we’re here. It has a delicate, pale salmon color, tantalizing as ever, and it is succulently fruity on the nose and palate. “Succulent” in the sense of biting into a ripe fruit—or, rather, a cornucopia of ripe fruits—and feeling them burst under your teeth, spattering your taste buds with delectable flavors of fresh citrus and berries. And then, the finish: crisp, dry, lip-smacking as ever. Rosé season lasts 365 days, my friends, and the calendar has just renewed! $17 Our Price $12.39

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of candied cherry, ripe strawberry with hints of mushroom, white pepper and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel. $25 Our Price $19.95

Wine Spectator 91
LANSON Brut Champagne Black Label NV

This creamy Champagne is bright and citrusy, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors. Racy finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $34.95

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Hartford Stone Cote Chardonnay

The 2016 Hartford Court Chardonnay Stone Côte has lovely scents of lemon meringue pie, white peaches, honeyed pears and baking bread with touches of beeswax and toasted almonds. Medium to full-bodied, the palate sports wonderful harmony and a compelling creaminess to the texture with great freshness and a long peachy finish. 327 cases produced. $65 Limited (Arrives 5/1/19)

Wine Spectator 91
BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 2016

Voluptuous and seductive for the mix of baked apple, pear and white peach flavors that are lavishly spiced. The buttery finish completes the package. Drink now through 2022. 8,000 cases made. –KM $48 Our Price $32.99 (Arrives 5/2/19)

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

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

Wine Advocate 95+
2016 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

The deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. It's beautifully perfumed with fragrant earth, lavender, oolong tea and chocolate-covered cherries with a core of warm cassis, crushed wild blueberries plus a compelling waft of roses. The full-bodied palate has a firm yet somehow wonderfully elegant frame thanks to super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and background freshness supporting the perfumed black fruit layers, leading to a very long finish. $140

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