The Grape Tray

May 3rd 2019 Newsletter

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

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2017 Honig Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Bright, crisp, and fresh. The flavors and aromas are reminiscent of peaches, ripe pear, lime, and grapefruit, accented by floral and tropical fruit notes. Medium-bodied, with a lengthy finish. 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Semillon 1% Muscat. $18 Liquidation Price $11.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 92+
2016 Hess Collection Panthera Chardonnay

The 2016 Chardonnay Panthera saw 100% malolactic fermentation and was barrel fermented and aged. It reveals pronounced butterscotch, crème brûlée and marzipan notes with a core of guava, warm apricots and honeydew melon. Full-bodied with a rich, satiny frame, it coats the palate with stone fruit and savory/nutty layers, finishing with great length. 2,729 cases produced. $45 Our Price $36.99

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2017 Substance CV Cabernet Sauvignon

The base 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant, and as Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a value that’s hard to beat! Classic black and blue fruits, damp earth, violets and tobacco notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that stays pure, impeccably balanced, and vibrant on the palate. It’s the real deal, and if it was from Napa, it would sell for 3-4 times the price. $18 Our Price $14.95

Official Champagne of Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs
G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Brut

Winemaker Notes: Exuberant bubbles, Mumm Grand Cordon has a brilliant and golden colour. Lush aromas of ripe peach, apricot and pineapple cascade from the glass, chased by hints of vanilla and caramel, yeast, dried fruit and honey.

One sip and Mumm Grand Cordon unleashes intense, complex flavours of fresh fruit and caramel that morph into a long, lingering finish. $50 Our Price $25.95

Wine Advocate 93
Vilmart 2013 Grand Cellier d’Or

The July 2017 disgorgement of Vilmart's 2013 Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or is showing brilliantly, bursting with scents of lime, citrus oil, freshly baked bread, crisp green apples and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and incisive, with an elegantly textural attack, a beautifully pure core of fruit, tangy acids and a nicely defined finish. While it's still a young wine, just beginning its drinking window, its quality is already apparent. $105 Our Price $85.95

Wine Advocate 90
2017 Flowers Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast gives up intense scents of kirsch, violets, rose hip tea and chocolate-covered cherries with touches of garrigue and dried Provence herbs. Medium-bodied with delicate floral and red fruit layers in the mouth, it has wonderfully satiny tannins and a long, lively finish. $50 Our Price $40.99

2018 Moulin Les Hauts Du Vallon Bandol Rose

Winemaker Notes: Clear ruby pink color. Wide nose filled with powerful, exotic fruits and spices. The taste is wide, long, rich, delicate and tender; fruity with good persistence. 45% Mourvedre, 45% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. $21 Our Price $17.25

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

Wine Spectator 93
TORBRECK Shiraz Barossa Valley Woodcutter’s 2017

Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing traction. The finish sails on and on. Drink now through 2035.—M.W $25 Our Price $18.75

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 91 pts
Beringer Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve

The 2016 Chardonnay Private Reserve, from Gamble Ranch in Oakville, shows the more overt, voluptuous side of Chardonnay. Apricot, tangerine, lemon confit, almonds, new oak and butter fill out the wine's ample, generous frame. Beringer's flagship Chardonnay is done in a plush, voluptuous style that offers tons of near and medium term appeal. Drinking window: 2017 – 2021. $40 Our Price $32.99

2017 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: With a brilliant garnet hue, the 2017 Luli Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with powerful aromatics of Bing cherry, strawberry cream, and baked plum. The morning fog and coastal breezes that pour into the Santa Lucia Highlands envelop the palate in the form of rose petal, blackberry crumble, red currant, and sage undertones. These rugged slopes stress the vines, producing fruit of exceptional complexity and structure, which reflect in the wine’s lively acidity and elegant tannin. This wine’s expansive, lingering finish allows for pairing with a wide variety of dishes. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock)

2018 Cade Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of orange blossom, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, yellow apple, and stone fruits. On the palate are notes of tangerine, white peach, lychee, citrus, banana, lemon zest, and grapefruit. The wine has a vibrant acidity, minerality, and a touch of creaminess on the finish. $34

Sommariva Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano-Valdobbiane Brut DOCG NV

Winemaker Notes: Fragrant floral tones and drying mineral notes characterize this luminous Prosecco Brut. The sparkling wine delivers frothy peach, herbal accents and a steady dose of citrus zest. $15 Our Price $12.99

2014 Frank Family Brut Rose

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Brut Rosé comes across as lively yet balanced, with nostalgic, summery flavors like strawberry sherbert, orange peel, and fresh red cherry woven throughout. An enticing shade of salmon pink, the abundance of finessed fruit flavors on the nose and in the palate are framed by toasty, creamy nuances. $55 Our Price $48.99

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Hess Collection Chardonnay
 The Lioness Estate

The 2016 Chardonnay The Lioness Estate was barrel fermented and aged for about 16 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It features ripe grapefruit, pineapple and white peaches scents with hints of beeswax, toasted almonds and lemongrass. Full-bodied, concentrated and decadently fruited, the palate features a wonderfully refreshing line of freshness and long, creamy finish. 1,037 cases produced. $60 Our Price $53.99

2014 Vine Cliff Oakville
Private Stock Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Every year we select our most exceptional lots from these low yield, high quality blocks to make the very limited Private Stock blend. Our 2014 Private Stock Cabernet final blend is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The aroma is a complex mix of cassis, blackberry, berry, plum, and earth. Aging in the finest French Bordeaux barrels produces a bouquet of cedar, anise, vanilla, and a hint of nutmeg and clove. Rich and luscious on the palate with balanced acidity and berry and cherry flavors that linger with supple tannin on the long smooth finish. $185 (Arrives 5/8/19) Delicious

Wine Spectator 97
ANTINORI Toscana Tignanello 2016

A big, lush style, this red delivers pure aromas and flavors of black currant, cherry, violet, flint, tobacco and baking spices. This is supple, yet backed by a firm, dense matrix of tannins, so all the components are there, but this needs time to integrate. Lovely sweet, ripe finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2040. From Italy.—B.S. $130 Our Price $119.95 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

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