The Grape Tray

May 17th 2019 Newsletter

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

2017 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $82 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 5/22/19)

Vinous 90 pts
2017 Tenuta San Leonardo Sauvignon Blanc
 Vette di San Leonardo

Pale straw-yellow. Perfumed nose of herb-accented aromas of green fig, tomato leaf and white flowers is in a pungent New Zealand-like style. Bright floral and white pepper notes add lift to the lively but simple citrus fruit flavors. A subtle herbal nuance lends complexity on the long finish but what this wine is really all about is early juicy appeal. Drinking window: 2018 – 2020. $25 Our Price $16.45

2016 Kennedy Shah Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Rich and finely textured with concentrated and pure flavors of dark currant and red fruit that are well structured. Offers firm tannins and minerality with a savory finish. $20 Our Price $12.95 (Great Value!)

Wine Spectator 92
J. LASSALLE Brut Champagne Cachet Or NV

There's an open-knit, almost airy feel to this vibrant Champagne, which carries a concentrated range of juicy pear and black raspberry fruit, with hints of crystallized honey. Shows gingersnap biscuit and verbena flavors on the chalky texture, gaining momentum on the racy, zesty finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,945 cases imported. — AN $39 Our Price $31.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
K Syrah Walla Walla Valley Rockgarden Vineyard 2016

Expressive river stone and blueberry aromas open to silky and refined raspberry, licorice and black olive flavors that build on the dynamic finish. 598 cases. Drink now through 2026.—T.F. $55 Our Price $47.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
Rocca di Frassinello 2015 Le Sughere di Frassinello

The 2015 Le Sughere di Frassinello is terrific. Scents of sweet pipe tobacco, mint, leather, rose petal and exotic spice give the 2015 much of its immediate allure. Super-ripe and racy on the palate, with silky tannins and gorgeous, supple fruit, the 2015 is hugely appealing. Drinking window: 2018 – 2030. $28 Our Price $21.99

2017 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Bright and vibrant in the glass, our Sauvignon Blanc offers fragrant white blossoms on the nose, framed by a refreshing palate of melon, white peach, lemon curd and ripe citrus. Try it with briny oysters or a summer salad topped with tangy goat cheese. $12 Our Price $8.75

2018 Stewart Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This wine opens with a fragrant array of boxwoods, nettles, and gooseberries, reminiscent of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is textured and anchored with layers of Key lime and grapefruit, leading to a lengthy finish with fresh, balanced acids. $25 (Arrives 5/24/19)

Wine Advocate 96+
2017 TOR Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana

This wine comes from a single three-acre Chardonnay vineyard introduced to Tor Kenward by Larry Hyde in 2008. It belonged to one of Larry Hyde’s oldest friends in the Napa Valley, Steve Beresini, and was planted three decades ago with cuttings Larry gave Steve. This is now referred to as “Hyde Selection Wente Clone.” Today it produces a minuscule crop, usually between one and two tons per acre, with clusters half the normal size. Primary coopers are Saury and three-year dry aged Francois Frères. The 2017 Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana opens with lifted lemon, lime and mandarin scents with fresh pears and ginger plus croissant notions. The palate is big, rich, full-bodied, decadent, lively and hedonistic, with spicy and savory layers and a very, very long finish. 314 cases produced. $65 (Arrives 5/22/19)


Winemaker Notes: Kali Hart is our most fruit-forward expression in the Talbott portfolio of wines. In the winery, we let the grapes guide the way with minimal influence, resulting in a rich and bright wine. Aromas of vanilla and brioche lead to dense fruit characteristics of bosc pear, pineapple and melon, giving this wine a lush and inviting palate. This Chardonnay has a soft, clean finish with a hint of minerality and hard spice notes. $20 Our Price $14.99

2016 Chateau De Meursault Bourgogne Clos Du Chateau

Winemaker Notes: This wine has a golden-green colour. Aromas of citrus and white fruits are present with a vanilla-grilled note. The fruitiness is pure on the palate, crisp, both greedy and tight. $53 Our Price $42.65

Wine Advocate 94+
2017 Chappellet Chardonnay
Grower Collection El Novillero

The 2017 Chardonnay Grower Collection El Novillero has a lovely nose of white apricot and peach with apple pie, honey toast, toasted hazelnut, wet stone and creamy lemon. Medium-bodied, it packs a punch of flavor in the mouth with great layers of ripe fruits, savory/toasty notes and creamy citrus plus suggestions of white blossoms, with refreshing acidity to lift the long, long flavorful finish. This is all class. 675 cases produced. $54 Our Price $46.99

Wine Advocate 96
2016 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside

Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is roja (very red). This wine comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside features red, black and blue fruits with floral and earthy nuances plus pencil shavings and a meaty/savory undercurrent. The palate is full-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of earth and mineral layers. 447 cases produced. $155 (Arrives 5/22/19)

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