The Grape Tray

June 14th 2019 Newsletter

Wine & Spirits 90 Points
2015 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

The core of this wine is made up of fruit from three sites, including two estate vineyards— Hewitt, in the western benchlands of Rutherford, and Wildwood, on the east side of the valley—as well as purchased grapes from Beckstoffer’s Georges III. The remainder comes from fruit purchased in Calistoga and Oakville. It’s a sumptuous Rutherford wine with lovely textural give to the tannins. The fruit holds its bright plum flavor, adding floral detail as it takes on air. Lean and elegant, this will age with grace. $44 Our Price $35.99

2017 A. P. Vin Garys' Vineyard, Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Plush and concentrated on the palate with layers of texture, gives up lots of baking spices, dried earth, potpourri, and sweet red and black raspberry characteristics on the nose, extremely long and lingering on the finish. Bravo Garys’! 100% Pisoni Clone - aged in a combination of new and older French oak barrels for 11 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. 225 cases $52 Limited

Wine Advocate 90
2016 Ancient Peaks Santa Margarita Merlot

Wafting from the glass with notes of black cherries, cassis, fruitcake and mint, the 2016 Merlot from Ancient Peaks is full-bodied and velvety on the palate, with a generous core of savory fruit, powdery tannins and a long, flavorful finish. For the price, it's an incredible value. $20 Our Price $14.99 (Back in stock) Great Value!

2017 Rochioli Estate Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: This Estate is a blend of our many different vineyard sites, seventeen percent Little Hill, thirty-three percent Sweetwater, twenty percent West Block, twelve percent Big Hill, twelve percent East Block and six percent River Block. This full bodied wine possesses the typical Rochioli character and the Classic Russian River Valley charm. Aged in French oak for 15 months, the wine displays a full body and silky texture finish, with a balanced structure. Elegant and beautifully balanced, the aromas of ripe cherry, hints of vanilla and savory herbs, while the palate is juicy and refined with a hint of dusty cherry. The wine has a big rich mouth-feel, silky tannins and a long finish. $90 Limited

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS ARTEVINO Rioja Orben 2014

This red shows depth and density, with black cherry and blackberry flavors supported by firm, well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity. Notes of smoke, licorice and mineral emerge on the finish. Harmonious. Drink now through 2028. 2,080 cases made. –TM $35 Our Price $26.99

2016 Levendi Stagecoach Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: A big, robust classic Cabernet Sauvignon, with cassis and mocha. This wine shows the characteristic briary Atlas Peak attitude. Brambly flavors with intense notes of new leather and sweet black cherry jam. Soft, ripe mountain tannin on the finish as proof of provenance, with an expandingly rich palate. $84 Our Price $71.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2017 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Enticing aromas of grapefruit, melon, and lime leap from the glass, followed by tropical notes of lychee, pineapple, and passionfruit. On the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc is juicy and bright, with silky layers of fruit balanced by lovely natural acidity and a vibrant streak of minerality. Hints of zesty citrus and subtle baking spices linger throughout a long, focused finish. Blend: 82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon. $28 Our Price $22.95

Wine Spectator 90
TABLAS CREEK Rosé Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles 2018

A delightful and delicate rosé, with floral watermelon and strawberry flavors that glide on a long, crisp and spicy finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Drink now. 2,690 cases made.—Tim Fish $28 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2018 Ferrara Greco di Tufo Cicogna

Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow in color with an intense, sharp and dry taste. Pleasantly harmonious, with the unmistakable scent of bitter almond. $34 Our Price $28.49 (Arrives this afternoon)

California Wine Advisors 97 Points
2018 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

An intense and bright entry with loads of fresh nectarine, grapefruit and lemon peel, leading to refreshing notes of green apple, pear, lime curd, and fresh white flowers. An exceptional Sauvignon Blanc that accomplishes a delightful marriage of mouthwatering vibrancy with captivating textural depth. $40 (Arrives 6/28/19)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
2014 Yount Ridge Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is gorgeous. Warm, resonant and inviting, the 2014 offers lovely depth and texture. Ripe red cherry, plum, cedar, espresso and sweet spice notes all fuse together. Sumptuous and racy, the 2014 is a super-expressive, delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a lot to like. Drink 2020 – 2030. $98 (Arrives 6/21/19) Delicious

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019. $75 (Arrives 6/19/19)

Wine Advocate 96+
2016 Cade Howell Mt Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and wonderfully pure, vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and baker's chocolate with touches of Indian spices, licorice and cloves plus an earthy waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerful in the mouth with a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with layer after layer of black fruit and exotic spices. $110 (Arrives this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Pts
2016 PULIDO-WALKER Panek Vineyard Cabernet

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard comes from a site in St. Helena and offers a darker, savory style as well as plenty of blue fruits, violets, tobacco, and damp earth. With bright acidity, a silky, elegant texture, and terrific purity, it's a more vibrant, juicier, fresher wine than the Melanson Vineyard. Give bottle 2-4 years and drink over the following two decades. $225 (Arrives 6/19/19) Limited


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