The Grape Tray

June 18th 2019 Newsletter

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 Liquidation Price $13.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 91
COLUMBIA Cabernet Sauvignon
Columbia Valley 2016

Refined and broadly structured, with vibrant black cherry, violet and spice flavors that pick up speed toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 67,000 cases made.—T.F $16 Our Price $11.99 (Arrives 6/19/19)

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Weingut Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben

The 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben (AP 23 17) is clear but still pretty reductive on the nose where smoky and ripe stone fruit aromas are displayed and intertwine with delicate herbal notes. Full-bodied, clear, lush, fresh, round and piquant, with crispy/crunchy tannins and stimulating salinity in the finish, this is a perfectly balanced and attractive Riesling with good expression and salivating purity. $34 Our Price $24.99 (Arrives 6/19/19)

Umberto Luigi Domenico Cosmo Prosecco Extra Dry

Winemaker Notes: This fragrant, graceful Prosecco is the fruit of a selection of grapes from the finest vineyards in the zone of Cordignano, Sarmede, and Cappella Maggiore in the hills of Treviso. It appears luminous and sparkling, with a delicate bead of fine bubbles and a soft but generous mousse. The bouquet is generous, with emphatic notes of Golden Delicious apple, peach, and wisteria, displaying a wonderful balance between fragrance and refreshing crispness. The palate is fruit-forward and smooth, full-bodied and well-structured; overall, it is a harmonious and elegant wine. $12 Our Price $9.95

Wine Spectator 92
SUMMERS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

Features an intense core of steeped loganberry and black currant fruit flavors, infused with singed apple wood, anise and licorice notes. Grippy but racy, with a flash of savory adding cut and energy to the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032. 1,500 cases made.—J.M. $50 Our Price $34.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

James Suckling 92 Points
Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015

Aromas of licorice and dark berries with hints of spices and cherries. Full body, tight and mildly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Better in 2020. $20 Our Price $15.99

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 Advocate 95
2016 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce

The 2016 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is scented of fresh grapefruit, pineapple and warm apricots with hints of chalk dust, fresh ginger, brioche and cashews. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in tons of opulent tropical and spice flavors, with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a very long finish. 1,120 cases produced. $36 (Back in stock 6/19/19)

James Suckling 99 Points
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve 2015

The spice and walnut aromas are so enticing. Undertones of blackberries and black truffles. Full-bodied, dense and layered with fantastic tension and seamless tannins. It goes on for minutes. All about classic structure and beauty. Try in 2021. $170 Our Price $149.99

Wine Spectator 90
FITZ-RITTER Riesling Pfalz Dürkheim 2017

This fruity Riesling is textured, with crunchy acidity and savory mineral details underscoring notes of yellow apple, lemon oil and coriander. Very open, with nice concentration, but shows good balance and complexity. Drink now through 2025. 250 cases made, 28 cases imported. –AZ $17 Our Price $13.99 (Back in stock 6/20/19)

2016 Castalia Rochioli Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: I have been employed at Rochioli Winery since 1990 and worked the 1988 & 1989 crush, and have been Cellar Master at Rochioli for the last twenty-eight years. I created the Castalia label in 1992. The 2016 vintage produced 300 cases. The wine was kept for 15 months in oak, 25% new, all French. This has given the wine a much softer feel at release. As always the wine is 100% from the Rochioli vineyards. The Flad Vinyard was planted to the West Block Clone back in the late 1980s and also from the River Block, a West Block clone planted at the same time. These blocks give my wine its special character. The rest of the wine is from Dejon clones 777,115 and 667 from three different vinyards. This wine should age for at least ten years and be in it’s prime in from 4 to 7 years. Castalia Pinot Noir possesses the full-bodied complexity and subtle cherry essence that are so typical of the finest Russian River Pinot Noirs. $60 (Arrives 6/19/19)

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards

One of the brilliant efforts from Hartford Court is the 2015 Pinot Noir Land’s Edge Vineyards. From a site located only four miles from the Pacific Ocean, this wine has a saturated ruby/purple color and a beautiful concentration of blueberry, black raspberry and black cherry, some crushed rock and spring flowers. The terrific fruit on the attack and mid-palate, the full-bodied finish and intensity are all promising in this brilliant effort. Drink it over the next decade. $50 Our Price $42.99

Wine Spectator 94
XAVIER MONNOT Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 2015

Citrus blossom, apricot and heavily toasted oak notes highlight this opulent white. Backed by vivid acidity, with all the elements present, this needs a year or so to knit together. Expressive and long. Best from 2020 through 2029. 400 cases made, 100 cases imported. — BS $150 Our Price $109.99 Limited

2017 Champalou Vouvray

Notes from Anthony Lynch: It’s hard to believe that nearly thirty-five years have passed since we first began importing Didier and Catherine Champalou’s wines. Few producers in the wine world boast such a consistent record, where each release is an honest and reliable ambassador to an appellation, a grape, and an entire region. The Champalous are masters of Loire Chenin Blanc, producing Vouvray in all styles; this still, dry rendition, aged in stainless steel, represents their flagship cuvée. Gentle and refreshing on the palate, it boasts a delightful balance of stony minerality with luscious, almost honeyed fruit and flowery notes, making for a great apéritif or easy pairing with all sorts of dishes. Didier and Catherine love to cook, and they will often produce an aged bottle or two to serve with a creation from the home kitchen. Best of all, their daughter Céline has joined the domaine, so we can hope for another thirty-five years—at least!—of delicious, terroir-driven Vouvray crafted with heart and soul. $20 Our Price $16.99 (Back in stock)


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