June 21st 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

June 21st 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90
Bandol Rosé Réserve 2018

Supple white raspberry and tangerine notes are supported by steely acidity, with heather, wild herb and mineral notes carrying through the spicy, savory-driven finish. Drink now. 1,200 cases imported.—Gillian Sciaretta. $22 Our Price $16.95

Wine Advocate 93 Points
2015 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy (Arrives 6/25)

A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 8% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Trilogy offers up aromas of cassis, blackberries and black cherries with hints of vanilla, chocolate and baking spices. Full-bodied, concentrated, expressive and open for business, it's spicy and velvety in the mouth with a long finish. $80 Internet Price $69.99 (Grape Tray email subscribers receive a $12 instant rebate for a net price of $57.99) Please email stan@grapetray.com


Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Titus Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from our Estate Vineyard and offers a balanced and tasty wine. The aromas are bright with hints of lemon curd, star fruit, honey suckle and jasmine. The palate follows with a generous viscosity and flavors of grapefruit, peach nectar, brandied apricots, Asian pear and quince paste. The acidity is fresh and focused giving the wine a defined structure that keeps it quaffable and crisp. Enjoy this wine today as a starter for the evening or with delicious seafood dishes. $28 Our Price $24.99

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia has slightly muted black cherries, crushed black plums and cassis with hints of licorice, black soil and cracked pepper plus a waft of tapenade. Medium to full-bodied, rich and expressive in the mouth, it delivers a lot of layers and wonderfully fine tannins, finishing long and earthy. $145

Wine Spectator 94
ROAR Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Sierra Mar Vineyard 2017

Rich and plush, revealing a sinewy power to the dried cherry, macerated plum and red currant flavors. Luxuriantly spiced, with a long, creamy finish of cardamom, dried ginger and chocolate hints. Well-crafted and elegantly styled. 686 cases made. Drink now through 2025.—K.M. $58

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River

A crazy good value, the 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir is the appellation release from this team and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across Green Valley, Laguna Ridge and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest all flow to a medium bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. $40 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 90
2017 LOUIS JADOT Pouilly-Fuissé

This is supple and infused with peach, apple, vanilla and wet stone flavors. Beautifully balanced, offering powerful apple notes on the extended finish. Drink now through 2023. 53,000 cases imported.—B.S. $28 Our Price $23.95

Wine Spectator 94
ANTHEM Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 2014

Offers wonderful richness and focuses on juicy, structured blackberry, cedar, anise and light loamy earth flavors. A very complete and compelling display of power and finesse, showing deft balance. Ends with a long, persistent finish that picks up anise and fresh dirt details. Drink now through 2034. 250 cases made. –JL $110 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
FAR NIENTE Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2016

Solidly built, with a well of cassis and dark plum fruit forming the core, featuring mouthwatering mineral, savory, tobacco and menthol streaks throughout. Delivers weight and freshness. Best from 2020 through 2030.—J.M. $185 Our Price $159.99

Wine Spectator 93
GHOST BLOCK Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2016

Lively, with lots of ripe boysenberry and plum notes laced liberally with anise, fruitcake and sweet toast accents throughout. Not shy with the fruit, but there’s good energy for balance. Best from 2020 through 2029.—J.M. $75 Our Price $64.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2016 O'Shaughnessy
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% St. Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals notions of scorched earth, tar, tilled black soil and fungi over a core of blackcurrant cordial, aniseed, dark chocolate and espresso plus a waft of tobacco. Full-bodied, concentrated and very earthy in the mouth, the rich, black fruits are superbly framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. $80 Our Price $74.99

Wine Spectator 94

Dense and muscular, yet graceful, this red balances ripe blackberry and cassis flavors with savory black olive, bitter chocolate and mineral notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated, and lively acidity keeps this fresh through the spicy and floral finish. Drink now through 2028. 420 cases made. –TM. $30 Our Price $26.99

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

Wine Spectator 93
FITZ-RITTER Riesling Pfalz Ungstein Herrenberg GG 2017

A beautifully crafted example, with a minty aroma and lush, creamy flavors of baked pear, apple tart and dried pineapple, all connected by juicy acidity that acts as a backbone. Savory mineral and chamomile notes mark the long, echoing finish. Youthful, but with multiple layers that will unravel with aging. Best from 2021 through 2032. 75 cases made, 28 cases imported. –AZ $47 Our Price $36.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Advocate 98
2016 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia

The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a wine of extreme complexity and precision. It offers monumental depth with profound layers of black fruit, coffee, licorice and baking chocolate. I tasted this 2016 vintage beside the less-impactful 2015 vintage (which was reviewed last year). These two editions are very different when compared side to side, and this 2016 release is clearly superior in terms of the quality, clarity and intensity of its offerings. This Ornellaia delivers glossy shine and a polished texture that segues to important richness, concentration and textural fiber. It wraps thickly over the palate, imparting waves of sweet dark fruit and dark spice that linger for many long minutes. This beautiful wine is hitting the market now, but collectors will want to put it straight into their cellars for safekeeping. $249 Our Price $214.95 Limited

Wine Advocate 98
2016 Realm The Bard

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from 21 different lots from 11 different vineyards, the 2016 The Bard is very deep purple-black in color and sashays out of the glass with strikingly beautiful violets, warm cassis, star anise and chocolate mint notes with hints of wood smoke, tobacco and kirsch, with blackberry compote at the core. Full, muscular and built like a brick house with layer upon layer of black, blue and red fruits, it finishes very long and savory. $150 (Limited) Back in stock 6/25/19

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