The Grape Tray

June 28th 2019 Newsletter

2016 Beringer Luminus
Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Chardonnay
Retail $39. Our Price $14.95

James Suckling 92 Points: Attractive freshness and gently flinty citrus fruits. Aromas of melon and hazelnut nougat follow and lead to a palate with lemon, grapefruit, grilled peaches and nectarines. Layered and textural. Some pithy grip to close. This has attractive freshness and composure. Drink now. $39

Wine Spectator 91 Points: Rich and plush, this has plenty of buttery notes to the ripe apple, pear and dried ginger flavors. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2020. 12,000 cases made. — KM $39

Wine Advocate 90
2017 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone

The 100% Syrah 2017 Cotes du Rhone is a bargain superstar, offering hints of smoke, cracked pepper, blueberries and black olives. It's medium to full-bodied, with a long, supple finish. For the $20 (or less) I've seen it selling for, you're not going to find a better Syrah. $16 Our Price $12.95 (We will have this wine open today and tomorrow if you would like to taste it)

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2016 J BOOKWALTER CONFLICT Cabernet Blend

Deep purple/ruby-colored, it's a full-bodied, ripe, polished beauty that has loads of black fruits, spring flowers, underbrush, and mint-laced aromas and flavors. It's a beautiful, elegant, seamless wine from this estate. $60 Internet Price $39.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $30.45) Arrives 7/2/19

2017 LA PLAGE ROSÉ DU VAR

Winemaker Notes: Inviting aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries. refreshing in the palate with hints of fresh watermelon, cherries and good mineral. $11 Liquidation Price $6.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92-95 Points
2017 Carlisle Papa's Block Russian River Valley Syrah

The 2017 Syrah Papa's Block is dense, powerful and explosive. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol and game infuse the 2017 with tremendous character. The 20% whole stems add aromatic nuance, but are not especially apparent. Inky and deep, yet also quite nuanced, the Papa's is wonderfully complete, not to mention one of the highlights in this vast range of 2017s from Carlisle and Mike Officer. $47


James Suckling 90 Points
2017 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Bright and very primary on the nose with attractive, poached pears. The palate has a very neat and fresh array of pears and melon with a subtly chalky edge. $17 Our Price $13.95

2018 Domaine de Figueirasse
Vin des Sables Gris de Gris ROSE

Winemaker Notes: Wine typical of the "Vin des Sables" appellation, with a pale salmon colour, great aromatic finesse, supple and round on the palate. It can accompany any summer meal, but very much appreciates exotic cuisine with spicy flavours. We also recommend serving as an aperitif with a selection of tapas. Varieties : Grenaches Gris, Noirs and Blancs, Cinsault. Aromas : Citrus, floral. $14 Our Price $10.99

Wine Spectator 93
XAVIER MONNOT Volnay Clos des Chênes 2016

Intense aromas of black cherry, pomegranate and tamarind mark this juicy red. Smooth, with well-integrated tannins lending a dusty feel as the finish plays out. Already harmonious, this should develop well over the next two decades. Best from 2022 through 2036. 375 cases made, 175 cases imported. — BS $105 Our Price $84.99

Wine Spectator 93
JEAN GRIVOT Nuits-St.-Georges Les Charmois 2016

Cherry, plum, iron, tobacco and toast notes are the hallmarks of this polished, yet solid red. The tannins emerge as this builds to a long, resonant finish. All the elements are in the right proportions. Best from 2022 through 2038. 98 cases made. — BS $106 Our Price $77.99

Wine Advocate 94-96
2016 Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape

Blended, but still aging in barrel, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape will likely be bottled in March 2019. Brandied cherries and dried spices mark the nose of this full-bodied, plush wine. It's slightly warm, and certainly rich, but it remains fresh and long on the finish. It should be a beauty. $64 Our Price $55.99

2016 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Combining the lush fruit of our warmer estate vineyards with the rustic elegance of grapes from the cooler “deep end” of the valley, this wine offers a beautifully complete expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. On the palate, lively flavors of wild strawberry and cherry are in perfect harmony, with terroir-driven hints of saddle leather, anise, pennyroyal and wild mushrooms, as well as notes of confectionary spices and vanilla from aging in the finest French oak. $52 Our Price $44.99

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon 3D Dr. Crane Vineyard

A distinctive and singular style of wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Three D Dr. Crane is a relatively small cuvée of only 345 cases. Dense purple in color, with notes of charcoal, truffle, graphite, blackberry and cassis as well as outstanding purity, texture and length, this wine is still youthful but promising, and certainly seems to have at least a 15- or 20-year upside to it. This is a beauty. $145 Our Price $129.99

2017 Caymus Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

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. $190/magnum (Arrives 7/2/19) Our Price TBD. Limited


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