July 2nd 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

July 2nd 2019 Newsletter

4th of July Holiday Hours
Tuesday, 7/2/19 10:30 AM-5:30 PM
Wednesday, 7/3/19 10:30 AM-5:30 PM
Thursday, 7/4/19 Closed
Friday, 7/5/19 Closed
Saturday, 7/6/19 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Wine Spectator 90
ALLAN SCOTT Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough 2018

The pear and green apple flavors are succulent, bright and crisp, with plenty of verve from the fresh acidity. Details of matcha tea and lemongrass linger on the finish. Drink now. 60,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. — MW $18 Our Price $11.99

Wine Spectator 90
TABLAS CREEK Vermentino Adelaida District 2018

Orange blossom and matcha green tea notes are vibrant and precise, with lime zest, grapefruit and subtle almond skin flavors on the finish, revealing a lovely thread of minerality and crisp acidity. Drink now. 1,140 cases made.—M.W. $27 Our Price $23.99

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Retail $26 Our Price $6.25
(Taste this wine on Tuesday and Wednesday for 25 cents)
2014 We Believe Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Visually presents a pretty golden–straw color. The aromas are fruity with pineapples and lemons. The intricate flavors continue along the citrus line, with interesting layers of baked pears and hazelnuts. Well balanced acidity, the finish is luxurious and long. $26

Tasting Panel 92 Points: A modern "wow" wine: ripe and rich where pear and apple reign; juicy melon rules and a mouthwatering effect that works in tandem with a wet stone finish, which firms up its silky restraint.


Producer Notes: Domaine Avetissyan,the Kataro winery is located on a picturesque hillside in a lush region of Hadrut in the Republic of Artsakh. Named after an ancient church located in the village of Togh, Kataro is produced from Khnodgny (also known as Sireni) an indigenous grape variety grown on the slopes of Togh at an elevation of 600-700 metres. The result is modern wines from a truly ancient wine-growing region.

Bottled after aging for 12 months. Brightly demonstrates grape's special taste and flavor. Red berries and cornelian cherry are dominant, with a lively touch of pomegranate. Notes of ripe sour cherry, medium long spicy aftertaste. Succulent and expressive, rich in tannins. $20

Wine Spectator 92
TAMBER BEY Chardonnay
Yountville Sans Chêne 2017

Aromas of fresh Key lime give this a zesty persona, along with a vibrant core of lively flavors that dance on the palate. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JL $36 Our Price $30.99

2018 Elizabeth Spencer Special Cuvee Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend a dry frutiness to the mineral driven palate. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. $22 Our Price $14.99 (Arrives 7/3/19)

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

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 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

Wine Spectator 94
VILMART Brut Champagne Coeur de Cuvée 2010

This elegant version offers seamless integration, draping a vivid frame of acidity with a fine, satiny texture and layered flavors of black currant, chopped almond, candied lemon zest and biscuit. Focused and graceful throughout, with a lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged January 2017. Drink now through 2028. 200 cases imported. –AN $151 Our Price $138.99

Wine Spectator 95
PAHLMEYER Chardonnay Napa Valley 2017

Unctuous, featuring succulent flavors of pear tart, dried tropical fruits, quince jelly and apple pastry, loaded with cream and spice details. The long finish is filled with light buttery accents and hints of hazelnut. Drink now through 2025. From California.—K.M. $80

Wine Spectator 94
ALZINGER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau Ried Mühlpoint 2017

A rich, smoky Grüner, luscious and creamy up front, but with underlying acidity that pierces its way through, revealing persimmon, vanilla and cardamom notes. Features a really lovely texture, almost velvety, coating the palate, but still remains fresh. Complex and long. 212 cases imported. Best from 2020 through 2030.—A.Z $42 Our Price $38.99

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