The Grape Tray

July 9th 2019 Newsletter

2014 VML Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: A distinct Russian River Chardonnay with layers of citrus, spice and floral notes. The nose opens up with Mandarin blossoms, Bartlett pear and Fuji apple. The aromatics continue with toasted pine nuts, floral hints of jasmine, gardenia and geranium. The palate is vibrant, juicy and lingering. Full and round with hints of almond, creamy lemon custard, baked pear and vanilla. The finish is long and refreshing. $27 Our Price $7.95 (Arrives 7/10/19)

2018 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow with a green tinge to the hue. Aromas of yellow peach, mango with a slight citrus note intertwine seamlessly with vanilla and spice. The palate is rich

and round, with the mango and vanilla fighting for the lime light, while the cream texture, vanilla and slight butter combine seamlessly. The balanced acidity closes out the finish bringing the multiple components into balance. $37 (Arrives 7/10/19)

Wine Advocate 93+
2016 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir South Slope Russian River

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir South Slope displays a very fruity nose of crushed blackberries and raspberries with delicate hints of smoked meats, tar and dusty soil with a waft of red roses. Medium-bodied, tightly wound and with a very lively line of acid, it has a firm, grainy texture and long mineral-laced finish. 1,064 cases produced. $42 (Arrives 7/10/19)

Tasting Panel 94 Points
2017 Hahn SLH Chardonnay

Chamomile, almond butter and cookie dough are complex aromas from this exquisite white wine grown on Hahn Family Wines Lone Oak and Smith Vineyards. Aged for 10 months in 35% new French oak, 65% neutral oak, the resulting balance and elegance is apparent. Mouthfeel is sumptuous but not necessarily creamy. Acid is lean and tight, with a line of minerality whispering on the sidelines. Lemon oil and orange blossom present mid-palate and it remains graceful to the finish. $20 Our Price $17.99 (Back in stock 7/10/19)

Wine Spectator 92
EASTON Zinfandel Amador County 2015

Epitomizes fine Sierra Foothills Zinfandel, offering vibrant, briary raspberry, smoked pepper and wild sweet anise flavors that stretch out on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2023. 6,200 cases made. — TF $22 Our Price $17.99

2017 Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This Chardonnay offers subtle aromas of jasmine flower, citrus oil, green apple and pear. The elegant aromatics are complemented by fresh kiwi, lemon drop and Pippin apple flavors. The fruit-focused mid-palate is followed by subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish. $30 Our Price $24.99

2017 Bevan Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: From day one, the 2017 Petaluma Gap has reminded us of our 2013 Black-eye Bill. There is a fabulous core of red and blue fruits, but like Black-eye Bill, this wine has an amazing sauvage or animal quality to it. It is as dark as most Cabernets, with deep purple going all the way to the rim. Just by looking at it you know that this is a very serious wine. It grabs your attention and holds it. $83

2016 JAX Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our grapes are handpicked, sorted and cold-soaked immediately after picking. Following fermentation, this wine was aged for 21 months in French oak, 70% new. This wine offers dark, concentrated depth and character. Given a few minutes or hours after opening a bottle, the aromatics will continue to evolve and improve. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc $50 Our Price $44.99

2018 Fontsainte Gris de Gris Rose

Notes from Anthony Lynch: The Corbières Gris de Gris is back in stock—that’s why we’re here. It has a delicate, pale salmon color, tantalizing as ever, and it is succulently fruity on the nose and palate. “Succulent” in the sense of biting into a ripe fruit—or, rather, a cornucopia of ripe fruits—and feeling them burst under your teeth, spattering your taste buds with delectable flavors of fresh citrus and berries. And then, the finish: crisp, dry, lip-smacking as ever. Rosé season lasts 365 days, my friends, and the calendar has just renewed! $17 Our Price $12.99

Wine Spectator 93
CLOS DU MONT-OLIVET
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016

Solid, with a ripe core of raspberry and plum pâte de fruit flavors that sparkles with detailed anise, apple wood and sweet tobacco notes. Has weight and depth, but the acidity is fresh, allowing this to stretch out through the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 900 cases made, 500 cases imported. –JM $43 Our Price $39.99

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

Wine Spectator 92
AURÉLIEN VERDET
Morey-St.-Denis Burgundy 2015

Broad and spicy, displaying sandalwood overlaying cherry, vanilla and toast notes. Dense, with a firm, dusty grip on the meaty finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 180 cases imported. –BS $90 Our Price $73.95

2017 PONT NEUF “Pont Royal” Chardonnay Russian River

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Pont Royal reveals a brilliant clarity both in appearance and flavors. Its vineyard character is classic; forward citrus, fresh peach, custard and honied beeswax accents are consistent hallmarks of our Chardonnay. There is a superior silky texture, almost creamy, that is only experienced in Premier and Grand Cru wines in Burgundy. French oak takes a back seat to the fruit, adding nuanced aromas of toasted brioche and fine structure to the wine. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest, contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with bright citrus fruit. Barrel-fermented, aged on the lees and bottled un-fined and unfiltered, this natural fermentation showcases the vineyard and the vintage. 75 cases produced. $55

Wine Advocate 96+
2016 Cade Howell Mt
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


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