July 30th 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

July 30th 2019 Newsletter

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2015 Calcareous Vineyard
Twisted Paso Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: An extremely tropical nose is coupled with a golden color which indicates a Chardonnay allowed to reach a proper stage of ripeness. Full and rich on the palate with just a hint of toasty oak is balanced by a wonderful blast of bright acidity that keeps the finish clean and refreshing. $20 Our Price $2.95

James Suckling 91 Points
2017 Jermann Pinot Grigio

A very attractive and distinctive pinot grigio that is brimming with apple and raisin aromas. Juicy and elegant palate with a long, uplifting, fresh finish. Very food friendly. Drink now. Screw cap. $23 Our Price $18.99

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Wine Spectator 89
ETUDE Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County Lyric 2016

Shows good power and length to the ripe white fruit flavors, supported by fresh acidity. The spicy finish features some savory accents. Drink now through 2021. 10,600 cases made. — KM $25 Our Price $11.55 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 92
Mendocino County Wild Thing Old Vine 2016

Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2024. 8,220 cases made. — TF $19 Our Price $16.95 (Arrives 7/31/19)

2017 Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition

Thrillist.com Review: Born from 30-year-old vines, here’s a classic expression of the appellation. It’s a nice, easy table wine with flavors of citrus, fresh herbs, and limestone on the finish.

Chicago Tribune Review: Fresh lime, chalk, pear and anise come together in this bright wine with zingy acidity and 13 percent alcohol. $28 Our Price $23.99 (Arrives 7/31/19)

2017 TOR Kenward
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

WINEMAKER’S NOTES: Our first Oakville designate Cabernet is an auspicious debut, classic Oakville East with its pure cassis,

cherries, raspberries, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, violets, dried Mediterranean herbs, and warm red rock minerality. Sumptuous yet fresh, with a fleshy, juicy mid palate and ripe, chewy tannins. Just a lovely Cabernet to drink, now and for the next 15-20 years. $95 (Arrives 8/1/19)

Wine Advocate 96
2014 Rudius Panek St. Helena Cabernet

The deep garnet-purple colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Panek Vineyard (all 337 clone, aged 33 months in oak) opens with earthy notes of mossy bark, tilled black soil and black truffles over a core of cassis, blueberries and warm plums with touches of menthol and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with blue and black fruits, supported with a firm, grainy backbone and a lively line, finishing with great length and depth. 220 cases made. $90


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 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

2016 Hungry Blonde Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Hungry Blonde Chardonnay is the perfect expression of cool-climate Napa Valley Chardonnay from the Carneros region. Inviting aromas of lemon zest and white flowers make way for waves of bosc pear, Tahitian vanilla, and baked apple tart. All held together with fresh acidity and a supple texture inviting another sip. $30 (Arrives 7/31/19)

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is excellent, offering up a lavish bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberries and sweet spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with an ample core of succulent, mouthwatering fruit structured around fine-grained, youthfully chewy tannins. Rich and concentrated, it's balanced by mouthwatering acids. It should be well worth following for the next 10-15 years. $40 Our Price $35.99 (Arrives 7/31/19)

California Wine Advisors 97 Points
2018 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

An intense and bright entry with loads of fresh nectarine, grapefruit and lemon peel, leading to refreshing notes of green apple, pear, lime curd, and fresh white flowers. An exceptional Sauvignon Blanc that accomplishes a delightful marriage of mouthwatering vibrancy with captivating textural depth. $40

2015 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is maroon in color with a garnet hue. It has an enticing nose of maraschino cherries, blackberry bramble and brisket with notes of clove and star anise. Mouthwatering with a juicy entry, this wine has a fruity mid-palate of currant with toasted vanilla and roasted brown sugar character from American oak barrels. Structured tannins provide an elegant character with a long and expressive finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking through 2041. $80 Our Price $74.99 (Arrives 8/6/19)

Wine Advocate 96
2016 TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside

Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is roja (very red). This wine comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hillside features red, black and blue fruits with floral and earthy nuances plus pencil shavings and a meaty/savory undercurrent. The palate is full-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of earth and mineral layers. 447 cases produced. $155

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