The Grape Tray

August 2nd 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
Chehalem Mountains 2017

Refined and elegantly layered, with pretty rose petal and raspberry accents that build polish as this dances on a long finish. Drink now through 2025. 4,200 cases made. — TF $30 Our Price $25.99

2017 Sonoma Cutrer
The Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Cutrer is a rich, complex wine. On the nose, you are greeted with integrated oak notes of caramel, pie crust, apple pie, ripe peach, nectarine, nougat, brown sugar and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is nicely focused with a creamy mid-palate, bright acidity and a long, rich finish. Flavors of warm pie crust, fresh apple and pear are accented with touches of nut, light vanilla and baking spice. Each of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnays is unique in their flavor characteristics. The Cutrer appeals to wine lovers who enjoy a creamier, rounder Chardonnay with more oak influence. $32 Our Price $28.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 91 pts
Tilth 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir

The 2017 Pinot Noir from Tilth is an attractive, fruity wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Sweet red berry, kirsch, hard candy and sweet floral notes all grace this attractive, mid-weight Pinot. This is a decidedly perfumed, refined expression of the appellation. Drinking window: 2020 – 2025. $38 Our Price $25.99

Vinous 91 Points
DAOU 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast

(60% new French oak) Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Intense cherry and red berry scents, along with hints of cracked pepper, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red currant, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly and turn sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins build on a long, spice-laced finish that leaves behind a suggestion of cherry compote. In the context of top-notch California Cabernets, this wine delivers remarkable value. $30 Our Price $21.95. Magnums $53.99

Wine Spectator 91
Dundee Hills 2017

Poised and elegantly complex, with delicate cherry, violet and orange peel notes that dance on a lithe finish. Drink now through 2024. — TF $28 Our Price $24.99

2017 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: With a brilliant garnet hue, the 2017 Luli Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with powerful aromatics of Bing cherry, strawberry cream, and baked plum. The morning fog and coastal breezes that pour into the Santa Lucia Highlands envelop the palate in the form of rose petal, blackberry crumble, red currant, and sage undertones. These rugged slopes stress the vines, producing fruit of exceptional complexity and structure, which reflect in the wine’s lively acidity and elegant tannin. This wine’s expansive, lingering finish allows for pairing with a wide variety of dishes. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock)

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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

Wine Spectator 90
CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2016

Expressive and lively, with tropical fruit and toasted spice flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 137,000 cases made. –TF $17 Our Price $14.95

2016 David Hill Estate
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Our 2016 Estate Pinot Noir features aromatics of bright cassis, and underlying tones of black currant, anis, and leather. Forward fruit highlights a soft mid-palate with notes of boysenberry through to the finish. Structured tannins and complex oak finish contribute to the current pproachability of this wine. $24 Our Price $16.75

2016 Kennedy Shah Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Rich and finely textured with concentrated and pure flavors of dark currant and red fruit that are well structured. Offers firm tannins and minerality with a savory finish. $20 Our Price $12.95

2015 McGah Scarlett Rutherford Petit Verdot

Winemaker Notes: The McGah Family Vineyards Petit Verdot block produced a prodigious and compelling wine in 2015. Dark violet in color followed by an intense set of aromas consisting of dark, heady fruit, cedar, and sandalwood spice. The mid-palate consists of firm but perfectly integrated acidity along with a ripe, rich and highly concentrated Rutherford fruit. A beautiful streak of anise runs right through the middle leading to a long and highlighted finish. Consistent with the nature of this varietal, the tannins are forefront, but a have a measure of finesse and polish allowing this wine to be enjoyed in its youth. Drink now with a long decant or allow it to age for 6-10 years. $50

Wine Spectator 90
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV, Magnum

A firm and creamy rosé Champagne, with rich pastry cream and sweet brioche notes followed by candied grapefruit peel, white peach and smoke accents. Offers a clean-cut, mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 1,200 cases imported. –AN $165/magnum. Our Price $140.99/magnum

James Suckling 94 Points
2016 Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Cotes du Rhone Rouge

This has a very plush, luscious and generously fleshy feel. Cherry compote, raspberries, blackberries and plums. Tarry elements, too. Smooth, velvety, pure and even. Succulence, elegance and clarity. Such value here. Drink or hold. $35 Our Price $27.99 (Arrives 8/6/19)

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