The Grape Tray

August 9th 2019 Newsletter

2016 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: A rich and fruity nose opens with black cherry, blackberry, nutmeg, and vanilla, leading into toffee, cigar, and cherrywood. On the palate the wine is round and sumptuous, with notes of cherry, clove, and orange oil. This Incredible Red meets and exceeds the promise in its name. 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah $15 Our Price $6.65 (Arrives 8/14/19) Great Value!

Wine Spectator 90
RODNEY STRONG Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2016

Juicy and lusciously fruity, with roasted tropical fruit, apple pastry and pear tart flavors. Buttery and spicy accents show on the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2022. 63,750 cases made. — KM $22 Liquidation Price $13.55 (Limited to stock on hand)

2018 Rombauer Carneros
Chardonnay, Half Bottles

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. $20/375ml

Wine Spectator 92
FLOWERS Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017

Rich and plush, with floral notes to the ripe dark plum and wild berry flavors. Medium-grained tannins show on finish, which is filled with decadent Asian spice details. Drink now through 2023. 1,500 cases made. — KM $50 Our Price $40.99

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Secret Indulgence Tarot
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Petit Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Tarot Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and exuberant nose of warm plums, crushed cherries and crème de cassis with touches of Indian spices, fragrant earth and violets with a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it fills the palate with black berry and earthy layers, finishing with the lovely velvety texture paving the way. $45 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Crane Assembly Disciples

A blend of 76% Zinfandel, 13% Charbono, 6% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah, the 2016 Disciples is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with gorgeous notions of hoisin, Black Forest cake, prunes and potpourri with hints of black pepper, unsmoked cigars and cloves. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-spicy, it fills the palate with decadent fruit and a plush texture, finishing with a lively lift. 3,924 cases produced. $45

Wine Spectator 91
MORGAN Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands Highland 2017

Offers mouthfilling richness, with generous flavors of butterscotch, baked apple and glazed pear, accented by a twist of citrus zest. Spicy and toasty notes fill the finish. Drink now through 2023. 9,337 cases made.—K.M. $28 Our Price $23.99

Wine Advocate 94+
2014 Rudius Farella Vineyard
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard (all clone 4 from the top, rockiest part of the vineyard) charges out of the gate with crushed blackberries, wild blueberries and warm redcurrants with suggestions of bay leaves, camphor, tobacco and fertile loam plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied with a built-like-a-brick-house frame of grainy tannins and great freshness, if finishes with black fruit layers and a compelling herbal lift. 160 cases were made. $90 (Arrives 8/13/19)

Wine Spectator 90
MERRY EDWARDS Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2017

Peach cobbler, ripe melon and marmalade notes are elegant, supple and detailed in this white, with spice and black tea accents. A refreshing thread of acidity keeps the flavors fresh without interfering with the elegance. Drink now. 10,500 cases made. — MW $36

Wine Spectator 92
GOLDENEYE Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2016

Juicy, with firm richness to the burnished dried cherry, berry and cedary flavors. Suave midpalate, featuring a creamy texture. The finish is powered by seductive spice and forest floor notes. Drink now through 2024. 28,000 cases made. — KM $58 Our Price $44.99

Wine Advocate 92
2014 Abeja Columbia Valley Cabernet

The 2014 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is Abeja's largest cuvée by some margin, and it's an attractive wine, revealing notes of cassis, blackberries, rich soil, espresso roast and a judicious framing of new oak. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and nicely balanced, with good depth at the core, fine structuring tannins and a long, savory finish. In fact, I suspect it may prove longer lived than the flashier Heather Hill bottlings from the Walla Walla Valley. $55 Our Price $45.95

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Crane Assembly
G.B. Crane Vineyard el Coco

A blend of 62% Zinfandel, 32% Petite Sirah and 6% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard el Coco sings of dried plums, cherry cordial and Christmas pudding with nuances of potpourri, Ceylon tea, roses and Chinese five spice. Wow—the palate is super concentrated with voluptuous fruit and a plush frame plus plenty of freshness, finishing very long. 880 cases produced. $75

Wine Advocate 95
2014 Roy Estate Proprietary Red

Composed mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon (64%) with smaller parts of Merlot (21%) and Petit Verdot (15%), the 2015 Proprietary Red Estate gives a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed blackberries and warm black cherries with touches of Provence herbs, charcuterie and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers up expressive red and black fruit preserves with appealing herbal and savory accents, framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a minty note. 614 cases produced. $230 Our Price $208.99

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Castello Romitorio Il Toro

A blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah, the 2016 Il Toro is a muscular animal that boldly exposes dark fruit, blackberry preserves, dried cherry, spice, leather and spicy cedar. The blend is unique because it pairs the volume and spicy intensity of Syrah with the density, darkness and structure of Petit Verdot. Softer aromas of sweet fruit cede quickly to tar, grilled herb and rich plum. Pair this wine with grilled T-bone steak. This is a bold and expressive wine that opens a new chapter for Filippo Chia and his talented team. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 9/12/19) Please email stan@grapetray.com if you would like to be added to the pre-arrival list.



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