The Grape Tray

August 13th 2019 Newsletter

Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points
2016 Penfolds Max Cabernet Sauvignon

Leading off the new red releases, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Max’s is another wine that was packaged in a red plastic covering that makes opening bottles difficult. It has a great nose of ripe blackcurrants, plums, eucalyptus, and Asian spices. Medium to full-bodied, rounded, nicely textured, and with loads of charm on the palate, it’s already hard to resist and should be enjoyed over the coming 4-6 years. $21 Our Price $16.99

Taste this wine for 10 cents!
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 this afternoon)

Vinous 91 Points
2017 Goldatzel Riesling Johannisberger
Goldatzel Kabinett Feinherb

Pear wreathed in honeysuckle coveys a deceptive aura of sweetness on the nose – because the wine tastes virtually dry – but the fruit succulence and inner-mouth florality that ensue are flatteringly-complemented by the wine’s seductively creamy texture. And as with some of the other best Goldatzel 2017s, creaminess is entirely compatible with animating juiciness, here supplied by a squeeze of fresh lemon that, in tandem with tang of pear skin, piquancy of pear and lemon pips, as well as marine salinity serves for a surprisingly and delightfully invigorating as well as mouthwatering finish. And at 11.5% alcohol, the overall impression is buoyant, even if marginally less-so than in this wine’s vintage 2016 predecessor. $29 Our Price $15.99 (Arrives 8/14/19)

Wine Spectator 92
DRAPPIER Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A graceful rosé that's lacy and airy in texture, with finely knit acidity enlivening the flavors of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and lemon chiffon, accented by hints of smoke and spice. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases imported. — AN $65 Our Price $49.99

Wine Spectator 92
DRAPPIER Brut Champagne Carte d'Or NV

This bright and zesty Champagne is lightly juicy and appealing, offering flavors of Honeycrisp apple, ripe white cherry, biscuit and pickled ginger. Balanced and lacy in texture, with a lingering, spiced finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,200 cases imported. — AN $49 Our Price $38.99

James Suckling 90 Points
2016 Chateau Rayne Vigneau
 Le Sec de Rayne Vigneau Bordeaux Blanc

A tangy and fresh white with sliced-apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium body. Pretty fruit and a delicious finish. Bright and enjoyable. Pure sauvignon blanc. $26 Our Price $21.95

Domaine Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve

Producer Notes: Estate-owned vineyards are located in and around the village of Bouzy. Soils are the classic, chalky terroir of the Montagne de Reims. 15-30 year old vines and hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for three years in bottle. Dosage less than 11 grams/L. TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Blond toast, red apples and wildflowers; silky and long. Red berries, minerals, a hint of white pepper. 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. PAIRING SUGGESTIO NS: As an aperitif; or with soft, creamy cheeses. $50 Our Price $42.99

2017 Austerity Arroyo Seco Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This creamy, layered Chardonnay features aromas of crème brulee, golden apples and toasted marshmallows. The palate reveals tropical fruit and pineapple flavors complemented by a velvety texture and rich, buttery finish. $17 Our Price $13.99

2018 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Fruit from both Napa Valley and the marine influenced Monterey offers tropical aromatics, while fruit from Sonoma vineyards add good concentration and flavor. Santa Barbara fruit comes from vineyards planted in the Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon appellations, both of which experience morning coastal fog and afternoon winds, adding to the wine’s tropical notes. Vineyards planted in the hillsides of Happy Canyon on top of rocky, diverse soils give the wine its crisp, clean minerality. Combining fruit from throughout the state creates a balanced, food- friendly wine. $12 Our Price $9.45

Vinous 92 Points
2017 Josef Spreitzer Riesling Oestricher Lenchen Kabinett

Ripe pear is garlanded with lily-of-the-valley in a high-toned nose. The mid-palate is lusciously fruity; seductively laden with inner-mouth floral perfume; and invigoratingly laced with zesty fresh lime. Sweetness accentuates the fruit while sticking to a supportive role; and the finish is almost unstoppably juicy as well as transparent to crystalline stony impingements. (Analytically-speaking, the wine pits nine grams of acidity against 45 of residual sugar.) $24 Our Price $20.99 (Arrives 8/14/19)

Vinous 92 Points
2017 Goldatzel Riesling Johannisberger
Goldatzel Bestes Fass Spätlese Trocken

Scents of sea breeze, oily crushed stone and bruised lime peel put me a bit in mind of Chablis. Along with these comes seductive hyacinth perfume as well as intriguing hints of flax and linseed. The correspondingly multi-faceted mid-palate is satiny and subtly glossy, leading to a finish superbly-sustained as well as transparent to floral, herbal and mineral nuances. $35 Our Price $21.99 (Arrives 8/14/19)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2016 Domaine Grand Veneur
Cotes du Rhone Rouge les Champauvins

One of the finest vintages of this cuvée to date, the 2016 Côtes du Rhône Les Champauvins (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre) is a brilliant, sexy, medium to full-bodied Côtes du Rhône that offers a spectacular bouquet of garrigue, peppery herbs, pine, and sweet red and black fruits. With beautiful complexity, a layered, seamless texture, notable tannins, and a great finish, it easily competes with any number of more expensive Châteauneuf-du-Papes and Gigondas. It’s great today yet will keep for 7-8 years. $22 Our Price $18.95 (Arrives 8/14/19)

Wine Spectator 94
CARPINETO Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Smells like a little Cabernet Sauvignon enhancing the Sangiovese in this black currant– and cherry-flavored red (but it's actually Canaiolo, with a bit of Mammolo and Colorino). Cedar, thyme, iron and sanguine notes round out the palate as this cruises to a lingering aftertaste. Shows excellent structure and balance. Best from 2020 through 2035. 17,800 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. — BS $28 Our Price $23.95

Wine Spectator 94
ANNE & HERVÉ SIGAUT Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers Vieilles Vignes 2016

Intense and smoky, with spicy oak wrapping around a core of black cherry and blackberry flavors. Shows a textural density and fluidity that plays out on the long finish. Best from 2023 through 2043. 40 cases imported. –BS $110 Our Price $86.95



Back to Our Blog