The Grape Tray

August 16th 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS MAS ALTA Priorat La Vilella Alta Black Slate 2016

This generous red features a round, soft texture that carries ripe black fruit flavors, laced with licorice, toast and loamy earth notes. Offers well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Pretty floral and cinnamon details emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 1,800 cases imported.—T.M. $23 Our Price $16.95

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Stags' Leap Winery Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 5% Rhône varieties aged in 37% new French oak for 20 months. Deep purple-black in color, it opens with crushed blueberries, black cherries and cassis with touches of yeast extract, beef dripping, bay leaves and cedar with a waft of lilacs. Medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant in the mouth, the palate reveals fantastic energy with a firm, grainy frame and long, mineral-laced finish. 60,500 cases produced. $60 Our Price $44.99

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
2017 Morgan Metallico Monterey Chardonnay

The unoaked character of this wine does push it toward a Sauvignon Blanc style, but it works well in this vintage. Aromas of wet stone, grass, lemon blossom and honeysuckle lead into a chalky palate of lime balm, lanolin and a hint of sour cream. $23 Our Price $19.95

2016 Frank Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Seamlessly woven in black cherry and cocoa, our flagship Cabernet is sumptuous and seductive in structure and complexity. ¬The palate offers flavors of hazelnut, baked plum, and cloves while brilliant acidity on the finish balances the concentration of flavors and tannins. $57 Our Price $48.99

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut

Touches of lime and lemon zest entice on the shy but refreshing nose. The palate adds a mellow ripe-apple note, helped along by a creamy mousse. The long finish is poised and dry. $18 Our Price $15.49

Wine Spectator 93
COLENE CLEMENS Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Dopp Creek 2017

Graceful and vibrant, with expressive rose petal, raspberry and crushed stone notes that take on richness and depth toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 3,942 cases made.—T.F. $28 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 92
ALBERT BICHOT Meursault Les Charmes
Domaine du Pavillon 2017

Lilac and butterscotch aromas lead off, featuring lime, hazelnut and spice flavors. This firms up as it cruises to a long finish, with a lingering, pastry-filled aftertaste. Drink now through 2024. 117 cases imported. — BS $115 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

Wine Spectator 92
ALBERT BICHOT Puligny-Montrachet Les Perrières 2017

This is sumptuous, featuring peach and melon fruit wrapped in appealing toasty oak. This harmonious white starts out on the soft side, gaining structure as the long aftertaste extends. Drink now through 2023. 80 cases imported. — BS $137 (Arrives this afternoon) Limited

Wine Advocate 94+
2017 Eisele Vineyard Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Bottled in late July, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is a real step up from previous vintages, springing from the glass with vibrant lime cordial, orange blossom and grapefruit notes with touches of allspice, honeysuckle, ripe pears, white peaches and struck flint. Medium-bodied with a suggestion of satin to the texture and a fantastic intensity of exuberant citrus fruits and mineral notes, it delivers a very long, refreshing finish. This should age beautifully! $100 (Arrives 8/21/19)

2016 Levendi Stagecoach Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: A big, robust classic Cabernet Sauvignon, with cassis and mocha. This wine shows the characteristic briary Atlas Peak attitude. Brambly flavors with intense notes of new leather and sweet black cherry jam. Soft, ripe mountain tannin on the finish as proof of provenance, with an expandingly rich palate. $84 Our Price $71.99

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Theorize Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Made of 100% Cabernet, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with suggestions of red currant jelly, black cherries, mulberries and crushed black currants with touches of cigar box, fragrant soil, black pepper and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy textured, it delivers tons of muscular black fruit and a long, mineral-laced finish. 600 cases produced. $80 Internet Price $44.99. Our Price $39.99 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 94
THREE STICKS Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Price Family Estates 2017

Luxurious flavors of blueberry, kirsch and dark cherry glide across the palate, with an enveloping creamy texture. Dark chocolate, spice and mocha details show on the fresh, juicy finish. Drink now through 2025. 865 cases made. — KM $65 Our Price $54.99

2017 Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Directly in the path of the Petaluma Wind Gap, the Gap’s Crown Vineyard is one of our coldest vineyards, resulting in fruit packed with flavor and tannins. The 2017 Estate Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir wows with its concentration and structure. Blueberry blossoms, black cherry, and gingerbread meld together to give this wine heavenly aromatics. On the palate, you’ll find lush, savory notes and blue fruits. This wine is built to last and is always an excellent candidate for cellaring. $70

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Eisele Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia

The Altagracia is produced almost exclusively from estate fruit this year and was bottled at the end of June 2018. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia comes bursting forth with vivacious black cherries, blackberries, wild blueberries and cassis notes with touches of cinnamon stick, cloves, forest floor, violets and dusty earth with a waft of violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and grainy with loads of iron and mineral accents, finishing long and perfumed. $135 (Arrives 8/21/19)

Wine Advocate 100
2016 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is still very tight and youthful, slowly unfurling to reveal a multifaceted wine with tons of black, blue and red fruit sparks—plums, cherries, black currants and red currants—with dark chocolate, cedar chest, black tea and red roses in the background plus wafts of pencil lead and prosciutto. Medium-bodied and firmly textured by superbly ripe, grainy tannins, it has a fantastic core of intense, complex layers, finishing on an edifying mineral note. Wow! $225 (6 bottles left in our allocation and the wine will arrive 8/28/19) Please email stan@grapetray.com



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