The Grape Tray

September 3rd 2019 Newsletter

Vinous 94 pts
2017 Fattoria La Rivolta
Greco (Sannio, Taburno)

Bright golden yellow. Chewy, rich and dense, featuring nicely focused apricot and peach flavors. Finishes long, ripe and tactile, with a polished mouthfeel and noteworthy complexity. One of the three best Greco wines of the year. Drinking window: 2018 – 2024. Our Price $19.45

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

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2016 J BOOKWALTER CONFLICT Cabernet Blend

Deep purple/ruby-colored, it's a full-bodied, ripe, polished beauty that has loads of black fruits, spring flowers, underbrush, and mint-laced aromas and flavors. It's a beautiful, elegant, seamless wine from this estate. $60 Internet Price $39.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $30.45)

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 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
ROCCA DELLE MACÌE Chianti Classico
Famiglia Zingarelli Riserva 2015

A dark version, featuring intense flavors of blackberry, black cherry, spice and tar up against a wall of tannins. All the elements are here, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Terrific length. Best from 2023 through 2040. 25,000 cases made. –BS $26 Our Price $22.95

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 (Back in stock)

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2016 Beringer Luminus
Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Chardonnay

James Suckling 92 Points: Attractive freshness and gently flinty citrus fruits. Aromas of melon and hazelnut nougat follow and lead to a palate with lemon, grapefruit, grilled peaches and nectarines. Layered and textural. Some pithy grip to close. This has attractive freshness and composure. Drink now. $39 Internet Price $19.99. In-Store Price $14.95

Wine Spectator 92
CHEHALEM Pinot Noir
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

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce

The 2016 Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce is scented of fresh grapefruit, pineapple and warm apricots with hints of chalk dust, fresh ginger, brioche and cashews. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in tons of opulent tropical and spice flavors, with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a very long finish. 1,120 cases produced. $36

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

2016 Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red

Wine Spectator 95 Points: This is laden with dark currant, blackberry and black cherry preserve flavors, infused gently with alder, incense and black tea notes, all carried by a long swath of fine-grained tannins. Hints of warm stone and tobacco gild the finish.

Wine Advocate 97-100: A barrel sample made up of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec to be aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, the 2016 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a deep garnet-purple color and is a little reticent at this still nascent stage (to be bottled in January 2019), opening out to reveal chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries and black raspberries with touches of underbrush, cedar chest and bouquet garni plus a hint of grilled meat. Medium to full-bodied, the palate springs forth with exciting energy, offering loads of red and black fruit layers and compelling herbal sparks, featuring a firm, fine-grained backbone and bags of freshness lifting the finish. 13,500 cases are expected to be made. $310 (Arrives 9/5/19)

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 additional bottles will arrive 9/5/19)



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