September 10th 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

September 10th 2019 Newsletter

Local collector would like to sell the following wine cabinet:

The unit is a “L’Humiditemp” (now known as Vinotheque) Model 320 CRU series.

Capacity: 320 bottles. Redwood racking. Cabinet is oak stained in antique walnut (not dark).

Dimensions: 32 W x 28 D x 74 H. New Wisperkool 2500 unit installed 4 years ago.

The lower hinge needs some extra support, as the door tends to “sag” about 3/8 an inch. A simple steel plate on the bottom needs to be added.

Purchased new $4000. Asking $1000 or best offer. Contact: Richard 559-285-6353

2014 Hanzell Sonoma Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Engaging aromas of lemon verbena, honeysuckle, Bosc pear and a hint of hazelnut are carried by the bright citrus notes of pink grapefruit, lime and Meyer lemon. With a creamy, yet light texture, flavors of tangerine, pink grapefruit, golden delicious apple, pear, thyme and a saline character linger on the palate through a long and bright finish. $60 Our Price $51.99

2015 Silver Oak
Alexander Valley Cabernet, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is maroon in color with a garnet hue. It has an enticing nose of maraschino cherries, blackberry bramble and brisket with notes of clove and star anise. Mouthwatering with a juicy entry, this wine has a fruity mid-palate of currant with toasted vanilla and roasted brown sugar character from American oak barrels. Structured tannins provide an elegant character with a long and expressive finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking through 2041. $185/Magnum

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road

Scented of poached pears, baker's yeast, stone and spring blossoms, the 2016 Chardonnay Martinelli Road is medium-bodied and creamy textured with a good core of fruit and uplifting freshness, finishing long and savory. 195 cases produced. $60

James Suckling 90 Points
2017 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Bright and very primary on the nose with attractive, poached pears. The palate has a very neat and fresh array of pears and melon with a subtly chalky edge. $17 Our Price $13.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 93
JEAN GRIVOT Nuits-St.-Georges
Les Charmois 2016

Cherry, plum, iron, tobacco and toast notes are the hallmarks of this polished, yet solid red. The tannins emerge as this builds to a long, resonant finish. All the elements are in the right proportions. Best from 2022 through 2038. 98 cases made. — BS $106 Our Price $77.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 91-93
2017 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

The 2017 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch is a very beautiful wine. The warm vintage produced a Chardonnay that is a bit richer and more generous than has become the norm here in recent years, but the style of the wine is unchanged in its citrus and floral driven profile. $53

Wine Spectator 93
FITZ-RITTER Riesling Pfalz
Ungstein Herrenberg GG 2017

A beautifully crafted example, with a minty aroma and lush, creamy flavors of baked pear, apple tart and dried pineapple, all connected by juicy acidity that acts as a backbone. Savory mineral and chamomile notes mark the long, echoing finish. Youthful, but with multiple layers that will unravel with aging. Best from 2021 through 2032. 75 cases made, 28 cases imported. –AZ $47 Our Price $36.99 (Back in stock 9/12/19)


Winemaker Notes: Like a silk robe or satin sheets our 2018 Napa Chardonnay seduces with thrilling texture. Creamy pear, crème brulee, white nectarine and gardenia blossom sprinkled with vanilla spice, it is simply delicious and irresistible. Finely structured yet opulent to the core, it is graced with a long, luscious finish. $55 (Arrives 9/12/19)

2017 Lewis Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: “So good!” - a direct quote from our winemaker Josh Widaman when we finished final barrel selections for the 2017 Napa Cabernet. Dense, layered aromas with sweet cocoa, alluring oak spice and wow-factor frontal fruit, the wine is showy yet seriously structured. Creamy melted berry character gives way to supple muscle with integrated tannins and a long, lavish finish. $100 Our Price $89.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 94-96 Points
2017 Patria Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Moving to the 2017 barrel samples, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is deep ruby/plum-colored and has a fruit-forward, sexy, full-bodied profile as well as beautiful complexity. It has sweet tannins and plenty of mid-palate depth, and I suspect it will drink nicely right out of the gate. $90

Wine Advocate 96+
2016 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Saint Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carménère. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has provocative notes of baked blackberries, stewed plums and crème de cassis with earthy/savory hints of fertile loam, chargrill, wood smoke and new leather plus a touch of sautéed herbs. Full-bodied with fantastic concentration and bags of savory layers, it has a rock-solid line of grainy tannins and a compelling herbal lift on the finish. $110 (Limited) Please email

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