The Grape Tray

September 17th 2019 Newsletter

Vinous 90 Points
2017 Berne Selection Côtes de Provence Rosé Emotion

Light bright onion skin. Fresh strawberry, orange zest and pungent flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy citrus fruit and red berry flavors are accompanied by an exotic touch of lemongrass. Finishes long, taut and precise, delivering vibrant mineral cut and a building floral note. Drinking window: 2018 – 2021. $22 Our Price $2.95

2018 Le Clos Du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Rose

Winemaker Notes: Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster (rosé de pressurage). Juice left to settle overnight in temperature-controlled tanks. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank. Aged in tank for five months. TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of summer raspberries, light herbs, lavender, red plums. Fresh, medium-bodied, tangy; red berries, wild strawberries. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; dried tomato tapanade; air-dried charcuterie; grilled chicken with herbs. BLEND: 55% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Counoise and 15% Syrah VINEYARDS $19 Our Price $15.99 (Arrives 9/19/19)

2018 Elizabeth Spencer Special Cuvee Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend a dry frutiness to the mineral driven palate. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. $22 Our Price $14.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 91
ARTERBERRY MARESH Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills 2017

Poised and elegantly complex, with delicate cherry, violet and orange peel notes that dance on a lithe finish. Drink now through 2024. — TF $28 Our Price $24.99

2017 Ferrari Carano Sonoma Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This Chardonnay delights with aromas of pear, white peach, graham cracker, vanilla and buttercream, perfectly balanced by vibrant and refreshing ?avors of Fuji apple, cinnamon and Meyer lemon. Lingering creamy and toasted oak notes round out the finish. $26 Liquidation Price $19.95 (One case available)

Wine Spectator 94
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Ribbon Ridge Estate 2017

Rich, polished and beautifully structured, with vibrant raspberry and green tea flavors, accented by hints of apricot and building dynamics toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F. 620 cases made. $49 Our Price $38.99

James Suckling 90 Points
Pecchenino Dogliani San Luigi Dolcetto 2017

Roasted herbs, elderberry pie and spices. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit-compote flavors and a fruity finish. $18 Our Price $14.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
Rocca di Frassinello 2015 Le Sughere di Frassinello

The 2015 Le Sughere di Frassinello is terrific. Scents of sweet pipe tobacco, mint, leather, rose petal and exotic spice give the 2015 much of its immediate allure. Super-ripe and racy on the palate, with silky tannins and gorgeous, supple fruit, the 2015 is hugely appealing. Drinking window: 2018 – 2030. $28 Our Price $21.99

2016 Twenty Rows North Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Sourcing fruit from diverse vineyards creates complex aromas and rich structure for the Napa Valley Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides dusty cocoa, currants, and brown sugar. $21 Our Price $18.45 (Back in stock)

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 Spectator 93
TENSLEY Syrah Santa Barbara County 2017

Vibrant and layered, with expressive raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by garrigue notes, hints of mineral and smoked cracked pepper accents that take on richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F $28

Jeb Dunnuck 96-99 Points
2017 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville Proprietary Red

While the 2017 Ontogeny Red Wine is the least expensive wine in the lineup, it comes from all the single vineyards (not all of which were declassified), and in 2017, it doesn't give an inch with regard to quality. In fact, it might be my favorite barrel sample in the lineup. Awesome notes of blueberries, cranberries, blood orange, white flowers, and liquid violets all flow to a full-bodied 2017 that has purity, richness, balance, and length in spades. It's another sexy, straight-up heavenly wine from Russell Bevans that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. $100

Wine Advocate 96-98 points
2016 Ridge Monte Bello
Proprietary Red, Magnum

The 2016 Monte Bello is stunning, bursting from the glass with aromas of crushed currants, plums, charcoal, sweet spices, black truffle and rich soil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, immensely deep and very concentrated, with an ample core of dark fruit that almost entirely conceals its rich chassis of tannin. The finish is long, tensile and chalky. Eric Baugher observes that 2016 was a drought year but that the vines were less stressed than in 2015, thanks to Spring precipitation, and it wasn't necessary to irrigate. Summer saw wild temperature swings, and though it was below average in summation, some days were very warm. The final Monte Bello blend contains 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc, which represents a slight change from when I tasted it a year ago, though its profile remains very much the same. The 2016 checks in at 13.8% alcohol and pH 3.49. Cellar it for a decade and follow it for another three. $450/magnum (Arrives 9/18/19)



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