The Grape Tray

October 4th 2019 Newsletter

Opus One Overture 2019 Release

Winemaker Notes: A timeless expression of our estate vineyards, Overture is full bodied but approachable in its youth. Overture shows generous dark fruit aromas and flavors with a soft, supple mid-palate. $140 Our Price $125.99

Wine Spectator 90
CÀNTELE Salice Salentino Riserva 2015

This fresh, medium-bodied red shows a lovely mix of ripe red and black fruit, currant, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with light, creamy tannins and hints of iron and herb. Drink now through 2024. 16,700 cases made, 900 cases imported.—A.N. $16 Our Price $11.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2017 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of candied cherry, ripe strawberry with hints of mushroom, white pepper and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with a touch of earthy notes, refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel. $25 Our Price $19.95

2018 Francois Crochet Sancerre Rosé

Importer Notes: It’s never easy to pick a favorite wine, especially if you’ve made it a habit to drink your way around Europe. We couldn’t say which rosé in our collection tops our list, but if we were to choose the most complex, it might be François Crochet’s Sancerre rosé made of Pinot Noir.

A textbook example of finely wrought Sancerre rosé, François’ are hard to keep your hands off, but age effortlessly. (Tip: Don’t believe what people say about the ageability of rosé—Pinot Noir rosés, especially those from northern France, are even better the following year, and it'd be wise to plan for your future summer rosé parties by putting a few of these away till next year!) A short maceration on the skins laces this wine’s charming but deeply layered nose with the essence of elegant green citrus, dark pink rose, passionfruit, and a sweet green herbs. On the palate, mineral and acidic freshness are gifted from this great wine land of the north, making it a pleasant, electric experience. $30 Our Price $26.99 (Arrives 10/9/19) Delicious

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Joseph Phelps Freestone Sonoma Coast Pinot

The 2017 Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyard was made using about 20% whole cluster and aged for 13 months in 34% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, it has a very open, gregarious nose of dried rose petals, potpourri, tree bark, red licorice and ripe red and black fruits with pretty spicy notes of cinnamon stick and clove. Light to medium-bodied, it has good layers of spicy, perfumed fruit in the mouth, with soft, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and spicy. $57 Our Price $45.95

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

2017 Rombauer Zinfandel, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of raspberry, blackberry jam, plums and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of white pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish. $80/magnum. Our Price $76.99/magnum

Wine Spectator 94
ENTRE DEUX MÈRES Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Drinkward Peschon 2016

Juicy and enticing, with a brambly edge to the mix of red currant and damson plum fruit, expanding nicely before ending with a fresh edge on the finish. Sneakily long, this is a stylish expression of copious Napa fruit. Best from 2020 through 2032. 610 cases made. — JM $75 (Arrives 10/9/19)

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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

Wine Spectator 96
RIDGE Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 2016, Magnum

This is tight as a drum today, with a rigid frame of singed apple wood and cedar around a core of dark currant, fig and blackberry reduction notes. A racy iron streak and riveting acidity drive the finish, which is loaded with bay leaf, violet, sage, charcoal and tobacco details. Expands steadily in the glass with air, but this isn’t meant for consumption today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2025 through 2045. From California.—J.M. $450/magnum

Wine Advocate 96+
2016 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Wine, Magnum

Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Wine gives up bold notes of fresh blackcurrants, black cherries and wild blueberries with hints of cigar box, tilled soil, dried bay leaves and smoked meats plus a hint of lavender. Medium-bodied and fantastically intense in the mouth, it has a wonderful core of muscular fruit and a firm, ripe, fine-grained frame to match, finishing very long. $450/magnum. Our Price $399.99/magnum



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