The Grape Tray

October 8th 2019 Newsletter

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Wine Advocate 90 Points
2017 Jean Collet et Fils Chablis

Revisited a year later, Collet's 2017 Chablis is bursting with aromas of fresh peach, honeyed citrus fruit and white flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural palate with a bright but open-knit, charming profile and a saline finish. It's already showing well. $30 Our Price $25.99

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

2018 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow with a green tinge to the hue. Aromas of yellow peach, mango with a slight citrus note intertwine seamlessly with vanilla and spice. The palate is rich and round, with the mango and vanilla fighting for the lime light, while the cream texture, vanilla and slight butter combine seamlessly. The balanced acidity closes out the finish bringing the multiple components into balance. $85/magnum

2018 Pas de L’Escalette Les Petits Pas Rouge

Winemaker Notes: From the moment the Petit Pas concept was created it was intended to be the charmer and not taken so seriously—hence the full color pinkish red label with neon green footprints. The wine bursts with fresh red and crunchy fruits and fresh, bright acidity.

To insure the pleasure meter remains as high as possible for early consumption as little as possible is done from the moment the grapes are harvested all the way through the short aging process. Once this multi-parcel blend of more or less 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Carignan. $23 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 10/9/19) Delicious

2017 Roar Rosella’s Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Perfumed and floral, with blackberry, cherry, and vanilla aromas, this wine from our home ranch delivers abundant fruit balanced by savory leather and dried herbs. Dense boysenberry and raspberry anchor a velvety palate and a long, seamless finish laced with oregano, dusty earth, and rose petals. $63

Wine Spectator 93
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016, 375ml

Nicely packed, with raspberry and plum compote flavors at the core, liberally lined with singed alder, tobacco and warm brick accents. The finish has a grippy edge, but this red stays fresh and driven overall. Best from 2020 through 2030. 6,000 cases made, 1,200 cases imported. — JM $30/375ml. Our Price $26.99/375ml. Limited

Wine Spectator 92
TAMBER BEY Chardonnay
Yountville Sans Chêne 2017

Aromas of fresh Key lime give this a zesty persona, along with a vibrant core of lively flavors that dance on the palate. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JL $36 Our Price $30.99 (Back in stock)

2016 Pont Neuf La Source Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 "La Source" Pinot Noir exhibits brilliant, deep red-violet glint s in the glass. Pure aromas of cassis and fragrant raspberry fruit and woodsy, truffled aromas mix with accents of cinnamon and violets. Luxurious and powerful, La Source has impressive weight , texture and presence in the glass. The wine is un-fined and unfiltered, using natural ferments. 100% French Oak from the Troncais Forest is employed, air-dried 4 years for the ultimate in balance and finesse. Grown on a rolling ridge dividing Russian River and the Sonoma Coast, the wine enjoys the best of both climates, that gentle, seductive fruit classic to Russian River and the world-class structure and texture of wines from the near ocean vineyards. $75 (Arrives 10/9/19)

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River

A crazy good value, the 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir is the appellation release from this team and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across Green Valley, Laguna Ridge and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest all flow to a medium bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. $40 Our Price $29.99 (Back in stock)

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

Wine Spectator 90
DASHWOOD Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018

Toasted herb and saline accents add richness and a savory element to the supple mango, peach and pineapple flavors, showing off plenty of polish and intensity. Refreshing finish. Drink now. 80,000 cases made, 30,000 cases imported. — MW $15 Our Price $9.65 (Back in stock)

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

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.—K.M. $65 Our Price $54.99 (Back in stock)

2017 Mazzocco Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Brambly flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and raspberry with a drop of spice greet the nose while the palate is loaded with dark berry fruit, cherry cola and a smidgen of pepper. This Zinfandel's core is framed with ripe tannins, accented by toasted almonds and cacao. $22 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 96
PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ross Station Estate 2017

Well-sculpted and elegant, featuring concentrated baked apple, pear tart and white berry flavors that are layered with richly spiced and toasty notes. The plush finish is pure, offering seductive sage cream and honeyed details. Drink now through 2025. 339 cases made. — KM $85

Wine Advocate 97
2016 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts out of the glass with beautiful black cherry compote, warm cassis and freshly crushed blackberries scents plus touches of chargrill, violets, dark chocolate and pencil shavings and a waft of English lavender. Full-bodied, the palate features great intensity combined with fantastic freshness, textured by soft, finely grained tannins and lifted by the most gorgeous floral perfume, finishing long and layered. Beautiful wine. $285 (Arrives 10/11/19)


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