The Grape Tray

October 25th 2019 Newsletter

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2013 CARTE BLANCHE PINOT NOIR, NOBLES RANCH VINEYARD, SONOMA COAST

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 Pinot Noir leaps from the glass, showing bright Bing cherry, tangerine oil, and hints of cedar. Needing ample time to open, it reveals bright juniper berry, cherry, black tea, and dried thyme across a broad mid-palate. Rich and silky, the finish is a tightly run race between each element on display. $65. (Grape Tray email subscriber price $18.25) Arrives 10/30/19.

Wine Spectator 94
FORT ROSS Chardonnay
Fort Ross-Seaview Fort Ross Vineyard 2017

Powerful and rich, with intense, juicy flavors of apple and butter, flanked by butterscotch notes. Savory accents linger on the intensely spicy finish, layered with creamy and buttery hints. 316 cases made. Drink now through 2025.—K.M $44

2018 Dreyer Sonoma Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This 2018 release is comprised primarily from grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley Appellation. This wine was primarily barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in oak prior to bottling. Golden in color, the grapes were picked with perfect ripeness and natural acidity. With lovely pear and pineapple aromas, this wine shows great balance between its Sonoma County ripe fruit nose combined with its elegant oak influence resulting in a rich and lovely wine. $18 Our Price $11.99 (Great Value)

2016 McGah Scarlett Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Fresh and sublime as the summer sunlight, Scarlett Sauvignon Blanc is a medium to full-bodied wine that instantly captures the senses with aromas of honeysuckle, Meyer lemons and lime blossoms. This captivating California rendition showcases a creamy and smooth midpalate framed by perfectly integrated acidity, carrying Scarlett's trademark throughout the finish. This fabulous Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect complement to the delightful spring and summer seasons, ready for sipping by a sparkling pool or on a sunlit porch. $26 Liquidation Price $16.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple and gives very pretty notes of crushed red currants, black cherries and black currants with touches of camphor, pencil shavings, lilacs and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a taut structure of grainy tannins and great freshness supporting the muscular red and black fruits, finishing with a lingering minty lift. 2,500 cases produced. $35 Our Price $30.55

2017 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby in color, the 2017 Carneros Pinot Noir is floral and lively with a beautiful exploration of lavender, red cherry, and cinnamon. Soft and juicy, it has a full-bodied figure of ripeness with polished tannins and structured acidity. $36 Our Price $31.99

2017 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Great value! Miles above other Pinots in the same price category, this wine is a particularly wonderful vintage. It is deeply colored with aromas and flavors of strawberries and raspberries joined by anise and clove in mouth filling intensity. $24 Our Price $20.99

Wine Spectator 91
LUJON Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2015

Refined and structured, with expressive crushed stone, blackberry and licorice flavors that take on richness and big but polished tannins. Best from 2019 through 2025. 474 cases made. — TF $25 Our Price $18.29 (Arrives 10/31/19)

2018 Cakebread Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The wine opens with vivid tropical aromas of white flowers, ripe melon, and sweet citrus. The citrus and tropical characters extend onto the palate with ripe guava and crisp pink grapefruit, balanced by bright acidity and accented by a flinty vein of minerality. This is a zesty wine that stands up well to shrimp, crab, grilled vegetables and is perfect for a cheese plate. $32 Our Price $26.95

Wine Advocate 96
2017 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard

The 2017 Hartford Court Chardonnay Four Hearts Vineyard has a drop-dead gorgeous floral nose with notes of orange blossoms, honeysuckle and jasmine with a core of preserved lemons, candied ginger, peach cobbler and applesauce. Medium to full-bodied, it has a racy line of freshness and a wonderfully satiny texture, finishing long and citrusy. 1,739 cases produced. $50 Our Price $39.95 (Limited)

2017 Realm The Bard Proprietary Red

Benoit Toquette, Realm Cellars Winemaker: Bright, juicy red and black fruit with pronounced raspberry tones in the mix. There’s a nerviness to the vintage that brings energy to the wine. The Bard in 2017 is very aromatic, with good extraction and precision. The oak journey over the palate is smooth and pleasing. A vibrant yet delicate wine with verve and complexity and grippy tannins that remind us of the 2008 vintage. $145 (Arrives 10/30/19) Limited

2015 Checkerboard Aurora Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A classic vintage... 2015 Checkerboard Aurora Vineyard is expansive and generous. It offers a luscious interpretation of its site and the vintage. Aromas are both sweet and savory, broadly expressive of fresh Blackberries, Bing Cherries, Cranberries, and dried Herbs. On the palate, 2015 Checkerboard Aurora is structured and offers finely polished tannins with a full mid-palate that is lifted by natural acidity and enhanced in a lengthy, lingering finish. In its youth, the 2015 vintage benefits from decanting prior to serving. $325



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