The Grape Tray

October 29th 2019 Newsletter

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

Decanter 95 Points
2018 Bonpas Dames de Bonpas Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu

Lovely brambly nose and crunchy red berry palate. This is beautifully balanced and very drinkable even in its youth with very good length. Quite a charmer and great value for money. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Arrives 10/30/19)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva

Winemaker Notes: A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it's clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood. Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation. $10 Our Price $7.95

Wine Spectator 90
CHATEAU ST. JEAN
Sauvignon Blanc California 2017

A smooth version, offering a lip-smacking mix of lemongrass, pear, lime sherbet and orange blossom notes on a light and airy frame, with plenty of intensity and vivid acidity to keep the flavors fresh and vibrant. Drink now. 8,132 cases made. $13 Our Price $10.95

Vinous 94 pts
2017 Fattoria La Rivolta
Greco (Sannio, Taburno)

Bright golden yellow. Chewy, rich and dense, featuring nicely focused apricot and peach flavors. Finishes long, ripe and tactile, with a polished mouthfeel and noteworthy complexity. One of the three best Greco wines of the year. Drinking window: 2018 – 2024. Our Price $19.45

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 95 pts
DuMol 2016 Pinot Noir
Ryan Widdoes Vineyard Russian River

The 2016 Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes Vineyard is one of the most distinctive wines in this lineup. Soaring, perfumed aromatics and bright, red-toned fruit give the Widdoes much of its multi-faceted profile. Red berry fruit, blood orange, mint and floral overtones build as this striking, deeply expressive Pinot shows off its unmistakable pedigree and pure class. $90

Vinous 91 Points
2017 DAOU Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

(60% new French oak) Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Intense cherry and red berry scents, along with hints of cracked pepper, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red currant, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly and turn sweeter on the back half. Fine-grained tannins build on a long, spice-laced finish that leaves behind a suggestion of cherry compote. In the context of top-notch California Cabernets, this wine delivers remarkable value. $30 Our Price $21.95

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Weingut Selbach-Oster Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben

The 2016 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Alte Reben (AP 23 17) is clear but still pretty reductive on the nose where smoky and ripe stone fruit aromas are displayed and intertwine with delicate herbal notes. Full-bodied, clear, lush, fresh, round and piquant, with crispy/crunchy tannins and stimulating salinity in the finish, this is a perfectly balanced and attractive Riesling with good expression and salivating purity. $34 Our Price $24.99

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

2014 Opus One, Magnum

James Suckling 97 Points: Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020.

Wine Advocate 96 Points:

Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish. $950/magnum. Our Price TBD


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