The Grape Tray

November 1st 2019 Newsletter

2017 Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz

Winemaker Notes: Complex and expressive. Bright maraschino cherry, fresh plum, rich dark chocolate and licorice max out the flavor spectrum. The tannins are fine, the fruit is soft and the flavors tickle the taste buds. Consistently impressive. $32 Our Price $25.95

Wine Spectator 92
2017 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Stylish, fragrant and supple, with dried lavender, vanilla bean and mocha notes that add richness to the core of ripe, jammy blueberry and blackberry flavors. Harmonious and creamy on the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2029. $50 Our Price $44.95

2017 Joseph Carr Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The bouquet is intensely aromatic and features notes of ripe peach and lemon. Flavors of toffee and almonds emerge on the palate, bolstered by lively acidity, a creamy mouthfeel, and a long finish. $22 Our Price $15.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

2016 J. Lohr Hilltop Paso Robles Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: 2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savory notes. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. $33 Our Price $26.75

2017 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Vibrant and lively. Luli Chardonnay is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, a cool-climate appellation that ensures bright acidity. The vinification captures this energy. The fruit is fermented in both neutral barrels (older cooperage that no longer imparts wood flavor) and tanks. While the barrels provide texture and lees contact, the tanks provide vibrancy and freshness. $20 Our Price $17.99

2017 Thread Feathers Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes for our Orange County Correspondent: The 2017 vintage produced an outstanding opportunity for savvy vintners such as Canepa and Koch Wine Cellars (CKWC). CKWC was able to procure wine from a well known Rutherford winery who’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon captures a price just south of $300/bottle. With this superb Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, CKWC created the 2017 Thread Feathers Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark mahogany and almost opaque with blueberry, black cherry and coffee. Forward black and blue fruit, plush and polished. $30 Our Price $19.99

2017 Domaine Vocoret Chablis, Burgundy

Winemaker Notes: The Kimmeridgian (limestone-rich) soils that run through Chablis give the wines their characteristic minerality, which can also be described as gunflint, chalk and, in the wines of Vocoret & Fils, the taste of a wet stone. An exceptional village-level Chablis with three-fourths of the fruit coming from the famous “Les Pargues” vineyard in Prehy and the balance comes from a village-level vineyard located just next to Montee de Tonnerre. This wine captures the typical Chablis character with steely minerality, focused citrus expression and firm acidity. Serve as an aperitif or with oysters, seafood, snails, charcuterie, goat cheese, Gruyere cheese. $27 Our Price $22.99

2016 Joseph Carr Rutherford
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA, features notes of black currant, tobacco, coffee, black cherry, and toffee. Full bodied, plush tannins and integrated acidity lead to a persistent finish. $40 Our Price $30.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2017 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Winemaker Notes: A classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this luxurious wine displays concentrated aromas of ripe black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate, along with oak-inspired notes of espresso, cinnamon, clove and cigar box. On the supple, mouth-filling palate, elegantly refined tannins underscore the rich dark berry and blackcurrant flavors, with hints of nutmeg, anise and cedar adding sophistication to the long, voluptuous finish. $77 Our Price $66.99

2013 CARTE BLANCHE PINOT NOIR, NOBLES RANCH VINEYARD, SONOMA COAST-72% Discount!

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) We received our first order yesterday-sorry for the delay. Our second order will arrive today.

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)


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