November 8th 2019 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

November 8th 2019 Newsletter

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2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: A rich garnet color with a ruby edge, the wine opens to reveal lifted fruit aromas of bright strawberry and jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom seen in Pinot Noir. $25 Our Price $16.95

Wine Spectator 96
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne Rare 2006

Aromas and flavors of toasted brioche and grilled nut enrich the yellow plum, nectarine and grated ginger notes of this rich and creamy Champagne. Finely woven and beautifully integrated, with a firm backbone of mouthwatering acidity providing precise balance for the lush range of flavor. Drink now through 2029. 14,000 cases made, 1,800 cases imported. — AN $175 Our Price $149.95

Wine Spectator 92
Premier NV

An elegant Champagne in an aperitif style, with flavors of crushed blackberry, biscuit, spring blossom and Meyer lemon zest riding the finely detailed bead, underscored by a streak of salinity that emerges on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 15,264 cases imported. –AN $54 Our Price $41.95

Wine Spectator 92

A mouthwatering Champagne, with a fine mousse, this offers juicy flavors of plum, candied grapefruit zest, ground ginger and pastry. Vibrant and expressive. Drink now through 2020. 36,500 cases imported. — AN $45 Our Price $33.99

Wine Spectator 94
CARLISLE The Integral Sonoma County 2017

A light-footed bruiser, opening with boldly expressive blackberry jam aromas before revealing a structured core wrapped in compelling currant, licorice and smoky beef flavors. Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2028. 422 cases made. — TF $45 (Arrives 11/13/19)

Wine Spectator 94
CARLISLE Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Ranch 2017

A compelling wine that balances a distinct personality with a finely crafted texture and structure. Expressive and brambly black and red fruit pairs with toasty sage and exotic baking spice notes. Drink now through 2029. 1,000 cases made. — TF $48 (Arrives 11/13/19)

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Hall Winery Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers an earthy/savory nose with notes of fertile loam, tree bark and smoked meat over a cassis and black cherry core with touches of roses and menthol. The full-bodied palate delivers great expression and plenty of character, supported by chewy tannins and finishing on a savory note. $142/magnum. Our Price $126.99/magnum

2017 Rochioli Estate Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: With aromas of green apple, lemon and vanilla, this is a bright, crisp Chardonnay with just a touch of oak. Bold and juicy on the palate, with a touch of minerality and firm acidity, we think this is a fine example of the unique characteristics of our property. $60

Wine Advocate 95
2017 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard

Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard sings of ripe cranberries, kirsch and black raspberries with hints of rhubarb, underbrush, spice cake and fragrant soil. Medium to full-bodied, it has a wonderfully soft texture and tons of bold red berry layers, extending to a long, compelling finish with a touch of minerality. 1,015 cases produced, to be released in March 2019. $97 Our Price $84.99

James Suckling 96 Points
2016 Dominus Napanook Napa Bordeaux Blend, Magnum

This is a flamboyant red that offers hazelnuts, dark berries and a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied with round and soft tannins. So fresh. So rich, enticing and layered. A blend of 84 per cent cabernet sauvignon, nine per cent petit verdot and seven per cent cabernet franc. Delicious now. Drink or hold. $195/magnum. Our Price $179.99/magnum

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93-96 Points
2017 Kongsgaard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is outrageously beautiful. Savory, dense and earthy with a distinctly Old World sense of structure, the 2017 is shaping up to be a real gem. In a vintage in which so many wines are opulent, Kongsgaard's Cabernet Sauvignon is unusually tannic and brooding in feel, even though the blend incorporates 20% Merlot. $200 (Arrives this afternoon)

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