The Grape Tray

November 12th 2019 Newsletter

Official World Wide Release Date:
Thursday, November 21st!
2019 Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaujolais Nouveau

Producer Notes: Crafted in our signature house style, this Beaujolais Nouveau is smooth, juicy and perfectly refreshing. It’s great on its own or with a light meal. $12 Our Price $8.95

2017 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $190/magnum. Our Price $163.99

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

Wine Spectator 92
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Rosé Champagne Sauvage NV

A deeply-hued, vinous rosé, almost garnet in color, this distinctive version offers dried cherry and currant flavors, accented by delicate dried thyme, graphite and singed orange peel notes. Well-recommended for food, this is firm and lightly chalky in texture, with a lingering, mineral-laced finish. Drink now through 2023. 20,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. — AN $63 Our Price $49.95

Wine Spectator 92
CARLISLE Zinfandel Russian River Valley Piner-Olivet Ranches 2017

Dynamic and well-structured, with an intense core of boysenberry, dried sage and smoky sweet anise flavors, taking on power toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 470 cases made. — TF $40

Wine Spectator 94
Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017

Sleek, with powerful minerality to the pure-tasting flavors of pear tart, apple pastry and peach. Rich lemon curd accents fill in midpalate and linger on spicy and well-framed finish. Drink now through 2025. $60

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon
Lewelling Ranch

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019. $75 (Back in stock 11/15/19)

2016 Cakebread Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Deep shades of purple, and rich dark-red hues, signal that this is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and notes of oak precede balanced acidity and firm tannins. With forward fruit, and welcome mineral undertones, this is a perfectly balanced wine that is approachable now, yet will age beautifully. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors. $185/magnum. Our Price $169.99.

Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points
2017 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

A slightly bigger wine than the Sonoma Coast, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley offers tons of rich black fruits, cola, and smoked earth characteristics in its medium to full-bodied, rounded, textured profile. Coming from a mix of sites, mostly destemmed (there are 15% whole clusters), and brought up in 17% new French oak, it’s a rocking little wine that delivers loads of pleasure. $30 (Arrives 11/14/19)

2017 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: With a brilliant garnet hue, the 2017 Luli Pinot Noir bursts from the glass with powerful aromatics of Bing cherry, strawberry cream, and baked plum. The morning fog and coastal breezes that pour into the Santa Lucia Highlands envelop the palate in the form of rose petal, blackberry crumble, red currant, and sage undertones. These rugged slopes stress the vines, producing fruit of exceptional complexity and structure, which reflect in the wine’s lively acidity and elegant tannin. This wine’s expansive, lingering finish allows for pairing with a wide variety of dishes. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 95 Points
2016 Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine. $35 (Arrives 11/13/19)

Wine Spectator 95
PRUETT Syrah Sierra Foothills
 Championship Cuvee 2016

Plump and polished, with a deep, structured core, offering blackberry, crushed stone, orange peel and licorice flavors that gather richness toward big-shouldered tannins. 75 cases made Drink now through 2026.—T.F $100

Wine Spectator 96
SPRING MOUNTAIN VINEYARD
Elivette Napa Valley 2015

Dense yet energetic, delivering Black Mission fig and dark plum fruit flavors, while vigorous bramble and licorice snap notes push from behind. Flashes of sage and sassafras peek through, giving this lift and cut on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2022 through 2040. 1,810 cases made. — JM. $150 Our Price $131.99


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