The Grape Tray

November 19th 2019 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
BODEGAS MARQUÉS DE MURRIETA
Rioja Finca Ygay Reserva 2015

Cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and spice flavors mingle in this red. Features a polished texture, with well-integrated tannins and orange peel acidity. Supple, harmonious and graceful. Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2025. 100,000 cases made, 9,067 cases imported. — TM $29 Our Price $19.95

Wine Spectator 93
DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey
Clos des Myglands 2017

A tangy, succulent style, this red exhibits cherry, raspberry, currant, spice and stony mineral aromas and flavors. Elegant and linear, extending on the long, fruit-stained aftertaste. Drink now through 2032. 2,000 cases imported. — BS $53 Our Price $41.95

2018 Frank Family
Carneros Chardonnay, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Hailing from acclaimed vineyard sites, the 2018 Carneros Chardonnay offers a creamy full body complemented by fresh, persistent acidity. Layers of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, and toasted brioche lead to a balanced and lasting finish of vanilla and baking spice. $18/375ml. Our Price $15.69/375ml

2016 JAX Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our grapes are handpicked, sorted and cold-soaked immediately after picking. Following fermentation, this wine was aged for 21 months in French oak, 70% new. This wine offers dark, concentrated depth and character. Given a few minutes or hours after opening a bottle, the aromatics will continue to evolve and improve. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc $50 Our Price $44.99 (Back in stock)

2018 Robert Biale Party Line Zinfandel

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: The 2017 Party Line is a fun and light hearted red wine that is made to enjoy now. Layered with aromatics of dusty strawberries, red licorice, black cherries and raspberry taffy. The entry is soft and

weighty with succulent mid palate tannins that make for a long and juicy finish. $25 Our Price $21.99

2017 Biale BLACK CHICKEN Napa ZINFANDEL

Winemaker Notes: Sourced from the same family vineyard that Aldo, Nonna, Bob Biale and the Biale family have farmed their whole lives, with additional grapes from our neighboring winery vineyard. The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel. $49

2018 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc begins with enticing aromas of lemongrass, lychee, passionfruit, melon and pineapple, followed by hints of white nectarine and lime. On the juicy palate, a subtle viscosity is perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity that adds precision to the citrus and tropical fruit flavors, while driving the wine to a bright, zesty finish. Blend: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon. $29 Our Price $23.99

James Suckling 91 Points
2017 Jermann Pinot Grigio

A very attractive and distinctive pinot grigio that is brimming with apple and raisin aromas. Juicy and elegant palate with a long, uplifting, fresh finish. Very food friendly. Drink now. Screw cap. $23 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 92
CAROL SHELTON Zinfandel
Mendocino County Wild Thing Old Vine 2016

Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2024. 8,220 cases made. — TF $19 Liquidation Price $13.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Spectator 94
TRISAETUM Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Ribbon Ridge Estate 2017

Rich, polished and beautifully structured, with vibrant raspberry and green tea flavors, accented by hints of apricot and building dynamics toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2025.—T.F. 620 cases made. $49 Our Price $38.99

Wine Spectator 94
TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville Reserve 2016

Solidly built, with layers of warm cassis, cherry puree and raspberry coulis stretching out over long, fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. The plushness of the sweet fruit marries wonderfully with the grippy underlay on the lengthy finish. Best from 2022 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.—J.M $85 Our Price $76.99

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points
2016 Hayfork Field Select Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s a blockbuster that still shows the elegance and finesse that are common from this site. Notes of crème de cassis, graphite, blueberries, and a vibrant floral character all develop with time in the glass, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, perfect balance, silky tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s another thrilling wine from Haley Wight that can be drunk today or cellared for two decades or more. $125



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