The Grape Tray

December 13th 2019 Newsletter

Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points
2018 Charles Smith VINO Rose of Sangiovese

From 100% Sangiovese mostly from the Wahluke Slope, the 2018 ViNO Rose offers a knock-out bouquet of strawberry and Jolly Rancher to go with a juicy, balanced, delicious style on the palate. It's a rocking rosé. $15 Liquidation Price $9.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Wine Advocate 94+
2017 Ilaria Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot aged 22 months in 75% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it gives up expressive notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry pie and spice cake with hints of licorice, tobacco and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and background freshness, finishing on a compelling black tea note. 560 cases made. $50

James Suckling 93 Points
2014 Heitz Cellar Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Attractive red berries and red licorice in this medium-bodied Cabernet. There’s handy freshness and detailed red plums and blackcurrants and a smooth, fine and juicy feel to the finish. Drink or hold. $70 Our Price $58.99

Wine Spectator 92
STEWART Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

This offers a wide swath of plum, boysenberry and blackberry puree flavors, laced with red licorice details and coated with sweet toast notes. A light bramble edge at the very end keeps this honest. Drink now through 2022. —J.M. $60

Wine Spectator 92
ALBERT BICHOT Meursault Les Charmes
Domaine du Pavillon 2017

Lilac and butterscotch aromas lead off, featuring lime, hazelnut and spice flavors. This firms up as it cruises to a long finish, with a lingering, pastry-filled aftertaste. Drink now through 2024. 117 cases imported. — BS $115 Our Price $106.99 (Back in stock) Limited

James Suckling 92 Points
2016 Titus Napa Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Some quite meaty and spicy oak aromas here with a wealth of ripe mixed berries. The palate has a very smoothly arranged feel with toasty oak threaded through ripe, plush and soft berries. A blend of 85 per cent cabernet sauvignon with petit verdot, merlot and malbec. Let the oak settle. Try from 2020. $50 Our Price $42.99

Wine Spectator 91
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County 2017

Plump and supple, with soft raspberry, toasted spice and licorice flavors that glide along a silky finish. Drink now through 2023. 76,500 cases made. — TF $26 Our Price $18.95 (Back in stock)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
2016 Meyney Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux

The 2016 Meyney is a bold, powerful wine. Tobacco, menthol, chocolate, spice and torrefaction notes all add shades of darkness. Meyney is potent and quite broad in feel, and yet everything is very nicely balanced. Although not especially subtle, Meyney delivers the goods, and then some. $40.25 (Arrives this afternoon)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
2016 Les Cruzelles Lalande De Pomerol, Bordeaux

The 2016 Les Cruzelles is every bit as captivating from bottle as it was from barrel. Dense, pliant and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, new leather and lavender all run through this super-expressive, pliant Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. The 2016 offers a striking combination of fruit intensity and structure. I loved it. $38.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple and gives very pretty notes of crushed red currants, black cherries and black currants with touches of camphor, pencil shavings, lilacs and cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a taut structure of grainy tannins and great freshness supporting the muscular red and black fruits, finishing with a lingering minty lift. 2,500 cases produced. $35 Our Price $30.55 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 92
TURLEY Zinfandel California Juvenile 2017

Vibrant and zesty, with lively cherry and raspberry flavors, accented by smoky sage and peppery licorice notes. Drink now through 2026. 15,000 cases made. — TF $20 Our Price $22.99 (Back in stock) Limited

Wine Spectator 93
ROAR Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Garys' Vineyard 2017

Refined and precise, with good cut to the dried red currant and raspberry flavors, backed by firm acidity and silky tannins. Savory and underbrush notes emerge on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2024. 756 cases made. — KM $62

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2017 Roar Rosella’s SLH Syrah

Gary commented that Syrah handled the Labor Day heatwave better in the Santa Lucia Highlands because it didn’t go through veraison until Sept 1st and was less affected by the heat. The 2017 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard reveals a deep purple color as well racy notes of black and blue fruit, bacon fat, orange zest, and graphite. Rich, fullbodied, and powerful, it shows more olive and bouquet garni notes with time in the glass, has beautiful acidity, no hard edges, and a great finish. $50

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 (Back in stock)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94+ pts
Kamen 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is racy, powerful and explosive, as the wines always are. Dark red cherry jam, iron, cedar, tobacco, smoke and rose petal all race out of the glass as this inky, plush Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its curves. Even though it is made in a rich, super-concentrated style, the Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon typically needs the better part of a decade to be at its very best. What a wine. $95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 96
PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ross Station Estate 2017

Well-sculpted and elegant, featuring concentrated baked apple, pear tart and white berry flavors that are layered with richly spiced and toasty notes. The plush finish is pure, offering seductive sage cream and honeyed details. Drink now through 2025. 339 cases made. — KM $85



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