The Grape Tray

December 30th 2019 Newsletter

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G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Brut

Winemaker Notes: Exuberant bubbles, Mumm Grand Cordon has a brilliant and golden colour. Lush aromas of ripe peach, apricot and pineapple cascade from the glass, chased by hints of vanilla and caramel, yeast, dried fruit and honey. One sip and Mumm Grand Cordon unleashes intense, complex flavours of fresh fruit and caramel that morph into a long, lingering finish. $50 Our Price $25.95 (Arrives 12/31/19) Discounted 48%.

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2013 Ravenswood Icon Red Blend Sonoma

Winemaker Notes: The 2013 Icon displays alluring blackberry, mulberry, and blueberry with exciting hints of anise and pie spice. Lively and weighty, this wine has wonderful tannins and texture, offering structure and grip without being aggressive. Its generous finish is a blend of fruit and spice that carries on long after the wine has left your mouth. 33% Zinfandel, 33% Petite Sirah, 26% Carignane, 8% Alicante. $75 Our Price $23.95 (60 bottles in stock)

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne, Magnum

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in this harmonious rosé . There's tension to the knit of vibrant acidity and chalky texture, driving this to a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $140.99/magnum

Wine Spectator 90
2017 RAYMOND Merlot Napa
Valley Reserve Selection

Dense, featuring mocha and spice notes to the ripe dark fruit flavors. Cocoa bean hints linger on the rich finish, with plenty of chocolate accents. Drink now through 2023. 4,053 cases made.—K.M. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 12/31/19)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva

Winemaker Notes: A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it's clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood. Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation. $10 Our Price $7.95 (Back in stock)

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Wine Spectator 92
ROBERT MONDAVI Fumé Blanc Oakville 2015

Complex, offering a mix of beeswax, honeysuckle and dried mango flavors up front, which give way to poached pear and apricot notes at the core, with spice, toast and almond butter edges mingling. Wonderful succulent acidity makes the finish just as powerful as the first aromatic sniff. Drink now. 2,815 cases made. — MW Issue Feb 28, 2019. $40 Our Price $12.75 (Discounted 68%)

2017 Lewis Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: “So good!” - a direct quote from our winemaker Josh Widaman when we finished final barrel selections for the 2017 Napa Cabernet. Dense, layered aromas with sweet cocoa, alluring oak spice and wow-factor frontal fruit, the wine is showy yet seriously structured. Creamy melted berry character gives way to supple muscle with integrated tannins and a long, lavish finish. $100 Our Price $89.99

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points
2017 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Reine des Bois

The saturated purple-hued 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée De La Reine Des Bois is another brilliant wine from this estate. Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Syrah and Vaccarèse (as well as a few other varieties) brought up in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of blackcurrants, chocolaty herbs, ground pepper, and graphite. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it stays pure and flawlessly balanced on the palate, with silky tannins. I love everything about this wine, which reminds me of a slightly plusher example of the 2010. It has some upfront charm today and will continue drinking brilliantly for 15 years or more. $100 Our Price $84.99

Wine Spectator 94
VILMART Brut Champagne Coeur de Cuvée 2010

This elegant version offers seamless integration, draping a vivid frame of acidity with a fine, satiny texture and layered flavors of black currant, chopped almond, candied lemon zest and biscuit. Focused and graceful throughout, with a lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged January 2017. Drink now through 2028. 200 cases imported. –AN $151 Our Price $138.99

Wine Spectator 93
JEAN GRIVOT Nuits-St.-Georges
Les Charmois Burgundy 2016

Cherry, plum, iron, tobacco and toast notes are the hallmarks of this polished, yet solid red. The tannins emerge as this builds to a long, resonant finish. All the elements are in the right proportions. Best from 2022 through 2038. 98 cases made. — BS $106 Our Price $77.99

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 boysenberry, coffee and pencil lead. Forward black and blue fruit, plush and polished. $30 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock 1/3/20)

Wine Advocate 98+
2010 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

This is an extraordinary performance once again from the Cathiard family, the proprietors of Smith-Haut-Lafitte. They think the 2010 is even better than the 2009. (I disagree, but only slightly.) This wine has laser-like definition in its an remarkable nose of a subtle charcoal fire interwoven with spring flowers, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur and spicy wood. Full-bodied, stunningly concentrated, long, rich and moderately tannic, this wine is set for an exceptionally long life of 30-40 years but can be drunk in 5-7. Our Price $166.95


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