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January 3rd 2020 Newsletter

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2017 Virginia Marie Lambrix (VML)
 Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Incredibly pretty, floral, fruit-centric, and slightly spicy. Oak inspires hints of graham cracker and vanilla, and the finish finds pert acidity, bing cherries, and rose petals. $44 Our Price $21.95 (Limited to 120 bottles arriving on 1/7/20)

Wine Spectator 91
RAPITALÀ Nero d'Avola Sicilia Alto 2016

Rich notes of baked cherry, fig cake, tarry mineral, licorice and lavender are set in a fresh, focused, medium-bodied frame. Well-knit and lively, offering light, taut tannins that firm the chewy finish. Drink now through 2026. 400 cases imported.—A.N. $25 Our Price $18.99

Wine Spectator 93
TOLAINI Toscana Tenuta S. Giovanni
Valdisanti 2014

Ripe, packed with black cherry, blackberry, violet, iron and spice aromas and flavors, this red is muscular and sophisticated. Beefy tannins shore this up, along with fresh acidity and a detailed aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2028. 8,300 cases made. — BS $39. Our Price $26.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose

Winemaker Notes: A bright sparkling pink color. Pleasant and powerful on the nose with a strong presence of ripe red berries. Round and full on the palate. $10 Our Price $7.95

2018 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: With a brilliant garnet hue, the 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. $25 Our Price $19.99

2016 Buena Vista North Coast Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The 2016 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of small, dark fruits and black cherry juice. Flavors of black currant and cherry are accented with a touch of black pepper. This is a medium-bodied wine with velvety tannins and a plush mouthfeel that is made to be enjoyed now and paired with hearty dishes. $18 Our Price $12.95 (Limited to 12 bottles in stock)

2017 Scarlett Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, flawless and a compelling Rutherford beauty. Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. $70 (Arrives 1/8/20)

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Old Vines

Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Zinfandel Old Vines features exotic spice accents over a core of blueberry and boysenberry compote, crushed black cherries and berries with notes of cinnamon stick and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has loads of spicy black and blue fruits in the mouth with firm, ripe tannins to frame and juicy acidity, finishing long and very spicy. 12,000 cases produced. $30 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2018 Le Clos Du Caillou Cotes du Rhone Rose

Winemaker Notes: Hand-harvested. Pressed full cluster (rosé de pressurage). Juice left to settle overnight in temperature-controlled tanks. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank. Aged in tank for five months. TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of summer raspberries, light herbs, lavender, red plums. Fresh, medium-bodied, tangy; red berries, wild strawberries. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; dried tomato tapanade; air-dried charcuterie; grilled chicken with herbs. BLEND: 55% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Counoise and 15% Syrah VINEYARDS $19 Our Price $15.99

Jeb Dunnuck 96-98 Points
2018 Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah

The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there's some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It's a magical Syrah from Tensely, and my money is on it being the finest to date. $42

Pre-Arrival Alert
Wine Advocate 95-97 Points
2018 Château de Beaucastel
Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Another in a string of top vintages, Beaucastel's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape was produced from Grenache yields of only eight hectoliters per hectare ("normal" is about 28 hectoliters per hectare, according to Marc Perrin). The final blend I was shown is almost candied in its fruity intensity of raspberries and cherries, yet it has a potent underpinning of more savory elements, like tapenade, grilled meat and dried spices. Full-bodied, with fine, silky tannins, this shows tremendous length, reverberating with hints of crushed stone on the finish. $100. Our Price $79.95 (Arrives November 2020) Please email stan@grapetray.com to be added to the pre-arrival list.

Wine Advocate 100
2016 Odette Estate Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is deep purple-black in color and simply sings of black cherry compote, blackcurrant cordial, lilacs, star anise and unsmoked cigars with underlying notions of cedar chest, eucalyptus, mocha and black truffles. Full-bodied, opulently fruited and strutting amazing freshness, the black fruit and earthy layers have seamless freshness and red fruit accents sewn into the multifaceted palate with a solid, fine-grained frame and epic persistence. The perfect poise here is remarkable. $320 (2 bottles in stock)



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