The Grape Tray

January 28th 2020 Newsletter

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2014 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: From the beautiful Silver Pines Vineyard at nearly 1000 ft. elevation on Sonoma Mountain, this Pinot Noir is a blend of clones UCD 23 and Pommard. The masculinity of clone 23 blends beautifully with the perfume and complexity of Pommard. Tiny yields produced a powerful, complex wine that will age beautifully for years to come. $55 Our Price $16.25 (Arrives 1/29/20)

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 Liquidation Price $12.95 (Limited to sock on hand)

Wine Spectator 92
KOKOMO Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2018

A zesty and plump red, with wild berry, toasted sage and cracked pepper flavors that build layers toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2027. 1,200 cases made.—Tim Fish. $28 Our Price TBD (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 91 Points
2017 La Crema Russian River Chardonnay

The 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is sourced from seven vineyards across the appellation. It was barrel fermented and aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. It opens with toast, fresh pear and apple fruit with notes of lemon cream, honeysuckle, pie crust and sweet spices. Medium-bodied, it's rounded and creamy in the mouth with good fruit intensity tempered by toasty oak notes, enlivened by refreshing acidity and finishing long. Well done! 25,000 cases produced. $27 Our Price $

Wine Spectator 89
CASCINA ADELAIDE Barbera d'Alba
Superiore Vigna Preda 2016

This is spicy, with vanilla, milk chocolate and toasty oak notes framing blackberry and plum fruit. Concedes to dense, dusty tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,000 cases made, 600 cases imported. — BS $30. Our Price $19.99

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS ARTEVINO Rioja Orben 2014

This red shows depth and density, with black cherry and blackberry flavors supported by firm, well-integrated tannins and juicy acidity. Notes of smoke, licorice and mineral emerge on the finish. Harmonious. Drink now through 2028. 2,080 cases made. –TM $35 Our Price $26.99

James Suckling 91 Points
2017 Talbott Vineyards Pinot Noir
Monterey County Kali Hart

Deep and dark aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body, juicy fruit and a one-dimensional and fruity finish. Underlying, sold tannins. Drink now. $20 Our Price $17.99

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. Our Price $38.95

Wine Spectator 92
AURÉLIEN VERDET Morey-St.-Denis Burgundy 2015

Broad and spicy, displaying sandalwood overlaying cherry, vanilla and toast notes. Dense, with a firm, dusty grip on the meaty finish. Best from 2020 through 2032. 180 cases imported. –BS $90 Our Price $73.95

Wine Advocate 93
2017 Pride Mountain Merlot

Containing 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Merlot offers up pronounced notes of plum preserves, baked blackberries and black forest cake with suggestions of baking spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and velvety textured, the palate is laden with dark fruit and spice layers, beautifully defined by a refreshing line, finishing with great persistence. 4,404 cases produced. $62 (Arrives 1/29/20)

Wine Spectator 95
SAN FILIPPO Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucére 2013

As much savory as fruity, this offers a fine balance between cherry, leather, spice and carob aromas and flavors. Rich yet lively, leaving a mouthwatering impression on the long, saline aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2035. 1,000 cases made. –BS $90 Our Price $84.95

2015 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, rich red color with a purple rim. A robust wine with an assertive and alluring attack, it has notes of strawberry, cigar and tea leaves with a touch of black pepper and clove. A mouthwatering mid-palate of raspberry is followed by an expressive and bright finish. With lush and silky tannins, this ageworthy wine will show beautifully through 2038 given proper cellaring conditions. $125 (Arrives 2/4/20)



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