The Grape Tray

February 4th, 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 (Back in stock 2/5/20) Delicious!

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS MURIEL Rioja
Fincas de la Villa Reserva 2015

This generous red is rich and round, with ripe tannins and orange peel acidity. Cherry, dried currant, licorice, vanilla and spice flavors are ample yet focused. A balance of traditional and modern styles. Drink now through 2030. —T.M. $20 Our Price $16.99

Wine Spectator 92
ROCO Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley Gravel Road

Vibrant and well-structured, with refined cherry, stony mineral and green tea accents that build richness and polish toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028. 4,790 cases made. From Oregon.—T.F. $25 Our Price $21.99

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

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 92
YAO FAMILY Napa Crest Napa Valley Red 2016

A dark and brawny style, with an alder and espresso frame around a core of dark currant, blackberry and fig paste flavors, all of which meld together slowly through the finish, which picks up a notable loam edge. For fans of the hefty style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2030. —J.M. 1,800 cases. $52 Our Price $44.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 Points
2017 Robert Mondavi Napa
 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a rich, boisterous wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Ripe dark cherry, plum, leather, chocolate, spice and menthol are front and center in this boisterous, explosive Napa Valley Cabernet. Best of all, this flashy and flamboyant Cabernet is a fabulous value. $40 Liquidation Price $25.95 (Limited to 11 bottles on hand)

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

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

Wine Advocate 93
2015 Secret Indulgence Tarot
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Petit Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2015 Tarot Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color and exuberant nose of warm plums, crushed cherries and crème de cassis with touches of Indian spices, fragrant earth and violets with a waft of lavender. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it fills the palate with black berry and earthy layers, finishing with the lovely velvety texture paving the way. $45 (We will receive the last 3 cases of the 2015 vintage this afternoon)

2017 Sonoma Cutrer
The Cutrer Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The Cutrer is a rich, complex wine. On the nose, you are greeted with integrated oak notes of caramel, pie crust, apple pie, ripe peach, nectarine, nougat, brown sugar and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is nicely focused with a creamy mid-palate, bright acidity and a long, rich finish. Flavors of warm pie crust, fresh apple and pear are accented with touches of nut, light vanilla and baking spice. Each of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Chardonnays is unique in their flavor characteristics. The Cutrer appeals to wine lovers who enjoy a creamier, rounder Chardonnay with more oak influence. $32 Our Price $28.99

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


Wine Spectator 94
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Rockpile 2016

A racy style, buoyed by a polished structure, offering expressive cherry, bay leaf and smoky cracked pepper flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 2,485 cases made. — TF $50 Our Price $39.95 (Arrives this afternoon)


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