The Grape Tray

February 7th, 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
ALLAN SCOTT Sauvignon Blanc
 Marlborough 2019

Tasting Note: Stylish, generous and intense, featuring lemon curd, apricot and lime sherbet flavors that are vivid and mouthwatering, accented by details of matcha green tea, white pepper and passion fruit. Delivers terrific follow-through on the finish. Drink now. —M.W. $17 Our Price $11.99

2018 Turley Juvenile Zinfandel

Winery Notes: Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of our old vine sites. We tag the vine when we replant it so as not to mix the brand new vine with its much older neighbors, then pick these young vines separately and make a distinct wine. The vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and we pull from 18 of our best vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann. $24

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2017 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, lemon zest and a hint of vanilla, lead to a rich and enveloping palate of lychee fruit and toasted almonds, with bright, mouth-watering acidity. $36 Our Price $30.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
2017 Walter Hansel The North Slope Russian River Pinot Noir

The 2017 Pinot Noir The North Slope Vineyard is one of the more voluptuous, racy wines in this range. Ample and creamy, with tremendous resonance, the 2017 has a lot to offer. Plush fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's considerable immediacy and overall appeal. $45

Wine Spectator 91
DEHLINGER Chardonnay Russian River Valley Un-Filtered 2017

A rich, minerally style, with notes of dried savory herbs to the freshly cut apple and green pear flavors, showing hints of tangerine. A lemongrass accent emerges on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2024. 1,325 cases made.—K.M $42 (Available in-store only)

2018 Grey Wolf Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous! Driven by aromas black currants, blackberries and blueberries that come through on the nose. Hints of sage, tarragon, black pepper and molasses on the palate. Granite minerality and firm tannins create a lingering finish that round out this wonderful Cabernet. Drink now through 2025. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot, 5% Merlot. $22. Our Price $18.99 (Arrives 2/10/20)

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)

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2017 CADE Estate Howell Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon

Coming from estate fruit on Howell Mountain and made from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% each of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers a darker, more mineral-driven style compared to the Napa release. It has beautiful blackcurrant, cassis, forest floor, graphite, and tobacco leaf-like aromas and flavors. Deep, full-bodied, beautifully polished and elegant, it's another remarkable effort from this team. As Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it's a brilliant value! $110 (Arrives 2/12/20)

2017 Orin Swift Mercury Head
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: A familiar nose of pedigree, the wine opens with aromatics of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant, cigar box and a hint of fresh sandalwood shavings and Herbs de Provence—mysteriously intriguing at first but evolving into a thoroughbred with time and air. Dense and layered on the palate, an immediate note of mixed berry strudel topped with fresh cream, fresh black raspberry and soft tannins akin to baking chocolate transition to a finish of both nuance and concentration. Still young, the wine will continue to evolve gracefully while retaining its luscious quality and classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon nature. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. $135 Our Price $119.99

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2017 Booker My Favorite Neighbor Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 My Favorite Neighbor is also terrific and I suspect would cost 2-3 times its going rate if it was from Napa Valley. It's also the more elegant, perfumed, red-fruited release compared to the darker fruited Harvey and Harriet release. Classy notes of black raspberries, spice box, white flowers, lead pencil shavings, and tobacco leaf all emerge from the glass of this medium to full-bodied red, which offers a seamless texture, fine tannins, and a great finish. $80 (Arrives 2/11/20)



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