The Grape Tray

February 21st, 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
BANSHEE Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2018

Distinctive and extremely fragrant, with jasmine and lemon thyme notes singing up front. Crisp and juicy pear, Key lime, dried mango and tangerine flavors gain momentum on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. — MW $20 Our Price $17.99

Wine Advocate 91
2017 Turley Wine Napa Estate Petite Syrah

The 2017 Petite Syrah Turley Estate has a very deep purple-black, opaque color with a nose of toasted coconut, exotic spices, dried violets, lilac and perfumed earth with black cherry pie and blue/black fruit jam notes. Full-bodied, it packs in the black and blue fruits, framed by very firm, very chewy tannins and just enough freshness on the finish. 675 cases produced. $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 96
E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2015, Magnum

Dark and winey, this is youthfully tight, with a core of intense black cherry and black currant preserves, encased within layers of olive, singed alder, juniper and iron. Very focused and driven through the finish. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2022 through 2038. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 23,333 cases made, 700 cases imported. — JM $150/magnum.

Our Price $128.99 (5 magnums in stock)

Wine Spectator 92
STEWART Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

This offers a wide swath of plum, boysenberry and blackberry puree flavors, laced with red licorice details and coated with sweet toast notes. A light bramble edge at the very end keeps this honest. Drink now through 2022. —J.M. $60

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

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Castello Romitorio Il Toro

A blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah, the 2016 Il Toro is a muscular animal that boldly exposes dark fruit, blackberry preserves, dried cherry, spice, leather and spicy cedar. The blend is unique because it pairs the volume and spicy intensity of Syrah with the density, darkness and structure of Petit Verdot. Softer aromas of sweet fruit cede quickly to tar, grilled herb and rich plum. Pair this wine with grilled T-bone steak. This is a bold and expressive wine that opens a new chapter for Filippo Chia and his talented team. $25 Our Price $19.99

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 91
VOLVER Alicante Tarima Hill Old Vines 2016

This bold red is intense and expressive. Cassis and blueberry flavors mingle with cola, cocoa and licorice notes. Chewy tannins and balsamic acidity amplify the impact. Heady, ripe and in the modern style. Monastrell. Drink now through 2024. 10,000 cases made, 9,000 cases imported. — TM $17 Our Price $14.59

Wine Advocate 95
2015 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

The Altesino 2015 Brunello di Montalcino shows beautiful depth and latitude, with broad fruit aromas of dark cherry and cassis that recall the warmth and golden sunlight of the vintage. The wine is deceivingly streamlined in terms of mouthfeel, but that slim and buttoned-down backbone supports a broad range of flavors and sensations, from lavender essence and camphor ash to moist soil and toasted spice. All of these elements are delivered with impressive harmony and unity, and I expect that this wine will continue on a slow, steady and satisfying aging trajectory over the next 10 years or more. Fruit is sourced from across 21 hectares of vines with tufaceous limestone soils and Alberese rock, which contributes to the freshness and balanced structure of the wine. The wine was bottled in June 2019 (with 150,000 bottles made), and this wine was released in January 2020. $65

Our Price $56.99 (Arrives late March 2020) Please email stan@grapetray.com to be added to the pre-arrival list.

Wine Spectator 96
PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ross Station Estate 2017

Well-sculpted and elegant, featuring concentrated baked apple, pear tart and white berry flavors that are layered with richly spiced and toasty notes. The plush finish is pure, offering seductive sage cream and honeyed details. Drink now through 2025. 339 cases made. — KM $85

Wine Advocate 98
2016 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard opens with provocative notions of crushed rocks, fertile loam and truffles with a core of warm cassis, blackberry pie and wild blueberries with touches of camphor and cloves. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house, it packs in the muscular fruit layers with compelling red fruit sparks, framed by firm, grainy tannins and finishing very long and very earthy. 402 cases produced. $340 Our Price $314.99 (Limited)



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