The Grape Tray

March 6th, 2020 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 90
WindRacer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015

Lithe and spicy, with creamy accents to the apple pastry, pear tart and dried tropical fruit flavors. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,502 cases made. — KM $40 In-Store Only Price $15.95 (Delicious)

Wine Spectator 89
GEORG ALBRECHT SCHNEIDER Riesling Spätlese Rheinhessen Niersteiner Hipping 2017

Floral, refined and charming, with notes of white raspberry, persimmon and sage honey. Mineral details emerge midpalate and add to the complexity, but this tails off on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 830 cases made, 448 cases imported. — AZ $18 Our Price $14.99

Wine Spectator 92
BODEGAS GODEVAL Godello Valdeorras 2018

This bold white has a rich texture, backed by firm acidity. Pear and passion fruit flavors are supported by ginger, mineral and spice notes. Shows a tropical character, yet remains focused and clean. Drink now through 2023. 3,000 cases made, 800 cases imported.—T.M. $19 Our Price $17.29

Wikipedia: Godello is a white variety of wine grape grown in northwestern Spain, in particular in Galicia. The Gouveio found in northern Portugal is thought to be the same grape variety.

The origins of Godello variety are located in the town of Godella (Valencia) where this variety was first planted back in the 19th century by a local landowner in their plantation of Campo Olivar by the Baron of this township. In the early 1920s the vineyards were transported by a Galician trader who took several samples up to Galicia.

2017 Bernardus Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The aromas exhibit scents of peach and lychee accented by caramel and toasty oak notes. The palate is very rich and highly focused with vibrant tropical fruit and citrus flavors supported by a crisp acidity. $24 Our Price $20.49

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 94 Points
2017 Failla Platt Chardonnay

The 2017 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard is one of the more intense, powerful wines and is certainly one of my favorites in the lineup. Exotic orange blossom, orchard fruits, charcoal, and white flower notes give way to a medium-bodied, racy, vibrant Chardonnay that has good concentration and depth as well as length. This is classic Sonoma Coast Chardonnay! $59 Our Price $54.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

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

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon
Lewelling Ranch

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019. $75

Wine Spectator 94
MOUNT VEEDER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2016

This displays a pure core of black cherry, cassis and plum puree flavors before the back end clamps down, revealing grippy tar and apple wood notes. Shows freshness and drive, with a pervasive sagebrush detail. Give this time to round into form. Best from 2022 through 2038. 39,041 cases made. — JM $44 Our Price $31.95

Wine Advocate 92
2015 Mauro Molino Barolo

The 2015 Barolo is a slightly more subdued and downplayed expression of Nebbiolo from a vintage that generally unleashes the explosive and exuberant side of the grape. In Mauro Molino's version, the fruit is contained and packaged in neat little aromatic compartments, starting first with wild berry and moving successively to rose, spice, leather, dark licorice, tar and cigar. You'd do well to highlight those subtleties by serving it with some delicate crackers and goose liver pâté. Production is ample with 49,000 bottles made. $45 Our Price $38.99



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