The Grape Tray

March 10th, 2020 Newsletter

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2015 Paraiso Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A rich mouth feel with a long full flavored finish. $25 Our Price $7.45 (Back in stock 3/11/20)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Pich features very pretty notes of crushed blueberries, blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of violets and cedar chest plus a waft of bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, packed with vibrant black fruits and plushly textured, this buxom beauty is ready for biz, finishing satisfyingly long and spicy. $57 Our Price $49.95

Wine Spectator 91
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2017

Warm plum sauce and raspberry reduction flavors give this a lush and seductive feel, with well-embedded apple wood and anise notes adding detail on the polished finish. Drink now through 2028. 3,916 cases made. — JM. Our Price $24.39 (Arrives 3/11/20)

92 Points - SF Int'l Wine Competition
2017 Roth Alexander Valley Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Bold, full-bodied and rich. Mighty aromas of black cherry, cassis, wet stone and sweet oak. Rich, layered flavors of red currant, blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla complement the firm tannins. Structured and powerful, this Cab lingers on the finish. $28 Our Price $20.99

James Suckling 91 Points
2017 J Vineyards CA Chardonnay

Green apples, chamomile, apple and lemon curd and hints of cloves and dried nutmeg. Medium body, pretty acidity and a minerally finish. Drink now. $21 Our Price $17.95 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 94
BUCKLIN Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley 2016

Loaded with personality and appealingly exotic, this offers a structured core, wrapped in wild berry, cracked pepper, forest floor and black licorice flavors, building richness toward refined tannins. Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Grand Noir, Syrah and Carignane. Drink now through 2030. —T.F. 456 cases made $36 Our Price $32.99

2017 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $190/magnum. Our Price $163.99 Limited

Wine Advocate 92
2014 Brane-Cantenac Margaux

The 2014 Brane-Cantenac has a very classy bouquet, very well defined with blackberry, cedar and tobacco scents, that trademark graphite scent emerging with a few swirls of the glass. It is exactly what you expect from this Margaux estate. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-judged acidity, graphite and cedar towards the linear finish that will clearly need several years to unfold. Classic Margaux really, but wise owls will cellar it away for several years. $57.95

Wine Advocate 96
2015 Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs
 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate sports a very deep purple-black color and is scented of bright red and black currants notes with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush, mossy bark and damp soil, plus suggestions of lavender and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy backbone supporting the muscular fruit, with plenty of earth layers coming through on the long, savory finish. $450 Our Price $399.99

Wine Spectator 92
LUJON Cabernet Sauvignon
 Walla Walla Valley 2016

Broad-shouldered yet agile, with expressive blackberry and cherry flavors accented by bay leaf and espresso notes, building richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 602 cases made. — TF $25 Our Price $18.99 (Arrives 3/13/20)

Wine Advocate 98
2016 Arkenstone Howell Mountain Estate Red

The 2016 Howell Mountain Estate Red Blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with incredibly fragrant red and black currants, crushed black berries and black cherries notes with hints of cigar box, bay leaves, licorice, oyster sauce, yeast extract and chargrill. The palate is full, super concentrated and built like a brick house, offering very firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and savory. This flat-out beauty should be very long lived! 700 cases produced, to be released in the fall of 2019. $175 Limited



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