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March 13th, 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
2018 Lewis Napa Chardonnay

Well-knit and powerfully structured, with unctuous flavors of ripe pear, apple pastry and dried mango, filled with toasty notes. The creamy finish lingers with hints of dried sage and quince paste. Drink now through 2025. 2,400 cases made. — KM $55 Our Price $49.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
MT. BRAVE Merlot Mount Veeder 2016

Powerful, brooding and full of dark plum, dried blackberry and cherry flavors that feature notes of dark olive. Shows savory richness midpalate, with firm tannins on the finish, accented by dark chocolate details. Best from 2021 through 2026. 547 cases made. — KM $80

Wine Spectator 93
FITZ-RITTER Riesling Pfalz
Ungstein Herrenberg GG 2017

A beautifully crafted example, with a minty aroma and lush, creamy flavors of baked pear, apple tart and dried pineapple, all connected by juicy acidity that acts as a backbone. Savory mineral and chamomile notes mark the long, echoing finish. Youthful, but with multiple layers that will unravel with aging. Best from 2021 through 2032. 75 cases made, 28 cases imported. –AZ $47 Our Price $36.99

2018 Failla Sonoma Coast PINOT NOIR

Winemaker Notes: A benchmark wine of vintage, variety, and place. Bright red fruit, floral splashes, juicy pomegranate, and wild herb express structure with finesse and elegance. $39 Our Price $33.99

Wine Spectator 91
BESSERAT DE BELLEFON Brut Rosé
Champagne Cuvée des Moines NV, Half Bottle

This mouthwatering Champagne is soft and creamy in texture, with a finely knit mix of ripe strawberry, pastry cream and candied pink grapefruit zest, showing a rich hint of smoky toasted brioche. Lingering finish. Disgorged June 2016. Drink now through 2021. 750 cases made. — AN Our Price $35.99/375ml

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2017 Beringer Reserve Chardonnay

A different animal, the 2017 Chardonnay Private Reserve is richer and more opulent, with Montrachet-like caramelized lemon, tropical fruits, and brioche aromas and flavors. Nevertheless, it’s still more elegant and vibrant than past vintages, with medium body, a layered texture, and good acidity. I love its balance and it can be drunk any time over the coming 2-4 years, although there’s no need to delay gratification. $40 Our Price $33.99

Wine Spectator 95
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2015

A real head-turner, ultrarich and powerful, sharply focused, deftly balanced, ending with a mouthcoating mix of black licorice, fresh herb and earth, and cedary oak notes. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases made. — JL $105 (Back in stock)

Wine Advocate 99 Points
2016 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard slides seductively out of the glass with the most gorgeous notions of Chinese five spice, plum preserves, crème de cassis and potpourri plus hints of oolong tea, spearmint and cedar chest. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, the generously spiced black fruit preserves, the firm, plush frame and the finish are simply epic. 469 cases were made. $560 Our Price $499.99 (Limited) Please email stan@grapetray.com

Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points
2016 Cardinale Estate Red

Just about as close to perfection as a wine can get, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Chris Carpenter comes mostly from mountain vineyards and is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. This full-bodied, rounded, thrillingly textured beauty boasts a saturated purple color as well as a huge nose of crème de cassis, new saddle leather, barbecue smoke, and scorched earth. It has perfect integration of its fruit, tannins, acidity, and oak, carries remarkable power and intensity, yet still glides over the palate with no heaviness or sensation of weight. It’s going to be a legendary Napa Valley Cabernet and will have 3 decades or more of longevity. $360 Our Price $324.99


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