The Grape Tray

March 26th, 2020 Newsletter

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WOW! - Discounted 72%
2012 Carte Blanche Nobles
 Sonoma Coast Pinot

Winemaker Notes: The 2012 Pinot Noir is full of promise, needing ample time to open, it reveals bright freshly macerated cherries, carnation, and dried provencal herbs. Savory notes step forward in the generous mid-palate offering notes of dried sage, lilac, and faint cardamom. Baking spices, Swedish fish, and sour cherry sit on the silky and lengthy finish. 250 Cases Produced. Internet Price $65 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $18.25) A perfect example of how a California Pinot Noir can develop into a polished, round and complex wine. Drink now!

Wine Spectator 92
QUIVIRA Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2016

Zesty, yet with a sense of refinement, this textbook Dry Creek style offers vibrant raspberry, dried sage and cracked pepper flavors that sprint toward fine tannins. Drink now through 2025. 4,985 cases made. — TF $25 Our Price $18.49

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

2018 Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Dark garnet-red color. Aromas of ripe plum and cherry fruits, sweet oak, and complex gravel earth. Enters with sweet bramble fruit, rich tannins, toasted oak, and complex minerality. Refreshing acidity supports a long finish. $35 Our Price $31.99

Wine Spectator 91
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County 2017

Plump and supple, with soft raspberry, toasted spice and licorice flavors that glide along a silky finish. Drink now through 2023. 76,500 cases made. — TF $26 Our Price $18.95 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 93
RIDGE Geyserville Alexander Valley 2018, Half Bottles

Robust yet brooding, with multilayered black plum, licorice and Asian five-spice powder flavors that build richness toward big, briary tannins. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet. Best from 2022 through 2030. —T.F. $25/375ml. Our Price $22.99/375ml

2016 Paradigm Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Dark Cabernet color with beautiful aromas of black cherry, cassis, plus 5-spice, vanilla. Big, ripe and mouthcoating across the palate. The flavors are similar to the aromas with ripe fruit, berry/cherry pie, moderate tannins, and nice length. This wine shows enough structure to be age-worth, yet soft and balanced enough to enjoy upon release. Flavors linger in this tasty, dense wine. Tastes like Oakville. $84 (Arrives 3/27/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 Points
2016 Alban Patrina Estate Syrah

The 2016 Patrina is another beautiful, elegant wine that has classic Alban depth and richness as well as notes of crème de cassis, smoked meats, iodine, and hints of bacon fat. Unfortunately, quantities are down 50% due to berry shrivel, yet the wine is a stunning, full-bodied, silky Syrah that will drink beautifully for a decade. Patrina is bacon, smoked meats, and deep fruit, all framed with what one can reasonably call the ‘Alban Style’. It’s dense, concentrated, dark, and long with restraint. 60% new French oak, 26 months program 100% Estate Syrah. $48

Wine Advocate 94-96+
2017 Turley Wine Cellars
Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard

Fruit for this comes from vines planted in 1953. A barrel sample to be bottled in March, the 2017 Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard has a very deep purple-black, opaque color and very perfumed nose of charcuterie, dried blue flowers and granite with a core of lush, ripe black and blue fruits. Full-bodied and huge in the mouth, it's very perfumed and has lovely dark fruit layers, framed by very firm, chewy tannins and just enough freshness to lift the long, dense finish. 625 cases are expected to be made. $80

2018 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of black cherry, allspice, black currant and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouth feel, supported by acidity, silky tannins and a subtle earthy finish. $35 Our Price $29.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
2016 Abreu Rothwell Hyde Napa Red

The 2016 Rothwell Hyde is a gorgeous wine to drink now, for readers who can find it. Soft and elegant with silky tannins and fabulous balance, the 2016 has so much to offer already. Black cherry, mocha, espresso, licorice, lavender and spice contribute aromatic nuance, but more than anything else, the 2016 is racy and open-knit, with tons of immediacy. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this gem. Drinking window: 2020 – 2031. $225 (Arrives 3/27/20)

Wine Advocate 96
2008 Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan

A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo! $149.95


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