The Grape Tray

April 17th 2020 Newsletter

2018 Montecillo Rias Baixas Albarino

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, pale lemon color with green hints. Very elegant nose, with jasmine and orange blossom hints followed by notes of sweet apple and dried herbs with a saline background. Rich and full of flavor and texture on the palate. Lively acidity surrounded by flower and citrus notes mixed with aromatic herbs. Balanced with a long finish. Extremely versatile for pairing with Indian, Mexican and Thai cuisine – dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala or Pad Thai, or a traditional pairing like seafood, clams or oysters. $18 Our Price $14.95

2014 Champ de Reves
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Blueberry, cranberry, wisteria, and white rose join wisps of cedar incense, leather, dried mint, and Thai basil on the nose. Pomegranate, tangerine, Niçoise olive, cinnamon, and green tea flavors come together on the palate. Intricately balanced acidity, silky texture, and a touch of mineral are all framed by sturdy tannin carrying into a long, lingering finish. $44 Our Price $16.95 (Discounted 61%)

2015 Skinner Smithereens GSM

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 Red Blend has red fruit aromatics like dark cherry, strawberry preserves, and dried cranberry, while subtle notes wild sage, fennel seed, and dirt road add nuance. The palate is medium bodied with a crunchy dose of minerality, subtle tannins and lingering acidity on the finish. Blend: 51% Grenache, 31% Mourvedre, 12% Syrah, 5% Cunoise. $24 Grape Tray email subscriber price $9.95 (Back in stock)

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

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

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir
Russian River, Half Bottles

A crazy good value, the 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir is the appellation release from this team and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across Green Valley, Laguna Ridge and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest all flow to a medium bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. $18/375ml. Our Price $15.99/375ml

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

Zinfandel Enthusiasts Rejoice! This is the deal you have been waiting for. Back in stock!
2014 Elyse Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Our 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is garnet red in color with pleasing aromas of baking spice, boysenberry, cherry, citrus, rosemary, chocolate and clove. It is full and rich on the palate with a smooth mouthfeel and flavors of red and black wild berries, mocha, maple and hints of savory herb and citrus zest. This wine is balanced and complex with succulent fruit and subtle dusty tannins on the long finish. $45 Our Price $12.95 Discounted 71%

2018 Mazzocco Dry Creek Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Perfectly balanced with intense aromas of dark fruit - blackberry, wild cherry, and French plum - bound by vanilla bean notes. A taste sensation of vibrant fruit supported by velvety tannins with luscious flavors of chocolate truffle, raspberry preserves, a smidgen of allspice, and a dusting of powdered cacao, finishing with cardamom and spicy notes. $22 Our Price $18.99

Wine Advocate 96+
2015 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli

Altesino's 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli shows those celebrated characteristics of this special vineyard cru that are always portrayed with pronounced mineral intensity, with highlights of crushed granite and pencil shaving. Indeed, Altesino's five-hectare Montosoli vineyard sees a greater concentration of clay schist Galestro rock, and the vineyard altitude (at 350 meters above sea level) adds to the wine's perceived freshness. In this case, those mineral notes are applied with small brush strokes, as the core of the wine is occupied by wild fruit and forest berry. Medicinal herb and rosemary essence appear quietly at the back. This is a very compact and bright wine with young tannins and solid structure. It has all the attributes you look for in a candidate that can withstand long cellar aging. I'd suggest waiting five years or more before popping this cork. Some 19,000 bottles were filled in July 2019, and the wine was released in January 2020. $125 Our Price $119.99

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