May 1st 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

May 1st 2020 Newsletter

WOW-Discounted 79%
2016 McBride Sisters
Central Coast Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This Central Coast Chardonnay is elegant and vivacious. The fruit was sustainably grown in Edna Valley and Monterey County with flavors that span white peach, pear, citrus zest, green apple, pineapple, vanilla, oak and with delicate notes of white florals. A portion of the wine was put into new and neutral French oak barrels, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks. $20 Our Price $4.25 (Arrives 5/5/20)

Back in stock!
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 Spectator 91
ROBERTO ANSELMI Veneto White San Vincenzo 2018

Tasting Note: Aromatic, with chive blossom and ground ginger notes, this creamy, medium-bodied white layers a streak of salinity and racy acidity with expressive flavors of star anise, ripe melon and pink grapefruit sorbet. Garganega, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2025. 5,000 cases imported —A.N. $24 Our Price $15.95

2018 Babcock Santa Barbara Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: In 2018 we returned to a Santa Barbara County appellation for our flagship Chardonnay. At bottling the wine has a very tightly knit structure. Aromatically, the minerally apple/pear fruit is a bit like a baby Top Cream minus the new French Oak. On the palate, that fruit is launched by a bracing acidity which ushers in a mouthwatering effect all the way through the uber-long finish. $30 Our Price $14.95 (Back in stock) Discounted 50%

Wine Spectator 90
ANDREW MURRAY Syrah Santa Ynez Valley Tous Les Jours 2017

Sleek and polished, with elegantly layered raspberry, orange peel and licorice flavors that turn up the peppery elements on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 12,500 cases made.—T.F $20 Our Price $14.95 (Back in stock)

Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points
The Paring Red Blend 2015

The 2015 Red Wine is the Bordeaux blend of the estate and is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Merlot and Petit Verdot, all from declassified Jonata lots. Its deep, inky purple color is followed by a rich, powerful wine that's loaded with notions of blackcurrants, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, and crushed rocks. With background oak, full body, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish, it's going to keep for at least 7-8 years. $25

Wine Advocate 90
2016 Frank Family
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple in color and displays expressive notions of baked plums, warm cassis and licorice with hints of bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy black fruit and earthy sparks, finishing chewy. $52 Our Price $44.99


Winemaker Notes: Our 2017 Cabernets on the whole are beautifully concentrated, powerful wines and not to be missed by the collector and enthusiast alike. We were fortunate to have all of our Cabernet lots in production prior to the fires of 2017. As such, all of our wines are 100% smoke free. Fresh roasted coffee, sweet cassis and aromatic blue fruits lead the way to full bodied deliciousness. Much like the 2015 vintage, 2017 is dense and compact, with firm tannins that fully support the cascade of mouth coating flavors. The finish is remarkably lengthy and complex. This wine is approachable upon release and cellar worthy in proper aging conditions. Best now through 2030. $45 Our Price $38.99

Vinous 89 Points
2017 Broadside Paso Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep, bright ruby. Cassis, cherry and succulent herb aromas pick up floral and spice notes with air. Offers chewy dark fruit and candied rose flavors that unfold and become sweeter with air. Fine-grained tannins build on a nicely persistent, focused finish that leaves a suggestion of bitter chocolate behind. $15 Our Price $12.99

2017 Hollis Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery Notes: The 2017 Hollis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is our 10th release of HOLLIS from the Stewart Cellars portfolio of fine wines. Sourced from the Max Vineyard in Yountville and our own estate vineyard, Hollis is fruit forward and balanced with well integrated French oak. Hand picked and sorted, Hollis is is a great expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon crafted with care by our family winemaker, Blair Guthrie, and our consulting winemaker, Paul Hobbs. $45 Our Price $39.99

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

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