May 12th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

May 12th 2020 Newsletter

2018 Chateau Maupague
Cotes de Provence SainteVictoire Rose

Producer Notes: The Sumeire family added Château Maupague to their collection of properties in 1991, with a goal of creating a classic rosé on par with the finest of the region, light in color, fresh, aromatic and dry. Rosé’s with a majority of Grenache are rare for the region and result in a much more complex wine that transcends the appellation. Both the Cuvée Cabaret from the younger vines on the estate and the Cuvée Sainte Victoire from the older vines offer amazing value and remarkably high quality, while beautifully representing the best of Provence. 70% Grenache, 30% Cinsault. $24 Our Price $12.35 (Arrives 5/14/20)

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Wine Spectator 90
WindRacer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015

Lithe and spicy, with creamy accents to the apple pastry, pear tart and dried tropical fruit flavors. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,502 cases made. — KM $40 Internet Price $19.99 Grape Tray email subscriber price $15.95

2017 Duckhorn Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: A classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, this wine offers alluring aromas of lush cherry, raspberry, cocoa and freshly baked pie crust. The cherry and raspberry notes are echoed on the silky palate, where fine-grained tannins and flavors of ripe plum, blueberry, licorice and subtle baking spice draw the wine to a long, elegant finish. 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec. $52 Our Price $42.95

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 92
TAMBER BEY Chardonnay
Yountville Sans Chêne 2017

Aromas of fresh Key lime give this a zesty persona, along with a vibrant core of lively flavors that dance on the palate. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JL $36 Our Price $30.99 (Back in stock 5/14/20)

2018 Decoy Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This enticing wine offers vivid flavors of pink grapefruit and white peach, as well as lovely notes of lemon zest and citrus blossom. On the palate, refreshing acidity mingles with a subtle undercurrent of sweet fruit that carries through to a bright and lively finish. $18 Our Price $15.99 (Arrives 5/13/20)

Wine Spectator 92
TAMBER BEY Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Deux Chevaux Vineyard 2016

Fleshy and dark in profile, with warmed fig and black currant compote flavors leading the way. Offers ample toast and cocoa notes on the finish, but delivers abundant fruit and solid drive. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,500 cases made. –JM $60 Our Price $46.99

James Suckling 93 Points
2016 Tamber Bey Rabicano Red

An impressive blend of 69 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 22 per cent merlot with touches of malbec, petit verdot and cabernet franc, that delivers focused dark-fruit aromas, ahead of a core of ripe blackcurrants that surround a smooth, central core of plush, fine tannins. Balanced and flavorful. Drink or hold. $70 Our Price $57.99 (Back in stock 5/14/20)

2018 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc begins with enticing aromas of lemongrass, lychee, passionfruit, melon and pineapple, followed by hints of white nectarine and lime. On the juicy palate, a subtle viscosity is perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity that adds precision to the citrus and tropical fruit flavors, while driving the wine to a bright, zesty finish. Blend: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon. $29 Our Price $23.99

Wine Advocate 93
2018 Domaine Huet Vouvray
Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux

The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear and seductively ripe on the elegant, still yeasty nose with a mineral backbone and its chalky background. Sweet and lush but fine and filigreed on the palate, this is a salty, frisky, elegant, densely woven and well-structured Haut-Lieu with fine tannins and a long, complex finish that is rich and finessed at the same time, with lingering piquancy and stimulating salinity. This 2018 is a very charming but also serious Chenin Blanc with fine tannins, good tension and aging potential. Tasted in May 2019. $48 Our Price $43.99

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Anthem Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color and reveals expressive black cherries, blackberries and warm blackcurrants with hints of violets, black olives, Indian spices and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, the palate is filled with well-poised black fruit layers and firm, grainy tannins, matched by bold freshness and finishing long. $125

Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 Points
2018 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir

 The 2018 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard was all destemmed and will spend 11 months in French oak. It offers a beautiful, exotic bouquet of blueberries, wild strawberries, forest floor, mint, and violets. This gives way to a rich, textured, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that has a wonderful floral character, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. $58

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