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May 15th 2020 Newsletter

2019 DOMAINE DU DRAGON
Côtes de Provence Rosé ‘Grande Cuvée’

Winemaker TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Delicate pink color. Strawberries and light pepper. Textured and fruity, with flavors of red plums, lemon zest, raspberries. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Sweet/spicy Asian cuisines; barbecue. BLEND: 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Grenache, 20% Mourvédre, 19% Syrah and 13% Cinsault. $20 Our Price $17.99

Wine Advocate 93
Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru NV

With this release, based on the 2014 vintage and disgorged in June-July 2019, what was formerly Egly's Brut "Tradition" becomes simply his NV Brut Grand Cru, a simplification that paves the way for several new cuvées from this reference-point grower that I'll be reporting about in due course. Changes in nomenclature aside, the wine in the bottle has never been better, and the latest release soars from the glass with an expressive bouquet of golden orchard fruit, honeycomb, citrus zest and freshly baked bread. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with real concentration and intensity, built around racy acids and chalky dry extract. The finish is long and lingering. $107 Our Price $82.99

Wine Spectator 91
DR. LOOSEN Riesling Kabinett
Mosel Erdener Treppchen 2018

Very refreshing, flirting with dryness, this features invigorating acidity that underscores the lime, green apple and floral flavors. Mouthwatering and mineral-driven on the precise finish. Drink now through 2028. 500 cases imported. — AZ $28 Our Price $21.99

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Spätlese

From younger vines in Kiedrich's top sites and harvested at 93/94° Oechsle, the 2017 Rheingau Riesling Spätlese offers an aromatic yet gently delicate nose with ripe yellow fruit scents and a coolish spiciness and slate note. Concentrated and piquant on the palate, this is a mineral and taut, very elegant Spätlese with lush fruit and a juicy-piquant finish that reveals a lingering purity, salinity and tension. Attention: this is extremely stimulating! Tasted in August 2018. $42 Our Price $34.95 Limited

Wine Advocate 91
2018 Fritz Haag Estate Riesling

The 2018 Riesling shows the clear, elegant, fresh and flinty bouquet of ripe yellow plums and peaches along with some beautiful phenolic notes. On the palate, this is an elegant, fine and perfectly round and balanced but also fresh and gorgeously juicy Riesling with a salty-piquant finish and the crystalline crunchiness of Brauneberg's slate soils. Tasted in March 2019. $22 Our Price $17.99

Ostro Prosecco Brut

Producer Notes: TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Fine bubbles. Bright gold. A vinous Prosecco, with citrus blossom, apple, toast aromas. Light and lively. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; with spicy or salty foods; fried fish. $15 Our Price $13.49

Domaine Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Champagne

Producer Notes: Estate-owned vineyards are located in and around the village of Bouzy. Soils are the classic, chalky terroir of the Montagne de Reims. 15-30 year old vines and hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for three years in bottle. Dosage less than 11 grams/L. TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Blond toast, red apples and wildflowers; silky and long. Red berries, minerals, a hint of white pepper. 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; or with soft, creamy cheeses. $50 Our Price $42.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $35) Delicious!

2018 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Hailing from acclaimed vineyard sites, the 2018 Carneros Chardonnay offers a creamy full body complemented by fresh, persistent acidity. Layers of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, and toasted brioche lead to a balanced and lasting finish of vanilla and baking spice. $36 Our Price $30.99

Wine Spectator 91
RESULT OF A CRUSH Syrah Walla Walla Valley The Unnamed Series 2016

A lively, multilayered red, with snappy raspberry, cured meat and cracked pepper flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 475 cases made.—T.F $25 (Arrives 6/5/20)

2018 Pont Neuf Pont Royal
 Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2018 Pont Royal reveals a brilliant clarity both in appearance and focused flavors. The vineyard character shows in the forward citrus, fresh peach, custard and honied beeswax which are consistent hallmarks of Pont Royal. The texture is crisp, but with a satisfying fullness and great persistence of flavors. French oak takes a back seat to the fruit, adding nuanced aromas of toasted brioche and fine structure to the wine. We employed 80% new oak from the Vosges forest, contributing the delicate toast and vanilla aromas and playing perfectly with bright citrus fruit. Barrel-fermented, aged on the lees and bottled un-fined and unfiltered, this natural fermentation showcases the vineyard and the vintage. 90 cases produced. $60 (Arrives 5/20/20)

2016 Wm. Harrison Rutherford
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Intense aromas of blackberry compote, with subtler notes of cocoa nib, blueberry and anise seed. The palate is full-bodied, with dense boysenberry flavors, a hint of roast coffee and smooth, well-integrated tannins. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 8% each Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. From the largest section of the Harrison’s estate vineyard, the “old” (1991) and “young” (1997) blocks produce the best grapes. Aged for 20 months in 50% new French and Hungarian oak, this Cabernet is a classic example of the Rutherford appellation. $60 (Delicious) Back in stock.

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