May 26th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

May 26th 2020 Newsletter

Discounted 67%
Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points
2018 Charles Smith
ViNO Columbia Valley Rose

From 100% Sangiovese mostly from the Wahluke Slope, the 2018 ViNO Rose offers a knock-out bouquet of strawberry and Jolly Rancher to go with a juicy, balanced, delicious style on the palate. It's a rocking rosé. $12. Our Price $3.95 (Arrives 5/27/20)

Discounted 60%
2015 Elyse Napa Merlot

Winemaker Notes: This 2015 Napa Valley Merlot is deep dark in color with a creamy texture and firm long tannins. Intense aromas of cassis, coffee and dusty rose petals give way to underlying flavors of wild cherries, blueberries and hints of olive tapenade. On the palate, this full-bodied wine provides amazing balance and a harmony of flavors. 86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah $45 Internet Price $22.99. Grape Tray email subscriber price $17.95 (Arrives 5/27/20)

Wine Spectator 94
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile 2016

A racy style, buoyed by a polished structure, offering expressive cherry, bay leaf and smoky cracked pepper flavors that take on richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 2,485 cases made. — TF $50 Our Price $39.95 (Back in stock 5/27/20) Limited

2019 Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato IGT Toscana

Winery Notes: Produced with 100% Sangiovese from the San Marcellino vineyard. The end result is a rosé with delicate aromas, nice structure, acidity, fine balance, and pleasant minerality. $25 Our Price $17.99 (Arrives 5/28/20)


Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
2017 Venge Silencieux
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

This hearty wine is blended with 4% Petit Verdot. Grippy, rich and viscous, it has intense fruit flavors of plum and cassis, with supple, integrated tannins. The whole is a testament to good grapes and great winemaking, blending together seven sites across the valley. $50 Our Price $38.99 (Back in stock 5/27/20)

Wine Spectator 94
TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville Reserve 2016

Solidly built, with layers of warm cassis, cherry puree and raspberry coulis stretching out over long, fine-grained tannins and juicy acidity. The plushness of the sweet fruit marries wonderfully with the grippy underlay on the lengthy finish. Best from 2022 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.—J.M $85 Our Price $76.99 (Back in stock 5/28/20)

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 5/28/20)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva

Winemaker Notes: A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it's clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood. Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation. $10 Our Price $7.95

2017 Ovid Red Experiment N2.7

Austin Peterson, Winemaker: Sometimes you need an external frame of reference to reshape ideas or a new conversation to challenge perceptions.

With this in mind, we decided to purchase a small amount of fruit from a neighboring vineyard. But first, we walked the rows, scrutinized the clone selection and studied the row orientation and trellis setup—learning the why and how of our colleague’s site. Their different approach provides us the opportunity to learn and improve what we do here at the estate.

The resultant wine—2017 Experiment N2.7—is our second vintage from this series. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with small, nearly equal amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the wine intrigues with notes of blackberry, cola, cocoa nibs, licorice and pencil shavings. Richness and purity of expression grace the palate in this neighborly adventure that should delight for years to come. $192

Wine Advocate 96-98+
2018 Peter Michael Winery
Chardonnay La Carriere

A tank sample, the 2018 Chardonnay la Carriere comes from a block planted to Dijon and Hyde (Old Wente) clone selections. It sashays out of the glass with flamboyant notions of fresh ginger, lemongrass, allspice and orange blossoms over a core of peach preserves, pink grapefruit and apple pie with wafts of baking bread and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, the texture is simply stunning—so satiny with fantastic tension to counter and layer upon layer of spices and savory flavors, finishing very long and very perfumed. 2,907 cases are due to be made. $110

We are preparing the sales floor and our retail door will be open tomorrow. We will be able to allow a limited number of customers in the store.
A mask will be required while in the store and social distancing maintained.

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