May 29th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

May 29th 2020 Newsletter

2017 Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha

Winemaker Notes: It is a wine with an attractive collection of balsamic notes, of chocolate and black fruits, very warm in the mouth and an extremely pleasant finish. $35 Our Price $27.49

Wine Spectator 92
LEWIS Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018

Complex and impressive, offering notes of white pepper, dried ginger and fennel pollen that add an aromatic twist to the supple and juicy melon and mandarin orange flavors at the core. Crisp and refreshing on the finish. Drink now. 300 cases made. — MW $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 93
Tinta de Toro Toro Vatan 2016

Firm and dense, this red delivers rich flavors of blackberry, fig, cocoa, licorice and mineral, set in a thick texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and kept lively by balsamic acidity. Savory, even austere, yet harmonious and complete. Best from 2022 through 2036. 2,250 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. — TM $45 Our Price $29.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

2017 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Light straw in color, this 2017 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of Meyer lemon cream, yellow flowers, baked pear, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts. The rich palate texture is derived from the use of classic Burgundian techniques, such as primary and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and weekly stirring of the lees during aging. The texture is balanced by fresh flavors of apple, pear, and citrus, with a long, sweet oak finish. $25 Our Price $19.45

2018 Lewis Vin Gris Rose of Syrah Napa

Winemaker Notes: Jerry Garcia's "Scarlet Begonias" is the muse behind our 2018 Vin Gris Rosé - another vintage we're grateful for. Deeply colored and loaded with fresh strawberry, guava and yellow peach the wine is laced with gardenia blossom, mineral, and musky spice. Lush and round yet succulent and refreshing this is rosé you 'might as well try, might as well try.' 125 cases produced. $25 Our Price $22.49

Wine Spectator 93
ANTINORI Chianti Classico
Villa Antinori Riserva 2016

Black currant, cedar, olive, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors suggest Cabernet in the blend, in a positive sense. This red is fluid, elegant and firmly structured, with fine balance and a long, gripping finish. The taut profile shows the potential for aging. Best from 2022 through 2038. —B.S. $35 Our Price $27.75

Wine Spectator 93
Napa Valley Carneros 2018

Big and rich, featuring a plush texture to the concentrated pear tart, apple pastry and dried apricot flavors. Viscous midpalate, with savory snap to the finish, which delivers minerally and toasty notes. Drink now through 2025. 1,500 cases made. — KM $65 (Arrives 6/3/20)

Wine Advocate 92+
2015 Tolani Valdisante

This Tuscan blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc is all about richness and fullness, with 18 months in French oak affording it expansive notes of spice and tobacco. The 2015 Valdisanti is a very nice red to enjoy with a nice plate of your favorite grilled meats. $35 Our Price $26.99 (Back in stock 6/4/20)

Wine Spectator 90-93
2016 Clos des Lunes, Lune Blanche Bordeaux

This has a good juicy edge, with a mix of pear, green almond and lime flavors, lined with a verbena note. A flash of quinine through the finish gives this some cut. $25 Our Price $20.99 (Arrives 6/3/20)

James Suckling 90 Points
2017 Ogier Artesis Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge

Neat, crunchy texture with red-fruit flavor. Really approachable and fleshy. Drink now. $22 Our Price $9.99

Wine Spectator 90
ROTH Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017

Plush, with spicy accents to the flavors of cherry compote, red plum and dried raspberry. Notes of sandalwood show midpalate, leading to minerally details on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 3,000 cases made. —KM. $24 Our Price $19.49

Jeb Dunnuck 96-98 Points
2018 Tensley Colson Canyon Syrah

The deepest colored Syrah in the lineup, the 2018 Syrah Colson Canyon comes from a great vineyard located in the hills above the town of Los Olivos. Awesome notes of blackberries, toasted spice (there's some new oak in this wine), ground herbs, peppered meat, and earth all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, deep, layered wine that has plenty of tannins, good acidity, and a huge finish. It's a magical Syrah from Tensely, and my money is on it being the finest to date. $42 (In stock)

Wine Spectator 95
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2015

A real head-turner, ultrarich and powerful, sharply focused, deftly balanced, ending with a mouthcoating mix of black licorice, fresh herb and earth, and cedary oak notes. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases made. — JL $105 (Back in stock 6/2/20)(Back in stock 6/2/20)

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