The Grape Tray

June 5th 2020 Newsletter

Discounted 43%!
2018 M. Chapoutier
Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose

Winemaker Notes: Pale pink with bluish tints. Aromas of red fruits (currant and raspberry) and citrus (grapefruit), complimented by exotic fruits. The palate is fresh, delicate and fruity on the entry with strawberry notes and a silky mouthfeel. Well balanced acidity creates a fresh, prolonged finish. $14 Our Price $7.95

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2017 Virginia Marie Lambrix (VML)
Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Incredibly pretty, floral, fruit-centric, and slightly spicy. Oak inspires hints of graham cracker and vanilla, and the finish finds pert acidity, bing cherries, and rose petals. $44 Our Price $21.95

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 Our Price $22.99

Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
 #1 ENTHUSIAST 2019 Top 100
Nino Franco NV Rustico Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore)

Aromas of white spring flower, Bartlett pear and citrus waft out of the glass. The racy, refreshing palate is full of energy, offering crisp yellow-apple, lemon drop and orange zest flavors balanced by vibrant acidity. A perlage of small, refined and continuous bubbles provides the silky backdrop. $20 Our Price $17.95

2015 Heitz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: One sniff and anticipation takes hold. Beautiful aromas of vine-ripened blackberry contrast perfectly with spicy notes of nutmeg. There are a luscious weight and texture to the wine, but also a racy edge of well-balanced acidity on the palate. This is an extraordinary Cabernet – powerful, yet elegant, with all the wonderful aging potential you’ve come to expect from Heitz wines. $69 Our Price $58.99

Wine Advocate 93
2018 Diatom Chardonnay Bar-M

The 2018 Chardonnay Bar-M has an open nose of quince, warm hay, green apple and pear, baker’s yeast, acacia and dried chamomile with white peach and nectarine plus hints of lime peel and crushed stone. Light to medium-bodied, it has a wonderful core of spicy fruit and wicked minerality in the mouth, amplified by juicy freshness and a long, energetic, layered finish. Yum! About 3,000 cases were produced. $30 Our Price $23.99 (Arrives 6/10/20)

Wine Spectator 92
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne NV

A mouthwatering Champagne, with a fine mousse, this offers juicy flavors of plum, candied grapefruit zest, ground ginger and pastry. Vibrant and expressive. Drink now through 2020. 36,500 cases imported. — AN $45 Our Price $35.99

Wine Spectator 91
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2017

Warm plum sauce and raspberry reduction flavors give this a lush and seductive feel, with well-embedded apple wood and anise notes adding detail on the polished finish. Drink now through 2028. 3,916 cases made. — JM. Our Price $24.35 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS VALDERIZ
Ribera del Duero 2017

This full-bodied red is generous yet structured, featuring depth and balance. Ripe flavors of plum and currant mingle with cocoa, clove and mineral notes, supported by mouthcoating tannins and balsamic acidity. Harmonious and long. Best from 2022 through 2037. —T.M. 225 cases imported $40 Our Price $28.49

Wine Advocate 90
2018 Honig Vineyard Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Blended of 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon and 2% Muscat, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve slowly grows in intensity, unfurling to give pronounced green apples, white peach and lemon curd scents with hints of paraffin wax, orange blossoms and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely satiny texture and bold freshness supporting the intense stone fruit and citrus layers, finishing long and minerally. $29 Our Price $24.39

Wine Advocate 95+
2013 Mas Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles

The wine that used to be the top of the range until the old-vine, single-vineyard Cariñena was released is the 2013 Doix Costers de Vinyes Velles. It is a phenomenal blend of 55% Cariñena and 45% Garnacha from very old vines planted on schist (llicorella) slopes in the village of Poboleda. Dark, almost opaque with a bright border, the nose is more about black fruit, peat, graphite and some shoe polish, with a generous dose of oak, a little raw (from youth) but with harmony and huge potential to develop. The bunches are hand-harvested and the grapes selected one by one in a double sorting table and fermented in stainless steel. The wine matured in new French oak barriques for 16 months, in a straightforward process, because what's important here is the quality of the grapes, mostly from centenary vines. There is great harmony in the palate, too, intense and penetrating without being aggressive, elegant and balanced in an XXL way. I see great freshness in these 2013s, one of the best vintages I've tried from Mas Doix. This should age forever. 5,500 bottles were filled in April 2015. $120 Our Price $101.95

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