The Grape Tray

June 16th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
CAMBRIA Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Katherine’s Vineyard 2018

Lithe and powerful, featuring a vibrant core of apple and peach pastry flavors, with dried tropical fruit accents. Buttery midpalate, with a plush finish that lingers with intense spiciness. Drink now through 2024.—K.M. $22 Our Price $14.99 (Arrives 6/17/20)

Vinous 91 Points
2019 Mas de Gourgonnier
Les Baux de Provence Rosé

Vivid orange-pink. Sharply focused strawberry, rhubarb and orange zest scents, along with building floral and mineral nuances. Taut and focused on the palate, offering nervy red berry, citrus fruit and lavender flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The mineral and citrus notes repeat strongly on the persistent finish, which leaves a hint of spiciness behind. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 6/17/20)

Vinous 90 Points
Bodegas Olivares 2019 Rosado
Finca Hoya de Santa Ana (Jumilla)

Limpid orange-pink. Sharply focused red berry and citrus fruit aromas display a sneaky oral quality. Chewy and dry, oering lively strawberry, pomegranate and orange zest avors that slowly fan out through the midpalate. Finishes long and tangy, with a touch of white pepper lending spicy cut. Drinking window: 2020 – 2022. $14 Our Price $10.45 (Arrives 6/24/20)

James Suckling 90 Points
2018 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

This has a very rich and fleshy feel with intense, ripe peaches that pervade the nose and palate. There’s a really concentrated feel here. Ripe, too. Drink now. $17 Our Price $12.35

Wine Spectator 91
BUCKLIN Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch 2017

Lively and briary, with expressive raspberry, smoky tarragon and cracked pepper flavors that pick up speed toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2028. 569 cases made. — TF $24 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 92
2016 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot

Juicy, with firm richness to the burnished dried cherry, berry and cedary flavors. Suave midpalate, featuring a creamy texture. The finish is powered by seductive spice and forest floor notes. Drink now through 2024. 28,000 cases made. — KM$58 Our Price $40.95 (Back in stock 6/17/20)

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 (Back in stock 6/17/20)

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 Internet Price $42.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $35)

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 (Back in stock 6/17/20) 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

2017 Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Sourcing fruit from diverse vineyards, we create complex aromas and rich structure for our North Coast Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides notes of dusty cocoa, currants and brown sugar. $24 Our Price $18.45

2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an enticing dark crimson. Warm aromas of blueberries, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, cocoa and dried baking spices fill the glass. On the palate, layers of fine dusty tannins are met with earthy tones, toasted cloves, creamy vanilla and a touch of bright red fruit capped by an epic firm structure. $125 Our Price $108.99

James Suckling 97 Points
2016 Larkmead Dr. Olmo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Impressive aromas of dried flowers, crushed blackberries and plums. Some sweet-tobacco undertones. Full-bodied, dusty and juicy with chewy tannins that are supple and savory, combining with the fruit. Flavorful and intense. So structured. $160

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