June 23rd 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

June 23rd 2020 Newsletter

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Always a great value, the 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands reveals a vibrant ruby hue as well as ripe cherry and strawberry fruit intermixed with notes of shiitake mushroom, dried herbs, and some meaty, earthy notes. It's a slightly more finesse-driven wine than some of the single vineyards and is beautifully balanced, has good acidity, and unquestionably plays in the same qualitative ballpark as all of these releases. $45 (Arrives 6/24/20)

James Suckling 92 Points
2018 Faust Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Lovely softness and balance to this wine. Aromas and flavors of currants and blueberries. Medium-to full-bodied. Refined and beautiful now. $50 Our Price $38.99 (Arrives 6/24/20)

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

Vinous Media 90 Points
Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2019

It washes across the senses with tremendous energy, motivated by vibrant acidity, as a mix of ripe red fruits are further accentuated with hints of lime and saline-minerality. The finish is long, resonating on a buzz of spicy acids with a lime-inspired citrus thrust. $15 Our Price $12.35

2018 J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: The 2018 Riverstone Chardonnay exhibits youthful hues of light straw. The enticing aromas are reminiscent of white peach, apricot, ripe orange, and cocoa, and complemented by the palate flavors of citrus cream and nectarine. The rich texture and balance on the palate from aging sur lie give way to flavors of vanilla, crème brûlée, and a touch of oak can be found on the long finish. $15 Our Price $11.99

Wine Spectator 93
ROAR Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar Vineyard 2018

Powerfully structured, minerally and slate-driven, with hints of black pepper to the dark currant, raspberry and black olive flavors. Tarry nuances and dark chocolate notes emerge on the broad, enveloping finish. Drink now through 2025. —K.M. $60 Our Price $57.99

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 (Back in stock 6/24/20)

Wine Spectator 92
Solena Grand Cuvee 2018

Sleekly structured and savory, with expressive raspberry, violet and smoky tea accents that pick up speed toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2028. $30 Our Price $19.99 (Arrives 7/1/20)

James Suckling 93 Points
2018 Leviathan Proprietary Red

Blackberry and asphalt aromas with some violets and rose petals. Medium to full body. Some carbon to the dark fruit. Tasty and delicious. Chewy now, but we like it already. Drinkable now, but will improve with age. $42 Our Price $37.99 (Arrives 6/24/20)

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
Russian River Valley 2018

Luscious, rich and full of creamy white fruit flavors flanked by buttery accents. Spicy plushness lingers into the finish, with some honeyed notes. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made. — KM $30 Our Price $24.99

2018 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This wine opens with complex aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate with hints of toasty oak and white pepper. On the palate it shows expressive flavors of ripe berries with slight notes of sage which add complexity and depth. Balanced acidity and gentle tannins lead to a long complex finish. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock 6/24/20)

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