July 2nd 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

July 2nd 2020 Newsletter

4th of July Holiday
We will be closed on Saturday, 7/4/20

Back in stock!
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

Tempier Bandol Rouge Pour Lulu 17

Cellar Tracker notes-DRWINE2001: Bright ruby core, lighter edge. Pretty strident fennel that softened to easier green tones and allowed the tart red fruit to come through on the nose. Medium weight, a bit of effervescence. Crisp, tangy red fruit, licorice, crushed herbs. Buoyant with lively acidity and moderate tannin. Great with roast chicken. Still a lot of structure to carry it forward. 6/3/2020. $60 Our Price $53.99

2018 Francois Crochet Sancerre

Producer Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is the white grape in Sancerre, and there is no mistaking it at Chez Crochet. For such a forceful and “minerally” white wine, it shows a tremendous amount of beauty and delicacy. There are aromas of kefir lime, lemon, lemon peel, ripe green melon, cucumber, freshly crushed limestone rocks and gunflint. $30 (Back in stock 7/3/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2017 Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay

Leading off the Chardonnays from Hobbs, the 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley comes from multiple sites and spent ten months in 55% new French oak. Its medium gold color is followed by a rich, upfront bouquet of Caramelized pineapple, tangerine, honeysuckle, spice, and a touch of toasted nuts. It's rich, concentrated, has beautiful mid-palate heft, and nicely integrated acidity. It's a rocking wine as well as a great introduction into the wines of this great winemaker. $60 Our Price $49.99

Wine Spectator 93
PENLEY Cabernet Sauvignon
Coonawarra Tolmer 2018

Dense and toothsome, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins that add a wonderful richness and density to the generous flavors of dark chocolate–covered coffee bean, kirsch, sage and cassis. The harmony keeps building on the finish. Drink now through 2035. From Australia. —M.W. 200 cases imported. $25

Wine Advocate 91+
2017 Walter Hansel Winery
 Chardonnay Cahill Lane

The 2017 Chardonnay Cahill Lane, from Wente clone vines, features white peach, Bosc pear, gunflint hints and rocky notes with toasty and citrus character. The palate is light to medium-bodied and lightly creamy in texture with concentrated citrus fruits, juicy freshness and a long, saline finish. This feels a bit closed down at the moment. 810 cases produced. $32 (Arrives 7/8/20)

Wine Advocate 94+
2016 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir
Katherine Lindsay Estate

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is a little closed with notions of scorched earth, black soil, pepper and cumin over a core of redcurrants, black cherries and warm plums. Full-bodied, firm and with a grainy texture, this is a more structured Pinot, possessing many earth and spice layers and great length. 749 cases were made. $120

Wine Advocate 93
2017 Walter Hansel Winery
 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane has a broody nose of sliced blueberry, black cherry and warm blackberries with cinnamon, nutmeg, tree bark and amaro accents plus crushed red cherries, raspberry jam, warm strawberries and dried flowers. Medium-bodied and silky, it fans out in the mouth with lush, concentrated fruits and tons and tons of spicy and earthy accents, with a firm frame of grainy tannins and very juicy acidity, finishing very long and layered. 750 cases produced. $42 (Arrives 7/8/20)

Wine Advocate 94
2017 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce

The 2017 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is pale to medium ruby-purple with scents of warm cinnamon, spiced cranberry sauce, orange peel, dried roses, tea leaves, warm earth, crushed strawberries, blackberries, saline and woodsmoke—so many layers! It's medium to full-bodied and floods the mouth with warm fruits laced with classy new oak spices. It has a frame of fine, grainy tannins and wonderful juicy freshness, finishing very long and layered. So good! 938 cases produced. $45 (Arrives 7/8/20)

Wine Spectator 95
PADELLETTI Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Fragrant and impeccably balanced, this elegant, haunting red evokes cherry, strawberry, rose, iron and white pepper aromas and flavors. A solid spine of tannins and vibrant acidity keeps this well-defined, allowing for a fine evolution over the next two decades. Drink now through 2042. From Italy. —B.S 125 cases imported $65 (Arrives this afternoon)

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