July 10th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

July 10th 2020 Newsletter

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2015 Paraiso Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A rich mouth feel with a long full flavored finish. $25 Our Price $7.45 (Discounted 70%)

2018 Lucienne Doctor’s Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Beautiful aromas of blackberry and cherry accented with hints of sagebrush and clover. The wine’s vibrant acidity and smooth tannins lead to a silky structure and lingering finish. $50 Our Price $39.99

2018 Lucienne Lone Oak Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: An intensely aromatic wine with notes vibrant red cherry and earthy mushrooms, followed by hints of bay leaf and black pepper. The complexity continues on the palate with flavors of fresh handpicked cherries, hints of vanilla and a toasty oak finish. $50 Our Price $39.99

Wine Spectator 92
LUCIA Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2018

Well-structured, with accents of savory, wet earth and forest floor flanking the deep well of dark fruit and Asian spice flavors. Hints of mocha show on the ripe, broad-textured finish. Drink now through 2025. —K.M. $45 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 90
CASANOVA DI NERI Toscana Irrosso 2016

Pure aromas and flavors of black currant, blackberry and violet are shaded by notes of wild Mediterranean herbs, iron and sweet spices in this balanced red. The tannins are solid yet refined, and the finish lingers, echoing the fruit, herbal and spice elements. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made, 2,100 cases imported.—B.S. $20 Our Price $17.45 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 90

This supple red is balanced and expressive. Cherry, vanilla, orange peel and spice notes mingle over light tannins, supported by citrusy acidity. Not a big wine, but has focus and energy. Drink now through 2025. 2,500 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. — TM $13 Our Price $9.75 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 90
CHÂTEAU PÉGAU Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Maclura 2016

Distinctive, with frankly ripe plum and blackberry notes that are given a hefty dose of singed alder and bay leaf throughout. Offers a dark, smoldering finish. Has character, but might be a bit heady for some. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases made. — JM $20 Our Price $14.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 90
COLLEMASSARI Vermentino Montecucco Melacce 2018

A fresh, lively style, sporting apple, peach, lemon curd and saline notes. Sleek and well-defined by the vibrant structure and lingering with a hint of bitter grapefruit. Drink now. 6,600 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. — BS $22 Our Price $12.95

Wine Advocate 91 Points
2017 La Crema Russian River Chardonnay

The 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is sourced from seven vineyards across the appellation. It was barrel fermented and aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. It opens with toast, fresh pear and apple fruit with notes of lemon cream, honeysuckle, pie crust and sweet spices. Medium-bodied, it's rounded and creamy in the mouth with good fruit intensity tempered by toasty oak notes, enlivened by refreshing acidity and finishing long. Well done! 25,000 cases produced. $27 Our Price $24.99

Wine Spectator 91
VOLVER Almansa Quinta del '67 2017

Round and polished, this red delivers expressive ripe raspberry, blackberry, mocha and spice flavors, with firm acidity and fresh acidity that imparts liveliness. Bold, in the modern style. Drink now through 2024. 5,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. — TM Published Retail $17. Actual Retail $22 Our Price $18.99

2017 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Vibrant and lively. Luli Chardonnay is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, a cool-climate appellation that ensures bright acidity. The vinification captures this energy. The fruit is fermented in both neutral barrels (older cooperage that no longer imparts wood flavor) and tanks. While the barrels provide texture and lees contact, the tanks provide vibrancy and freshness. $20 Our Price $17.99

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois Les Fontanilles

The 2017 Minervois Les Fontanilles—a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault—comes from a cool, north-facing plot surrounded by garrigue. The wine is medium to full-bodied and supple, with the red-toned fruit picking up hints of resinous herbs, like rosemary and bay leaf, on the finish. Half of the wine was aged in barrel, half in tank, but the wood isn't particularly prominent, maybe just adding a touch of roundness around the edges and hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose. $33 Our Price $26.99

Wine Advocate 91
2017 Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Vin de France L'O de la Vie

Mainly Syrah, with the balance (about 20%) Grenache, the 2017 Minervois L'O de la Vie Cazelles was aged almost entirely in tank. Big, lush and dark-fruited, it flows across the full-bodied palate in easy waves of plums, cola and spice. The tannins are supple almost to the point of creaminess, turning silky on the licorice-tinged finish. $27 Our Price $19.99

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