The Grape Tray

July 31st 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
SCATTERED PEAKS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

Tasting Note: A bold, forward style, with plush, lightly mulled plum, boysenberry and açaí berry flavors pumping along, backed by light apple and anise accents that add detail through the finish. Big, but has the energy for balance. Best from 2021 through 2028. —J.M. $40 Our Price $23.95

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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Wine Spectator 93
GOLDSCHMIDT Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Hilary Goldschmidt Charming Creek 2016

Tasting Note: A bright and juicy version, with anise and sassafras notes amid a core of lightly mulled currant, blackberry and raspberry fruit. The finish features red and black licorice details and a hint of roasted apple wood. Best from 2021 through 2033. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. —J.M. $50 Our Price $42.99

James Suckling 92 Points
Salvestrin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A dark-fruited nose with plums and blackberries, as well as black truffle and earthy notes. The palate has a supple and even thread of blueberry flavor and supple, layered tannins. A blend of 89 per cent cabernet sauvignon with some merlot, syrah and cabernet franc. $50

2018 Kinero James Berry RUSTLER Roussanne

Winemaker Notes: This seamless beauty offers profound aromatics of honeydew melon, gardenia and buttered brioche. Delving deeper, undertones of crushed rocks, tahini and flint come through. The palate is densely packed with flavors of apricot, muddled oranges and honey that give way to a penetrating finish making you pine for another taste. $35

2018 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch
Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This 25th vintage of Shafer's Chardonnay offers abundant, exotic aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit zest, and honeydew melon all held together with seamless structure, elegant balance, and energy that comes from pure, clean acidity. $50

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva

Winemaker Notes: A noble and austere sparkling cava. Greenish yellow in colour with golden glints, it's clear and star bright. A persistent, elegant stream of bubbles rise to form a perfect rosary on the surface. Complex aromas of white fruits with hints of wood. Fresh, well-balanced and elegant on the palate with an excellent final sensation. $10 Our Price $8.45

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2017 Shafer One Point Five
Stag’s Leap Cabernet

Cut from the same cloth, yet with a touch of rusticity in its tannins, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers a full-bodied, rounded, structured style as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, toasted spice, and herbed de Provence like notes. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine, has loads of fruit, and is going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age. $100

Wine Spectator 92
SHAFER TD-9 Napa Valley 2017

Rich and full of dense and spicy dark plum, dried blackberry and mocha flavors. Dark chocolate and smoky notes show on the ripe finish, with dried savory herbal accents. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2023. 8,000 cases made. — KM $60

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94+ pts
Kamen 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is racy, powerful and explosive, as the wines always are. Dark red cherry jam, iron, cedar, tobacco, smoke and rose petal all race out of the glass as this inky, plush Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its curves. Even though it is made in a rich, super-concentrated style, the Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon typically needs the better part of a decade to be at its very best. What a wine. $95

Wine Spectator 90
Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve, Half Bottle

A minerally version, layering flavors of poached pear, slivered almond, black cherry and preserved lemon on the finely detailed mousse, firmed by a frame of steely acidity. Drink now.$38 Our Price $29.95/ 375ml

Wine Spectator 92
HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay
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

Wine Spectator 94
TOR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Melanson Vineyard 2015

A seductive style that wows you with a creamy aroma and texture and ripe, concentrated dark berry, currant, fresh-turned earth and savory herbal notes, ending long and full-bodied. Drink now through 2034.—J.L. 200 cases made $225

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