August 7th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

August 7th 2020 Newsletter

James Suckling 91 Points
2017 Talbott Vineyards Pinot Noir
Monterey County Kali Hart

Deep and dark aromas and flavors of dried strawberries and cherries follow through to a full body, juicy fruit and a one-dimensional and fruity finish. Underlying, sold tannins. Drink now. $20 Our Price $17.99

2018 Montecillo Rias Baixas Albarino

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, pale lemon color with green hints. Very elegant nose, with jasmine and orange blossom hints followed by notes of sweet apple and dried herbs with a saline background. Rich and full of flavor and texture on the palate. Lively acidity surrounded by flower and citrus notes mixed with aromatic herbs. Balanced with a long finish. Extremely versatile for pairing with Indian, Mexican and Thai cuisine – dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala or Pad Thai, or a traditional pairing like seafood, clams or oysters. $18 Our Price $14.95

Wine Spectator 92
JOEL GOTT Sauvignon Blanc California 2019

The lemon blossom, Asian pear, lime sherbet and candied orange peel notes are pure, fragrant, silky smooth and juicy, with intensity and a lift of freshness on the finish from a lemon verbena accent. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. —M.W. $12 Our Price $9.45

Wine Spectator 90
RIDGE Zinfandel Paso Robles 2018

Defined by a taut core of lively tannins and acidity, this draws in raspberry, smoky dill and green peppercorn flavors. Best from 2021 through 2030. 5,600 cases made. — TF $35 Our Price $31.99

Wine Advocate 91
2017 Tamber Bey Chardonnay
 Deux Chevaux Vineyard

The 2017 Chardonnay Deux Chevaux Vineyard features very pretty notions of honey drizzled white peaches, ripe Bosc pears, lime blossoms and Mandarin peel with hints of marzipan, nutmeg and candied ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals soft spoken savory and stone fruit flavors and a satiny texture, finishing on a spicy note. $60 Our Price $47.99

2019 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc jumps out of the glass with pink grapefruit, Asian pear, white peach, lemon oil, lime leaf, and lemongrass aromatics. The palate confirms the nose and is extremely bright and tense, showing great balance. Bright guava, juicy stone fruit, and hints of pineapple pair with a grapefruit acidity that lead to a long finish. Frequent lees bâtonnage adds a level of creaminess and more layers of complexity. Showing beautifully now, this wine also has the structure and sophistication to age gracefully for enjoyment in the future. 98% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Semillon. $44

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

Wine Advocate 92
Pol Roger Brut Reserve

The latest rendition of Pol Roger's NV Brut Reserve is based on the 2013 vintage and incorporates 25% reserve wines from the 2012, 2011 and 2010 vintages. Disgorged six months ago, the wine wafts from the glass with an alluring bouquet of green apple, brioche, pastry cream and buttered toast. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, impressively layered and complete, with a crisp but fleshy core of fruit, a youthfully frothy mousse and bright acids, concluding with a delicately chalky finish. This is one of the very finest—as well as among the most consistent—non-vintage brut bottlings from any of the Grandes Marques, and this release comes very warmly recommended. While it will be drinkable on release, it will reward some bottle age too. $55 Our Price $44.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 97-99 Points
2018 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny, Napa Valley Red

We have to go back to the 2013 to find an Ontogeny that is this enthralling. The wine’s pedigree is special: Tench, Sugarloaf, Harbison, Wildfoote, Saunders and Sage Ridge. We didn’t grow a single grape specifically to go into Ontogeny. Instead, we selected barrels from our vineyard designates to produce something enchanting, and this wine shows that we accomplished that. It cascades across your palate with seamless ease. Explosive notes of crème de cassis, lavender and huckleberries give the wine a luxurious fruit component. The mouthfeel is all about controlled power, the tannins come in waves, but they hit with incredible grace. $100 (Arrives 8/12/20)

Wine Spectator 96
ORNELLAIA Bolgheri Superiore 2016

Black currant, plum, cedar, lead pencil and toasty, spicy elements highlight this intense red. Muscular tannins line the extended finish, leaving a peppery impression. The parts are all there but need time to integrate. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2043. 2,500 cases imported. — BS. $260 Our Price $214.95

Wine Spectator 93
ANTINORI Chianti Classico
Villa Antinori Riserva 2016

Black currant, cedar, olive, iron and tobacco aromas and flavors suggest Cabernet in the blend, in a positive sense. This red is fluid, elegant and firmly structured, with fine balance and a long, gripping finish. The taut profile shows the potential for aging. Best from 2022 through 2038. —B.S. $35 Our Price $27.75

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