The Grape Tray

August 21st 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 95
VITICCIO Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Intense aromas of black currant, blackberry, flint, iron, tar and black pepper mark this powerful red, which is vibrant and solidly tannic, yet all the components are in the right place. There's terrific energy on the lingering aftertaste of dark fruit and mineral. Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2022 through 2043. 4,200 cases made, 850 cases imported. — BS $30 Our Price $25.39 (Arrives 8/27/20)

Wine Spectator 90
SUAVIA Garganega Soave Classico 2018

Tasting Note: Sleek and well-cut, this light- to medium-bodied white features a lively mix of passion fruit, Meyer lemon zest and green pear flavors, underscored by a streak of petrol-laced mineral that rings out on the finish. Drink now through 2023. —A.N. $19 Our Price $14.19

James Suckling 97 Points
2018 Eisele Vineyard
Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sliced apples and limes on the nose with grassy and chamomile notes. But then it turns to honeysuckle, chalk and minerals. Full-bodied with papaya, sliced-pear and green-pineapple flavors. Tight and fresh at the end. Crunchy acidity. Solid density. Energetic finish. Drink now or hold. $100

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

Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Tortoise Creek 2018 Central Coast
Cuvée Jeanne Sauvignon Blanc

A range of squeezed citrus, from tangerine to grapefruit, shows on the nose of this bottling alongside apple rinds, struck stone and green banana. There is compelling tension to the sip, where kiwi flavors are rounded but crisp—a very reliable bottling each vintage. Best Buy. –M.K. $12 Our Price $8.25

Wine Spectator 92
SUMMERS Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2016

Features an intense core of steeped loganberry and black currant fruit flavors, infused with singed apple wood, anise and licorice notes. Grippy but racy, with a flash of savory adding cut and energy to the finish. Best from 2021 through 2032. 1,500 cases made.—J.M. $50 Our Price $34.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2017 Chappellet Signature Napa
 Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is plump, racy and super-expressive. Raspberry jam, spice, mocha, blood orange and pomegranate are all given an extra kick of textural richness. Unctuous and bold, the 2017 offers tons of near- and medium-term appeal. This is a terrific effort. The Signature Cabernet remains one of the very best Napa Valley wines in its price range. Drinking window: 2022 – 2032. $70 Our Price $59.95

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 pts
2016 Les Cruzelles Lalande
De Pomerol Bordeaux

The 2016 Les Cruzelles is every bit as captivating from bottle as it was from barrel. Dense, pliant and inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Black cherry, plum, menthol, licorice, new leather and lavender all run through this super-expressive, pliant Lalande de Pomerol from Denis Durantou. The 2016 offers a striking combination of fruit intensity and structure. I loved it. $38.95

Wine Spectator 92
2017 ALMA DE CATTLEYA Sonoma County Red

A handsome red, well-built and polished, with expressive blackberry, peppered meat and licorice notes that gather richness toward refined tannins. Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028. 268 cases made.—Tim Fish. $26 Grape Tray email subscriber price $19.45

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2017 Turnbull Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Turnbull's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is absolutely gorgeous. Ripe, bold and plummy, with bright floral overtones and succulent red berry and plum fruit, the 2017 is a positively stellar wine. Best of all, it is a screaming value by the standards of Napa Valley Cabernet. Is there a better Napa Valley Cabernet made from estate fruit for $50 a bottle? I doubt it. $50 Our Price $39.99

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

Jeb Dunnuck 97-99 Points
2018 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Napa 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 (In stock-Limited)

Wine Advocate 96
2017 Chappellet Pritchard Hill
Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant black cherries, warm cassis, chocolate pie and blackberry preserves notes plus nuances of wild sage, forest floor and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegantly played and refreshing with velvety tannins and a long mineral-tinged finish. $300 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 9/1/20)

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