The Grape Tray

August 28th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
ALLAN SCOTT Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2020

Supple and succulent, offering a generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, Key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors. Expressive and strong on the finish, with touches of freshly grated ginger and green tea. Drink now. —M.W. $17 Our Price $11.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
2016 Dehlinger Altamont
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

The 2016 Pinot Noir Altamont is a dense, beautifully resonant wine. Next to the Goldridge, the Altamont has quite a bit more textural depth and overall intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through this expressive, pliant Pinot Noir. Today, the 2016 is quite forbidding. I would give it a few years in the cellar to fully come together. The 8% whole clusters add aromatic top notes, but aren't especially noticeable. $62

Wine Spectator 94
CAIAROSSA Toscana Pergolaia 2016

Tasting Note: Fresh, deep and intense. Flavors of black cherry and blackberry stand up to the dense tannins, but this is equally about the vibrant acidity driving the fruit, wild herb nuances and spice-infused aftertaste. Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2040. —B.S. 1,200 cases imported $28

Wine Spectator 94
LUCIEN LE MOINE Echézeaux 2013

Sleek and stylish, this red features wild cherry, strawberry, floral, spice and mineral flavors etched into the firm, lean frame. Balanced and youthfully exuberant, finishing long. Best from 2019 through 2033. 12 cases imported. — BS $335 Our Price $266.99 (Limited)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 Points
2017 Dehlinger Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Not surprisingly, in 2017 Dehlinger's Chardonnay Estate is quite racy and luscious. Orchard fruit, citrus confit, and wild flowers take on an extra level of sheer richness, while tropical accents add to the real feeling of exoticism. $42

Wine Spectator 90
LAGAR DA CONDESA Albariño
Rias Baixas O Fillo da Condesa 2018

This white shows richness, with honeyed orange and ginger notes deepening the pear and guava flavors. Briny and mineral elements add interest, while firm acidity keeps this focused. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made, 1,500 cases imported. — TM $12 Our Price $8.99

2017 Elizabeth Rose Chockablock Napa Red

Vineyard Notes: The Elizabeth Rose Red Blend comes from two vineyard sites in Yountville and Oakville. One is our 450-acre vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley named Block House. Block House is the largest of our vineyards and is planted to several different grape varietals. The other vineyard is our 60-acre Pelissa Vineyard located on Oakville Crossroads directly behind our family winery. All vines are farmed 100% Certified Organic.

TASTING NOTES: This 2017 Red Blend, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, will become your new everyday wine! The notes of dark red cherries & black currants jump from the glass. The aromas match the palate along with well-integrated cedar & toasted oak notes that frame these tannins. It is medium-bodied with a smooth and balanced finish. It is an incredibly elegant red blend from our estate vineyards in the Napa Valley. Have fun with this wine, what a value! 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 3% Cab Franc. $28 Our Price $19.99

2019 Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rosé Provence

Winemaker Notes: Aromas and flavors of strawberry, watermelon, grapefruit, and peach, orange blossom, gentle acidity, medium bodied, with a refreshing hint of minerality. 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 95
2016 Purlieu Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up exuberant notions of blackcurrant pastilles, blackberry compote and stewed red plums with touches of kirsch, potpourri, fragrant earth and cigar box. Full-bodied and opulently fruited in the mouth, the powerful flavors are well framed by firm, ripe tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. $105 Our Price $99.99

Wine Advocate 91
2018 Fritz Haag Estate Riesling

The 2018 Riesling shows the clear, elegant, fresh and flinty bouquet of ripe yellow plums and peaches along with some beautiful phenolic notes. On the palate, this is an elegant, fine and perfectly round and balanced but also fresh and gorgeously juicy Riesling with a salty-piquant finish and the crystalline crunchiness of Brauneberg's slate soils. Tasted in March 2019. $22 Our Price $17.99 (Back in stock 9/2/20)

James Suckling 97 Points
2014 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Onda Napa Valley

One of the most serious Ondas I have had. Medium to full body and firm and polished tannins. Very long and poised. Excellent length. Fabulous focus and beauty. This needs two or three years to soften, but it's already superb. Try in 2022. $200 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 95
BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2017

Combines structure with verve, offering richly expressive raspberry, violet and orange peel flavors that take on polish and complexity toward well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2028. 3,600 cases made. — TF $95 Our Price $89.99

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