The Grape Tray

September 15th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 90

FREI BROTHERS Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Sonoma Reserve 2017

Ripe, with loamy accents to the cherry compote and Christmas pudding flavors. The lusciously spiced finish offers dark chocolate and mocha hints. Drink now through 2023. 6,000 cases made.—Kim Marcus $27 Our Price $21.99 Liquidation Price $17.95 (Limited to stock on hand)

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2018 Roar Rosella’s Pinot Noir

From one of the cooler sites they work with, the 2018 Roar Rosella’s Vineyard shines with it’s vibrant, pure yet complex style. Giving up lots of mulberry and black cherry as well as ample sappy flower and spice notes. This beauty is medium to full-bodied, has a juicy, elegant texture, perfectly integrated acidity and has a great finish. Drink it over the next decade as well. $63 (Arrives 9/16/20)

Wine Spectator 94
ALTAMURA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2016

Steeped Black Mission fig, plum and blackberry flavors are melded to warm fruitcake, dark licorice and Turkish coffee notes. Despite the profile, this is defined, with a subtle sanguine hint adding detail on the seductive finish. Drink now through 2030. 3,000 cases made. — JM $120

James Suckling 90 Points
2018 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

This has a very rich and fleshy feel with intense, ripe peaches that pervade the nose and palate. There’s a really concentrated feel here. Ripe, too. Drink now. $17 Our Price $11.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

2018 Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The nose displays aromas of bright black cherries, followed by dusty cocoa and roasting coffee beans. Dense texture and a fine sense of balance enhance the flavors of blackberry, currants, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. $23 Our Price $18.45

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2018 Roar Garys’ Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard comes all from the Pisoni and Calera clones and saw 54% new French oak. Another complex, Burgundian style release from this team, it offers notes of wild strawberries, cured meats, iodine, and damp earth, with more violet and floral notes developing with time in the glass. Beautifully layered, pure, and silky on the palate, with polished tannins, it shows the class of this great vintage and is going to drink brilliantly for at least a decade. Drink 2020-2030. $62 (Back in stock 9/16/20)

Wine Spectator 91
BUCKLIN Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch 2017

Lively and briary, with expressive raspberry, smoky tarragon and cracked pepper flavors that pick up speed toward well-groomed tannins. Drink now through 2028. 569 cases made. — TF $24 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 92
LAFOND Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2017

This taut red features crisp red fruit and berry flavors, supported by glistening acidity. Lithe midpalate, offering ample slate notes. The finish lingers with dark chocolate hints. Drink now through 2024. 3,700 cases made.—K.M. $27 Our Price 21.99 (Arrives 9/17/20)

2018 Foley Johnson Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand on the palate with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine’s balance and structure coupled with its bright acidity makes it an age-worthy wine to be enjoyed for several years. $25 Our Price $17.99

2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an enticing dark crimson. Warm aromas of blueberries, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, cocoa and dried baking spices fill the glass. On the palate, layers of fine dusty tannins are met with earthy tones, toasted cloves, creamy vanilla and a touch of bright red fruit capped by an epic firm structure. $125 Our Price $108.99

Wine Spectator 91
DEUTZ Brut Champagne Classic NV

A harmonious and mouthwatering Champagne, with a lovely mix of white cherry, pastry, grated ginger and smoky mineral riding the elegant mousse. Racy finish. Drink now through 2021. 3,000 cases imported. — AN $45 Our Price $38.99 (Back in stock 9/23/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points
2016 Cirq Treehouse

The 2016 Pinot Noir Treehouse Vineyard is similarly colored and offers rockstar notes of black cherries, mulberries, crushed violets, and forest floor/underbrush. Medium-bodied, vibrant, and seamless, with nothing out of place and ultra-fine, building tannin, it shows the balance and purity that’s the hallmark of this incredible vintage in Sonoma. Give bottles a year or two and enjoy over the following decade. $194 (Limited)

Wine Spectator 92
J. LASSALLE Brut Champagne Cachet Or NV

There's an open-knit, almost airy feel to this vibrant Champagne, which carries a concentrated range of juicy pear and black raspberry fruit, with hints of crystallized honey. Shows gingersnap biscuit and verbena flavors on the chalky texture, gaining momentum on the racy, zesty finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,945 cases imported. — AN $39 Our Price $31.99 (Back in stock 9/17/20)


Wine Advocate 93
2017 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc

The 2017 Cabernet Franc is made of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It comes 59% from Napa county and 41%Sonoma county. Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes proudly prancing out of the glass with happy Morello cherries, baked raspberries, boysenberries and warm plums notes plus suggestions of pencil lead, red roses, black tea and bay leaves. Medium to full-bodied, it reveals wonderfully youthful, crunchy red and black fruits with a firm backbone of finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 1,485 cases produced. $75 (Limited) Arrives 9/17/20

Wine Spectator 95
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2015

A real head-turner, ultrarich and powerful, sharply focused, deftly balanced, ending with a mouthcoating mix of black licorice, fresh herb and earth, and cedary oak notes. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases made. — JL $105 (Back in stock this afternoon)

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