September 18th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

September 18th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Advocate 96 Points
2018 Peay Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Pomarium

The 2018 Estate Pinot Noir Pomarium is a gorgeous wine that's immediately accessible but has the stuffing and structure to age gracefully in the cellar. The nose offers forest floor, wet leaves and laurel, cranberry sauce and blood orange with notes of lavender, garrigue and blueberries. The palate is medium-bodied, expanding outward to super perfumed, concentrated fruits, finely grained and seamlessly fresh with a very long finish. 575 cases produced. $61 (Arrives this afternoon)


Producer TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of orchard fruit, light herbs, brioche, pepper. Fruity and juicy, with ripe citrus and apple flavors. Vibrant and very long. $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Advocate 92 Points
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Magnum

Based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by 25% reserve wines, the latest rendition of Laurent Roederer's NV Brut Premier is showing nicely, opening in the glass with aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, white peach, pastry cream and subtle hints of freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, with a delicate pinpoint mousse, ripe but racy acids and exquisite balance, this is a beautiful Brut Premier that will age in style; indeed, it will be even better with some bottle age. This is among the finest examples in its category and comes warmly recommended. $120 Our Price $89.99/magnum

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

The 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is very expressive, with warm blackberries, cranberry sauce, blood orange, black tea leaves, forest floor and an undercurrent of dark spices and earth. Medium-bodied and concentrated, it offers Goldilocks ripeness and angostura-laced flavor layers, finishing long and seamlessly fresh. 1,450 cases produced. $45 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 90
WindRacer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015

Lithe and spicy, with creamy accents to the apple pastry, pear tart and dried tropical fruit flavors. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,502 cases made. — KM $40 Internet Price $19.99 Grape Tray email subscriber price $15.95 (Back in stock)

Wine Spectator 93
LILBERT FILS Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV

This graceful Champagne is like the finely tailored suit that somehow never goes out of style, with a lovely overtone of minerally chalk and brine enticing you into the glass, where flavors of apricot and Marcona almond, and hints of passionfruit coulis and pickled ginger, ride the fine, satinlike mousse. Disgorged autumn 2018. Drink now through 2028. 150 cases imported —A.N. $70 Our Price $59.99 (Arrives this afternoon) Half bottles $36.99

2019 Lewis Cellars Napa SAUVIGNON BLANC

Winemaker Notes: Picture a white-top ‘60 Chevy Impala convertible in seafoam green – showy, detailed and alluring – that’s our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc. Loaded with sweet mineral and floral spices, guava and ripe lemon-lime; lively and bright with big bandwidth, this is rich yet vibrant wine. Juicy mandarin, lime skin and brine fantail to a refreshingly succulent finish. $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Advocate 95 Points
2017 Lucia Vineyards Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

This vineyard was planted in 1995 by Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni. Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is shy on the nose at first, opening slowly to red fruit sparks over a core of dense black fruit with classic notes of tobacco leaf, cola, woodsmoke and violet hints. Medium to full-bodied, it's dense and concentrated in the mouth with tons of dark, savory fruits and floral notions. It has ripe, tight-grained tannins and wonderful freshness to energize the dense, layered finish. 750 cases produced. $65

Wine Spectator 91
LANSON Brut Champagne Black Label NV

This creamy Champagne is bright and citrusy, offering an expressive and well-meshed mix of ripe blackberry, pastry dough and pickled ginger flavors. Racy finish. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 7,000 cases imported. –AN $45 Our Price $34.95

2018 Thread Feathers Oakville
 Cabernet Sauvignon

Notes from Winemaker Neil M Koch: This wine offers full-bodied intensity within a classic framework of red and black currant, cherry and cassis. Robustly built in tannin and well-integrated oak, it has earthy elements of cedar, sage and graphite, with a lasting note of mocha. Sourced from grapes from the Ashe Vineyard located just south of Oakville Crossroads. 275 cases produced. $75 Our Price $29.95 (Back in stock)

2016 Spoken Barrel Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby in color, this 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits classic, concentrated aromas of cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, and roasted oak. Lush and concentrated flavors of blackberry and cherry with hints of cassis lead to a warm, toasty sweet vanilla finish with fine, velvety tannins. $20 Our Price $8.95 (Discounted 57%)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Anthem Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer
Las Piedras Vineyard

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color and reveals expressive black cherries, blackberries and warm blackcurrants with hints of violets, black olives, Indian spices and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, the palate is filled with well-poised black fruit layers and firm, grainy tannins, matched by bold freshness and finishing long. $125 (Back in stock)

2014 The Mascot Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer Notes: The Mascot is a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon made from distinct hillside vineyards; specifically the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory. It started out as a small project shared among the family, winemaking team, and close friends. Drawing fruit from blocks of recently replanted vineyards, The Mascot shares a glimpse into the evolution of its parent estates: a youthful snapshot of their future. With the 2008 vintage the family had enough wine - 500 cases - to introduce the endeavor to the outside world; releasing the first bottles in 2013. An athletic balance of energy and density, The Mascot is expressive and approachable early in its life with potential to evolve long into the future.

2014 Vintage Notes: An otherwise even growing season in 2014 was made memorable by an earthquake that struck the Napa Valley in the early-morning hours of August 24th. Dry conditions that normally prevail at that time of year were unexpectedly altered; the geologic event had shifted the water table to the extent that many seasonal streams began to flow once again. This unusual circumstance brought unaccustomed moisture from the depths and, with it, renewed energy to many of the soils throughout the valley. In the wake of this phenomenon, we noticed subtle changes to the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory, which grew more vibrant as harvest approached. The resulting wine reflects this vibrance in its lift and flow across the palate, with its quality ringing true to the pedigree of its parent sites. Red fruit and baking spice intermingle on the nose, while on entry, the wine is soft, gently accelerating as it reveals athletic structure and shape, culminating in transparency and poise. $140 (Arrives 9/23/20)

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