The Grape Tray

September 29th 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

Vinous 93 Points
2017 Drouhin Oregon Roserock Eola Amity Hills
 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Shimmering red. A complex bouquet evokes fresh red berries, candied flowers, smoky minerals and baking spices. Juicy, subtly sweet and lively on the palate, offering spice-tinged bitter cherry, raspberry and floral pastille flavors that turn deeper as the wine opens up. Closes spicy, focused and impressively long, with well-knit tannins contributing gentle grip. Drinking window: 2022 - 2028 $34 Our Price $27.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

2018 Thread Feathers Howell Mt. Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The wine is saturated in purple/plum color, and followed by classic Howell Mountain notes of sagebrush and bay leaf as well as ample blackcurrant and plum fruits, graphite, smoke tobacco and earth. Gorgeous on the palate, with full-bodied richness yet considerable elegance and purity, it has ripe tannins and terrific balance. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Internet Price $35 (Arrives 10/2/20)

2018 M. Chapoutier
Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Rose

Winemaker Notes: Pale pink with bluish tints. Aromas of red fruits (currant and raspberry) and citrus (grapefruit), complimented by exotic fruits. The palate is fresh, delicate and fruity on the entry with strawberry notes and a silky mouthfeel. Well balanced acidity creates a fresh, prolonged finish. $14 Our Price $7.95

Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points
2018 Chapoutier Mathilde
 Côtes de Provence Rose

Orange blossom, white peach, and spice notes all emerge from the 2018 Côtes De Provence Grand Ferrage Rose, a juicy, vibrant rosé that has a distinct sense of minerality. Based on Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Rolle, it’s another smoking good rosé I’d be happy to drink. $27 Our Price $9.75

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

The Wine Advocate 92-94 Points
2018 Montlandrie, Castillon côtes de Bordeaux

Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.5% alcohol and is currently aging in 40% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it features fragrant notes of lilacs, Morello cherries and blueberry compote over a core of plum preserves and woodsmoke plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate is richly fruited with black and blue fruits, lifted by earthy accents and lovely freshness, finishing long and velvety textured. $33 Our Price $27.45 (Arrives 10/2/20)

Wine Spectator 93
Carlisle Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar Vineyard 2018

Plump and polished, with well-structured blackberry, cracked pepper, meat and espresso flavors that glide on a rich finish. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. 276 cases made. $45

Wine Enthusiast 92 Points
2018 Venge Scouts Honor Proprietary Red

This is a lively proprietary red wine made from 63% Zinfandel, 16% Charbono, 12% Petite Sirah and 9% Syrah. From many oldvine sites, it explodes in juicy plum, jammy blackberry and cherry, all wrapped in soft tannins. The oak adds a generous and rich vanilla tone. $30 Our Price $25.99

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Russian River, Half Bottles

A crazy good value, the 2017 Russian River Pinot Noir is the appellation release from this team and it comes from all of the estate vineyards across Green Valley, Laguna Ridge and Sebastopol regions. Complex notes of strawberries, cranberries, violets, pine forest all flow to a medium bodied Pinot Noir that has a kiss of salinity and marine notes, ripe tannins and a great finish. This beautiful wine competes with wines costing 2-3 times the price. $18/375ml. Our Price $15.99/375ml (Back in stock 10/1/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2017 Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from Hobbs, and it's brought up all in French oak. Black raspberries, bouquet garni, crushed flowers, and honeyed strawberry notes all emerge from this beautifully polished, medium-bodied, seamless effort. With lots of upfront fruit, plenty of underlying depth and structure, and a great finish, it's a winner. Drink it over the coming decade. $62 Our Price $52.99

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Eisele Vineyard Altagracia
Cabernet Sauvignon

Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is a beauty. Dense, opaque purple, a big sweet kiss of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with forest floor and violets is followed by a lush, medium to full-bodied wine with terrific concentration, light tannin and an approachable style even for a 2013. It should drink well for 15 or more years. $135

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points
2018 Bevan Sugarloaf Mountain Prop Red

A 50/50 split of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2018 Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red just pops on the nose with its blue fruits, wildflowers, violets, and wild strawberry aromas and flavors. Juicy and full-bodied, it has beautiful fruit, a plush, sexy texture, and notable freshness and purity. $200 (Arrives 10/9/20)

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