October 6th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

October 6th 2020 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93
BODEGAS BERONIA Rioja Reserva 2015

This round, juicy red is fresh and lively. Black cherry, tangy plum, leafy, toast and vanilla flavors mingle over moderate tannins and orange peel acidity. Bright and accessible, but has the structure to age. Drink now through 2030. 50,000 cases made, 3,500 cases imported. — TM $20 Our Price $14.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

2018 Turley Juvenile Zinfandel

Winery Notes: Though the vast majority of our wines are single vineyard designates, Juvenile is actually composed of a variety of young vines that have been replanted in several of our old vine sites. We tag the vine when we replant it so as not to mix the brand new vine with its much older neighbors, then pick these young vines separately and make a distinct wine. The vines that make up Juvenile range in age from about 6-25 years, and we pull from 18 of our best vineyards across California, including Hayne, Ueberroth, Pesenti, Salvador, Vineyard 101, Fredericks and Kirschenmann. $26

Wine Spectator 92
CHAPPELLET Merlot Napa Valley 2017

Powerful, with intense notes of bittersweet chocolate flanking the dark plum and dried blackberry flavors, this shows a rich savoriness, with forest floor accents lingering into the finish, lined by medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2024. 1,150 cases made.—Kim Marcus $45 (Arrives 10/7/20)

James Suckling 93 Points
2016 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Merlot

This expressive merlot showcases the varietal’s ability to excel in Napa valley with generous, juicy fruit flavors, intriguing baking spice notes, and polished structure. It’s incredibly pleasurable and complex with cherry, cranberry and pomegranate, and plum with notes of caramel and cinnamon that persist through the long finish. The wine has depth and nuance with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely texture. $35 Our Price $23.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose

Winemaker Notes: A bright sparkling pink color. Pleasant and powerful on the nose with a strong presence of ripe red berries. Round and full on the palate. $10 Our Price $8.45

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

Blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and 0.5% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in 35% new oak (95% French and 5% Hungarian), the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford sings of crushed red and blackcurrants, black berries and menthol with touches of fragrant earth, violets and black tea plus a waft of cigar box. Full, firm and grainy, the palate delivers plenty of harmony and depth with a long earthy finish. 16,525 cases produced. $60 Our Price $34.99

2017 Scarlett Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless, flawless and a compelling Rutherford beauty. Unbelievable complexity and layers intermingle with aromas of berry compote, cassis with a black cherry core that jumps from the glass. $70 (Back in stock 10/8/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 93-95 Points

2018 Caterwaul Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Moving to the barrel samples, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon should be snatched up by savvy readers. Sporting a deep purple hue as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of cassis, violets, and tobacco, it’s a step up over the 2017 and has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a terrific sense of opulence as well as freshness. $50 (Back in stock 10/8/20)

2018 Château de Montmirail Cuvée de Beauchamp Gigondas

Winemaker Notes: Rich and dark in color, this wine shows remarkable finesse for the vintage. This crowd pleaser has a nose of ripe blackberries and earth tones followed by a wine with good length, balance and a rich mouthfeel. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. $26 (Back in stock) Delicious!

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

Wine Advocate 98
2017 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz

As usual, the 2017 RunRig is approximately 2% Viognier. It spent almost 30 months in oak, 40% of which was new. Hints of peach or apricot appear on the nose, alongside notes of hickory smoke, cherries and baking spices. It's full-bodied and concentrated but supple and silky enough to seem lighter in the mouth, showing tremendous length and elegance on the finish, where it adds nuances of cinnamon and cocoa.

Producer Notes: Intense, lifted aromatics of dense blueberries and blackberries dark chocolate all come to the fore with an opulent profile of mulberry plum and five-spice. A plush and velvety textured palate of red cherry and stone fruits, clove all interwoven with hints of dark chocolate. The complex layers and fruit characters continue to evolve in the glass with hints of ironstone, anise, blackberry and pepper all becoming more persistent in the finish. This densely textured RunRig will certainly reward those with patience $200. Our Price $163.95

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