October 13th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

October 13th 2020 Newsletter

James Suckling 95 Points
2013 Giovanni Corino Barolo Giachini 2013

Very intense and focused aromas of crushed ripe strawberries and walnuts. Hints of sweet tobacco. Full body, round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Very structured. Drink or hold. Better in 2021. $70 Our Price $56.95 (Arrives 10/15/20)

Wine Spectator 92
Russian River Valley 2018

Luscious, rich and full of creamy white fruit flavors flanked by buttery accents. Spicy plushness lingers into the finish, with some honeyed notes. Drink now through 2024. 17,000 cases made. — KM $30 Our Price $24.99

Discounted 54%!
2017 Cosentino The Cab
 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The Cab is a rich ruby color in the glass with sultry aromas of boysenberry, black currant, baking spice and vanilla. The luxuriously supple palate reveals flavors of blackberry cobbler, cedar spice and a balanced finish marked by velvety tannins. $18 Our Price $8.25 (Arrives 10/14/20)

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
2019 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh and focused in a steely frame, this wine shows plenty of fruit intensity in pineapple, melon, lemon and grapefruit tones. The neutral oak influence is subdued yet adds length. $24 Our Price $20.99 (Arrives 10/14/20)

2019 Domaine Tempier BANDOL ROSÉ

The thing about Domaine Tempier’s Bandol rosé is that every time you open a bottle—no matter how many you’ve uncorked in your lifetime—it feels like a special occasion. That peachy-pink hue and iconic label turn any moment into a small celebration. Certainly, Bandol rosé is complex and pedigreed, but make no mistake: it is traditionally an apéritif wine. I like to honor it as such by taking the time to prepare as many salty and spreadable treats as I can scoop up with, or pile on top of, toasty croutons: a briny anchoïade, an earthy tapenade, or a bright and tangy sun-dried tomato purée are all great options. Avoid sticky, creamy cheeses, as they may stand in the wine’s way. The more olive oil, dried herbs, and fresh garlic, the better. Maybe you can find some plump octopus to grill and swipe with aïoli, or dip into a summery pistou. As 2020 continues to challenge us, let’s refuel our tanks with the fruits of one of the better things to happen to America in the last fifty years—Kermit importing Tempier rosé. A reason to celebrate! —Jane Berg. $56 Our Price $49.95 (Back in stock 10/15/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 92-94 Points
2016 Alban Patrina Estate Syrah

The 2016 Patrina is another beautiful, elegant wine that has classic Alban depth and richness as well as notes of crème de cassis, smoked meats, iodine, and hints of bacon fat. Unfortunately, quantities are down 50% due to berry shrivel, yet the wine is a stunning, full-bodied, silky Syrah that will drink beautifully for a decade. Patrina is bacon, smoked meats, and deep fruit, all framed with what one can reasonably call the ‘Alban Style’. It’s dense, concentrated, dark, and long with restraint. 60% new French oak, 26 months program 100% Estate Syrah. $48 (Last Call for the 2016 vintage) Back in stock!

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 90 pts
2016 Giovanni Corino
 Barolo del Comune di La Morra

Giuliano Corino's 2016 Barolo del Comune di La Morra is soft, perfumed and silky - all qualities that make it easy to drink and enjoy this upon release. Kirsch, sweet spice and wild flowers give this mid-weight La Morra Barolo a good bit of raciness. The Barolo is a blend of sites in La Morra's Annunziata district. This is such a classy wine, and a standout in its peer group. Drink 2019 – 2029. $50 Our Price $41.95 (Arrives 10/15/20)

Wine Enthusiast 94
2018 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir

This is an outstanding wine for the price, made from a majority of estate-grown grapes across the appellation. Given 10 months in French oak, 27% of it new, it is designed to be delicious out the gate, with a lush opulence that is soft, broad and supple across the palate. Plummy and brimming in dark cherry and cola, it finishes with moderate structure and baking spice. Editors’ Choice. —V.B. abv: 14.5% Price: $38 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 95
MASSOLINO Barolo 2016

A stream of pure, juicy cherry fruit is at the heart of this red, along with mineral, tobacco and wild herb notes. Firm and tightly wound, with a matrix of dense, refined tannins for support. All the elements are in the right proportions, this just needs time. Best from 2023 through 2045. From Italy. —B.S. $53. Our Price $42.99

2015 Studert Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese

Importer Notes: Bright gold in color. Ripe fruit and solid with notes of peaches and apricot but also petroly notes from devonslate, a perfect Riesling. Best served as an aperitif or in combination with blue cheeses or creamy cheeses like fresh goat cheese. $28 Our Price $14.95 (Arrives 10/15/20)

2018 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $190/magnum. Our Price $159.95/magnum

Wine Advocate 96
2015 Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs
 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate sports a very deep purple-black color and is scented of bright red and black currants notes with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush, mossy bark and damp soil, plus suggestions of lavender and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy backbone supporting the muscular fruit, with plenty of earth layers coming through on the long, savory finish. $450 Our Price $399.99

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