October 16th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

October 16th 2020 Newsletter

James Suckling 93 Points
2018 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana

There’s purity of fruit here with crushed plums, flowers, fresh sage and rosemary on both the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, yet soft and pretty at the finish. $30 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 91
BODEGAS BORSAO Campo de Borja Cabriola 2016

Full-bodied, yet fresh and lively, this red delivers bold flavors of cherry compote, dried fig, cocoa, toast and licorice. Light, firm tannins and citrusy acidity keep this focused. Garnacha, Syrah and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2026. 8,000 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. — TM $16 Our Price $13.49

2016 Bernardus Monterey Chardonnay, Half Bottle

Winemaker Notes: Our 2016 Monterey County Chardonnay exemplifies all the characteristics that make Bernardus Chardonnay the quintessential Chardonnay from the Central Coast. The nose expresses aromas of fresh peach and yellow cherries with subtle hints of baking spices. The flavors are a delicious blend of ripe white fruits accented by toasty oak notes. The wonderfully creamy texture finishes with a characteristic note of crisp acidity which is the hallmark of excellent Chardonnay from Monterey County. $15/375ml. Our Price $7.95/375ml

2018 Rombauer Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is a purple ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry meld with black tea, vanilla and spice. Lush flavors of fig, blackberry jam, licorice and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of dark chocolate and white pepper in the background. Subtle and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish. $35 Our Price $31.99

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2017 Benziger Carneros Organic Reserve Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: This Chardonnay is well balanced with notes of spiced pear, apple and a hint of lemon zest. A deliciously sweet entry of apricot lingers mid-palate and opens to a lively finish. Our Organic Reserve Chardonnay is sourced from the Pear Block within the Home Ranch of Sangiacomo Vineyard. The expertly executed organic farming practice of this vineyard amplifies the distinctive character and intensity of the grapes. We handled this wine with great tenderness and care and minimum intervention. Aged 10 months on French Oak (25% new). We allowed the Chardonnay to rest on its lees throughout barrel aging in order to build body and a round texture in the wine. The resulting mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious. $30 Our Price $14.95

Wine Spectator 90
VEUVE FOURNY & FILS Brut Champagne Grande Réserve NV

Firm and tangy, with a tight bead and kumquat and melon flavors married to a minerally base note and accents of toast, yellow plum, grated ginger and lemon zest. Drink now. 616 cases imported. — AN $47 Our Price $39.99

Wine Spectator 93
WRATH Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands McIntyre Vineyard 2017

Robust and powerful, with concentrated and pure-tasting flavors of dark cherry and dried blueberry, backed by fresh acidity. Mineral and cardamom notes flood the lively finish. Drink now through 2025. 398 cases made. — KM $49 Our Price $41.99 (Arrives 10/21/20)

2018 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot

Winemaker Notes: The overall character of the wine seems to be dominated by a solid, dense core of dark red to black fruits with a firmer underlying tannic structure compared to previous years. While more pronounced tannins can sometimes be of concern, we feel that the intensity and depth of the fruit is ample and deep enough to balance them out and also provide the potential for longer term aging. While many will enjoy these wines in the near term, a little patience will reward you even more. $30

Wine Spectator 90
SEGHESIO Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2018

Generous, with fresh fruit, accented by cherry jam, dried sage and white pepper flavors, lingering on a sleek finish. Drink now through 2027. 92,700 cases made. — TF $26 Our Price $18.95

Wine Spectator 91
DRY CREEK Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2018

A spirited red, with a supple texture and well-layered black cherry, licorice and grilled sage flavors that pick up speed toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028. 18,500 cases made. — TF $26 Our Price $17.99

Wine Spectator 90
DELAMOTTE Brut Champagne NV

Crisp and minerally, with smoke and chalk accents underscoring the rich notes of lemon curd, glazed apricot and spring blossom, this chiseled Champagne is elegant and well-knit. Drink now through 2022. 6,500 cases imported. — AN $65 Our Price $39.99

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