October 30th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

October 30th 2020 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 92
LUKE Cabernet Sauvignon
Wahluke Slope 2017

Shows presence and polish, with expressive blackberry, smoked spice and dusty cedar notes that take on structure toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025. 9,557 cases made. — TF $25 Our Price $15.45 (Arrives this afternoon)

Vinous 93 Points
2018 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

Inky ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and candied violet show outstanding clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity on the long, penetrating finish, which features well-judged tannins and lingering floral and spice notes. $45 Our Price $38.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 100 Points
2016 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve

Fontodi's 2016 Flaccianello della Pieve is a masterpiece. This review represents a composite of notes from two separate tasting sessions, one at the winery and a second bottle tasted repeatedly over the course of 24 hours at my own pace. In the case of the second sample, it ended up in a blind flight next to the 2016 Masseto, and as beautiful as that Merlot-based wine is, this wine paints an even more beautiful portrait of a perfect Tuscan landscape, thanks to that tangy Sangiovese typicity. This vintage shows amazing depth and poise, with a sheer sense of elegance that comes from the undisputed quality of fruit achieved in this balanced vintage. The bouquet opens to dark cherry, blue flower and tilled earth. The tannins are taut, almost crunchy, and the wine offers profound pedigree and persistence that is driven by the evident acidity. That depth is what stands out most. Until the 2013 vintage, Flaccianello was aged in barrique for 24 months. After that vintage, six months of the total aging time is spent in botte instead. This 2016 vintage includes a small part from clay amphorae for the first time. This slight change in the relationship of wine to barrel size has resulted in a more elegant and finessed wine. That point is especially underlined in this vintage. Because of cool spring temperatures during the flowering, yields were reduced by 20% in 2016 compared to 2015. Some 65,000 bottles were made. $270/750 ml. Our Price $219.95. Magnums $570 Our Price $487.99/magnum

Additional scores: Wine Spectator 97 Points and Vinous Media 100 Points


Importer Notes: Arguably Régis’s most over-delivering wine—and coming from his oldest vines—the Longeroies rouge showcases notes of black cherries, black tea, and baking spices. It stands among our most versatile red Burgundies, regardless of price. $38 Our Price $31.99 (Arrives 11/4/20)

Wine Spectator 92
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Rosé Champagne Sauvage NV Half Bottles

A deeply-hued, vinous rosé, almost garnet in color, this distinctive version offers dried cherry and currant flavors, accented by delicate dried thyme, graphite and singed orange peel notes. Well-recommended for food, this is firm and lightly chalky in texture, with a lingering, mineral-laced finish. Drink now through 2023. 20,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. — AN $32/375ml Our Price $14.95/375ml

James Suckling 90 Points
2018 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

This has a very rich and fleshy feel with intense, ripe peaches that pervade the nose and palate. There’s a really concentrated feel here. Ripe, too. Drink now. $17 Our Price $11.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

The Prisoner Wine Company Gift Set

The Prisoner Wine Company, Oakville, CA: The Prisoner Wine Company was born different. Designed to disrupt. Crafted in the same iconic style as The Prisoner Red Blend, we proudly introduce The Prisoner Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine and Chardonnay White Wine in a giftable and collectable 3-bottle wine gift set. The Prisoner gift pack of luxury wines includes (1) 375ml bottle of The Prisoner Chardonnay White Wine, (1) 375ml bottle of The Prisoner Red Blend Red Wine, and (1) 375ml bottle of The Prisoner Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine. Give the gift of wine this holiday season with this wine gift box of half wine bottles featuring a variety of delicious wines. Please enjoy our wines responsibly. $89 Our Price $72.95

2019 Riva Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Full bodied and expansive flavors of pineapple, apricot and nectarine. A spicy finish with a round mouthfeel. $20 Liquidaton Price $12.95 (Limited to 12 bottles in stock)

2019 Line 39 California Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Rich, medium-bodied wine, hints of oak, lush tropical fruit flavors. $10 Liquidation Price $6.95 (Limited to 12 bottles in stock)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Always a great value, the 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands reveals a vibrant ruby hue as well as ripe cherry and strawberry fruit intermixed with notes of shiitake mushroom, dried herbs, and some meaty, earthy notes. It's a slightly more finesse-driven wine than some of the single vineyards and is beautifully balanced, has good acidity, and unquestionably plays in the same qualitative ballpark as all of these releases. $45 (Back in stock 11/4/20)


Importer Notes: Damien Gachot’s winery is in Corgoloin, one of the five villages in the Côte de Nuits that comprise this appellation. These villages are scattered in between those whose reputation precedes them, such as Nuits, Vosne, Chambolle, Vougeot, Morey, and Gevrey. Corgoloin is on the southern end of the Côte de Nuits, and we find great value here in addition to the dark, meaty Pinot that we expect from the Côte d’Or’s northern slice. Vigilant pruning, debudding, and green harvesting limit yields to ensure richly perfumed wines with lovely, concentrated flavor. Damien also manages finesse in this bottling, which is no small achievement and the reason that he has such a devoted following. $38 Our Price $29.99 (Arrives 11/4/20)

2018 Rombauer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This wine is deep purple with a bright fuscia rim. The nose is expressive, with aromas of red cherry and sage with a hint of violet, spice and toast. The wine is full-bodied, packed with flavors of raspberry and black cherry, along with notes of violet and toast from the oak. Supple tannins carry through to a fine and smooth finish. $68 Our Price $62.99

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