The Grape Tray

November 3rd 2020 Newsletter

Back in stock!
2016 Caymus Special Selection
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: We set aside the best barrels of our Cabernet to produce Special Selection – the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.” Pushing the limits of richness and concentration, this Cabernet is enjoyable upon release or improves with aging a decade or more. Fine, luxurious tannins give structure to intense flavors of supple cacao bean, chocolate and dark fruits. $200 Our Price $169.99

Wine Spectator 91
DEUTZ Brut Champagne Classic NV

A harmonious and mouthwatering Champagne, with a lovely mix of white cherry, pastry, grated ginger and smoky mineral riding the elegant mousse. Racy finish. Drink now through 2021. 3,000 cases imported. — AN $45 Our Price $38.99

Our New Wine Venture in Northeast Fresno
(Located in the Via Montana Center-Yosemite Ranch Restaurant, Ace Hardware, Ark Mediterranean and Papi’s Mex Grill)


Originally envisioned to be a casual wine lounge where our customers could explore the wines of the world. Within the USA, 50 states produce wine with California having the greatest production. California alone has 139 American Viticultural Areas and let’s not forget the international wines of Spain, France, Germany, Italy and New Zealand.


Covid-19 forced us to stop work on this project twice and we have been in a holding pattern as the regulations from the state and city have changed the way we are able to function as a business.


We have abandoned the hope of opening as a wine lounge in the near future and have accepted the fact that we can only operate as a wine shop with no wine tasting.


We will be open Tuesday through Saturday and our first day of operation will be Tuesday, November 10th. We hope to see you soon and help us spread the word by forwarding this message to your wine advocate friends!

2019 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This bright and captivating Sauvignon Blanc begins with head-turning aromas of pineapple, mango, guava, lemon cream and nectarine. The luxurious tropical notes are echoed on the palate, where they mingle with flavors of lychee, peach, white flowers and honeydew melon, all gliding to a fresh and focused finish. $27 Our Price $23.99

2018 Venge Silencieux Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Fresh roasted coffee, sweet cassis and aromatic blue fruits lead the way to full bodied deliciousness. Dense and compact, with firm tannins that fully support the cascade of mouth coating flavors. The finish is remarkably lengthy and complex. This wine is approachable upon release and cellar worthy in proper aging conditions. $45 Our Price $38.99

Wine Advocate 96
Krug Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition

Krug's NV Grande Cuvée 168ème Édition is a classic in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of dried fruits, pear, toasted nuts, orange zest, honeycomb and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, generous but incisive, it's deep and elegantly fleshy, with a beautifully refined mousse and an enveloping core of fruit that's complemented by the characteristic Krug patina of nutty complexity imparted by barrel fermentation. Even if this is more open out of the gates than the 2011-based 167ème edition, the 168ème edition is also the more concentrated and intense of the two. It's based on the 2012 harvest, complemented by fully 42% reserve wines—a blend of 198 wines from 11 different vintages dating back to 1996. $195 Our Price $159.95

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 (Back in stock)

2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is an enticing dark crimson. Warm aromas of blueberries, roasted coffee, burnt toffee, cocoa and dried baking spices fill the glass. On the palate, layers of fine dusty tannins are met with earthy tones, toasted cloves, creamy vanilla and a touch of bright red fruit capped by an epic firm structure. $125 Our Price $108.99

Wine Spectator 93
ROAR Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar Vineyard 2018

Powerfully structured, minerally and slate-driven, with hints of black pepper to the dark currant, raspberry and black olive flavors. Tarry nuances and dark chocolate notes emerge on the broad, enveloping finish. Drink now through 2025. —K.M. $60 Our Price $57.99 (Back in stock 11/4/20)

Wine Spectator 94
COLENE CLEMENS Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Margo 2017

Distinctive for the elegance, yet with subtle power simmering underneath, this offers raspberry and crushed stone notes, with hints of cardamom, building tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. $38 (Arrives 11/25/20)

Wine Spectator 94
COLLE BERETO Chianti Classico 2017

Tasting Note: Aromas of blood, iron and raw beef lead off, followed by flavors of cherry, plum and leather. Rich and harmonious, with a dense underlying structure and terrific length. Approachable now, but this should evolve well over the next few decades. Drink now through 2040. —B.S. $28. Our Price $21.99 (Limited)



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