November 6th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

November 6th 2020 Newsletter

Vintage Reserve Wine
1552 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 109
Fresno, CA 93720
Via Montana Center (NE Corner Shepherd and Champlain)

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
(First day of operation: 11/10/20)

Wine Spectator 92
WHITEHALL LANE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

Ripe and alluring, with a lovely floral edge to the pure core of cassis and plum reduction flavors. A light licorice edge frames the finish, with a hint of singed mesquite. Offers some latent depth, so while approachable, this should also cellar well mid-term. Drink now through 2031. —J.M. $46 Our Price $31.99

Wine Spectator 92
OAKVILLE WINERY Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2017

Nicely rendered, with red and black currant fruit mixed with sassafras, sage and warm earth notes. There's good grip through the finish, while the fruit keeps pace, leaving a late echo of crushed currant and loam. Best from 2022 through 2029. —J.M. $60 Our Price $43.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2017 Capiaux Pinot Noir Gary's
Santa Lucia Highlands

The 2017 Pinot Noir Gary's is dark, succulent and inviting, as wines from this Santa Lucia Highlands site tend to be. Ripe dark cherry, plum, lavender, violet and menthol flesh out in an pliant, racy Pinot that will drink well upon release. $50 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
Ambrogio 2016

This is velvety and inviting, the open texture setting the stage for black cherry, plum and iron flavors. Spice and tobacco elements chime in as this cruises to a long, sumptuous finish. Shows fine harmony and should be approachable earlier than some peers. Best from 2022 through 2038. 1,100 cases made, 360 cases imported. — BS $69 Our Price $54.95 (Arrives 11/12/20)

Wine Enthusiast 96 Points
2018 Mayacamas Mt Veeder Chardonnay

Made from decades-old dry-farmed vines planted to the Wente clone in rocky, volcanic soils, this is a stunning wine, flinty, fleshy and expansive, with undeniable minerality. Lemon zest, meringue and pear contrast against persistent acidity and a lasting briny tone that lifts the palate further. $50 (Arrives this afternoon)

The Wine Advocate 92-94 Points
2018 Montlandrie, Castillon côtes de Bordeaux

Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L’Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Montlandrie is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.5% alcohol and is currently aging in 40% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it features fragrant notes of lilacs, Morello cherries and blueberry compote over a core of plum preserves and woodsmoke plus a waft of underbrush. The medium to full-bodied palate is richly fruited with black and blue fruits, lifted by earthy accents and lovely freshness, finishing long and velvety textured. $33 Our Price $27.45

Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
2018 Lucienne Santa Lucia Highlands
 Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir

Rich, opulent aromas of black-cherry cordial and caramel are thick but delicious on the nose of this bottling. Sandy tannins frame the creamy cherry and blackberry flavors, which are lifted by star anise and licorice accents and lead into an oaky finish. $50 Our Price $39.99

2016 Joullian Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant, pale green straw-gold color. Perfumy mango, white peach, pineapple and citrus rind aromas jump out of the glass. These same tropical characteristics are reflected in a rich, fruit driven flavor profile that finishes with refreshing acidity and hints of minerality and roasted grain. $25 Our Price $17.99

2018 Francois Crochet Sancerre Rosé

Importer Notes: It’s never easy to pick a favorite wine, especially if you’ve made it a habit to drink your way around Europe. We couldn’t say which rosé in our collection tops our list, but if we were to choose the most complex, it might be François Crochet’s Sancerre rosé made of Pinot Noir.

A textbook example of finely wrought Sancerre rosé, François’ are hard to keep your hands off, but age effortlessly. (Tip: Don’t believe what people say about the ageability of rosé—Pinot Noir rosés, especially those from northern France, are even better the following year, and it'd be wise to plan for your future summer rosé parties by putting a few of these away till next year!) A short maceration on the skins laces this wine’s charming but deeply layered nose with the essence of elegant green citrus, dark pink rose, passionfruit, and a sweet green herbs. On the palate, mineral and acidic freshness are gifted from this great wine land of the north, making it a pleasant, electric experience. $30 Our Price $26.95

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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2016 Paraiso Monterey Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of peach, lemon-lime and green apple with flavors of toasted nuts, nectarine and apple. A rich mouth feel with a long full flavored finish. $19 Our Price $4.95

2018 Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Celia Welch writes of the 2018 M.Étain: With a relatively normal rainfall early in 2018, lovely Springtime weather during the flowering season and a comparably mild summer, this vintage shows the balance and elegance that results from slightly longer, cooler growing seasons.

Aromatically, the 2018 M. Étain displays beautiful ripe fruit tones of blueberry jam, fresh warm cherries, and just enough vanilla, spice and sandalwood to add complexity and base notes to the bright fruit components. On the palate, the wine shows very bright and fresh, with the aromatic notes returning as very juicy berry flavors combined with the spice elements. The wine shows depth and complexity, just enough density to prove its age-worthiness but wrapped up in tannins that already show a sense of plushness and generosity. The final blend of estate fruit consisted of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 4% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. 2,315 cases were produced. Market Price $250 Our Price TBD (Limited)

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