The Grape Tray

November 17th 2020 Newsletter

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 (Back in stock)

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 (Back in stock 11/18/20)

2018 Juan Gil Blue Label

Winemaker Notes: Purple/black in colour, it proffers a nose of pain grille, graphite, earth notes, spice box, black fruits, and a hint of balsamic. It opens in the grlass to reveal excellent density, savory flavors, plenty of spice, and a lengthy, pure finis. It will evolve well for 2-3 years and drink well for many years. Monastrell, Cabernet-Sauvignon & Syrah. $33 Our Price $28.99 (Arrives 11/19/20)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2016 Carmel Road Panorama Pinot Noir

The 2016 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard was aged in 28% new French oak for 16 months. It has a pale to medium ruby color with scents of crushed cranberries, red and black cherries, rhubarb, warm earth, black tea leaves, rose petals, dried citrus peel and tree bark—a pretty interplay of ripe fruits and perfumed earthy character. Light to medium-bodied, it's elegant and silky textured in the mouth, with a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and great juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 305 cases produced. $35 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 11/19/20)

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

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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

2018 Château de Montmirail Cuvée de Beauchamp Gigondas

Winemaker Notes: Rich and dark in color, this wine shows remarkable finesse for the vintage. This crowd pleaser has a nose of ripe blackberries and earth tones followed by a wine with good length, balance and a rich mouthfeel. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. $26

James Suckling 95 Points
2013 Giovanni Corino Barolo Giachini

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 (limited)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2018 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

The 2018 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett is darker toned and ripe on the flinty nose, with its crushed stone aromas. Richer and more intense on the palate, this is an almost creamy-textured and persistently salty Leistenberg that is quite rich but still playful and stimulating. It's just more generous and solemn on the palate. Perhaps more a Spätlese style but very stimulating in fact. Tasted in July 2019. This is riper and more powerful than the 2017. $30 Our Price $27.99 (Arrives 11/19/20)

Wine Advocate 92
2016 Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

Blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and 0.5% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in 35% new oak (95% French and 5% Hungarian), the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford sings of crushed red and blackcurrants, black berries and menthol with touches of fragrant earth, violets and black tea plus a waft of cigar box. Full, firm and grainy, the palate delivers plenty of harmony and depth with a long earthy finish. 16,525 cases produced. $60 Our Price $34.99 (Back in stock 11/19/20)

James Suckling 91 Points
2019 Donnhoff Estate Riesling Trocken Nahe

A basket full of summer fruit with tropical nuances on top, making this an extremely attractive, dry estate riesling with a satisfying hint of tannin and lively acidity at the finish. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification. Drink now. $28 Our Price $22.95 (Arrives 11/19/20)

Wine Advocate 90 Points
2019 Donnhoff Estate Riesling

The 2019 Riesling (Estate) is bright, clear and fresh on the nose, even flinty. Round, pure and lush on the palate, this is a medium-sweet Riesling with great finesse and the typical Mosel lightness and piquancy. Beautifully straight and full of character. Tasted as a sample in Bremen, April 2020. $28 Our Price $22.95 (Arrives 11/19/20)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Lucia Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has a big, sexy, spicy style as well as medium to full body, a rounded, expansive mouthfeel, classic Pinot Noir underbrush, violets, Asian spices, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This is a year-in, year-out great value readers will love. $45



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