The Grape Tray

November 24th 2020 Newsletter

Holiday Hours
Wednesday, 11/25/20-10:30AM-5:30PM
Thursday, 11/26/20-Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, 11/27/20- Closed
Saturday, 11/28/20 10:30AM-4:00PM

2016 Joseph Carr Rutherford
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA. Located in the center of Napa, Rutherford is bordered by the Mayacamas Mountains on the west and the Vaca Range on the east. The wine was aged in French Oak for 18 months and features notes of black currant, tobacco, coffee, black cherry, and toffee. Full bodied, plush tannins and integrated acidity lead to a persistent finish. $39 Our Price $21.95 (Arrives 11/25/20)

Wine Spectator 95
RED STITCH Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2015

A real head-turner, ultrarich and powerful, sharply focused, deftly balanced, ending with a mouthcoating mix of black licorice, fresh herb and earth, and cedary oak notes. Best from 2020 through 2035. 300 cases made. — JL $105 (Back in stock 11/25/20)

Back in stock 11/25/20
Domaine Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Champagne

Producer Notes: Estate-owned vineyards are located in and around the village of Bouzy. Soils are the classic, chalky terroir of the Montagne de Reims. 15-30 year old vines and hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged for three years in bottle. Dosage less than 11 grams/L. TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Blond toast, red apples and wildflowers; silky and long. Red berries, minerals, a hint of white pepper. 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; or with soft, creamy cheeses. $50 Internet Price $42.99 (Grape Tray email subscriber price $35) Magnums available and half bottles arrive 11/25/20.

Our Northeast Fresno Location is open!
Vintage Reserve Wine
1552 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 109 Fresno, CA 93720
559-878-3953 - Via Montana Center (NE Corner Shepherd and Champlain)
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Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
(Brian will give you the tour of the new NE wine shop)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Beringer Reserve Chardonnay

The classic Napa release from this estate, the 2018 Chardonnay Private Reserve has lots of beautiful golden apple, caramelized citrus, toasted nut, and hints of acacia flowers. With a rich, textured style, it still stays beautifully fresh, balanced, and layered. It's a brilliant effort. $40 Our Price $33.99

Wine Spectator 94
BUCKLIN Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley 2017

A dynamic blend that's jammed with personality, offering notes of briary berry thicket, savory anise, bitter chocolate and pepper flavors that build toward zesty tannins. Zinfandel, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, Grand Noir, Syrah and Carignan. Drink now through 2030. 356 cases made. — TF $36 Our Price $32.99

2016 Silver Oak Alexander Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color with a magenta rim. It has an enticing nose of cassis, blackberry, vanilla, sage and spearmint. Upon entry, this wine builds from potpourri and bramble to a bright pop of raspberry on the mid-palate. A juicy finish with chewy tannins and a medium length, it will provide drinking pleasure through 2042 with proper cellaring. $80. 3 Liter $450

2018 Thread Feathers Mt. Veeder Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Its saturated purple/plum color is followed by classic Mount Veeder notes of sagebrush and bay leaf as well as ample blackcurrant and plum fruits, graphite, smoke tobacco and earth. On the palate the wine has elegance and purity, ripe tannins and terrific balance. Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Merlot. Fruit sourced from Mayacamas Vineyards. Internet Price $35. (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
NV Louis Roederer Brut Premier, Magnum

Based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by 25% reserve wines, the latest rendition of Laurent Roederer's NV Brut Premier is showing nicely, opening in the glass with aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, Anjou pear, white peach, pastry cream and subtle hints of freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and complete, with a delicate pinpoint mousse, ripe but racy acids and exquisite balance, this is a beautiful Brut Premier that will age in style; indeed, it will be even better with some bottle age. This is among the finest examples in its category and comes warmly recommended. $120 Our Price $89.99/magnum

2018 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby in color, the 2018 Carneros Pinot Noir is lively and fresh with a beautiful exploration of rose petal, pomegranate, and cranberry. It shows a wealth of flavor and texture with a full-bodied figure of ripeness and structured acidity. $36 Our Price $31.99

Back in stock!
2019 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône Rouge

Winemaker Notes: Be warned – this is a stellar vintage, the greatest since the extraordinary 2010. Of course, 2016 is great too, and even 2015, which in Saint Cosme was memorable. But there is a freshness, an intensity, an evanescence, something undefinable that is charming and vibrant in the 2019s. What is the explanation for this? The intensity of the fruit after a dry summer? Rainfall in October that rounded out the wines? No one can say. Why didn't the vines suffer from the dryness this year? I don't know. Wine remains a largely unknown discipline, and therefore offers an ideal opportunity for those who have a sense of observation, a spirit of analysis and an artistic soul. The 2019 Côtes du Rhône Saint Cosme is the best since 2010. A wine with a substantial structure, it is also brimming with fruit and shows great concentration, counterbalanced by the finest freshness. In a dry vintage, concentration affects all the component parts of the fruit: not just the sugars, but the acids, water (which does not concentrate but disappears...), tannins, colour, aromas... etc...

This natural phenomenon produces something we all love: intensity. Character and identity are subsequently multiplied tenfold. The fact that nature should be able to offer us these gifts is an absolute joy. These wines are suitable for either drinking or keeping. They will bring us joy and surprises. They will become advocates for what I would call ‘the red wine cause’. We live in an era of white wines, rosés and sometimes even unripe grapes – which is an aberration. This is the age of sparkling wines and ‘wine drinks’. But 2019 is a gentle reminder from nature and a timely opportunity to set the record straight. Blackberry, smoked bacon, charcoal, blueberry, rose. 100% Syrah. $19 Our Price $14.99

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2017 Barnett Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon

Easily the standout in the lineup, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake is all Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate on Spring Mountain. It has a wonderful bouquet of crème de cassis, spring flowers, lead pencil, and damp earth. This gives way to a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has a terrific sense of purity, nicely integrated acidity, fine tannins, and beautiful balance. It will benefit from 3-5 years of bottle age (it's far from unapproachable today) and keep for 15-20 years $200. Our Price $173.99

2018 Sea Smoke Sta. Rita Hills Ten Pinot

Winemaker Notes: A brooding and intense wine. The aromas begin with notes of Elderberry, Freesia and Fig, then a myriad of savory spices, and a hint of lavender. Firm, mature tannins—evidence of Ten’s ageability—are followed by a long, velvety finish. $100 (Limited)



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