The Grape Tray

November 28th 2020 Newsletter

The Grape Tray is open today
10:30AM-4:00PM

Wine Spectator 93
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI
Chianti Classico Tenuta Perano Riserva 2015

Cherry, raspberry, leather and earth flavors pick up wild herb accents as this develops from beginning to end. Closed today, but all the components are in the right place. Best from 2023 through 2038. 250 cases imported. — BS $30

Our Northeast Fresno Location is open today! 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 our new NE Fresno wine shop)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Anthem Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer
Las Piedras Vineyard

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color and reveals expressive black cherries, blackberries and warm blackcurrants with hints of violets, black olives, Indian spices and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, the palate is filled with well-poised black fruit layers and firm, grainy tannins, matched by bold freshness and finishing long. $125 (Back in stock)

2018 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This wine opens with complex aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate with hints of toasty oak and white pepper. On the palate it shows expressive flavors of ripe berries with slight notes of sage which add complexity and depth. Balanced acidity and gentle tannins lead to a long complex finish. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock)

2018 Lucienne Doctor’s Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Beautiful aromas of blackberry and cherry accented with hints of sagebrush and clover. The wine’s vibrant acidity and smooth tannins lead to a silky structure and lingering finish. $50 Our Price $39.99

2018 Sarl Jean Collett & Fils Chablis

Winemaker Notes: Wine with a nose of citrus fruits and candied fruits with a discreet and elegant entry in the mouth. Wine with a good length and a liquorice finish. This fruity Chablis is excellent as an aperitif, it also goes perfectly with seafood, snails and cold meats. $30 Our Price $25.95

Wine Advocate 93 Points
2018 Chappellet Signature Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. It was harvested from September 18 to October 30, and the alcohol weighed in at 14.5%. Deep garnet-purple in color, exuberant notes of warm plums, ripe black and red currants and black cherries come bounding out of the glass with suggestions of cedar chest, unsmoked cigars and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is simply singing with juicy black fruits and velvety tannins, finishing long with some baking spice hints coming through. Open for business now, this wine can easily be cellared for 20 years or more. $70 Our Price $59.95 (Arrives 12/2/20)

2019 Luli Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Full-bodied and complex with bright aromatics. Our flagship wine is sourced from several sustainably farmed vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. As with all Luli wines, the Pinot Noir is hand-harvested and hand-sorted. After the fruit undergoes a fermentation with native yeast, the wine is aged in barrels for 9-10 months. Bottling is done without fining or filtration to maintain the purest sense of the wine. $20 (Arrives 12/3/20)

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois Les Fontanilles

The 2017 Minervois Les Fontanilles—a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault—comes from a cool, north-facing plot surrounded by garrigue. The wine is medium to full-bodied and supple, with the red-toned fruit picking up hints of resinous herbs, like rosemary and bay leaf, on the finish. Half of the wine was aged in barrel, half in tank, but the wood isn't particularly prominent, maybe just adding a touch of roundness around the edges and hints of cedar and vanilla on the nose. $33 Our Price $26.99 (Back in stock 12/3/20)

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

2018 Lewis Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet is deliciously well-dressed with black currants, Godiva chocolate, kidskin gloves, and plenty of gravitas. Plush fruits and fresh character are deftly woven with mocha, cedar and tobacco spices all stitched with a supple hand and topped with tidy coat-tails. $100 Our Price $89.99 (Back in stock 12/3/20)

2019 Lewis Russian River Sonoma Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Key lime pie, orange blossom, pineapple and lemon meringue our 2019 Sonoma Chardonnay swells with tropical delights. Super-fresh, shimmery and expansive, with secondary citrus fruit and caramel crunch flavors, the wine loops back with form-fitting structure, mineral and brine. $55 Our Price $49.99 (Back in stock 12/3/20)

Wine Spectator 95
PADELLETTI Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Fragrant and impeccably balanced, this elegant, haunting red evokes cherry, strawberry, rose, iron and white pepper aromas and flavors. A solid spine of tannins and vibrant acidity keeps this well-defined, allowing for a fine evolution over the next two decades. Drink now through 2042. From Italy. —B.S 125 cases imported $65 Our Price $59.95

Wine Spectator 94
CAIAROSSA Toscana Pergolaia 2016

Tasting Note: Fresh, deep and intense. Flavors of black cherry and blackberry stand up to the dense tannins, but this is equally about the vibrant acidity driving the fruit, wild herb nuances and spice-infused aftertaste. Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2040. —B.S. 1,200 cases imported $28 (Limited)

Wine Spectator 94
ST.-COSME St.-Joseph 2018

Juicy and still youthfully compact, with singed mesquite and incense wrapped around a core of lightly mulled cherry, plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Incense note curls around the finish too. Should blossom with a touch of cellaring. Best from 2022 through 2030. —J.M 250 cases imported. $40 (Arrives 12/4/20) Limited


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