December 4th 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

December 4th 2020 Newsletter

2018 Long Meadow Ranch Farmstead
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Cassis, black cherry, violets, and dried herbs showcase the classic aromas of this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is bright and fruit forward with cassis and layered red and blue fruits. Soft and juicy on entry and has a supple midpalate and soft long, juicy tannins on the finish. This wine rewards cellaring for up to ten years. $33 Our Price $25.99 (Delicious)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2014 Chateau Giscours Margaux

The 2014 Giscours has come on leaps and bounds since I tasted it twice in barrel. It is clearly more sophisticated and complex than the du Tertre on the nose. For a start, there is more fruit concentration with red cherries, raspberry and blackcurrant laced with cedar and graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, pure red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with a precise finish that the property never used to be able to offer. This is a lovely Margaux that should drink well for 20 years. $80 (Limited)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2008 Suduiraut Sauternes, Half Bottle

Tasted single blind against its peers. The Chateau de Suduiraut 2008 has a beautiful, dare I say effortless bouquet that blossoms from the glass with scents of lemon curd, white peach, citrus lemon and limestone. It is very precise, armed with a laser-like focus. The palate is viscous and compelling on the entry and it fans out beautifully across the palate with pure botrytized, honeyed fruit. The acidity slices through this Sauternes like a razorblade and the finish is natural and vibrant. This is a sublime sweet wine that deserves a home in every cellar. $45/375ml

Wine Spectator 93
SILVER OAK Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2015, Magnums

Seductive singed juniper, black tea and sassafras notes lead the way, with mulled blackberry, plum and black currant fruit following along. The fine-grained finish laces everything up with mouthwatering acidity and subtle grip. Drink now through 2031. 19,680 cases made. — JM. $275/magnum

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 91 Points
2018 Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Freshly cut flowers and rush of red berries gives the 2018 striking exuberance. Medium in body, refined and yet full of goodness, the 2018 is seductively beautiful. Served with just a bit of chill or at cellar temperature, it is a superb warm weather wine. $30 Our Price $23.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 95
2018 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape

A rich, mouthfilling effort, Vieux Donjon's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is concentrated and velvety, showing plenty of power and weight. Ripe cherries and raspberries are dusted with clove and star anise, then joined by hints of leather and cocoa on the long, intense finish. This is a beautiful Vieux Donjon that should drink well for more than a decade. $64 Our Price $55.99 (Arrives 12/8/20)

2019 Bera Brachetto Piemonte

Winemaker Notes: A unique wine, cherry red in color, with a characteristic fragrance of fresh flowers and roses long with a slight musky sensation and intenseness of red fruits. Sweet, vivid, fresh with leasant acidity, it explodes on the finish with the same fruity notes felt by the nose, that suggest a good pairing with wild berries, sweets and strawberry parfait, jam tarts and sweets in general. $18 Our Price $15.99

James Suckling 93 Points
2018 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Le Volte Toscana

There’s purity of fruit here with crushed plums, flowers, fresh sage and rosemary on both the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, yet soft and pretty at the finish. $30 Our Price $21.99

Wine Spectator 90
VEUVE FOURNY & FILS Brut Champagne Grande Réserve NV

Firm and tangy, with a tight bead and kumquat and melon flavors married to a minerally base note and accents of toast, yellow plum, grated ginger and lemon zest. Drink now. 616 cases imported. — AN $47 Our Price $39.99

2016 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby in color, the 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine with notes of cassis, ripe raspberry, toasted coconut and shiitake mushroom. This wine has a rich entry, depth through the mid-palate, great structure without being heavy and exceptional length on the finish. Fresh cherry flavors balanced with floral notes and a subtle hint of black pepper add a beautiful complexity. Plush tannins lend to its age-worthiness. Given proper cellaring conditions, this wine will show beautifully through 2040. Internet Price $125. (Arrives 12/8/20)

Wine Spectator 97
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne
 La Grande Année 2012

This goes from zero to 60 right out of the gate, with an intense spine of acidity driving tightly meshed flavors of crushed black currant, ground coffee, candied grapefruit peel and toasted almond. The profile expands on the palate, carried by the fine, raw silk–like mousse. Richly aromatic and expressive from start to lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged July 2019. Drink now through 2037. 850 cases imported. From France. —A.N. $175 Our Price $121.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 94
PAHLMEYER Napa Valley 2016

This offers ripe and showy boysenberry, plum and cassis flavors that roll through atop the polished structure, ending with flashes of warm red licorice, roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco. Not shy, but plenty alluring for the fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2030. 3,800 cases made. — JM $200 Our Price $179.99 (Limited)

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