December 22nd 2020 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

December 22nd 2020 Newsletter

Grape Tray Holiday Hours
Wednesday, 12/23/20 10:30AM-5:30PM
Thursday, 12/24/20 10:30AM-5:30PM
Friday, 12/25/20 Merry Christmas
Saturday, 12/26/20 Closed
Sunday, 12/27/20 Closed
Monday, 12/28/20 10:30AM-5:30PM

FREE Austin Hope Wood Crates at VRW location. Limit one per customer please.
Our Northeast Fresno Location is open!
Vintage Reserve Wine (VRW)
1552 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 109 Fresno, CA 93720.
559-878-3953 Via Montana Center (NE Corner Shepherd and Champlain) Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

2018 Carmel Road Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our Cabernet is an exceptional varietal expression with rich, concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry, blueberry and deep red plum. The structured palate is balanced by aging in French and American oak barrels, imparting notes of baking spices and vanilla bean in its long, silky finish. $15 Our Price $9.95 (Arrives 12/23/20) Delicious!

Wine Spectator 92
LANDMARK Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Grand Detour 2018

Contoured and rich, this is filled with concentrated raspberry, cherry tart and macerated red plum flavors that show creamy accents, supported by intense acidity. Ends with notes of slate and savory spice on the long finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,434 cases made. From California.—Kim Marcus $35 Our Price $TBD (Arrives 12/24/20)

2019 Domaine de Durban BEAUMES-DE-VENISE ROUGE

Importer Notes: If I could, I would nominate Henri Leydier, Durban’s proprietor and winemaker, for “World’s Kindest Soul.” Wouldn’t that be a nice award to give, in our current environment of loud and angry? Henri is one of those rare people with quiet, genuine goodness and old-fashioned Provençal charm, and his wines exude that easygoing grace. This Beaumes isn’t exactly a simple wine, but it’s definitely not hard to wrap your head around. It’s plush, juicy, clean, and pure—perfect for some time away from the noise. $20 Our Price $15.99

Discounted 54%!
2017 Cosentino The Cab
Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The Cab is a rich ruby color in the glass with sultry aromas of boysenberry, black currant, baking spice and vanilla. The luxuriously supple palate reveals flavors of blackberry cobbler, cedar spice and a balanced finish marked by velvety tannins. $18 Our Price $8.25 (Back in stock)

Wine Advocate 90
2018 Honig Vineyard Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

Blended of 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon and 2% Muscat, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve slowly grows in intensity, unfurling to give pronounced green apples, white peach and lemon curd scents with hints of paraffin wax, orange blossoms and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely satiny texture and bold freshness supporting the intense stone fruit and citrus layers, finishing long and minerally. $29 Our Price $24.39

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
2019 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh and focused in a steely frame, this wine shows plenty of fruit intensity in pineapple, melon, lemon and grapefruit tones. The neutral oak influence is subdued yet adds length. $24 Our Price $20.99

2018 Cakebread Napa Cab

Winemaker Notes: Our classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reveals aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. On the palate, the dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins that carry all the way over a lingering, elegant finish—with just a kiss of minerality. Enjoy this wine now, with everything from lamb burgers to filet mignon and fire-roasted portobello mushrooms—or lay the wine down and watch it continue to develop complexity in the bottle for years to come. $84 Our Price $69.95 (Arrives this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2018 Paul Lato Space Cadet

Lastly, the 2018 Space Cadet checks in as an 80/20 split of Syrah and Grenache (I think there’s a splash of Viognier in the blend) that spent 22 months in 57% new French oak. Stunning black raspberries, charred meats, blueberries, spice, toast, and hints of chocolate all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied and has a plush, sexy texture, sweet tannins, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years. $85

Wine Spectator 90
ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône 2019

Ripe and friendly, with a blast of plum and boysenberry compote flavors laced with licorice and backed by a twinge of lavender on the plump finish. Drink now through 2022. 35,000 cases made, 20,000 cases imported.—James Molesworth. $18 Our Price $14.99

2018 Pars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Bold and balanced the 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of dark fruit, cassis, pepper, and smokiness accented with spice notes. A hint of forest, light cedar oak and dusty baking cocoa combine these aromatics to create this rich medium-bodied Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat dishes. $24 Our Price $19.99

2018 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: This 2018 Reserve Cabernet’s depth of character is visible at first glance with an inky crimson color. On the nose, fresh muddled blueberries, burnt sugar, vanilla bean and a hint of wet leather evolve onto the palette with flavors of layered dark fruit, coco powder, grated clove and additional vanilla; a result from the extended New French Oak ageing. Firm, integrated tannins frame the structure of this Cabernet making it an exceptional example of Paso Robles terroir. $125 Our Price $108.99

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