January 5th 2021 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

January 5th 2021 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2018

Structured and vibrant, with a dynamic backbone of acidity and tannins, framed by layered raspberry, cherry and green tea flavors. Drink now through 2027. 3,992 cases made. — TF $65 Internet Price $49.99. Email subscriber price $30.95 (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Frank Family Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Hailing from acclaimed vineyard sites, the 2018 Carneros Chardonnay o ffers a creamy full body complemented by fresh, persistent acidity. Layers of yellow apple, lemon curd, baked pear, and toasted brioche lead to a balanced and lasting finish of vanilla and baking spice. $36 Internet Price $30.99. Email subscriber price $28.95 (Available GT and VRW)

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Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
2018 Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay

This is an outstanding appellation wine, made in larger quantities at a remarkably fair price. Grapes come from throughout the diverse valley and the wine barrel fermented and given nine months to rest. Full bodied, layered and widely appealing, it shows a density of peach, pear, baking spice and sweet oak, all of the components coming together seamlessly at the end. $30 Our Price $24.99 (Available GT and VRW)

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De Faveri Prosecco Valdobbiadene

Winemaker Notes: A natural sparkling wine with intense yet delicate fruity and flowery aromas reminiscent of wisteria and rose. The flavour is crisp and dry. Its fresh taste makes this a perfect aperitif wine. Ideal as an accompaniment for seafood and dishes dressed with extra virgin olive oil. Also pairs well with salmon sushi. $18 Our Price $5.95 (Arrives at GT on 1/6/21)

James Suckling 94 Points
Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Ried Renner Erste Lage 2019

I love the precise balance of this rich and complex (also texturally) gruner veltliner, which glides over the palate, until you reach the tannins at the finish. Lovely white-fruit and delicate-spice aromas. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. $57 Our Price $48.99 (Available at GT 1/8/21)

2019 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of black cherry, blueberry, black currant, allspice and loam are followed by flavors of wild raspberries, dark berries and a crushed rock minerality. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouth feel, supported by acidity, silky tannins and a subtle earthy finish. $35 Our Price 28.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 97 Points
2017 Spottswoode Estate Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon

Made of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and prances out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, crushed black cherries, warm black currants and red currant jelly scents plus exotic hints of cassia, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic energy and beautiful poise, with bags of bright, crunchy black and red fruit plus a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing long and spicy. $225 (Available at GT)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Turley Ueberroth Zinfandel

The 2018 Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard has a deep ruby-purple color and scents of apricot, burnt tangerine peel, underbrush and floral potpourri with a dense core of black and red fruits. The medium-bodied palate explodes with flavor! Its floral and spice-laced fruits are supported by a super fresh, silky frame, and it finishes long and layered. What an elegant expression this vintage. $58 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92
CRAGGY RANGE Te Kahu Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Hawkes Bay 2018

Sophisticated, with touches of black walnut liqueur, kirsch and spicy tobacco. Cardamom, blueberry and cedar notes linger, with dense, toothsome tannins. Fragrant and balanced on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2035. —M.W. $22 Liquidation Price $12.95 (Limited to stock on hand) Available at GT

2018 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Cabernet is set each vintage as a Bordeaux blend, with soft and silky tannins and a plush, full mouth-feel setting it up for immediate enjoyment, although it's built to age and develop further complexity. Aromas of dried herbs, cedar, clove and lavender join flavors of dark red fruit led by figs, black cherry, currants, boysenberry, huckleberry, raspberry, and evident oak spice are joined with more traditional Knights Valley tones of black olive, wild sage and mocha chocolate. Fine acidity and balance with an elegant structure lead to a lingering, memorable finish. $36 Our Price $23.95 (Available at GT)

2018 Roth Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Winemaker Notes: Bold, full-bodied and rich. Dark in color, it displays mighty aromas of intense dark fruit, cassis and cocoa powder. The palate displays exceptional balance with rich and layered flavors of black cherry, plum, mocha, toasted and a subtle minerality. $30 Our Price $20.99 (Available GT and VRW)

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 at GT this afternoon)

2018 Turley Cedarman Howell Mt. Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Aromatically the wine is bright with white pepper and ripe, brambly fruits. On the palate, the wine is densely full bodies, with spice and dark plums, graphite, roasted red meats, and dusty earth. In classic Howell Mountain style, the tannins are bold and the wine has a finish that lasts and lasts. $39 (Back in stock at GT)

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