The Grape Tray

January 12th 2021 Newsletter

2018 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Black currant, Morello cherry and just-ripe black mission fig dance with the aromas of sage, candied violets, star anise and black truffle. The palate is dense and compact with incredible structure. Layers of complex black and red fruit fill the mouth, while sandalwood, bay, graphite and forest aromatics linger with the velvety tannins on the long and dynamic finish. This is a showstopper! $76 (Available GT and VRW on 1/15/21)

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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 Email subscriber price $27 (Available GT and VRW)

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 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2018 Turley Fredericks Zinfandel

The 2018 Zinfandel Fredericks Vineyard has a medium to deep ruby-purple color. It offers slowly unfolding aromas of tar, apricot, aniseed and earth. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy, fresh frame and understated fruits, finishing softly. $49 (Available GT and VRW)

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 (Available GT and VRW)

James Suckling 91 Points
2018 Jermann Pinot Grigio Venezia-Giulia 2018

A delicious pinot grigio with cooked apples and honey and hints lemon rind, following through to a medium body. Dried-apple and pineapple character at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap. $25 Our Price $19.95 (Available GT and VRW 1/14/21)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2018 Pride Mountain Vineyards
Napa County/Sonoma County Chardonnay

Pride's 2018 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Bright, fresh and layered, it offers wonderful nuance and delineation from start to finish. Citrus confit, white flowers and a hint of tropical fruit all grace this pretty, mid-weight Chardonnay from Pride. The Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from Carneros and the Russian River, done in a style that emphasizes freshness and vivacity. $45 (Available GT and VRW on 1/15/21)

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2017 Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir

The 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast comes from multiple vineyards throughout the Central Coast and has a touch of the elegance and purity found in the top cuvées. Impressive black raspberry fruits, white flowers, spice, and a subtle salty minerality all emerge from the glass, and it's beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It's well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers. $30 Our Price $23.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 95
ALBERT BICHOT Corton Clos des Maréchaudes Domaine du Pavillon 2018

Bright black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors combine in this rich, lively red. There is a light grain to its tannins, yet overall this shows fine equilibrium and a lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral notes. The vibrant acidity drives the finish. 85 cases imported. Best from 2022 through 2038. —B.S. $204 Our Price $177.95 (Available GT and VRW 1/13/21)

Wine Spectator 94
COLENE CLEMENS Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Margo 2017

Distinctive for the elegance, yet with subtle power simmering underneath, this offers raspberry and crushed stone notes, with hints of cardamom, building tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. $38 (Available GT and VRW on 1/13/21)

Wine Advocate 96
2008 Haut-Bailly Pessac Leognan

A candidate for the -wine of the vintage,- the 2008 Haut-Bailly possesses incredible complexity. Tell-tale notes of lead pencil shavings, charcoal, damp earth, black cherries and black currants intermixed with a hint of subtle barbecue smoke are present in this classic, quintessential Graves. Medium-bodied with an emerging, precocious complexity, it is a super-pure, beautifully textured, long wine that can be drunk now or cellared for 20-25 years. Bravo! $149.95 (Available GT and VRW)

James Suckling 99 Points
2016 Pichon Baron Pauillac

The concentration and largesse of the 2016 Pichon Baron is apparent from the get-go with incredibly alluring, ripe and expansive fruit aromas in the blackberry, dark-cherry, mulberry and plum zone. Espresso and cedar, as well as a slate-like, stony mineral edge add complexity. The palate has incredible depth, drive and detail. Fine and plush tannins stretch the palate in every direction. So fresh and vivacious, this is the greatest Pichon Baron since 1989 and has a long future. $195 (2 bottles available at GT on 1/14/21)

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2017 Dry Creek Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon, Half Bottle

Winemaker Notes: This impeccable Cabernet Sauvignon initially displays lively aromatics of black cherry, blackcurrant, and dried cranberry. Additional airing reveals nuances of dried flowers, nutmeg, white pepper, and cedar. The palate is full-bodied and rich with elegant flavors of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant, and fresh boysenberry with notes of cocoa powder, bay leaf, sage, and sweet pipe tobacco. The wine is complex and youthful, with bright fruit characters and vibrant spice. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir of Dry Creek Valley beautifully. Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. $16/375ml. Our Price $12.99/375ml (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: Each year, our goal for Southing is to create the ideal marriage of complexity and elegance. The ever-changing nose of the Southing exhibits Watermelon, Jasmine, Victoria plum; and subtle baking spices. The fine tannins and minerality are enhanced by our estate vineyard’s characteristic cool climate acidity. $220/magnum. (Available GT and VRW on 1/14/21)



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