The Grape Tray

January 19th 2021 Newsletter

The distributor has discontinued this wine! WOW-Discounted 50%
2018 Foley Johnson Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand on the palate with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine’s balance and structure coupled with its bright acidity makes it an age-worthy wine to be enjoyed for several years. $25 Our Price $12.45 (Available GT and VRW this afternoon)

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2016 Artezin Collins Russian River Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: This ruby red Zinfandel offers enticing aromas of fresh blackberry and boysenberry, which intertwine with subtle notes of star anise and black pepper. Flavors are abundant and driven by raspberries, sweet red cherry and currant. A plush, balanced and well-rounded mounthfeel leads to a lingering finish of finely integrated tannins. $40 Our Price $11.95 (Limited quantity available at GT and VRW) Our last 12 cases arrive on 1/21/21.

2019 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Gris

Winemaker Notes: Pinot Gris is a lovely expression of Anderson Valley’s cool-climate terroir, simultaneously rich and unctuous but with a tremendous brightness and refreshing acidity. Our Anderson Valley Pinot Gris is made from a blend of fruit from three vineyards located in the warmer end of Anderson Valley that is better protected from the ocean breezes, giving the wine its rich tropical notes. $25 Our Price $22.99 (Available GT and VRW on 1/20/21)

Wine Spectator 91
LAFOND Syrah Sta. Rita Hills SRH 2016

This sleek red is compelling, with fresh black raspberry flavors that show a whiff of smoky meat and cracked pepper. Drink now through 2026. 2,000 cases made. — TF $24 Our Price $21.99 (Available GT 1/21/21)

2018 Pride Mountain Merlot

Winemaker Notes: The incredible quality of the 2018 vintage is on full display in our Estate Merlot. The wine is sensationally dense with ripe plum, boysenberry, and blackberry that leap out of the glass and coat the palate. The smooth, rich fruit is complemented by milk chocolate, fresh tobacco, sandalwood, black licorice, violet, and mocha. The choreography of how the voluptuous fruit wraps around the volcanic minerality while merging with the velvety tannins makes for an intriguing ballet in the mouth that simply leaves you wanting more. Decant for one hour to let this beautiful peacock strut its stuff! $65 (Available GT 1/21/21)

2018 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Strawberries and blackberries aromas slowly rise out of the glass. Overtime, more of the anise and clove will mix with these other aromas. Currently, the wine is young with mouth filling intensity and suppleness. Complexity will increase as the wine ages, but this wine should stay “fresh” for 6 or 7 years. $24 Our Price $20.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 90
DELAMOTTE Brut Champagne NV

Crisp and minerally, with smoke and chalk accents underscoring the rich notes of lemon curd, glazed apricot and spring blossom, this chiseled Champagne is elegant and well-knit. Drink now through 2022. 6,500 cases imported. — AN $65 Our Price $39.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Enthusiast 95 Points
Domaine Vincent Dampt 2019 Côte de Léchet Premier Cru Chablis

Ripe lemon peel, a whisper of elderflower and cool, chalky depth create an inviting nose on this wine. The palate has a similarly light, aromatic touch on its smooth texture, but also hints at depth and beautiful length. This wine is sinuous, smooth, concentrated and satisfying. Drink slowly and let it happen to you. $40 Our Price $34.99 (Available GT)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Lucia Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2018 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands has a big, sexy, spicy style as well as medium to full body, a rounded, expansive mouthfeel, classic Pinot Noir underbrush, violets, Asian spices, integrated acidity, and a great finish. This is a year-in, year-out great value readers will love. $45 (Back in stock GT 1/21/21)

Wine Advocate 96 Points
2016 Giovanni Rosso La Serra Barolo, Piedmont

The Giovanni Rosso 2016 Barolo Serra shows a dark and richer quality of fruit (next to the Cerretta) with black cherry and plum, backed by clayey aromas with grilled herb and camphor ash. Both these wines are beautifully characteristic of Serralunga d'Alba, known for its powerful and rich interpretations of Nebbiolo. I very much admire the tannic management shown by this wine from the Serra vineyard. It is a little tight and astringent at this young stage of course, but it also shows an inner silkiness that should serve nicely as the wine continues its bottle evolution. $95 Our Price $76.99 (Available GT)

Jeb Dunnuck 93-96 Points
2018 Labegorce Margaux

Another winner from Margaux is the 2018 Château Labégorce, which is an interesting blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot (although I was given slightly different blends for the two samples tasted). Aging in 40% new oak, this deeply colored effort offers a beautiful perfume of blueberries, raspberries, flowers, and spice. It’s medium to full-bodied, has remarkable purity, and fine tannins, and should be approachable right out of the gate. It’s worth mentioning this estate has been managed by Marjolaine de Coninck since 2009, and it’s a rocking value in the market today. $38.95 Limited (Limited quantity available GT and additional product arrives 1/22/21)


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