The Grape Tray

January 22nd 2021 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 91
BODEGAS BORSAO Campo de Borja
Berola 2016

This red is thick yet fresh, fruit-centered but with savory elements for balance. Blackberry, currant, licorice, cocoa and loamy earth flavors mingle over firm, well-integrated tannins, focused by balsamic acidity. In the modern style. Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2030. 10,000 cases made, 4,000 cases imported. — TM $15 Our Price $12.35 (Available GT and VRW)

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2018 Frank Family Carneros Pinot Noir, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby in color, the 2018 Carneros Pinot Noir is lively and fresh with a beautiful exploration of rose petal, pomegranate, and cranberry. It shows a wealth of flavor and texture with a full-bodied figure of ripeness and structured acidity. $19 Our Price $15.99/375ml (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 95
MAURO MOLINO Barolo Gallinotto 2016

Complex aromas and flavors of mint, eucalyptus, cherry, strawberry, iron and tar are the hallmarks of this intense red. It's juicy, with solid tannins providing support. The lengthy aftertaste echoes both savory and fruity elements. Best from 2024 through 2047. —B.S. $46 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 94
SHAFER Relentless Napa Valley 2017

Deep and powerfully built, with a rich and polished texture that highlights wild berry and blueberry flavors that show notes of espresso, smoky beef and black pepper. Finishes with big but refined tannins. Syrah and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2030. —T.F. $95 (Available GT and VRW)

2019 Hahn Founders GSM

Winemaker Notes: Bright ruby in color, with generous aromas of strawberry, raspberry, hint of blueberry and white pepper. On the palate, enticing flavors of strawberry cream, red cherry, hints of vanilla and tobacco, enhanced by a broad, rich mid-palate, pleasant mouthfeel and a delicate finish. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Available GT)

Wine Advocate 90
2016 Frank Family
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Made up of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is very deep garnet-purple in color and displays expressive notions of baked plums, warm cassis and licorice with hints of bay leaves and scorched earth. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy black fruit and earthy sparks, finishing chewy. $52 Our Price $45.95 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2018 Cardano Napa Cabernet 1913

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 1913 is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose bursts with bold notes of warm cassis, blackberry pie, chocolate mint and tobacco with wafts of cedar chest and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it has a solid frame of lovely, ripe, grainy tannins to support the bags of black fruit, finishing with impressive purity. 1,972 cases were made. $50 Our Price $38.99 (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This wine opens with complex aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate with hints of toasty oak and white pepper. On the palate it shows expressive flavors of ripe berries with slight notes of sage which add complexity and depth. Balanced acidity and gentle tannins lead to a long complex finish. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 96 Points
DOMAINE DU PÉGAÜ Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2016

A singed chestnut accent leads off here, followed by a sappy core of steeped cherry, raspberry and plum fruit, infused liberally with tobacco, brick dust and garrigue notes. Reveals a brawny edge, but there's ample fruit in the end. A rock-solid old-school style that should cruise in the cellar. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2040. 5,400 cases made. — JM $115 Our Price $93.99 (Available GT and VRW)

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)

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 (Available GT)

Wine Spectator 97
CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan 2018

Ripe and seductive, with a caressing wave of cassis, plum puree and blackberry compote flavors that hold sway throughout, but not without support from enticing savory, licorice, warm loam and mineral accents along the way. Cashmere finish lets everything sail on and on. Gorgeous. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2040. —J.M $130 (Arrives GT this afternoon)



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