The Grape Tray

January 26th 2021 Newsletter

2019 Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe, velvety tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. We farm Cabernet grapes in eight of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe dark berries. $95 Internet Price $79.95 (Available GT and VRW this afternoon)

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Saturday 12 Noon-4:00 PM

Vintage Reserve Wine (VRW)
1552 E. Champlain Drive, Ste 109 Fresno, CA 93720
Via Montana Center (NE Corner Shepherd and Champlain-Two doors south of Big 5) vintagereserve.biz. 559-878-3953

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2019 Raeburn Russian River Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Brilliant crimson in color, Raeburn Russian River Valley Pinot Noir leads with pleasing aromas of baking spice and vanilla. The palate is marked with stunning fruit flavors of lush wild blueberry, raspberry and blackberry with undertones of roasted hazelnut. The finish is graceful and sophisticated. $20 Liquidation Price $9.95 (Limited to stock on hand) Available GT and VRW

Wine Spectator 90
FAMILLE PERRIN Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2018

Friendly in feel, with crushed plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit mixed together with a lacing of black licorice on the finish. A subtle juniper echo adds range. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. 12,000 cases imported. — JM $15 Our Price $10.29 (Arrives GT 1/28/21)

Wine Spectator 91
ROMBAUER Chardonnay Carneros 2019

Buttery richness to luscious spiced apple tart and baked pear flavors. Ground nutmeg lingers into the broad, plush finish with powerful toasty notes. Drink now through 2023. —Kim Marcus $38. Internet Price $34.99 (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Elizabeth Rose Chockablock Red

Winemaker Notes: This 2018 Red Blend displays a stunning and vibrant ruby color in the glass, along with aromas of dark red cherry and cocoa. Hints of chocolate covered espresso beans jump from the glass. The palate is full of red fruits and black spices like clove. This medium-bodied, fruit-forward wine, has soft tannins making it easy to drink alone or with food. It has a wonderful balance of strength and elegance. $20 (Available GT)

Wine Spectator 90
WindRacer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2015

Lithe and spicy, with creamy accents to the apple pastry, pear tart and dried tropical fruit flavors. Long, rich finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,502 cases made. — KM $40 Internet Price $19.99 Email subscriber price $15.95 (Back in stock GT and VRW on 1/28/21)

2019 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: This bright and captivating Sauvignon Blanc begins with head-turning aromas of pineapple, mango, guava, lemon cream and nectarine. The luxurious tropical notes are echoed on the palate, where they mingle with flavors of lychee, peach, white flowers and honeydew melon, all gliding to a fresh and focused finish. $27 Our Price $23.99 (Back in stock GT 1/27/21)

Wine Spectator 95
ST.-COSME Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

Offers mulled plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit mixed in with steeped black tea, sandalwood and tobacco leaf notes. A mineral edge adds cut and drive to the finish, while the black tea note smolders seductively. Built for the cellar. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. Best from 2022 through 2036. 665 cases imported —J.M. $62 (Available GT and VRW)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2018 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot

Brought up mostly in French oak, with a small amount in concrete, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has that classic Sonoma Coast pretty red fruit-driven style as well as subtle white flower, spice, and even a kiss of minerality. It's beautifully balanced and medium-bodied, with an elegant, ethereal style that still has solid structure. It will drink well for a decade. $100 (Arrives GT 1/27/21)

Wine Advocate 93-95 Points
2018 Duhart Milon Pauillac

The Duhart-Milon is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, with the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested September 25 to October 4 and the Merlot harvested September 17-25, and it has 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with exuberant notes of Black Forest cake, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of spice cake, woodsmoke, potpourri and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, rich and laden with layers of black fruit preserves and spices, it has a velvety texture and just enough freshness, finishing long. Very impressive--the densest, most opulent Duhart I have tasted! $91.95 Limited (Available GT)

Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose

Winemaker Notes: A bright sparkling pink color. Pleasant and powerful on the nose with a strong presence of ripe red berries. Round and full on the palate. $10 Our Price $7.95 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir Estate

The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate, aged in 60% new François Frères barrels, has a medium ruby color and aromas of cured meats, red and black cherries, graphite, dried earth and tobacco leaves. The medium-bodied, satiny palate explodes with concentrated earth- and spice-laced fruits, gently grainy, super fresh and finishing very long and uplifted. 861 cases produced. $40 (Back in stock GT 1/28/21)



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