January 29th 2021 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

January 29th 2021 Newsletter

Vintage Reserve Wine Hours

Tuesday-Friday 12 Noon-6:00 PM
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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Wine Tasting in late spring/early summer??

World Class “One-Off” Wines from Flight Wine Company

Winemaker Neil Koch cultivates unique, limited offerings from Napa, Sonoma & Beyond. Each wine is a unique flight, so get onboard and enjoy the flight…

The 2018 Thread Feathers Rutherford Cabernet has just been released and again the fruit source is a notable Rutherford vineyard who’s flagship Cabernet captures a price just south of $300. The 2017 Thread Feathers Rutherford Cabernet was a hit and the 2018 is a much stronger vintage, so we can’t wait to experience the flavors of the 2018! Internet Price $34.99 (Available GT and VRW this afternoon)


The 2018 PlumpJack Chardonnay is packed with the fresh aromas of Meyer lemon, pomelo, green pear, honeysuckle, and orange blossom with a touch of toast and apple cinnamon. The palate is creamy, silky, and bright, giving the sensations of great weight and vibrant freshness. $53 (Available GT)

Back in stock!
2018 Carmel Road Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: Our Cabernet is an exceptional varietal expression with rich, concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry, blueberry and deep red plum. The structured palate is balanced by aging in French and American oak barrels, imparting notes of baking spices and vanilla bean in its long, silky finish. $15 Our Price $9.95 (Available GT and VRW) Delicious!

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 91 Points
2018 Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Freshly cut flowers and rush of red berries gives the 2018 striking exuberance. Medium in body, refined and yet full of goodness, the 2018 is seductively beautiful. Served with just a bit of chill or at cellar temperature, it is a superb warm weather wine. $30 Our Price $23.99 (Available GT and VRW this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 95
2018 Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape

A rich, mouthfilling effort, Vieux Donjon's 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape is concentrated and velvety, showing plenty of power and weight. Ripe cherries and raspberries are dusted with clove and star anise, then joined by hints of leather and cocoa on the long, intense finish. This is a beautiful Vieux Donjon that should drink well for more than a decade. $64 Our Price $55.99 (Available GT and VRW this afternoon)

2018 Cakebread Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: Our classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon reveals aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry with hints of dark chocolate and sweet oak. On the palate, the dark fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and lush tannins that carry all the way over a lingering, elegant finish—with just a kiss of minerality. Enjoy this wine now, with everything from lamb burgers to filet mignon and fire-roasted portobello mushrooms—or lay the wine down and watch it continue to develop complexity in the bottle for years to come. $84 Our Price $69.95 (Available GT)

Wine Advocate 95
2018 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir
The North Slope

The 2018 Pinot Noir The North Slope has a medium ruby-purple color with deep aromas of cranberries, blackberries and rhubarb accented by blood orange, pipe tobacco and forest floor. The palate is medium-bodied, both powerful and elegant, with concentrated, detailed flavors, a silky, fresh frame and long, lifted finish. 1,087 cases produced. $45 (Available GT)

Sold out at GT and VRW has 15 bottles!

Wine Advocate 92 Points
2016 Carmel Road Panorama Pinot Noir

The 2016 Pinot Noir Panorama Vineyard was aged in 28% new French oak for 16 months. It has a pale to medium ruby color with scents of crushed cranberries, red and black cherries, rhubarb, warm earth, black tea leaves, rose petals, dried citrus peel and tree bark—a pretty interplay of ripe fruits and perfumed earthy character. Light to medium-bodied, it's elegant and silky textured in the mouth, with a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and great juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 305 cases produced. $35 Our Price $16.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
2017 Ridge Vineyards Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

Ridge’s 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a fabulous choice for readers who want a Monte Bello fix now, without having to wait. Supple, radiant and silky, with tremendous balance, the 2017 is just flat-out delicious and utterly irresistible. Dark red cherry/plum fruit, mocha, licorice, sweet tobacco and a kick of American oak build as this sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon shows its allure. The 2017 is an outrageously beautiful wine. Don’t miss it. $65 Our Price $58.99 (Available GT)

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