The Grape Tray

March 12th 2021 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 93 Points

ROCCA DI FRASSINELLO Maremma Toscana Le Sughere di Frassinello 2016

Wild rosemary, thyme and camphor aromas lead off, with concentrated flavors of blackberry and black currant. An iron edge sinks in as this unfolds to the long, staining finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2032. 11,000 cases made, 5,500 cases imported. — BS $22 Our Price $17.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 93 Points
GEORG BREUER Rheingau Terra Montosa 2016

An expansive white, featuring dried mango and lemon bar flavors, with accents of verbena and thyme. The minerality and texture provide an elegant mouthfeel. Powerful and fresh acidity give this firmness and focus. The finish is minerally, showing hints of coconut chips. Best from 2021 through 2030. 63 cases imported. — AZ $84 Our Price $29.99 (Available GT) 6 bottles in stock.

Wine Advocate 89.5 Points
Von Winning Drache (Dragon) Riesling Trocken

The 2019 Riesling (Dragon) is a dry Riesling from several vineyards around Deidesheim. The wine opens with a sexy aromas of tropical stone fruit and a coolish spiciness that immediately sparks a beach party in your imagination. Round and lush yet fine and elegant on the palate, this is a highly attractive and digestible Riesling somewhere between dry and off-dry. Still pretty reductive as a sample in May 2020. $24 Our Price $19.99 (Available GT)

Wine Tasting at VRW $5/person
Friday Tasting, 3/12/21 (3:00 PM-5:30 PM): 2018 Lewis Reserve Napa Cabernet and 2018 Vine Cliff Black Label Napa Cabernet

2018 Lewis Reserve Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: From an outstanding vintage, our 2018 Reserve Cabernet is a full-throttle bottle, packed with fruit yet balanced with a fine-tuned chassis. Showy and complex, the wine is obsidian dark, layered with black currant, berries, coffee and sweet oak spices. Fleshy on entry, the palate soars with brazen youth in a firmly framed structure that tails away with chocolaty fine-grained tannins. $175 Our Price $159.99

2018 Vine Cliff Black Label Napa Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: The 2018 Vine Cliff Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a polished, yet brooding wine, with a deep garnet hue from layers of rich fruit. On the nose, aromatics of black cherry, briar, anise, sweet pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, and brined black olives; intermingle with hints of dried green herbs and sweet oak. On the palate, fine grained tannins give way to a silky and rich texture; balanced with dark black fruits of black cherry and cassis, blackberries, Satsuma plum, black tea, and mint. The wine finishes up with a bright ribbon of red rasberry. Internet Price $75 Our Price TBD (James Suckling 93 Points)

Saturday Tasting, 3/13/21 (1:00 PM-3:30 PM): 2016 Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet and 2017 Hayfork Lewelling Napa Cabernet

Wine Advocate 93
2016 Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals bombastic blackberry pie and blueberry compote notes with underlying cassis, dried herbs and unsmoked cigars scents plus a waft of pencil shavings. Full-bodied and jam-packed with black fruits and earthy layers, it has a solid, grainy frame and a long finish with a lively herbal lift. 6,576 cases produced. $125

Wine Advocate 92
2017 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, containing 4% Petit Verdot, was aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it springs from the glass with energetic red and black currants, blackberry preserves and black forest cake notes with hints of bay leaves and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with juicy black fruit and red fruit accents, framed by ripe, grainy tannins, finishing with lovely freshness. 620 cases made. Internet Price $75

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)

Wine Spectator 92
CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne Réserve NV

An elegant Champagne, bright and mouthwatering, offering flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toasted almond candied ginger set on a silky mousse and lingering on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2023. 4,000 cases imported. — AN $69 Our Price $49.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 Points
2016 Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley) is very pretty. Bright, punchy and full of life, the 2016 has too much to offer. A rush of red berry fruit, flowers, savory herbs and crushed rocks runs through this super-expressive, delineated Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a gorgeous Knights Valley Cabernet. The mid-weight, energetic style is quite appealing. Drinking window: 2020 – 2031. $38 Our Price $29.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92
OAKVILLE WINERY Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2017

Nicely rendered, with red and black currant fruit mixed with sassafras, sage and warm earth notes. There's good grip through the finish, while the fruit keeps pace, leaving a late echo of crushed currant and loam. Best from 2022 through 2029. —J.M. $60 Our Price $43.99 (Available GT and VRW)

2018 Girard Napa Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: The nose is vibrant with aromas of lemon zest, kiwi and melon. The palate is well-structured with vibrant acidity and flavors of tangerine, tart pineapple, and a hint of honeydew melon. The finish is refreshingly bright, displaying a taught balance between lush fruit and mineral notes. $20 Our Price $16.85 (Available VRW)

Wine Advocate 94
2016 Anthem Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is deep garnet-purple in color and reveals expressive black cherries, blackberries and warm blackcurrants with hints of violets, black olives, Indian spices and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and powerful, the palate is filled with well-poised black fruit layers and firm, grainy tannins, matched by bold freshness and finishing long. $125 (Back in stock GT this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 100 Points
2007 Scarecrow Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Scarecrow’s inky/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is a prodigious effort. It reveals a liqueur of crushed rocks intermixed with a smorgasbord of spring flower, blueberry, creme de cassis, and assorted blue, black, and red fruit characteristics. It also possesses extraordinary concentration, but what sets it apart is the fragrant aromatics combined with uncommon purity and elegance for such a full-bodied, massively concentrated wine. Its perfect balance suggests it can be drunk at a relatively young age, but it should easily evolve over 30-35 years. Congratulations to all involved! Market Price $930-$3250. (3 bottles available GT on 3/14/21 for $1135 per bottle)


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