The Grape Tray

April 6th 2021 Newsletter

Discounted 72%!
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
2018 McIntyre Rose of Pinot Noir

A clean pale-pink in color, this bottling offers bright berry aromas alongside citrus spray and wet cement. There is a great chalky core to the sip, where squeezed tangerine meets with a touch of pressed raspberry. $22 Our Price $6.25 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 91 Points
ST. FRANCIS Zinfandel
Sonoma County Old Vines 2018

Jammy and bold, with ripe raspberry, toasty spice and smoky fennel accents that finish on a zippy note. Drink now through 2028. 50,800 cases made.—T.F. $22 Our Price $18.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Friday Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Friday Tasting, 4/9/21 (3:00 PM-5:30 PM): 2009 Roederer Cristal, 2018 Chateau Kirwan Margaux and 2016 Domaine Du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Reservee

Wine Spectator 95 Points
2009 Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne, Magnum

White peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the flavors of poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spun honey in this harmonious Champagne. The satiny mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focused acidity drives the lasting finish. Drink now through 2030. $550/magnum.

Wine Spectator 94
CHÂTEAU KIRWAN Margaux 2018

This drapes wonderfully, with its range of warmed cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserve flavors displaying a cashmere feel while warmed anise, alder, juniper and bay details peek in throughout. Rich yet defined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2036. 7,500 cases made. — JM $55

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

Saturday Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Saturday Tasting, 4/10/21 (1:00 PM-3:30 PM): 2018 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay, 2017 Shafer One Point Five Stag’s Leap Cabernet and 2016 Larkmead Dr. Olmo Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Chardonnay

The 2018 Chardonnay Cahill Lane has very pretty scents of quince and baked apples with notes of crushed hazelnuts, beeswax and white blossoms. The medium-bodied palate is satiny and packed to the gills with concentrated, layered flavors, and it finishes long with bright freshness calling you in for another sip. 907 cases produced. $30

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points
2017 Shafer One Point Five Stag’s Leap Cabernet

Cut from the same cloth, yet with a touch of rusticity in its tannins, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five offers a full-bodied, rounded, structured style as well as loads of sweet red and black fruits, toasted spice, and herbed de Provence like notes. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine, has loads of fruit, and is going to benefit from 3-4 years of bottle

age. $100

James Suckling 97 Points
2016 Larkmead Dr. Olmo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Impressive aromas of dried flowers, crushed blackberries and plums. Some sweet-tobacco undertones. Full-bodied, dusty and juicy with chewy tannins that are supple and savory, combining with the fruit. Flavorful and intense. So structured. $160

Wine Advocate 94+
2016 La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino

The La Fiorita 2016 Brunello di Montalcino unfolds to dark fruit, cherry, tobacco and sweet spice. This wine shows very nicely, thanks to the balance of its fruit, and is characterized by a delicate sweet note that recalls cassis and wild raspberry. The wine is open and accessible from the start, and that bodes well for those who don't care to wait and age their Brunello too long. Indeed, I could see this wine matched up nicely to a wood-oven flatbread with shaved truffles layered generously on top. This wine draws its fruit from two sites, Poggio al Sole and Pian Bossolino, and ages in Slavonian oak casks for 24 months. Production is 21,500 bottles. $75 Our Price $64.99 (Arrives GT 4/8/21)

Wine Spectator 93
ELLENA GIUSEPPE
Barolo del Commune di La Morra 2016

Aromatic, offering floral, licorice, tar and spice notes surrounding a core of cherry. The fruit is more prominent on the palate, where accents of mint and leather also peek through. On the elegant side, with fine balance and length. 500 cases imported. Best from 2023 through 2042. —B.S. $40 Our Price $36.99

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

Wine Spectator 91 Points
FORGE Riesling Seneca
 Lake Dry Classique 2019

Vibrant mustard flower, white peach and chamomile notes make this white racy and vivid, with mouthwatering cut on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 9,306 cases made.—J.M. $18 Our Price $14.99 (Arrives GT 4/8/21)

Wine Spectator 95
TOLAINI Cabernet Sauvignon
 Toscana Legit 2016

An impressive red of breadth and depth, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, earth, iron and cedar aromas and flavors. This is solidly built and well-balanced, with finely honed tannins and lively acidity providing backbone. Best from 2021 through 2040. 15,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. — BS $45 Our Price $36.99 (Available GT and VRW)

New Release!
Wine Advocate 93 Points
2018 Shafer Vineyards One Point Five Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

Composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five charges out of the gate with notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries and blackberry pie plus suggestions of bay leaves, fertile loam and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the mouth is completely coated with juicy black fruit flavors, supported by plush tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with an invigorating herbal lift. $100 (Available GT and VRW 4/9/21)

2019 Lewis Cellars Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Opening with ripe lemon, honeysuckle, sweet mineral and macadamia nut brittle, our 2019 Barcaglia Lane Chardonnay benefits from 15 months of barrel aging sur lie in 100% French oak. The wine is juicy, vibrant and rich, with gauzy texture, lifted fruit and floral character fanning to a delicious succulent finish. $75 (Arrives GT 4/8/21)

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 and VRW 4/9/21)


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