The Grape Tray

April 30th 2021 Newsletter

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2019 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Our Russian River Valley Chardonnay shows an array of complex fruit tones ranging from white pear and apple to nectarine. The fruit is beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla and hints of warm Creme Brulee with a balanced and elegant finish. $19 Internet Price $13.99 (Available GT and VRW) Email subscriber price $10.85

NV Austin Hope “Austin” Cabernet

Winemaker Notes: True to Paso Robles’ signature style, this fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon has enticing aromas of dark fruit, fresh vanilla bean and hints of coffee. On the palette, the dark brooding fruit flavors are balanced with savory notes of black pepper, baking spices along with a touch of tobacco to add warmth and dimension. Lovely notes of sweet oak, lively acidity & fine dusty tannins complete this wine making it the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy daily. $22 Internet Price $19.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 94+
2017 Ilaria Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot aged 22 months in 75% new French oak. Deep purple-black in color, it gives up expressive notes of baked blackcurrants, blackberry pie and spice cake with hints of licorice, tobacco and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, rich and spicy in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and background freshness, finishing on a compelling black tea note. 560 cases made. $50 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 93 Points
RIDGE Three Valleys Sonoma County 2019

An engaging blend, well-knit and distinctive for its savory raspberry and cherry flavors that draw in bay leaf, Asian spice and smoked pepper notes. Tannins are ripe and briary. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. $30 Our Price $25.69 (Available VRW)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2019 Weingut Joh Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett

The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett offers a clear and delicate bouquet of very fine slate and bright, perfectly ripe fruit aromas. Round and piquant on the palate, this is another filigreed and crystalline Kabinett with an intense, compactand very promising finish. The sweetness is delicate and well-countered by the mineral grip and salinity. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. $52 Our Price $44.99 (Available GT)

Wine Enthusiast 91 Points
2019 Pinot Project Pinot Noir

Pure and expressive, this wine is more than just fruity, adding enticing black-tea and forest-floor notes to its tasty cherry and rhubarb core. Medium to full bodied, it offers fine-grained tannins to firm up the texture. This is the third excellent vintage in a row for this remarkable value wine. $15 Our Price 11.99 (Available GT)

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 (Back in stock GT and VRW this afternoon)

Jeb Dunnuck 100 Points
2018 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

The flagship 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 40% new French oak. With an essence of Cabernet like character in its darker currants, green tobacco, cedar, graphite, and floral aromas and flavors, this gorgeous wine is full-bodied and has bright yet integrated acidity, polished tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s just gorgeously put together and a magical, flawless wine. It’s going to take a decade to hit maturity but will evolve for 40-50 years in cold cellars. It is as good as it gets in classic, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon! $280 (Available GT 5/4/21)

Wine Advocate Score 99 Points


Today’s Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Friday Tasting, 4/30/21 (3:00 PM-5:30 PM): 2018 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay, 2018 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Pinot and 2018 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot

Tasting notes available on instagram: vintage reserve wine and www.vintagereserve.biz

Saturday Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Saturday Tasting, 5/1/21 (1:00 PM-3:30 PM): 2020 Cattleya Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Three Sticks Durell Chardonnay, 2018 Mount Veeder Napa Cabernet and 2017 Spottswoode Estate Cabernet

Wine Spectator 92 Points
2020 ALMA DE CATTLEYA
Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

Mouthwatering and aromatic, with lime blossom, ruby grapefruit, passion fruit and Meyer lemon notes. There's a touch of saline for a savory edge, along with a distinctive body that's sleek, smooth and juicy. Drink now. 3,000 cases made.—MaryAnn Worobiec $22

James Suckling 94 Points
2017 Three Sticks Durell Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Impressive complexity and powerful aromas of ripe pears and peaches here. Lots of spice, grilled almonds and clotted cream, too. The palate has a smooth delivery of supple, creamy pears and peaches, brulee custard and plenty of spiced-orange sponge cake to close. Drink or hold. $60

James Suckling 95 Points
2018 Mount Veeder Napa Cabernet

Plenty of blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. It's full-bodied with round, fresh tannins. Lots of blue fruit and walnuts. $45

Wine Advocate 97 Points
2017 Spottswoode Estate Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon

Made of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and prances out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, crushed black cherries, warm black currants and red currant jelly scents plus exotic hints of cassia, cardamom, fenugreek and star anise with a waft of underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic energy and beautiful poise, with bags of bright, crunchy black and red fruit plus a firm, fine-grained texture, finishing long and spicy. $225

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) www.vintagereserve.biz 559-878-3953
Tuesday-Friday 12 Noon-6:00 PM
Saturday 12 Noon-4:00 PM

The Grape Tray (GT)
6023 N. Palm Avenue Fresno, CA 93704
Opus One Center (NW Corner Bullard and Palm)
www.grapetray.com 559-226-6828
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-5:30PM
Saturday 10:30AM-4:00PM


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