The Grape Tray

May 11th 2021 Newsletter

De Stefani Prosecco Frizzante

Winemaker Notes: It is the classic version of Prosecco, which combines the aromatic quality of the grapes with the exciting flavours of its fine bubbles. In the mouth it is soft and dry at the same time, thanks to its freshness. It matches very well several foods. Thanks to its typical fruity and floral notes, for the smooth bubbles and the delicate taste. $21 Our Price $16.99 (Available GT and VRW)

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Wine Spectator 91 Points
2017 TOUS ENSEMBLE CHARDONNAY

Refined and open-textured, with a buttery and toasty allure to the airy blend of white fruit and spice flavors. The juicy finish has accents of ripe citrus.” -Kim Marcus, April 2021. $21 Our Price $8.95 (Arrives GT and VRW 5/12/21)

2019 Patricia Green Skin Contact Muscat Ottonel "Marie"

Muscat Ottonel is a white wine grape variety that is a member of the Muscat family. It is most notable for its use in dessert wines from Austria, Romania, Croatia and Serbia as well as dry wines from Alsace and Hungary. We have produced this exotic varietal in a bone-dry style showcasing its elegance and fragrance of pear blossoms and white flowers. This is generally a lower acid grape and while it is far from high in acid it has a nice lift and snap to it that makes for a refreshing, almost thirst-quenching sort of beverage. $20 Our Price $17.99 (Arrives GT 5/12/21)

Wine Spectator 92 Points
GOSSET Brut Champagne Grande Réserve NV

A fine, vivid backbone of acidity is well-meshed with flavors of black cherry, lemon curd and toasted brioche in this sleek Champagne. It's lightly plush and creamy in texture, with hints of smoke, candied ginger and honeycomb on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases imported. — AN $59 Internet Price $49.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 93-94 Points
2016 Marques de Murrieta Ygay Reserva Rioja

I also tasted an unbottled sample of the 2016 Rioja Reserva, which should be bottled in a couple of months, before the summer. What I tasted was the final blend, and it represents the year—2016 was a cooler year, and the wine also goes in that direction. 2016 saw a large crop, and the grapes for this cuvée were harvested at the end of September, going toward more finesse and subtleness, combined with the natural power. There was a change in the winery in 2016 that was finalized in 2018 with the new winery. The wine is textured and fine, and it's more elegant than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The detail and texture on the palate is different, and the quality of the tannins is completely different. This should be released in early 2020. Drink 2020-2026. $26 Our Price $20.99 (Arrives VRW this afternoon)

2019 Neboa Rias Baixas Albarino

Winemaker Notes: The cooler, higher elevation Condado do Tea subregion gives rise to a fresh, precise expression of Albariño in general and this particular site lends an intense mineral streak through the wine. A floral, blossomy nose with peach and apricot aromas which carry through on the palate with taut structure, complex fresh fruit, understated mid-palate weight, all on a strong backbone of mineral acidity. $20 Our Price $16.99 (Arrives 5/12/21)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
Arnot-Roberts 2018 Chardonnay Trout Gulch Santa Cruz Mountains

The 2018 Chardonnay Trout Gulch is loaded with personality and class. Citrus, dried flowers, mint and sage are some of the many nuances that grace this Chardonnay from the southern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2018, the Trout Gulch has more overt body and less of the sizzling cut it has had in some previous editions, which means it will drink nicely with just another year or two in bottle. There is still plenty of energy, but more mid-palate depth and less austerity than in some years. $ Drinking window: 2020 – 2028. $45 (Available GT)

Friday Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Friday’s Tasting, 5/14/21 (3:00 PM-5:30 PM): 2019 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Chardonnay, 2018 Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet and 2018 Eisele Altagracia Napa Cabernet

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 Points
2019 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Napa Chardonnay

The 2019 Chardonnay is fabulous. Next to the 2018 in this tasting, it has more resonance and overall depth. Power, depth and energy all come together in this beautifully layered, expressive Chardonnay. Lemon oil, almond, chamomile and dried flowers fill out the layers effortlessly. The 2019 is such a gorgeous wine. $50

2018 Ghost Block Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: The fruit for the 2018 Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our family-owned Rock Cairn vineyard. The 32-year-old vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley is 100% Certified Organic. This site is comprised of deep, gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season. The 2018 growing season was slow and steady, without dramatic climate events. This allowed us to pick all varieties at their peak of ripeness and without time pressures. The resulting Estate Cabernet is balanced and focused, with dominant fruit flavors accented with herbal and spicy notes. The oak frames and defines the dense, firm tannins, leaving a long, beautiful finish. Internet Price $65

Wine Advocate 95+
2018 Eisele Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia slowly grows on the nose, developing into profound scents of black currant cordial, baked plums and wild blueberries with suggestions of bouquet garni, black pepper, pencil lead and fertile loam plus a touch of beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is delicately played with beautiful definition and lots of red berry and earthy accents intertwined with the black fruits. Supported by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long and mineral laced. $150

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

Saturday Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Saturday Tasting, 5/15/21 (1:00 PM-3:30 PM): 2018 Esmonin NSG Les Hauts Pruliers, 2016 La Gaffeliere St Emilion and 2016 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet

Wine Spectator 92 points
2018 Frédéric Esmonin Nuits St-Georges Les Hauts Pruliers

Gorgeous aromas of black cherry, black currant and violet signal this silky, forthcoming red. It's linear and pure, with fine balance and a long finish. Well-integrated tannins linger. $55

Wine Advocate 95+
2016 La Gaffeliere St Emilion

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere opens with compelling wild blueberries, freshly crushed plums and kirsch scents plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, rose hip tea and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant with a soft, velvety texture and seamless freshness carrying the multilayered fruit to a long finish. $93

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2016 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Starting with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, this ripe, sexy red comes all from Rutherford and has a big nose of sweet blueberries, plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, and spice. It's not for those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, yet it wears its ripe fruit well, showing full-bodied richness, good purity, and a lively feel on the palate. Drink this hedonistic blockbuster over the coming 10-15 years. $150

James Suckling 95 Points
2015 Cain Five Proprietary Red

A juicy yet subtle red with spices, walnuts, chocolate and hints of currants. Complex. Medium to full body. Creamy and polished tannins span out on the palate. Flavorful and beautiful finish. Drinkable now, but even better to hold. 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. $120 (Arrives GT 5/12/21)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 Points
2018 Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is a fabulous introduction to these wines. Bright and juicy, the 2018 captures all of the natural radiance of the Russian River while retaining terrific nuance and vibrancy. Ripe red/purplish fruit, rose petal, spice and mint all race out of the glass. Perfumed floral notes resonate on the finish. The 2018 is so delicious - it is the sort of bottle that is opened and then immediately finished. Drinking window: 2020 – 2028. $55 (Available GT and VRW)

Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points
2016 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Starting with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, this ripe, sexy red comes all from Rutherford and has a big nose of sweet blueberries, plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, and spice. It's not for those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, yet it wears its ripe fruit well, showing full-bodied richness, good purity, and a lively feel on the palate. Drink this hedonistic blockbuster over the coming 10-15 years. $150 Our Price $99.95 (Arrives GT this afternoon)

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
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