The Grape Tray

May 14th 2021 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 95 Points
K Roma River Rock Vineyard
 Walla Walla Valley 2017

Impressive for its structure and polish, a wine that seamlessly marries Cabernet and Syrah while retaining the best of both, with blackberry, black olive, smoky cured meat and lots of cracked pepper flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink now through 2030. From Washington. —T.F. 713 cases. $55 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 96 Points
DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2018

A gorgeous wine here, brimming with gently steeped plum, blackberry and açaí berry flavors, while fruitcake, black licorice and black tea notes swirl through. The terrific graphite underpinning keeps everything moving in unison through the finish, with focus and definition. Best from 2023 through 2038. From France. 75 cases imported —J.M. $100 Our Price $79.95 (Available GT and VRW)

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2015 Murphy Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Our Liar's Dice is a juicy expression of a Classic California Zinfandel. The soft tannins invite ripe yet fresh flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, and blackberry jam. This wine is made to be a second glass Zin! If you have one, you are sure to have a second. $22 Our Price $10.45 (Great Value and Delicious!) Available GT and VRW.

Wine Spectator 96 Points
TO KALON VINEYARD COMPANY Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Highest Beauty 2017

Features warmed loam, hot stone and smoldering tobacco aspects, with a lush and deeply layered core of plum sauce and blackberry preserve flavors, steadily expanding as it airs in the glass. A big wine, beautifully rendered and very grounded. Best from 2022 through 2040. 500 cases made. — JM $200 (Available GT) Limited

JEB DUNNUCK 96 Points
2018 Lucia Garys’ SLH Pinot Noir

The 2018 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is a little more dense, focused, and tight, with beautiful black cherry and currant fruits as well as notes of camphor, new leather, violets, and earthy notes. I love its balance. Medium to full-bodied, it has nicely integrated acidity, subtle oak, and a great finish. It's going to keep for 7-8 years, easily. Along with the 2016, its the finest vintage of this release I've tasted! $70 (Available GT)

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2019 McIntyre Rose of Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This Rosé is sure to please any occasion, food or mood that may occur. While it is never easy to compensate for Mother Nature’s vicissitudes, this wine was undoubtedly enhanced by the work we did in the vineyard. The vines for this Rosé are now 48 years old, own rooted and grown on a Lyre trellis system. The crop was thinned to encourage even ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. North/south row orientation ensured even sun exposure from dawn to sunset. $24 Our Price $6.25 (Available GT and VRW)

 2019 Lucia SLH Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: A stunning melange of three truly unique vineyard sites (52% Pisoni, 18% Garys’, and 30% Soberanes), the 2019 Lucia Pinot Noir exhales deeply as its ruby hue trickles down the side of the glass. Notes of spiced plum, black cherry and sage quickly fill the glass. This wine is initially tightly wound, but each passing minute allows for new layers and aromas to unfold. At first, subtle notes of dried raspberry and sous bois were most prominent, but time in the glass promotes the expression of richer, more powerful notes of black cherry, crushed strawberry, sandalwood, and baking spice. The trademarked coastal fog and stiff afternoon winds of the Santa Lucia Highlands provide the refreshing acidity necessary for a long life in bottle. $48 (Available GT)

Antonio Galloni 93 Points
2018 Collina Dalla Valle Oakville Red

The 2018 Collina Dalla Valle is a flat out gorgeous wine. Racy and sumptuous to the core, the 2018 captures all of the natural radiance of this eastern sector of Oakville. Soft contours and silky tannins make the 2018 an absolute delight to taste today. Readers will have a very hard time finding a Napa Valley wine that delivers this much sheer pleasure for the money. Drinking window: 2020 – 2030. $115 (Arrives GT 5/19/21)

Wine Spectator 94 Points
TARDIEU-LAURENT Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes 2016

Lightly mulled plum, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors form the core here, with steeped anise, black tea and juniper hints adding detail. The tight-grained finish shows nice focus. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2021 through 2035. 625 cases made, 20 cases imported. — JM $80 Our Price $64.99 (Arrives GT this afternoon)

2019 Benito Santos Saiar Albarino

Winemaker Notes: Pale straw color with hits of green. On the nose, great varietal intensity. Harmonious and elegant tropical fruits, stone fruits (apricot and peach) and citrus fruits, with recalls of fresh grass and hay. Fresh and full-bodied in mouth. Powerful and balanced aftertaste. $20 Our Price $15.99 (Available GT and VRW)

 James Suckling 92 Points
2019 Barberani Polago Sangiovese

Here I’m find a wonderfully fresh expression, as the 2019 Barberani Polago lifts from the glass with peppery red florals, wild berries, and hints of undergrowth. On the palate, soothing, fleshy textures usher in notes of ripe cherry and hints of sweet spice with cooling acidity. Violet florals echo throughout the finish, with lingering notes of spiced cherry and hints of pepper. Wow, what a remarkably vibrant expression, mixing Montepulciano and Sagrantino, and also an amazing value. $20 Our Price $16.49 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 93 Points
RUINART Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV

Steeped apricot and candied ginger flavors are an aromatic entry for this graceful Champagne, backed by finely cut acidity and layered with accents of kumquat, toast point and salted Marcona almond. It's fresh and racy, yet there's an effortless quality to the integration that makes this hard to stop sipping. Long, minerally finish. Drink now through 2027. — AN Internet Price $70 (Available GT and VRW )

Today’s 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

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

Vintage Reserve Wine (VRW)
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