The Grape Tray

May 21st 2021 Newsletter

Wine Enthusiast 93 Points
2018 Ancient Peaks Santa Margarita Ranch Paso Robles Cabernet

A deep blackberry aroma meets with licorice and mushroom on the fresh and savory nose. The palate’s blackberry and blueberry core is partnered harmoniously with notes of chipped wood and toasted herbs as well as jubilant acidity. $20 Our Price $16.49 (Available GT and VRW)

Ostro Prosecco Brut

Producer Notes: TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Fine bubbles. Bright gold. A vinous Prosecco, with citrus blossom, apple, toast aromas. Light and lively. PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: As an aperitif; with spicy or salty foods; fried fish. $15 Our Price $13.49 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92
ALLAN SCOTT Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough 2020

Supple and succulent, offering a generous and juicy mix of passion fruit, Key lime and ruby grapefruit flavors. Expressive and strong on the finish, with touches of freshly grated ginger and green tea. Drink now. —M.W. $17 Our Price $11.99 (Back in stock VRW)

Assorted Belle Glos Magnums $59 at VRW (Las Alturas and Clark and Telephone)
Call VRW for availability: 559-878-3953


2016 Carpe Diem Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer Notes: Vinified under the strict supervision of Christian Moueix‘s (Dominus Estate) winemaking team in Yountville, California, Carpe Diem embodies the essence of Napa Valley classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a classic winemaking style, respecting the characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine is fruit forward, elegant, and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant. $30 (Available VRW)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92-95 Points
Turley 2019 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard Paso Robles

The 2019 Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard is rich, exuberant and so expressive, with tons of Zinfandel character that just races out of the glass. Inky red fruit, rose petal, spice, mint and dried herbs all run through the Pesenti, a wine of unreal depth and textural intensity. At the same time, the Pesenti remains silky and so polished. The slightly lower acid profile works especially well here. $50 (Available VRW)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2019 Turley Wine Cellars Zinfandel Duarte

The 2019 Zinfandel Duarte has a deep ruby-purple color and gregarious perfume of blueberry and blackberry preserves with hints of peaches, aniseed, tar and dried flowers. The palate is medium-bodied, soft, perfumed and approachable with lots of juicy lift on the finish. 1,560 cases produced. $40 (Available VRW)

Wine Spectator 92 Points
ROMBAUER Sauvignon Blanc Napa-Sonoma Counties 2020

Juicy, fragrant, mouthwatering and stylish, orange blossom and lemon meringue note leap out of the glass with their intensity. There's a core of vivid lemon curd, mango and a touch of butterscotch lingering on the finish. Drink now. —M.W. $24 Our Price $21.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 90 Points
TABLAS CREEK Patelin de Tablas Paso Robles 2018

Lively and approachable yet elegantly structured, with floral raspberry, smoky bay leaf and black pepper flavors that finish with zesty tannins. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Terret. Drink now through 2027. 2,400 cases made.—Tim Fish. $25 Our Price $19.99 (Back in stock GT and VRW)

2019 Far Niente Napa Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of melon, sweet citrus and white blossom floral layered with notes of flint, yeast and sweetly toasted oak. A smooth and focused entry is followed by a silky midpalate with ripe flavors of honeydew and lemon, supported by just of touch of wet stone, yeast and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is long and structured with citrus rind and mouthwatering acid. Internet Price $60 (Available VRW)

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points
2018 Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Including small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon sports a deep purple color as well as classic Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, new leather, tobacco leaf, flowers, and lead pencil. Beautifully done on the palate and made in a seamless, elegant style, it has a kiss of Pauillac in its nicely integrated acidity, ripe, building tannins, a touch of earthiness, and a great finish. It's not a blockbuster, just seamless and elegant, with a thrilling character. It should keep for 20+ years. $100 (Available VRW)

Wine Spectator 93
MARGERUM Grenache
Santa Barbara County 2019

A lovely and expressive wine, offering floral raspberry, rose petal and smoky, grilled pepper flavors that build structure and tension toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2029. 900 cases made. — TF $40 Our Price $34.99 (Back in stock GT and VRW)

2019 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker Notes: Twomey Estate Sauvignon Blanc beautifully combines citrus, pear and green apple characters in a complex and balanced expression of this exciting varietal. It has a light straw color and a nose of grapefruit rind, juniper berry, star fruit, green apple, pear and elderberry flower. It has a juicy, fruit-sweet attack with notes of honey and citrus on the palate. The wine has a long, lingering, fresh fruit finish. $25 Our Price $22.99 (Back in stock GT and VRW)

Today’s Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Friday’s Tasting, 5/21/21 (3:00 PM-5:30 PM): 2016 Dehlinger Altamont Pinot, 2017 Kosta Browne Gap’s Crown Pinot and 2018 Beaurenard Boisrenard Chateauneuf du Pape

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

Saturday’s Wine Tasting at VRW $10 per person

Saturday Tasting, 5/22/21 (1:00 PM-3:30 PM) 2019 O’Shaughnessy Oakville Chardonnay, 2018 Dalla Valle Oakville Collina, 2018 Vineyard 29 Ceanda Cabernet

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
2019 O'Shaughnessy Oakville Chardonnay

The 2019 Chardonnay is absolutely gorgeous. Pretty scents of lemon confit and white flowers grace this silky, wonderfully nuanced wine from Betty O'Shaughnessy's Oakville ranch. Light tropical notes add character and an exotic flair that is so enticing. Drinking window: 2021 – 2026. $55

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

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points
2018 Vineyard 29 Ceanda Cabernet Sauvignon

Another St. Helena release, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ceanda checks in as 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, all brought up in French oak. Black fruits, chocolaty herbs, graphite, violets, and acacia flower notes all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with a seamless, elegant texture, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. I'd be thrilled to drink a bottle any time over the coming 20 years or more. $150

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


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