July 29th 2022 Newsletter - The Grape Tray

July 29th 2022 Newsletter

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2019 Pars Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of vanilla, tropical fruit, and hints of butter and toast are complemented by subtle toasty oak. In the palate, the wine is round and crisp with hints of honeyed citrus, peach, and nuttiness. Very good acidity and balance. $20 Our Price $7.25 (Arrives GT 8/2/22)

Wine Enthusiast 90 Point
2021 Beckmen Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Lightly effervescent in the glass, this bottling smells of wet lawn, green pineapple and pomelo on the tightly woven nose. A vibrant blast of acidity kicks off the sip, and the quick hit of tension gives way to riper passion fruit and light guava flavors. $25 Our Price $15.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 94 Points
REYNVAAN Syrah Walla Walla Valley The Unnamed Series 2018

A compelling red, savory and generous, with lively blueberry, smoked meat, grilled anise and cracked pepper flavors. 275 cases made. Our Price $24.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92 Points
DOMAINE FAIVELEY Mercurey Clos des Myglands 2019

 A pure, lively version, this red is succulent and elegant, displaying cherry, black currant and violet flavors, with a touch of spice. Vibrant and harmonious, remaining focused and long on the finish. Drink now through 2032. $70 Our Price $54.99 (Available GT and VRW) Additional Scores: Wine Advocate 92 points and James Suckling 93 points.

James Suckling 90 Points
2020 Scattered Peaks Napa Valley Fumé Blanc

Sliced apples, pear skins, lemon rind, crushed stones and flint on the nose. Hint of vanilla, too. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity and a smooth, subtle palate. $20 Our Price $16.99 (Available GT and VRW)

2019 Banshee Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, purple-ruby in color with aromas of ripe fig, cassis, vanilla and hints of pine and peppercorn. A juicy entry on the mouth delivers plush, fine tannins with a velvety texture. This approachable, medium-bodied cabernet has densely layered flavors of dark plums with rustic notes of forest floor and spice. A finale of round tannins leads to a dry, smooth finish. $20 Our Price $15.95 (Available GT and VRW)


Winemaker Notes: Marked by intense aromas of blackberry compote, with subtler notes of cocoa nib, blueberry and fennel seed. The palate is full-bodied, with dense boysenberry flavors, a hint of roast coffee and smooth, fine-grained tannins. Complementary flavors of nutmeg and tobacco are attributed to our unique barrel program. The texture is dense and youthful, with vibrant tannin structure and a lingering finish. Internet Price $75 (Available GT and VRW)

Wine Spectator 92 Points
MACROSTIE Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2020

Peach, apricot and mango notes are pure, intense and extremely juicy on a fleshy, succulent frame, with hints of spice, orange blossom and dried ginger. Drink now. 19,231 cases made. — MW $26 Our Price $20.99 (Back in stock GT and VRW)

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2018 Ramey North Coast Claret

Deep ruby-purple, the 2018 Claret is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 9% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot. It features blackcurrant aromas with accents of peppercorn, bacon, cedar, thyme and lavender. Full-bodied, its powerful, concentrated fruits are supported by finely grained tannins, and it has a long, still youthfully coiled finish. It will continue to unfold for several more years in bottle. 2,432 cases produced. $45 Our Price $37.99 (Available GT and VRW)

Jeb Dunnuck 99 Points
2016 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is dense and concentrated, with gorgeous crème de cassis, lead pencil, violets, damp earth, and tobacco leaf all emerging from the glass. Full-bodied on the palate, it shows the vintage’s purity, balance, and elegance and is concentrated, has chalky, building tannins, a great mid-palate, and one heck of a finish. It reminds me of a great Saint-Julien from Bordeaux and will benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and keep for 40-50 years. Bravo. $160 Our Price $145.99 (Arrives GT and VRW this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 95 Points
OPUS ONE Napa Valley 2019

Elegantly styled, despite some serious heft, this offers a mix of alluring mulberry, griotte and cassis notes bearing a gently mulled edge, while flashes of apple wood, sweet bay leaf and red tea flicker along the edges. Very refined in feel, with seamless structure extending the finish so the fruit can linger. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2038. —J.M. $390.

Release date 10/1/22. If you would like to be added to our pre-arrival list, please email stan@grapetray.com


Taste 2016 Farella Estate Napa Merlot, 2019 Sparkman Holler Cabernet and 2018 Merus Napa Cabernet at Vintage Reserve Wine (VRW) for $15 per person.
Friday, July 29th. Available 12:00 noon -5:45 PM

James Suckling 92 Points
2016 Farella Estate Napa Merlot

Fresh with lots of polished and chewy tannins that give the wine focus and texture. Berry, chocolate and spice character. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. $60 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 93 Points
SPARKMAN Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Holler 2019

Broad-shouldered and generous, this red layers in deep blackberry and cherry flavors, picking up mocha espresso and dusky spice accents as this moves toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2029. —T.F. $35

2018 Merus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense, full-throttle wine. A blast of inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, new leather, lavender, graphite, and dried herbs makes a strong opening statement. There's not a ton of subtlety, but the 2019 is undeniably beautiful and vivid. It's unapologetically flamboyant though, and will be appreciated most by readers who enjoy this style. $155


Taste 2021 Cattleya Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Walter Hansel Cuvee Alyce Pinot and 2013 Eisele Altagracia Cabernet at (VRW) for $15 per person.
Saturday, July 30th. Available 12:00 noon -3:45 PM

Wine Spectator 92 Points
ALMA DE CATTLEYA Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2021

Aromatic, intense and distinctive, delivering mouthwatering lemongrass, Meyer lemon, pomelo and white grapefruit flavors, with an intriguing touch of litsea oil that lingers on the fresh finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases made.—MaryAnn Worobiec. $22. Internet Price $19.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 93 Points
Walter Hansel Winery 2019 Pinot Noir
 Cuvée Alyce

The 2019 Pinot Noir Cuvée Alyce is a dark, powerful wine. Black cherry, plum, cedar, lavender, spice and menthol infuse the Alyce with notable depth. Dense and muscular, the Alyce is a decidedly potent, backward Pinot. All it needs is a bit of time to be at its best. $50

Wine Advocate 94 Points
2013 Eisele Vineyard Altagracia Cabernet Sauvignon

Both 2013s are clearly the finest Eisele wines made under the administration of François Pinault and his top lieutenant, Frédéric Engerer, who also runs the show at Château Latour. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Altagracia is a beauty. Dense, opaque purple, a big sweet kiss of blueberry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with forest floor and violets is followed by a lush, medium to full-bodied wine with terrific concentration, light tannin and an approachable style even for a 2013. It should drink well for 15 or more years. $130


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 12:00 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 10:30 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

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