The Grape Tray

April 25th 2017 Newsletter

Wine Spectator 92
BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV

Vibrant and well-knit, this layers a refined texture and mouthwatering acidity with a rich profile of dried white cherry, raw almond, mandarin orange peel and smoke-tinged minerality. Finely knit and focused, presenting a creamy, spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 11,000 cases imported. –AN $79 Special Price $45.95 (Limited to stock on hand and valid through 4/29/17)


Wine Advocate 92
2015 Domaine de la Mordoree
Tavel la Dame Rousse

Flat out gorgeous, with layers of framboise, Bing cherry, strawberries and flowers, the 2015 Tavel la Dame Rousse is medium-bodied, silky and elegant on the palate, with both textural richness and freshness. Drink this beauty, with a meal, over the coming year or two. $30 Our Price $25.99



2014 Saviah The Jack Cabernet Sauvignon

The Jack is your best bet when it comes to delivering a great wine for the money. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful expression of the vintage! Classic aromas of mint, black cherry, cassis, cacao, and barrel spice are present in spades. Delicious flavors, beautiful balance, and a long smooth finish. $18 Our Price $16.99


2016 Laird Cold Creek Ranch
Pinot Grigio

Winemaker Notes: Clear, pale golden hue with inviting aromas of juicy pineapple, jasmine and Asian pear. The palate is full with enticing flavors of lychee, peach and mineralty, leading to a focused, juicy-mouthwatering finish. $20 Our Price $14.39


Wine Spectator 91
ST.-COSME St.-Joseph 2014

Shows some rusticity, with bay, pepper and game notes leading the way, though there are enough lush blackberry and plum compote flavors at the core to match. Reveals a charcoal edge through the finish. For fans the old-school style. Drink now through 2022. 750 cases made. –JM $32 Our Price $29.95


Wine Spectator 92
DRY CREEK Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2015

Zesty and expressive, with jammy black raspberry and licorice aromas and supple, layered blackberry, toasty dill and pepper flavors. Drink now through 2026. 17,500 cases made.-T.F $22 Our Price $16.99 (Arrives 4/28/17)



Wine Advocate 91
2012 Merryvale Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Elegant and savory, with plenty of finesse and complexity, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa shows all the friendly sides of this vintage. Beautiful brightness, purity, potential balance and equilibrium, power without excess and sweet tannin, this wine is a rather classic Cabernet Sauvignon. With lots of black fruits, flowers and no hard edges, it's not a blockbuster, but very well-crafted. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. $65 Our Price $54.95



Wine Spectator 90
ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône 2014, Magnum

Bright damson plum and blackberry coulis flavors glide along, carried by a mouthwatering anise note through the racy, violet-edged finish. Drink now. 750 cases made. –JM $37/magnum Our Price $31.69



2015 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée
Proprietor's Blend

Winemaker Notes: This inviting wine offers a complex array of elegant aromas that include spicy red fruit, black cherry, sage, anise, clove and cocoa powder. The palate is silky and balanced, with a plush, mouthcoating texture that makes the wine immediately approachable and delicious. Flavors of red currant and cassis are underscored by hints of smoke and vanilla, while seamlessly integrated tannins add length and structure to this complex blend of Bordeaux varietals. $35 Our Price $27.99 (Arrives 4/26/17)


Wine Advocate 95
2009 Doisy-Vedrines Barsac

Tasted at the château, the 2009 Château Doisy-Védrines already exudes impressive breeding on the nose with complex, beguiling scents of dried honey, quince, walnut and just a touch of barley sugar. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of viscous, honeyed fruit, superb acidity and wonderful precision on the finish. There is a sense of completeness and harmony to this Doisy-Védrines. The 2009 represents the apogee for the estate and a Barsac destined to generously repay long-term cellaring. $60 Our Price $51.99




2014 Donum Russian River Reserve Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Almost inky in color, the 2014 Russian River Reserve offers remarkably intense aromas of blackberry, strawberry, and potpourri. Mouth-filling black cherry, boysenberry and plum are joined by delicate wood spice on the palate, with rich ripe tannins contributing structure. Over the course of the long finish, a lovely coffee character starts to emerge. $90



Wine Advocate 95
2013 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain, Magnum

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is O'Shaughnessy's largest cuvée of wine, nearly 3,300 cases from her vineyard, with a final blend that is somewhat unusual - 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Carménère, and a rather obscure one, 3% St. Macaire. Dense purple in color, with notes of mulberry, blackberry, graphite and spring flowers, the wine has great fruit, a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel, and wonderfully sweet, well-integrated tannin. The acidity is sound, the purity impressive, and the wine long and reassuring. Drink it over the next 20+ years. $220/magnum.

2012 Heitz Martha's Oakville
Cabernet Sauvignon, Magnum

Winemaker Notes: The 2012 Martha's Vineyard is a brilliant star, possessing incredible harmony and elegance. This Cabernet mirrors the near perfect growing conditions of the 2012 vintage. Connoisseurs will be most impressed with the impeccable balance from start to finish, and the sublime lushness that lingers on the palate. It accomplishes all this with exceptional sophistication and purity of varietal flavors. Internationally recognized for its classic style and opulent fruit, with a touch of mint for intrigue – Martha's Vineyard is a true Napa Valley benchmark for Cabernet $470/magnum


Wine Advocate 96
2014 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard shows great minerality, wonderful black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, a sumptuous full-bodied mouthfeel, light tannin, low acidity and a fleshy, long finish. This wine spent 20 months in 100% new French oak, but you would never know it from smelling and tasting this wine. Drink now-2038. $175 Limited


Wine Advocate 94
2014 Pahlmeyer Napa Chard

The 2014 Chardonnay is light gold-colored with a greenish hue and beautiful, fresh tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, pear, honeysuckle and a touch of citrus. It is not as dense and concentrated as the 2013, but I love its vibrancy and beautiful subtleties and nuances. It is another top-notch effort from Pahlmeyer to drink over the next 7-8 years. $82 Our Price $69.99


Wine Advocate 95
2014 Walter Hansel Winery
Chardonnay Cuvee Alyce

The top Chardonnay every year is named after Stephen Hansel's mother. The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce is a field blend of a Hyde and Hudson Old Wente. This vineyard always produces the smallest clusters and tiniest berries and, hence, the richest offering. It's a stunner in 2014, with a light straw/gold color and terrific notes of pineapple, white peach, honeysuckle and citrus oil. Full-bodied and rich with great acidity, beautiful purity and subtle oak, this is a stunner to drink over the next 7-10 years. $39 (Arrives 4/28/17)


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Wine Advocate 98-100
2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is my favorite again of this grouping and has the potential to be a perfect wine, which is really hitting the bull's-eye in 2014. Plenty of gravelly notes, blueberry, blackberry and mulberry jump from the glass of this inky bluish purple-colored 2014 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The good news is that there are 1,200 cases of this, compared to only 752 cases in 2013. It should drink well for 15-20 years. $300 Limited

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