The Grape Tray

May 2nd 2017 Newsletter

2015 Killian Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Attractive, light gold color with an open star jasmine, citrus blossom nose above red apple, stone fruit and hints of smoky oak. Flavors are reminiscent of fresh apple and pear, and are framed in a richly bodied mouthfeel that finishes with balanced acidity and just a hint of fruit sweetness. This will be one of the best aging of the Killian Chardonnays and should be optimally balanced about a year after release. $26 Our Price $24.99 Delicious! (Arrives 5/3/17)

Wine Spectator 91
SAINTAYME St.-Emilion 2014

This sports a slightly exotic core of raspberry and blackberry fruit, backed by a roasted apple wood note and a jolt of licorice on the finish, imparting up-front appeal and a bit of mid-term aging capacity. Drink now through 2024. 2,000 cases made. JM Our Price $18.95 (Arrives 5/3/17)

Wine Spectator 91
Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Riesling Kabinett Mosel Bernkasteler Badstube 2015

Racy and rich, with concentrated green peach and grapefruit flavors accented by notes of wet stone. Tropical details emerge on the minerally finish alongside hints of smoke. Drink now through 2021.-K.M 700 cases imported. $22 Our Price $16.99

2010 Edmond August Indelible Red

Winery Notes: This is a blend of 3 different Syrah clones (84%), Grenache (12%) with 4% Viognier. Rich, dark, ripe and intense this wine has been in the bottle for well over two years after being barrel aged for 22 months in a combination of new and neutral french oak barrels. From the prestigious Caliza Vineyard in Paso's Templeton Gap area. 175 cases made. The winemaker is Jacob Toft, who has learned his craft working for and with some of Paso's cutting-edge producers. Jacob has his own brand which has received high praise from among others the Wine Advocate, Robert Parker. Jake has earned a reputation for being a meticulous and knowledgeable winemaker. $42 Our Price $35.99 (Back in stock 5/3/17)

Wine Spectator 93
CURVATURE Chardonnay Sonoma 2014

A seductive style, with a supple, creamy texture and silky pear, apple and honeydew notes, joined by light, spicy, toasty oak. Maintains a sense of elegance and finesse uncommon in California. 125 cases made Drink now through 2021.-J.L. $50 Our Price $44.99

2014 Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Aromas of blackberries, blueberry, and nutmeg are followed by flavors of Bing cherries, wild raspberries, dark plum and allspice. The dense entry is followed by a sweet and juicy mouth feel, supported by acidity, silky tannins and a subtle earthy finish. $35 Our Price $29.99

Wine Spectator 93
H. DÖNNHOFF Riesling Spätlese Nahe Norheimer Kirschheck 2015

This is spicy, evoking vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon notes, with accents of apple and smoky slate. Racy and harmonious, presenting a long, expansive finish. Drink now through 2036. 150 cases imported. –BS $35 Limited (Arrives 5/4/17)

2016 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir

Winery Notes: Lucy Rosé was born in 2003 when winemaker Jeff Pisoni made only two barrels. Shortly after, the Pisonis decided they should make more and donate a percentage of the sales to the fight against breast cancer. The association of pink Rosé wine with the pink ribbon representing breast-cancer awareness seemed like a perfect match. Rosé wine can be made in different ways and from various grapes. The skin of the Pinot Noir grape used to make Lucy Rosé colors the wine, as the pulp of the berry does not contain color. The grape juice stays in contact with the skin just long enough to extract a limited amount of color. Afterwards, the juice is transferred to both stainless steel and neutral wood barrels that have been used several times and no longer have the oak flavor. The wine ferments in these vessels at cool temperatures to maintain all the aromatic potential of the wine. After fermentation, the wine ages for 3-4 months in cellar before bottling. The result is a lightly colored, very aromatic and refreshing Rosé to enjoy on many occasions. Only a limited amount of Lucy Rosé is produced each year so that the utmost care and attention can be given to the wine. $18

2015 Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Subtle aromas of jasmine flower, citrus oil, ripe apple and pear. The elegant aromatics are complemented by fresh kiwi, lemon drop and Pippin apple flavors. The fruit-focused mid-palate is followed by subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish. $30 Our Price $24.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 92 pts
Capbern 2014 Capbern Saint Estèphe, Bordeaux

The 2014 Capbern is bold, ripe and quite juicy. Although not especially subtle, the 2014 possesses striking aromatic nuance, power and intensity. Dried cherry, licorice, herbs, tobacco and mint add attractive aromatic topnotes, but it is the wine’s juiciness that stands out most. This is a strong showing. The 2014 offers plenty of near- and medium-term appeal, but also has enough structure to drink well for at least a number of years. Tasted two times. 2017 – 2024. Our Price $22.35

2016 Teres Mediteranee Rosé

Winemaker Notes: Settled in the heart of Frejus, Provence, Les Teres' beautiful vineyards are surrounded by forest and protected from the northern winds by the red rock mountains of Esterel. The estate has a few hectares of noble varietals planted on red sandstone and volcanic rock that is representative of the archetypal terroir of Frejus. At only 15 km from the sea, the vineyards benefit from the cool air that flows in from the Mediterranean. Brilliant rosé. Pale pink hues, lovely colour. On the nose, we can find small red fruit notes. On the palate the wine is light and elegant. Crispy rosé! Enjoy as Apéritif, salads, grilled meat and cuisine using flavoured herbs. Grenache 30%, Cinsault 60 and Tibourenc 10%. $15 Our Price $12.99 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 93
2014 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir Estate

The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate is another realistically priced wine from Stephen Hansel and is a super value with its sweet cherry and raspberry fruit, allspice, subtle background oak and a medium to full body. It is a beautiful wine made mostly from Rochioli cuttings and a small amount of the Joseph Swan clone. Like most of these Pinot Noirs, it sees about 60% new French oak and the rest used barrels. All of these Pinot Noirs are bottled unfined and unfiltered just like the Chardonnays. $35

Wine Spectator 90
GIRARD Zinfandel Napa Valley Old Vine 2014

Plump and briary, with appealing black cherry and spice aromas and ripe, supple raspberry and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2024. 2,500 cases made.—T.F. $25 Our Price $19.99 Limited

Wine Spectator 96
ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino Our 40th Harvest 2012, Mag

Cherry, leather and iron notes mark this suave, elegant red. A bit reticent now, but the fruit is fresh and long on the finish. The dense tannins leave a mouthcoating impression, but this opens up beautifully over a few hours. Best from 2021 through 2035. 10,000 cases made. –BS $130/Magnum. Our Price $104.95/Magnum (Arrives 5/3/17)

Wine Spectator 94

Dense and muscular, yet graceful, this red balances ripe blackberry and cassis flavors with savory black olive, bitter chocolate and mineral notes. The firm tannins are well-integrated, and lively acidity keeps this fresh through the spicy and floral finish. Drink now through 2028.—T.M. $30 Our Price $25.99 (Arrives 5/3/17)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 97 pts
2014 Clos Fourtet Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

A stunning, breathtaking wine, the 2014 Clos Fourtet is without question one of the stars of the vintage. Deep yet also wonderfully nuanced, it exudes energy and transparency. Enticing scents of violet, lavender, mint and chalk add to the wine's chiseled personality. The 2014 has gained considerable depth, volume and intensity since I tasted it from barrel as a young wine, but without losing its intensely mineral, understated personality. Today, it is exceptionally beautiful in every way. The blend is 89 % Merlot, 7 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 % Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. 2020 – 2039. Our Price $83.95

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