The Grape Tray

May 12th 2017 Newsletter

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Wine Spectator 93
2015 Bedrock CA Old Vine Zinfandel

Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026. $25

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

2013 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: Siduri's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is made up of several different highly-selected lots, each lot being made as a separate wine and then blended together. While each lot was treated differently in the cellar according to its profile and development, all lots went through malolactic fermentation spontaneously. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration. The wine is big, but not unduly heavy, and should only improve and become more complex with several years in a cool cellar. $34 Liquidation Price $24.99 (Limited to stock on hand)

2016 MASI AGRICOLA Rosa dei Masi

Producer Notes: Salmon pink with cherry-coloured refl ections. Intense aromas of just ripened berry fruit on the nose, especially raspberries and wild cherries. Soft and well balanced with lively and refreshing acidity. Long and attractive finish. Excellent as an aperitif and with antipasti, light pasta dishes, shellfish and seafood. $15 Our Price $10.95

James Suckling 96
Marchesi Antinori Umbria Cervaro Della Sala 2014

This is the full treatment white from Italy and it always delivers. Aromas of cooked apple, cream, hints of toasted oak and peach. Full body, bright acidity, with tangy fresh fruit. Hints of yogurt and wood. Complex and truly great. Love the backbone of acidity that gives lovely form. $55 Our Price $46.99

2015 Ancient Peaks Zinfandel

Winemaker Notes: Presents heady aromas of blackberry jam, cola, baking spice and sweet tobacco with hints of brisk minerality. The mouthfeel is broad and plush, offering velvety flavors of black cherry, raspberry, mocha, vanilla and cinnamon spice. A savory peppercorn note emerges on a soft, supple finish. $20 Our Price $14.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

2015 Three Sticks PFV Estate Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Winemaker Notes: We are ecstatic to share with you the first Price Family Vineyard (PFV) Estate Pinot Noir! An all-star blend of our estate vineyards from the Sonoma Coast, this wine is an exciting expression of our home sites. Comprised of fruit hailing from our Walala Vineyard on the far north of Sonoma Coast, our windy Gap’s Crown Vineyard on the coastal side of Sonoma Mountain in the Petaluma Gap, Dupont Vineyard nestled in the redwoods of Sebastopol, along with our founding site, Durell Vineyard. This coastal Pinot Noir is a representation of classic cooler climate fruits. The nose bursts from the glass with a fresh blackberry core, and exotic spices of pink peppercorn and cardamom. Consistently bold throughout, this wine has a well balanced structure and prized concentration. We give this Pinot a warm welcome to the Three Sticks family! $65

2016 Fento Bico da Ran Albarino

Winemaker Notes: [Bico da Ran] is made with grapes from the best vineyards of Salnés. The grapes are harvested in the morning to retain maximum aroma and freshness. The must drained is cold fermented using yeasts that highlight the primary varietal aromas. Once complete, the wine is cold stabilised and filtered to preserve the aroma and freshness. The wine is bottled at a winery in Meis, Pontevedra. $17 Our Price $14.99

Wine Advocate 94
2014 Caymus Napa Cabernet, Magnum

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley has a dense opaque purple color, a kiss of blackberry and cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel with ripe tannin and a long finish. It is very Caymus in its immediate accessibility, but has plenty of staying power and depth. This is lush, full, intense and pure. Drink it over the next 15 or so years. $180 Our Price $149.99/magnum

2013 Stewart Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: An opaque deep garnet color rimmed with bright purple. Rich aromatics of vanilla, blackberry, and tobacco entice while the full-bodied palate features flavors of blueberry and plumb with a hint of smoke from the French oak. The tannins are plush and powerful, but not overbearing, giving this wine perfect balance. This Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship of Stewart Cellars; always memorable and enjoyed upon first release and a decade on. $68

2014 Shafer One Point Five Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: From the moment you pull the cork on this vintage rich, tantalizing aromas fill the air with blackberry, black licorice, spice, rose petal, and cinnamon, leading to a lush, full-bodied wine offering juicy flavors of black and red plum, summer berries, pie crust, baked rhubarb, cinnamon, and warm briar jam in a seamless package of ripe, welcoming tannins and a long, vibrant finish. $90

Wine Advocate 94
2013 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay

Pure silk on the palate, the 2013 Chardonnay Estate offers textbook notes of buttered apples, brioche, toasted bread and hints of minerality to go with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful purity of fruit, no hard edges and impeccable balance. It's beautiful today, but should evolve gracefully for at least 5-6 years. $65 Limited

Wine Spectator 94
2015 JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Kabinett Mosel Graacher Himmelreich

This juicy and harmonious white, with a easy-drinking character, offers complex aromas hinting at violet, black currant and peach, while the flavors pick up apple and mineral notes, all capped by a long aftertaste echoing fruit, mineral and floral elements. Drink now through 2024. From Germany.—B.S 830 cases made $36 Our Price $28.45

2015 Rombauer Zinfandel, Half Bottles

Winemaker Notes: Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, concentrated aromas of blackberry and raspberry meld with clove and spice. Lush flavors of blackberry, cherry, licorice and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of pepper in the background. Plush and round tannins and great length make for a fresh and enticing finish. Our Price $14.49/375ml

2015 Three Sticks Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: Sonoma Mountain, 2,300 feet tall at its peak, is the source of this beautiful Chardonnay. Our “One Sky” Chardonnay delights with a balance of oak spice, lush fruit and pert acidity. Your palate is greeted with rich, toasty aromas of baked pie crust elegantly framed by hints of ripe lime and nutmeg spice. Luscious apricots and candied nuts explode on entry. Undertones of butterscotch lead to a delicious lemon curd and crème brulée finish. Our “One Sky” Chardonnay shows off the richness and complexity of Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay and has become a favorite at Three Sticks. $50

Vinous 92 pts
Talley Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Estate, 375ml

(aged for 14 months in French oak, 26 percent of it new): Brilliant ruby-red. Highly fragrant, spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves and floral pastilles; a hint of vanilla emerges with air. Expansive raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are energized and lifted by juicy acidity and a late jolt of white pepper. Packs a solid punch but comes off lithe, finishing with excellent focus, well-knit tannins and strong persistence. $36 Half bottles $16.39

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 94 pts
Paul Hobbs 2015 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Russian River Valley

The 2015 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is super-distinctive. Grilled herbs, licorice and earthy notes provide a bass register of darkness and depth to support the expressive dark fruit. This is one of the most distinctive Pinots in the Paul Hobbs range. The Hyde is deep, powerful and structured to the core. $100 Our Price $85.99 (Arrives this afternoon)

Wine Spectator 96
LA SERENA Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Enticing from the first aromas of fresh cherry, violet and spice, this supple red is balanced and expressive. Matches an elegant frame with a firm backbone of tannins and lively acidity. Very persistent on the long, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2020 through 2036. 2,280 cases made. –BS $50 (Arrives 5/19/17)

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 98+ pts
Dunn Vineyards 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a towering majestic wine. Rich, powerful and yet massively tannic, the 2013 possesses a stunning combination of super-ripe fruit, bright acids and plenty of supporting structure. In the early going, the Howell Mountain is a bit reticent, especially next to the Trailer, but after several hours, the vibrancy of the Howell Mountain bottling dazzles. Dunn's Howell Mountain Cabernet is without question one of the wines of the great 2013 vintage. $160 Our Price $138.99

Wine Spectator 92
HAHN Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands SLH 2014, Magnum

The texture is plush, with lots of complex flavors, ranging from plum to anise to dusty, cedary oak. Satisfying from start to finish, ending with nutmeg-scented tannins. Drink now. 26,500 cases made. –JL $60/magnum. (2 mags available at $60/magnum)

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