The Grape Tray

May 16th 2017 Newsletter

2015 Lloyd Carneros Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes: We are excited to release our new 2015 Carneros Chardonnay. Sourced from the Home and Green Acres Blocks from Sangiacomo Vineyard, as well as a small amount fruit from the Truchard Vineyard, this is a fantastic expression of California Chardonnay. Picked at the peak of ripeness, this Chardonnay is then barrel fermented and left on the lees until we get ready to bottle. Flavors of tropical fruits, pear and apple are supported by rich notes of vanillin, leading into a powerful and succulent finish. Cheers and enjoy! $40 Our Price $35.99

Wine Enthusiast 93
J. Lohr 2014 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon

This appealing wine is widely available. Blueberry, vanilla cream and gingerbread make for an inviting nose. The palate packs layers of intriguing, ripe and easily lovable flavors: baked strawberries, vanilla ice cream, blueberry sauce and baking spice. $35 Our Price $25.95 (Back in stock this afternoon)

Wine Advocate 88 = B+
2014 KJSI Cotes Catalanes Circus Bear Grenache/Syrah/Carignan

Made by Kimberly Jones and from the schist soils around Maury, the 2014 Cotes Catalanes Circus Bear is a value-priced red that delivers loads of darker fruits, spice and minerality in a charming, forward and delicious package that's ideal for drinking over the coming year or three. There's over 8,000 cases, so it should see good distribution, and it's a terrific value. $15 (Arrives 5/17/17)

Wine Spectator 90
LA CREMA Chardonnay Monterey 2015

Balanced and fruity, with juicy apricot, pear and guava flavors, accented by spice hints. Creamy notes linger on the pastry-filled finish. Drink now through 2021. 50,000 cases made. –KM $20 Our Price $16.95 (Arrives 5/17/17)

2014 Ancient Peaks Merlot

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Merlot delivers rich black and red fruit aromas with intriguing hints of cedar, mocha and eucalyptus. The palate is juicy and rounded, offering a flavor tapestry of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla and brown spice. Firm tannins and luscious acidity take this Merlot to the next level, finishing with a refined heft that is rooted in its Margarita Vineyard terroir. Blend: 83% Merlot, 17% Malbec. $20 Our Price $14.99

Wine Spectator 93
REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT Riesling Spätlese Mosel Josephshöfer 2013

Juicy and rich, with a tangerine tang to the apple, ripe pear and dried apricot flavors. Offers hints of honey and plenty of savory notes that extend on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2038. 300 cases made. –KM $34 Our Price $25.99

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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


Notes from Terry Theise: The first-ever “plus” for this—ha!—“entry-level” wine. It’s sternly loessy but not “sweetly” so; it even has power, and a lovely nubby texture, with aromas and flavors of lentil and sorrel and barley, with a faro starchiness. We sell a lot of it, and if you’re a long-time buyer I promise you, you’ll take the first sip of this and think WTF got into this? $20 Our Price $17.99

2014 Jayson Sonoma Coast Pinot

Winemaker Notes: Vibrant ruby in color, this wine bursts with aromas of red fruit, soft violet, and fresh lavender oil. Delicate raspberry and cherry flavors leap from the elegant, velvety palate followed by earthy notes of sage and slate. An intriguing tinge of citrus peel accents the wine’s long, vivid finish. $54 Our Price $45.99

2014 Pont Neuf Chardonnay “Pont Royal” Russian River

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 Pont Neuf “Pont Royal” Chardonnay showed a bold personality right from the juice to finished wine. It reminds us of our 2010 from the same vineyard, huge in stature yet so light on its feet. While retaining all the fine characteristics of the Zio Tony Vineyard, it also presents silky-weighted fruit with heady aromatics of Meyer Lemon, toasted brioche and white peaches. Goldridge soils in the vineyard lend broad and complex mineral flavors and generous texture to Pont Royal. $55 (Arrives 5/19/17)

2014 Vice Versa Le Petit Vice Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes: This wine shows the extraordinary pedigree of its vineyards. Dark red. Pure, refined and enticing aromas of ripe black and blue berries, dark chocolate, bay leaf and spice. The palate is quite impressive with it's concentrated, expansive and mouth-coating texture. Pliant, mineral and pure with sophisticated ripe tannins leading to a long beautiful finish. $75

Wine Spectator 92
BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 2014

The fruit is ripe and juicy, seemingly sweet and shaded by spicy, toasty oak, allowing tiers of flavors to unfold in a graceful, elegant and understated manner. Drink now. 11,200 cases made. –JL $44 Our Price $34.99

2015 Three Sticks Russian River Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes: This Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is our unique interpretation of the world-renowned Pinot Noir appellation nestled upon redwoods in the very heart of Sonoma County. This important growing region is famous for its diversity and excellent climate for Pinot Noir. Warm days and cool nights with leisurely clearing fog help slow the growing process, thickening the skins slightly to impart richness and mouthfeel to the wine. Bob built a legacy on crafting Russian River Valley Pinots and we are proud to share ours with you. A silky palate of sweetly roasted coffee and partially dried cherries will leave your senses satisfied and in love with Pinot Noir. $65

Wine Spectator 93
HENRIOT Brut Rosé Champagne NV

A beautiful range of aromatic spices accents the white raspberry, pastry and pink grapefruit notes in this harmonious rosé . There's tension to the knit of vibrant acidity and chalky texture, driving this to a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,000 cases imported. –AN $70 Our Price $58.99

Wine Advocate 93
2013 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve

One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Ethos Reserve, which comes from a number of sites in the Columbia valley and incorporates 10% Merlot. Aged in 53% new French and American oak, this full-bodied, rich, unctuously textured and concentrated Cabernet is loaded with notions of currants, blueberries, smoked herbs, and licorice. Possessing low acidity, a plump, sexy profile and no hard edges, it can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade. $48 Our Price $35.35

Wine Advocate 94
2015 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht

Picked in one passage and without any pre-selections at the end of October, the 2015 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Anrecht is super deep, intense and spicy/fresh on the flinty, concentrated nose. Full-bodied, pure and lush, this is a very complex and elegant, highly mineral and salty Riesling. It has good grip and a very long, mineral finish. This is great Riesling that is indicated as Auslese only, because of the sugar weight, but not because of the selective yeasts. $40 Our Price $35.99

Antonio Galloni, Vinous 96 pts
Haut-Bailly 2014 Haut-Bailly Pessac Léognan Cru Classé De Graves, Bordeaux, Half Bottles

The 2014 Haut-Bailly has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and expressive, the 2014 exudes depth and finesse. Ample and resonant on the palate, with striking depth, the 2014 possesses exceptional balance and class. Hints of smoke, tobacco and licorice infuse the deep, creamy finish. Drinking window: 2020 – 2039. Our Price $39.75/375ml (Arrives 5/17/17)

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