Ravenscroft Crystal: Try it at upcoming Mora’s Wine Dinners

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We’ll be swirling some serious juice in some serious stemware at our upcoming wine events that are in the works for November and December. We represent and sell the brand and so far we are very impressed with the product.
Big reds really do taste better out of 22 oz Bordeaux glasses with a thin rim. Learn more about Ravenscroft products

and shop Ravenscroft at Mora’s

Saturday Oct 1: Special Tasting Featuring Top Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon

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We amaze you once again with some stunning wines at our weekly tasting. The d’Arenberg Cab is in the same league of Australian Cabs as Penfolds, Henschke, Leewuin, Mollydooker et, al. 5 more wines will grace the tasting line up so stop by, taste some great wines and pick up some great deals.

Saturday Sept 24: A good day for ducks and wine

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14th Annual Kiwanis Duck Race

Notes on the winetasting:  My hands down favorites were the Finca Allende Finca Nueva Blanca for finesse and value, the Avanthia Rose for serious exotic points and El Puntido for sheer class. You’ve got to come to these tastings, they keep getting better and better.

Finca Allende Finca Nueva Blanco 2009
Nose has notes of lemon curd pastry, pear and vanillin. Fleshy on the palate with round pear tart flavors and some citrus zing, mineral notes in the finish.
Made from Viura aged 4 months in French oak with regular batonage. Very balanced and tasty.

Avanthia Rose Valdeorras 2010
Extremely limited! Made from 100% Mencia grapes, only 80 cases were brought to the US for this (first) vintage. Nose smells like watermelon candy and, raspberry and strawberry. Palate is very full-bodied and fleshy, it is off dry but with enough stuffing and acidity to make it excellent for food. The palate follows the nose with mainly berry flavors, then hints of vanilla, anise and all spice kick in. Serve with sushi, barbecue, sausage and peppers, or by itself. One of my favorites, very unique
Bodegas Cepa 21 Hito Ribera Del Duero 2008
This is a new project by one of Ribera del Duero’s best producers Bodegas Emilio Moro. This wine  is very aromatic with spicy currant and raspberry notes with mineral and a slight scent of crushed stone, what I call “Cantabrian dust”. The palate is very round with intense, high berry tones and a lovely concentration
Bodegas Nekeas Vegas Sindoa El Chaparral Garnacha 2008
This Navarrone wine is sourced from old (60-100 year) vines growing in the higher elevations among the scrub oak called “Chaparral”. This one is a bit more rustic than the Hit0.  The old vines give it great concentration and juicy berry aromas but it is interlaced with slightly gamey, meaty notes.  In the finish hints of mineral come out, it is a very classy Garnacha.
Tarima Hill Monastrell Alicante 2009
Mr. Ordonez has found a gold mine of old vine Monastrell in the area of Jumilla and Alicante which he is capitalizing on to produce some seriously over-achieving wines. Taste the wine and guess the price, you will be stunned. The passion fruit flower label is pretty cool too.  It has super ripe aromas of berry with mocha and a fat and unctuous finish.
El Puntido Vinedos de Paganos Rioja 2005
I fell in love with this wine tasting it in Spain and visiting the amazing vineyards owned by the Euguren family, including El Puntido. Napa Cabs have “Rutherford dust” and this great, old vine Rioja (El Puntido was planted in the 1940’s) have “Sierra Cantabria dust” in them. After an hour of breathing, the fine tannins resolve and the the aromas soar out of the glass.  The nos is of ripe cherry, cassis, hints of old leather and what I like to call “Cantabrian dust”  and hints of graphite.  The palate is lush, smooth and seamless truly amazing.

Great Wine Tasting Tomorrow: Great Wines from Spain, taste them all, buy at 20% off!

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Our favorite Spanish lady, Mercedes, will preside over our over the top Spanish wine tasting starting 3pm Saturday Sept 24.
Don’t miss this one. We’ll feature a rare Mencia based wine from Valdeorras and a wonderful single vineyard wine from La Rioja Alta drinking beautifully.  Cepa 21Bodegas Avanthia  and Vinedos de Paganos are wineries to watch, see you tomorrow!

Manabito Sakes from Hinomaru Brewery in Akita, Japan come to Mora’s

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I had an eye-opening tasting last Thursday with Mr. Jougi Sato President of the  Hinomaru brewery, producer of Manabito Sakes some of the best in Akita Japan. I know a lot about wine and have had the best over the years but the only thing I know about sake is that it is brewed from rice and until last week I’ve only had the equivalent of Coors light. Now I know a little more about sake and have tasted some really fine stuff.  There is a good interview with Sato-san at urbansake.com.
Coming from a wine background I see sake in terms of wine and find many similarities. Sake depends on the type of rice for quality and the effects of special enzymatic mold called koji as well as yeast action for nuances and complexity in aroma and flavor. I even learned to taste the very aromatic Daiginjo-shu and Ginjo-shu from good wine glassess. The better sakes even undergo botle age for several years for smoothness. Bacterial spoilage and oxidationare the enemies of sake.The flavor profile of sake of course is markedly different from wine. The amino acids that are broken down in the process give sake a pronounced “umami” quality, that hard to pinpoint palate sensation of “savory”. These Sake’s will be coming to Mora’s soon.

Ravenscroft Leadfree Crystal:Fine Glasses, Decanters & Wine Accessories

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Mora’s Fine Wine is now an:

We offer the best price on the internet with free shipping and superior service. Ravenscroft Crystal is the world leader in manufacturing fine leadfree  crystal.  They’ve produced  crystal at their European facility for the past 129 years and for decades have produced the wonderful wine specific glasses and beautiful decanters for some of the world’s most famous crystal brands. In 1999  they decided to go directly to the consumer and launched their own brand. Going forth with the philosophy that “a wine glass should be invisible” they produce a wide range of specific glasses. We think  The Invisibles Collection best represents the spirit and the great value of the Ravenscroft brand. Here are two fairly recent reviews of these glasses:
June 10, 2010 post at drinknectar http://drinknectar.com/2010/06/10/does-this-glass-make-my-wine-look-fat/

and the May 10, 2010 post at 1winedude

Mora’s is proud to sell the complete line of Ravenscroft glassware right on our site, and remember, the glass really does make a difference.

The Best of the Saturday Sept 17 Tasting: Amazing New Cab and Zin Rock!

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The winner at Saturday’s tasting was the  Clark-Claudon limited production 2005 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The Clark-Claudon Cabernet boasts a soaring nose of cassis and mineral notes with great concentration and fine tannins, very elegant and extremely pleasurable to drink. Just coming into its own it still needs breathing time and will age for another 5-10 years effortlessly in good storage, definitely a vin de garde and nearly sold.

The Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel, brand new release though not the leader of the pack was the 1st runner up last week, from my past experience and the name I expected “The Wild Ones” but got the mild one. It is very silky and smooth right away with deep but abiding berry flavors and just the right spice notes. Very nicely balanced and not terribly alcoholic by Zin standards (just over 14%). This was a big crowd pleaser and the will be gone soon especially if it pulls its usual 90-something point score after Parke and Spectator crack it open. We had a great tasting with great wines from top to bottom and perfect weather.

Patricia Green Pinot Noir: Oregon

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Patricia Green (with Chris Anderson) is the driving force behind this stable of exceptional Oregon Pinot Noirs. Read more about their winemaking philosophy. This Pinot (Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Ribbon Ridge 2009)  grabbed me right away with its soaring nose of high spice tones cherry and raspberry followed by a deep yet bright and spicy palate. A very fine wine new to Mora’s.


Chartogne-Taillet Grower’s Champagne

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New to Mora’s nice collection of bubblies is this new “small marque” Champagne from Chartogne-Taillet, the Cuvee St. Anne. To us Champagne lovers it means real quality for a “small marque” price. This one hits all the right notes with toasty shortbread accents and hints of apple and toasted coconut. It is round and medium to full bodied with great length. These growers really over-achieve with there labor of love. This non vintage brut is blended from 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintage lots, that’s serious bottle age for a non vintage Champagne.

Dick’s Picks for Passionate Italian Pours: Highlights of Sept 10th Tasting

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Last Saturday’s Italian tasting got an overwhelming response. We poured six wines, all great but these are the two that blew me away

Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera 2006
Though quite young with three hours of air it is delicious with a nose of raspberry, violets with underlying hints of brush and herb. The tannins are solid but so fine that the wine doesn’t have any hard edges. A beautiful single vineyard Barolo from a great traditional producer, serve with braised meats, beef short ribs, osso bucco, pot roast… Purchase Elvio Cogno Barolo Ravera

Rocca de Frassinello, Le Sughere di Frassinello 2008
A wonderful “international” style wine produced from a joint venture with the Rothschilds. It has deep veins of black fruit with the sweetness of new Allier oak and if you know my tastes I’m a well known sucker for oak in red wines. The tannins are very soft and it has excellent concentration and an enjoyable, lengthy finish. It highlights the best of Tuscany blending a Sangiovese clone called Sangiovetto with Cab Sauv and Merlot from southern Tuscany (Maremma). The best part is it is ridiculously inexpensive, unfortunately the 2008 is sold out but fortunately the 2009 is coming and it scored 93 points from Wine Advocate! Truly a super Super Tuscan for under $20. Purchase Le Sughere di Frassinello