Saturday Tasting Archive: Let’s get ROOOOOOONEEEEE! Tasting with John Rooney Saturday Dec 1

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Stop by Saturday for a plethora, a veritable gaggle of wines from such far flung regions as: Argentina, California, Italy, Oregon and Portugal, here’s the whole show

Buy Hermanos de Domingo Molina Torrontes 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

90 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“Finca Domingo’s 2011 Torrontes comes from a Cafayate vineyard located at 5500 feet of elevation. Its fragrant tropical fruit aromas set the stage for a dry, medium-bodied, vibrant wine with a lingering, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 12-18 months.” -Jay Miller

Buy Eyrie Pinot Gris Estate 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

“Eyrie has been setting the benchmark for American Pinot gris ever since their favorite winegrower, David Lett, planted the first New World vines in 1965. The tradition continues with the 2011 vintage. Bone dry and medium-bodied with a nicely balanced acidity, Eyrie’s Pinot Gris shows complex varietal aromas and flavors, with a smooth yet crisp and refreshing finish.” -The Winery

Buy Wyatt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

Rating and review for previous vintage:
87 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“…a plump, juicy wine bursting with ripe red fruit, spices, licorice and smoke. It is a gorgeous, mostly tank-fermented wine made in a fresh style meant to be enjoyed young. The 2010 is flat-out delicious. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.” -Antonio Galloni

Buy Tikal Patriota 2010 Save 20% week of the tasting

91 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2010 Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda aged for 12 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an enticing nose of Asian spices, incense, lavender, plum, and blueberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a ripe, plush, savory wine with no hard edges. Drink this well-balanced, lengthy wine over the next 5-6 years. It is also an outstanding value. The Tikal wines are produced by Ernesto Catena.” -Jay Miller

Buy Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti Sourgal 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

Rating and review for previous vintage:
90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2011
“…Perrone’s rounder, creamier Moscato, but that is in relative terms, as the Sourgal comes across as seriously intense when tasted next to its peers. White peaches, spices, jasmine and pears are some of the many notes that flow in this striking, fabulous Moscato. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2103.” -Antonio Galloni

Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Boston Bual NV See details
Buy Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Madeira Boston Bual NV Save  20% week of the tasting
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, November 2006
“Slightly richer than the Charleston Sercial, the Boston Bual boasts knockout aromas of toasted nut oil, orange peel and hints of dark honey or maple syrup. Despite the extra weight and sweetness, it’s not cloying at all – the finish is mouthwatering and long.” -Joe Czerwinskixxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Buy Eyrie Pinot Gris Estate 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

“Eyrie has been setting the benchmark for American Pinot gris ever since their favorite winegrower, David Lett, planted the first New World vines in 1965…


Buy Wyatt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

Rating and review for previous vintage: 87 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011

Buy Tikal Patriota 2010 Save 20% week of the tasting

91 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011

Buy Elio Perrone Moscato d’Asti Sourgal 2011 Save 15% week of the tasting

Rating and review for previous vintage: 90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2011


Recap of The Last Big Spirit Show of 2012: Single Malt Scotch Seminar @PJVC Nov 16 2012, 10 Malts!

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Mora’s Single Malt Scotch Tasting & Seminar – November 16, 2012

Here’s a little recap of a night to remember. Karl was great and a good time was had by all. Most of the line up is

on hand, the rest can be easily ordered and the two Japanese malts are due in December

The GlenrothesThe Glenrothes Select Reserve 80 Proof 

Select Reserve


Launched in 2005, Select Reserve is a harmonious marriage of some of The Glenrothes finest vintages. Select Reserve is hand crafted by the malt master in the same manner as The Glenrothes vintage malts, with focus on flavors and quality, not solely on age.  Naturally colored and minimally filtered to maintain maximum flavor, Select Reserve is great before or after dinner.
The GlenrothesThe Glenrothes Vintage 1995 86 Proof 

Vintage 1995

The Glenrothes 1995 has been matured in three different types of casks. 30% matured in first fill American oak Sherry casks, providing excellent butterscotch flavors. 5% matured in first fill Spanish oak Sherry casks giving the final whisky notes of rich spices and dried fruits.  The Glenrothes. This is a great all-around whisky with the freshness of a pre-dinner malt and the richness of a digestif.
The GlenrothesThe Glenrothes Vintage 1988 86 Proof 

Vintage 1988

Vintages from the 1970’s and 1980’s are increasingly rare and the Vintage 1988 is of that rare breed. This single malt has benefited from more than two decades maturing in a combination of Spanish and American oak, previously seasoned with both Sherry and whisky. The result is a rich, full-bodied fireside dram with citrus peels, sticky dates, walnuts, and fruit leather. The palate is soft and rolling with light tannin. This was the star of the show, I have to say it is impressive, major league. It’s a bit dear but worth every penny.
Nikka Taketsuruhttp://cocktailenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nikka-taketsuru-pure-malt-whisky.jpg

12 Year Old Pure Malt

 

Malt whisky is distilled exclusively from barley malt and in general can be divided into single malt (several malt whiskies from a single distillery vatted together) and pure malt (malt whisky from several distilleries vatted together). Named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, this pure malt whisky is a vatting of malt whiskies matured for 12 years or more at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Fresh, honeyed green apple skin with vanilla and faint lime zest on the nose leads to a biscuity palate with salty buttery toffee and light cinnamon spice.
BenRiachBenRiach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Finish 92 Proof

15 Year Old Dark Rum Finish

The BenRiach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Finish is matured in American bourbon barrels, and then ‘finished’ in casks from Jamaica, previously used to mature Dark Rum. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the rum casks. There is a fantastic interaction between toffee, spices, cinnamon and sultana, with a rich backdrop of thick, sugary rum. I like these “finished” whiskies, they’re like a box of cracker jacks, there is a little surpise at the end if you don’t peak at the label. Whether its finished with  Rum, Madeira, Port, Sauternes, various red wine casks or what have you, it adds a very faint echo of the former occupants to the voice of the spirit.
GlenDronachGlendronach 12 Year Old 86 Proof

12 Year Old

April 2009 marked the re-launch of this popular bottling, as part of the GlenDronach core range. This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. The GlenDronach 12 Year Old is rich, creamy, and silky-smooth. Spicy with medium length and long, full and firm, slightly nutty finish. One of my faves, great price and rich and syrupy. I’m a sucker for lots of Sherry cask to smother the prickly bristiling phenolic compounds.
GlenDronachGlendronach 15 Year Old 92 Proof

15 Year Old

 

Renowned amongst whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkably full bodied malt is matured for 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. The Oloroso wine infused in the wood of the casks imparts some of the flavor and aroma of the wine to the whisky while aging. Incredible aromatic concentration of treacle toffee and chocolate orange and chewy on the palate with coffee, chocolate and treacle scones, this is a fantastically malty dram. like the 12 on steroids, not as sweet but spunkier with more backbone and structure, more spice and wood notes and a bit chewier. Not quite as slutty if you will.

Nikka Yoichi

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15 Year Old

The Yoichi distillery is located on the northernmost of Japan’s four principal islands and is surrounded on three sides by mountains and the final side by the Sea of Japan. Yoichi produces rich, peaty and masculine malt. The whisky gets its distinct aroma and body from traditional direct heating distillation, in which the pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal–a method that is rarely used today, even in Scotland. This single malt matured for 15 years, is characterized by its mature and ample nose and smooth, silky palate. A great example of a precisely built well peated single malt whisky.
BenRiach

BenRiach Curiositas Peated 10 Year Old 92 Proof

Curiositas 10 Year Old

Curiositas uses heavily peated malted barley to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression. Peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavor of malts typical of the 19th century. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion, after 10 years of maturation. This rare peated single malt, from the heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish. Highly peated, then phenolic hit you on the nose up front,  then calms down on the midpalate then it blows up in your face with a finish of smoke and fire. Do you remember the opening scene of “Back Draft”

Saturday Tasting Archive:Saturday Nov 24, safe from human stampedes

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Here’s my impression of the tasting wines…
Vinaceous Shakre Chardonnay Margaret River 2011

Vinaceous Shakre Chardonnay Margaret River 2011 save 20% at the tasting

88 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2011
“20% of the 2011 Shakre Chardonnay was fermented in new French oak while the remaining proportion was vinified in stainless steel. Still very youthful on the nose, it offers pronounced notes of ripe peaches and melon over warm apple slices and a touch of cedar. Medium bodied and crisp in the mouth, there’s just enough mid-palate fruit and a suggestion of texture, finishing long and a little oaky. The oak should marry with a further 6-12 months in bottle, drinking best 2012-2015.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Pellegrini Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2010 See details

Pellegrini Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2010 save 20% at the tasting

Balanced and nicely aromatic, not overwhelming, not too faint with honeysuckle and lychee fragrance, slight sweetness and good acidity. Great with apple and crab salad

Vinaceous Red Right Hand 2010 See details

Vinaceous Red Right Hand 2010 save 20% at the tasting

Nicely concentrated with a saturated color, good density and chewy tannins. Lots of flavors of chrry, raspberry and plum.

 

click to buy Tardieu Laurent Chateauneuf du Pape

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Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf du Papes Cuvee Speciale 2008 save 20% at the tasting

This one is 100% old vines Grenache from very low yield vines, very concentrated cherry and spice flavors with bold stony notes. This wine has lots of evolution left in it and will mature nicely over the next few years

Importer: Wilson-Daniels, St. Helena, CA; tel. (707) 963-9661


Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2009 See details
Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2009 save 20% at the tasting
As always an excellent alternative to Napa Cabernet, very dense cassis and cherry flavors with some top notes of eucalyptus and menthol and a nice gravelly minerality and solid tannins

Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M. 2007 save 20% at the tasting

This was an incredible MacLaren Vale Shiraz, showing very well and absolutely drenched with deep dark shiraz flavors of boysenberry and raspberry compote and cassis, the tannins are well resolved and it is not
too jammy or sweet. Really impressive and refined.

Highlights of Scotch tasting @ PJVC Friday Nov 16th

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Here are some highlights from last Friaday’s big Scotch tasting.

Glenrothes  Vintage 1988 86 proof

The Glenrothes Vintage 1988 click to buy
An awesome Scotch with lots of body with a smooth yet chewy character
Vintages from the 1970’s and 1980’s are increasingly rare and the Vintage 1988 is of that rare breed. This single malt has benefited from more than two decades maturing in a combination of Spanish and American oak, previously seasoned with both Sherry and whisky. The result is a rich, full-bodied fireside dram with citrus peels, sticky dates, walnuts, and fruit leather. The palate is soft and rolling with light tannin.

Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old Pure Malt available by special order
These were the first Japanese malts I ever had. They are very precise with all the clear and distinct components of a Scotch. Nothing muddled or rustic. It has nice malty tones with hints of dry fruit and nuts with a good with of peat.
Malt whisky is distilled exclusively from barley malt and in general can be divided into single malt (several malt whiskies from a single distillery vatted together) and pure malt (malt whisky from several distilleries vatted together). Named in honor of Masataka Taketsuru, this pure malt whisky is a vatting of malt whiskies matured for 12 years or more at the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Fresh, honeyed green apple skin with vanilla and faint lime zest on the nose leads to a biscuity palate with salty buttery toffee and light cinnamon spice.

Benriach 15 year old dark rum finish 92 proof, click to buy

BenRiach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Finish click to buy
These next three malts are my style. Very warm and carmelly, toffeeish. The structure, tannin and peat quality is smoothed over by layers of sherry cask age and in this case finishing in Rum cask. Its like pouring oil on a rough ocean to calm it down. Yum.
The BenRiach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Finish is matured in American bourbon barrels, and then ‘finished’ in casks from Jamaica, previously used to mature Dark Rum. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the rum casks. There is a fantastic interaction between toffee, spices, cinnamon and sultana, with a rich backdrop of thick, sugary rum.

Glendronach 12 year old, 86 proof, click to buy

GlenDronach 12 Year Old click to buy
I could drink this all the time. lots of woody notes with spice and smoke but blanketed with nice malty and sherry notes from the PX cask treatment. It gives it a sweet counterpoint to the savory, salty soctch qualities.
This superb richly sherried single malt is matured for at least 12 years in a combination of the finest Spanish Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherry casks. The GlenDronach 12 Year Old is rich, creamy, and silky-smooth. Spicy with medium length and long, full and firm, slightly nutty finish.

Glendronach 15 year old 86 proof click to buy

GlenDronach 15 Year Old click to buy
More structured and less fruity and sweet than the Glendronach 12, it shows the difference between Oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximenez cask aging. it is an impressive scotch, but I think the 12 is delicious and such a bargain.
This remarkably full bodied malt is matured for 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Incredible aromatic concentration of treacle toffee and chocolate orange and chewy on the palate with coffee, chocolate and treacle scones, this is a fantastically malty dram.

Nikka Yoichi 15 Year Old, availble by special order
Stongly peated but balanced. very impressive.
The Yoichi distillery is lovcated on the northernmost of Japan’s four principal islands and is surrounded on three sides by mountains and the final side by the Sea of Japan. Yoichi produces rich, peaty and masculine malt. This single malt matured for 15 years, is characterized by its mature and ample nose and smooth, silky palate.

BenRiach Curiositas Peated 10 Year Old 92 Proof click to buy

BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old click to buy
If you really like peat this is for you! The nose has the smoky tarry phenolics then the front palate tastes clean with notes of wood, grain, nuts and spice, then in the finish you get hit with the band aid/ chloraseptic finish. A peat head’s dream. Not my cup of tea.
Curiositas uses heavily peated malted barley to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression. Peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavor of malts typical of the 19th century. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion, after 10 years of maturation. This rare peated single malt, from the heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish.

The Glenrothes Select Reserve click to buy
I liked it
Launched in 2005, Select Reserve is a harmonious marriage of some of The Glenrothes finest vintages.

I liked it
The Glenrothes 1995 has been matured in three different types of casks. 30% matured in first fill American oak Sherry casks, providing excellent butterscotch flavors. 5% matured in first fill Spanish oak Sherry casks giving the final whisky notes of rich spices and dried fruits. While the remainder was matured in refill casks, which produces its characteristic balance and complexity

Brachetto d’Acqui Drink recipes

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Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui Pineto 2011

Vias Imports Ltd. We Import Passion
Vias Imports Ltd. 875 Sixth Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10001, Tel. 212-629-0200 Fax 212-629-0262 www.viaswine.comProudly presents a selection of
Brachetto-based drinks to die for.
all made for Marenco Brachetto
Pineto …


BRACHETTO CAMPARI
3 parts Brachetto d’Acqui
1 part Campari
Serve over ice with a squeeze of orange wedge. The
perfect summer drink!

BRACHETTO FROZEN
3/10 artic red vodka
2/10 Fragoli’ Toschi
1/10 Strawberry puree flavored with balsamic vinegar
3 scoops of lemon ice cream.
Combine all ingredients in a blender with ice. Strain
into double cocktail glass and add 4/10 of chilled
Brachetto d’Acqui. Garnish with berries which have
been slightly sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.

BRACHETTO FROZEN (#2)
5/10 vodka
5/10 Cointreau
2 scoops of fior di latte (milk) ice cream
Combine all ingredients in blender with ice. Strain
into double cocktail glass and fill with chilled
Brachetto d’Acqui. Garnish with cocktail cherry and
fresh-cut mint.

BRACHETTO & ORANGE
1/2 Orange (cup in pieces)
1/3 dry vodka
2/3 Brachetto d’Acqui
2cl. Papaya Syrup
Cut the orange into pieces and put it into a tumbler
glass. Add one tablespoon of white cane sugar and
crush. Fill with ice. Add 4 cl. of dry vodka and 2 cl. of
papaya syrup. Shake. Fill up with Brachetto d’Acqui.

ICE CREAM BRACHETTO
5/10 Brachetto d’Acqui
3/10 fior di latte (milk) ice cream
2/10 Crema di Fragolino Toschi
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with
ice. Strain into a double cocktail glass. Garnish with
berries.

QUESTION MARK
1/10 Amaretto di Saronno
1/10 Cointreau
1/10 Vodka Keglevich Luxuria
Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Serve
into cocktail glass and fill with 7/10 chilled Brachetto
d’Aqui. Garnish with liquorice stick and coffee
beans.
Serving Suggestions: Serve with a bowl of amaretti
and chocholate flavored pralines (milk to dark
chocolate, almond or hazelnuts)

AMANTIS
2/10 Limoncello
2/10 Cointreau
1/10 Amaretto di Saronno
Fill shaker with ice, then add Limoncello, Cointreau
and Amaretto. Shake all ingredients. Strain into a
large goblet glass and fill up with Brachetto d’Acqui.
Garnish with cocktail cherry, strawberry, twisted
lemon and orange peels.

SUNSET
1/3 of Aperol
1/3 Martini Bianco
1/3 fresh strawberry puree
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Serve into a
chilled double cocktail glass and fill with Brachetto
d’Acqui.

BRACHETTO PARTY (serves 6)
Take a 8 to 9 lbs watermelon and cut it in half to
make 2 equal parts. Scoop out all the pulp form one
half. Mix all the pulp, a table spoon of brandy and 2
slices of melon in a blender. Pour the mixture back
in the empty watermelon shell and add more cut-up
fruit. Fill up with Brachetto d’Acqui and keep refrigerated
for a couple of hours before serving.

BOLLICINE
4 cl. Rum
2 cl. Vermouth Martini Bianco
1 cl. Campari
8 cl. Brachetto d’Acqui
Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Serve
in a long tumbler and add chilled Brachetto d’Acqui.
Garnish with a spiral of orange peel.

DESERT ROSE
3/10 Biancosarti
5/10 Orange Juice
1/10 Papaya syrup
1/10 Campari
Mix all ingredients in shaker with ice. Serve into a
chilled double cocktail glass and fill with chilled
Brachetto d’Acqui. Free garnish.

GOOD YAM!
3/10 white Havana Anejo
2/10 Cointreau
1/10 Peach-flavored vodka
4/10 Brachetto d’Acqui
1 teaspoon of peach jam
Mix all ingredients in a Boston
shaker.

Beaujolais Winemakers in No Mood to Party- From Winesearcher.com

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Difficult harvest has dampened the mood in Beaujolais.
By with Wine-Searcher staff | Posted Thursday, 15-Nov-2012

Festivities surrounding the annual Beaujolais Nouveau release will be subdued this year as the region’s wine growers struggle to balance the books, with many facing bankruptcy.

The 2012 growing season was marred by bad weather, compounding producers’ financial difficulties and hundreds could go out of business.

This year alone, 800 Beaujolais wine growers have already applied for financial aid from the government. And the situation is set to get worse. Estimates circulating in the industry suggest that approximately 300 of the region’s 2,300 producers could go bankrupt because of the poor harvest. Some put the figure as high as 500.

“Vineyards are technically at the early stages of bankruptcy, that is they have cash flow problems,” said Jean Bourjade, head of the industry association, Inter-Beaujolais. However, he described the high figures as alarmist, claiming that around 100 growers might be hit – fewer than the rumors predict.

On the eve of the annual Beaujolais Nouveau launch, Bourjade praised the perseverance and determination of the region’s growers, some of whom are not drawing salaries while they wait for better days.

“The low harvest has hit them again, just as we were starting to see the end of the tunnel,” he said

The wine region has been fighting for several years against the poor image of its Nouveau wines as well as falling sales, which have resulted in few young winemakers moving into the area.

Around 3,000 hectares of vines have been uprooted in Beaujolais in the past six years, in a bid to reduce overproduction and provide a decent return to growers. But the 2012 season devastated the region’s vineyards, cutting yields in half.

“We’ve seen it all this year: frost, hail, vine diseases like mildew. I’m 55 and I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Daniell Bulliat, chairman of the Beaujolais Nouveau festival in Beaujeu, which traditionally marks the start of the new wine’s sales campaign on the third Thursday of November.

“It’s difficult at the moment but we have to carry on. The image of our product is festivity and conviviality. The festival won’t stop because some quit the business,” Bulliat added.

“The problems are not being ignored, but the festival is an anti-depressant.”

Related stories:

Beaujolais Seeks Young Growers

Producers Gloomy Over French Harvest

Visitor’s Guide to Beaujolais

Morning after Tasting notes: Beautiful Italian wines from Vias Imports from 11-10-12

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Here’s my thoughts on some of the wines from the weekend, the highpoint was the showdown between Tuscany and Piedmont represented by the two modern style, oak aged,northern italian wines we served.

85% Negroamaro with 15% Malvasia Nera: This one was light yet meaty and an incredible bargain. Look for wines from Apulia for good, full bodied wines at great prices and Gianni Cantele’s winery leads the way in quality in these Negroamaro  based wines

Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinelo 2009 See details
Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinelo 2009
93 Points – Wine Advocate… The two stars of the tasting (Sughere and Rive) of the tasting were an interesting contrast. Tuscany vs. Piedmonte, the Bordeaux of Italy vs the Burgundy of Italy. Bright, forward and grippy vs dense, dark, brooding and earthy. the common theme was the oak. Not traditional to Italian but pronounced in the Sughere and really strong in the Rive. The popular vote Saturday clearly went to Le Sughere di Frasinello. The price is a factor but this wine was spectacular. It is 1/2 Sangiovese 1/4 Merlot 1/4 Cab Sauv from Maremma (Tuscany) with about 12 months of French oak. the nose is very forward and the wine needs only about 1/2-1 hour to breath. It smells like licorice, cherry and spice with a balanced palate between fruit and acidity, firm tannins and just a hint of oak. The Rocca di Frassinello  wines are crafted by Paolo Paneiri’s Chianti house with a lot of backing and oak barrels from the Domaines de Barons de Rothschild-Lafite. Very well done

Il Cascinone Barbera d'Asti Superiore Rive 2009 See details
Il Cascinone Barbera d’Asti Superiore Rive 2009
92 Points – Wine Spectator… After the modern style Tuscan wine we went to Piedmonte to Poderi Alasia’s interpretation of Barbera sourced from  the Il Cascinone property in Montferrato. This excellent, old vines Barbera undegoes malolactic fermentation and spends 18 months in French oak. The result is a rich, dense fat and juicy wine. It has much more color and body and less acidity than the lighter brighter typical  Barbera style. The wine needs 2 or more hours to breath at present and will reward a little bottle age. The nose has concentrated notes of dried berries, plum and hints of smoke, spice and definitely a little damp earth funk. The notes of toasty oak are also very prevalent but not overdone. Although I must say I am a sucker for new oak in red wines. On the palate the wine is expansive and rich and nicely framed with a little oak. It is a darker wine than the Sughere with lower notes but it has backbone and enough underlying acidity to keep it up on its feet.

Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui Pineto 2011 See details
Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui Pineto 2011
One of the best kept secrets…  The Marenco caught many people by surprise. It’s a light red grape called Brachetto, fermented to only 5.5% alcohol which leaves lots of residual sugar and bottled with retained carbon dioxide to make it “frizzante” or somewhat effervescent. It doesn’t have the champagne cork and cage but they do seal it with a long, thick cork to hold in the fizz. It tastes like eating fresh ripe grapes and is dangerously easy to drink. We suggest pairing it with chocolate or strawberries or by itself to top off a big fine meal. It’s kind of like gourmet Nehi with a kick. You may also think of it as the red version of the typical Moscato d’Asti wines that Marenco also makes.
 

Saturday Tasting Archive:Hey we really have a theme this week! Come by Saturday Nov 10, 2012

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We go from 3 to 6pm and we will be doing a tour of Italy with wines to taste from: Veneto, Campania, Apulia, Tuscany and Piedmont. We start with bubbles and end very appropriately with a dessert wine. Its and excellent line up so I hope to see you then.
Cheers,
Rich Mora, Mora’s Fine Wines

Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Crede Brut 2010 See details save 15% at the tasting

Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Crede Brut 2010

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2011
“(blend of 85% glera, 10% pinot bianco and 5% verdiso; 11.5% alcohol) Light, gold-tinged straw-green. Highly scented, mineral-laced aromas of white peach, tangerine, lemon zest and honeysuckle, plus a tropical fruit nuance that I don’t usually associate with Crede. Deeper, creamier and more powerful than most Brut Prosecco, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors and sweet spice qualities. The finish is broad and impressively persistent, with repeating floral nuances. For those who don’t think Prosecco can be serious and fun at the same time.” -Ian D’Agata”85% Prosecco, 10% Pinot Bianco and 5% Verdisio. The nose is intense, fresh, elegant and it features an extremely agreeable fruitiness of apples and pear. Rich and balanced palate. Fantastic with risotto’s, pasta with vegetables, light fried fish. Great with sushi, sashimi, tempura and tofu. It is also the ideal Prosecco for preparing the original Bellini.” -The Importer 


Terredora Falanghina Irpinia 2010 See details save 15% at the tasting
Terredora Falanghina Irpinia 2010
88 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2011
“The 2010 Falanghina is fairly cool and inward in this vintage. Sweet, floral aromatics meld into a core of yellow stone fruit. The 2010 is a pretty Falanghina, less obvious than some recent versions, but that all works quite nicely here. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.” -Antonio Galloni 


Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2008 See details save 15% at the tasting
Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2008
“85% Negroamaro with 15% Malvasia Nera. This wine is full bodied with a deep ruby-red color and a complex bouquet. The flavor of mature fruit is accented by harmonious notes of vanilla from the French and American oak. Perfect for pasta and meat sauce, as well as a goat stew and any red meat dish.” -The Importer


Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinelo 2009 See details save 15% at the tasting
Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinelo 2009
93 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2011
“The 2009 Le Sughere di Frassinello is simply dazzling in this vintage. Expressive floral notes are woven throughout a fabric of vibrant dark fruit in this intense, supple red. Racy and expressive from start to finish, the wine impresses for its fabulous harmony and ripe, explosive finish. Le Sughere is best described as the estate’s second label. It is a 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in French oak, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.” -Antonio Galloni


Il Cascinone Barbera d'Asti Superiore Rive 2009 See details save 15% at the tasting
Il Cascinone Barbera d’Asti Superiore Rive 2009
92 Points – Wine Spectator, November 2012
“A plush, deep style, packed with succulent black cherry, blackberry, violet and sweet spice aromas and flavors. Concentrated, but not over-extracted, with fine balance and an expansive finish. Drink now through 2018. 500 cases imported.” -Bruce Sanderson


Marenco Brachetto d'Acqui Pineto 2011 See details save 15% at the tasting

Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui Pineto 2011

“One of the best kept secrets of the Piedmont region of Northern Italy is a luscious red varietal called brachetto. A sweet, aromatic red, Brachetto is a lightcolored wine with distinctive aromas of rose and strawberry, moderate alcohol and a refreshing sparkle. It can be drunk during the different parts of the day. It matches well with desserts, especially chocolate-based, strawberries or as an aperitif.” -The Importer

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The hurricane set everyone back on their heels, some more than others.  Are you coming to the Saturday tasting tomorrow? If you were blessed and  got a pass from Sandy, and you want to help someone that didn’t, Mora’s is  gratefully accepting contributions to people in need. We have begun accepting donations of non perishable food like parmalat milk, canned goods, apple juice is highly valued, baby wipes, mac and cheese, PB & J,  etc…  as well as clean blankets or coats.  These will be passed along by Sunday or Monday at the latest to local organizations that we know help the less fortunate. If you want to give, bring a donation to the tasting and swap some storm stories, see you tomorrow.

Saturday Tasting Archive: Nov 3, 2012 After Hurricane Sandy come taste wines with us,its a very bright idea!

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We have a great line up of wines at our weekly tasting. If your power is still out, we’ll cheer you up, if you got it back you can toast the marvels of electricity. See you tomorrow, hope you are all safe and getting back to normal. Here’s the line up

Lincourt Steel Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2011
Our price: $15.29 Market price: $17.99 save 15%
“When we produced our first steel Chardonnay, we had no idea it would eventually become one of our most popular wines. From day one, the secret to our success has been the high quality of fruit from our estate Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards. This 2011 is both lively and concentrated, a rare vinous feat. The aromatics combine kiwi, mandarin zest and honeycomb. The palate is crisp and minerally with notes of lemons and green apples. As with its predecessors, this Stainless Steel Chardonnay is perfect as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fresh fish.” -The Winery


La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim Riesling 2010 See details
La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim Riesling 2010
Our price: $13.59 Market price: $15.99 save 15%
Rating and review for previous vintage:
89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
“Brightly perfumed wine, its acidity coming from a delicious array of white fruits, citrus and green plums. It has some sweetness, making it a fine aperitif style.” -Roger Voss

Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010 See details
Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010
Our price: $13.59 Market price: $16.99 save 20%
90 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2012
“This has a tightly wound core of raspberry, black cherry and steeped black currant fruit, laced with licorice snap and framed by a light tarry edge. Very solid. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan. Drink now through 2014. 1,000 cases made.” -James Molesworth


Peju Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 See details
Peju Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Our price: $25.59 Market price: $31.99 save 20%
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, September 2012
“A lovely Cabernet for drinking now. It’s soft and harmonious, with ripe, sweet flavors of blackberries, cherries and anise liqueur. An elaborate coating of oak brings a sweet, smoky deliciousness.” -Steve Heimoff

Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010 See details
Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010
Our price: $17.59 Market price: $21.99 save 20%
91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Red Silk Shiraz offers aromas of crushed blackberries and wild blueberries over tar, licorice, bacon fat and loam. The palate is richly fruited with pure black berry flavors supported by a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it now to 2016.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

RL Buller Victoria Tawny NV See details

RL Buller Victoria Tawny NV
Our price: $12.74 Market price: $14.99 save 15%
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2011
“Bright red with an amber rim. Candied raspberry, plum jam, redcurrant and roasted nuts on the nose, plus a kick of peppery spice. Densely packed and sweet, with spicy flavors of strawberry preserves, cherry and rose enlivened by tangy acidity. Finishes quite ripe and sweet, with velvety texture and a spicy nuance.” -Josh Raynolds


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We have a great line up of wines at our weekly tasting. If your power is still out, we’ll cheer you up, if you got it back you can toast the marvels of electricity. See you tomorrow, hope you are all safe and getting back to normal. Here’s the line up

Lincourt Steel Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills 2011
Deep Discount for Tasting
“When we produced our first steel Chardonnay, we had no idea it would…

La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim Riesling 2010 See details

La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim Riesling 2010
Deep Discount for Tasting Rating and review for previous vintage: 89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2011…

Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010 See details
Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010
Deep Discount for Tasting
90 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2012….


Peju Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008 See details
Peju Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Deep Discount for Tasting
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, September 2012…

Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010 See details
Oliverhill Shiraz Red Silk 2010
Deep Discount for Tasting
91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012….

RL Buller Victoria Tawny NV
Deep Discount for Tasting
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2011…