Senorio de San Vicente Rioja Reserva 2006: Truly one of a kind Rioja

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This little gem in our shop came into being from the vision of the Eguren family to bottle the ultimate expression of the terroir of San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Through the investment of their time, talent and treasure they produce this glorious Rioja from a single clone of Tempranillo sourced from a single 18 hectare vineyard. That is why I can say the wine is literally one of a kind, a single cellar, a single vineyard, a single grape variety and a single wine. By the way it is drinking “espectaculo” right now.

Pinpointing this great vineyard site probably dates to the early 1980’s with Guillermo Eguren set out to identify the best vines throughout the Eguren family’s vast land holdings in Rioja. The quality of the Canoca site in the upper elevation of the municipality of San Vicente de la Sonsierra became apparent. The location is high for Rioja standards, at the foot of the Cantabrian mountain range with plenty of south facing slopes. This insures colder nights and warmer days which is important for healthy maturation of the grapes with both ripeness and underlying acidity. The really unique feature is that the site was planted to a nearly extinct clone of the Tempranillo grape called “Tempranillo peludo”. Just as Sangiovese Grosso (from Montalcino) is the gutsier, brawny cousin of Sangiovese (from Chianti), Tempranillo Peludo is a more intense version of typical Tempranillo Riojano.Furthermore, many Riojas contain upto 20% Garnacha (Grenache) as well as a little Graciano and Mazuelo. San Vicente is 100% Tempranillo Peludo.  The vine age in the mid 1980’s was abut 30 years so we have nice old, low yielding vines as well.

“I’ll take this one”

Tasting notes:Looks and nose; Very viscous and opaque solid deep purple, no signs of age on this 7 year old. nose is dense aromas of cassis and blackberry with notes of toasted bread, stone dust and a little oak.
Taste; Very dense and rich on the palate with solid but integrated tannins, definitely decant and let it breath, has a bit of sediment, it was racked but not fined or filtered.
Winemaker: Marcos Eguren
D. O. Calificada Rioja. VARIETIES: Tempranillo peludo (100 %).

Vineyard: Finca la Canoca, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja; 18 Has (44.5 acres). Soils of calcareous clay. High density plantation on trellis. Organic fertilization. Exhaustive manual harvesting; further selection on sorting tables,Yield: 26 Hls./ Ha.

FERMENTATION: 10 days with two daily pump-overs.100% de-stemmed. Temperature control between 28 and 30º C (82 and 86º F)

MACERATION:On the skins for 16 days. The first ten days, two daily pump-overs


AGING:20 months in new Bordelaise barrels of French oak (90%) and American oak (10%). Racking every four months.

Buddy can you spare a Paradigm: Old World vs New World wines

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By Matt Kramer in Winespectator magazine

Is this a false dichotomy? Do we need a paradigm shift in characterizing wine? Matt Kramer thinks so


One of the most influential books of the past 50 years was Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). Kuhn submitted that “progress” in science was achieved not by a step-by-step accretive process but rather by radical new ways of looking at things, what he called “paradigms.” It was Kuhn’s book that popularized the terms “paradigm” and “paradigm shift.”

I thought of Kuhn, of all people, in the middle of a blind tasting when someone asked the group, “Do you think this wine is Old World or New World?” When I heard that, I couldn’t help but think of how outdated this perspective has become. It’s an inappropriate, even lazy, way to taste and talk about wine today.

Are you still defining wines along the Old World/New World paradigm? At one time, maybe 25 years ago, it was a plausible lens that offered focus or insight. But now it’s more than merely a dead end. It’s a fallacy. Conventionally, Old World is thought to reflect a sensibility of delicate, refined fruit expression often reflecting a site specificity while New World is seen as driven by powerful, vibrant fruitiness and a preference for multi-site blending.

The fact is—and it is a fact—that it’s increasingly hard to delineate wines today using the Old World/New World platform. Does the “Old World” paradigm really tell us anything about, say, Spanish reds? Or wines from southwest France? Or many Bordeaux, for that matter? How about Syrah and Merlot from just about anywhere in Italy? Or the so-called super Tuscans? These wines, and many others, cannot be identified in a tasting by thinking of Old World vs. New World. Differentiating wines this way is also, consciously or not, political. Europeans who feel threatened by competition like to invoke the Old World designation as a protectionist means of stigmatizing anything not their own. Ironically, the very same effort is used by boosters of so-called New World wines, particularly in places like Australia and New Zealand.

I can hear you saying: “But surely there’s a difference between the really great Old World wines and upstarts from the New World?” Well, actually not.How many more blind tastings do we need before we accept that even the best, most astute, most informed tasters can no longer distinguish between, say, the best Syrahs from California and the Rhône? How many more showdowns between Napa Valley Cabernets and red Bordeaux are required before everyone acknowledges that not only are the best wines from each place not only qualitatively equal but often stylistically indistinguishable?

So if Old World/New World is a dusty, dead-end paradigm, what should we use instead? One possibility is to talk of “site-deferential” wines. Call it terroir if you must, but it’s really more than that. It’s a kind of humility, a reverence for the sanctity of place over the glory of self-expression.”Site-deference” is a mentality rather than a locality. This is the key point. We know, of course, that great vineyard sites are hardly confined only to Europe. So the informing difference today is not so much where they’re from but rather, how they’re from.This is why, by the way, philosophical paradigms such as biodynamic agriculture are gaining ground. The jury is still out on whether this extreme form of organic cultivation and winemaking makes a scientifically verifiable difference. But the mentality does make a difference—at least to the winegrowers. It enables them to see “wine life” through a different lens. And that, in turn, affects their wines.Recently, I tasted what struck me as one of the most site-magnified American Pinot Noirs I’ve yet experienced. The not-yet-released Rhys Vineyards “Swan Terrace” Pinot Noir 2006 is almost monastically about sanctity of place. You can barely find the winemaking in the wine. The fact that the grapes came from a high-elevation vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains is a mere detail. (That they’re also grown along biodynamic lines is another detail.)

Had you tasted this Pinot Noir and insisted on using the Old World/New World paradigm, you would have been forced to declare it Old World. And how wrong you would have been—about a lot more than just merely where the wine came from. To see wine through the Old World/New World paradigm is to blind yourself to today’s borderless wine reality. Kuhn himself put it best: “You do not perceive something until you have the right metaphor to receive it.”

Latour Releases Older Wines—Is Anyone Buying? The Bordeaux first-growth, sitting out this year’s futures campaign, releases an allocation of its 1995

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From the Winespectator Blog by Suzanne Mustacich
Posted: March 22, 2013

No one said reinventing the way Bordeaux does business would be easy. On March 19, first-growth Château Latour announced the release of three wines from past vintages, including Latour 1995, from the winery’s cellars. The sale is a model for how the estate will do business now that it is no longer participating in Bordeaux’s annual futures campaign.
So far the response has ranged from measured enthusiasm to cold rejection. At least three major négociants—Duclot, Diva and Millesima—have refused their allocations.

The Médoc first-growth, owned by French businessman François Pinault, announced last April that it was abandoning the en primeur system starting with the 2012 vintage, and would only sell its wine once managers felt it was ready to drink. This week’s release included approximately 1,000 cases of 1995 Château Latour at about $487 per bottle ex-château; it’s retailing for about $622. Latour also released allotments of second wine Les Forts de Latour 2005 and third wine Pauillac de Latour 2009.
The 1995 Latour received 94 points when it was first released in 1998 and was priced at $120 a bottle. In the past three months, it sold for an average price of $475 at auction, according to the Wine Spectator Auction Index, and can be found for about $550 at retail—meaning that Latour’s new release comes with a 13 percent premium.

Executives at Millesima, Duclot and Diva told Wine Spectator their refusal to buy the wines was not a reflection on the quality, but an objection to Latour’s decision to not participate in the futures, or en primeur, campaign next month.
“This isn’t a boycott,” said Fabrice Bernard of négociant-retailer Millesima. “The objective is not to attack Latour as a group. If tomorrow Latour sells en primeur, we will sell Latour again. But they are destroying the entire distribution system. This is Latour’s choice, not ours.”

“There is too much profit on the side of the château,” said Jean-Pierre Rousseau, general manager of Diva. Rousseau said that he had spoken with clients in Europe, America and Asia, and heard neither enthusiasm for the wines nor for the new sales system.  Latour declined to comment. “It’s a bit early for us to communicate on this,” said Jean Garandeau, sales and marketing director. “Our priority is to work on the distribution of these wines.”

The strategy of holding back stock to sell later is nothing new. Latour has previously released older, bottled vintages a couple times a year. Négociants either took the allocations or saw their en primeur allocations reduced. But négociants believe Latour’s departure from the en primeur system hurts everyone—from négociants to retailers to consumers—to the benefit of the château. The futures system pays producers up front for wines that must still age. People buy futures because, most of the time, prices will rise as the wine matures. Latour is taking that opportunity away, the négociants complain, selling later and pocketing the gain in value. “The aim is to eventually sell the wines much higher than the en primeur price,” said Rousseau.

The château’s executives argue that they are releasing the wines when they are ready to drink. They also say provenance is a factor—the wine will arrive with a Prooftag seal and a back label stating the date of shipment from the château. But is it worth the extra money? Justin Gibbs, director of London-based wine exchange Liv-ex, feels only new collectors will be attracted to this wine being sold at a premium. Experienced buyers will simply ask a trusted merchant if their wine has been stored well. “There’s this suggestion that only the château knows how to store wine, which is odd,” said Gibbs. “It wasn’t a blockbuster, but there was clearly a demand.  The long-term challenge for Latour will be to sell their stock of older vintages, knowing their cellar will refill each year with 240 acres worth of wine. Nevertheless, Bordeaux is a $5.6 billion business, and if there is demand, there are négociants and retailers willing to sell.  So far, initial demand for the ex-château Latour is cautious, reflecting a number of factors, including a sluggish desire for first-growths. “Latour has a following. It is one of the finest wines in the world,” said Joss Fowler, head of fine wines for broker Fine & Rare Wines. “We sold 20 cases. It wasn’t a blockbuster, but there was clearly a demand.” Fowler’s team sold the wines to private collectors spread evenly between the United Kingdom and Asia.

American response has been mixed. In New York, Chris Adams, CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, said he’d be offering the wines. “When the opportunity comes along to purchase wines direct from the château, I do expect that we will have interest,” he said. “And I’m happy to secure some of the wines for the future, too.”  But Barbara Hermann from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Illinois said she passed. “We have plenty of $600-and-up bottles of first-growths in our stores and don’t need more,” said Hermann. “That’s not to say I won’t be interested in the future.”

In China, Don St. Pierre, Jr., chairman of ASC Fine Wines, said he would take the wines. “The key issue for us will be the price the négociant offers. If our price is at or below current market price for the same vintage, we will buy more.”  Hong Kong retailer Jay Ginsberg of Ginsberg+Chan said he had turned down offers, however. “I already have stock on hand at lower prices than was being offered to me. There is always demand for Latour from my clients but not at these prices—they don’t appeal to my clients.”   Only time will tell if Latour’s new approach will work, especially as these releases become négociants’ only chance to get their hands on the wines. “If the first-growth model of positioning their wines like pieces of art works, then so be it,” said Hermann. “There are a lot of rich people out there.”

Saturday Tasting Archive:Cata Vinos Español with Tempranillo Inc.

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We love wine from Spain and have a great cata de vino (wine tasting) with 6 wines  plus plenty of good Manchego and Serrano ham from C’est Cheese of Port Jefferson. This week features wines from Valdeorras, Getaria, Campo de Borja, Rioja and Malaga. All wines are discounted from March 21 thru Mar 28.

Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli de Guetaria 2011 See details Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli de Guetaria 2011 save 15% thru March 28

90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012
“Two of those grapes, Hondarrabi Txuri and Hondarrabi Beltze (whose history dates back to the 14th century), compose this 2011 White (75% and 25% respectively). Fermented and bottled with CO2, it is one of the most unique dry white wines in the world. Think of it as a Spanish hybrid between an outstanding French Muscadet and Vinho Verde from Portugal. These vineyards are planted in chalky soils on steep hillsides with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the smallest appellation in Spain, and the Basques are proud of this dry, crisp, flowery, minerally, light-bodied, refreshing white wine. Notes of crushed rocks, spring flowers, grapefruit and other assorted white citrus jump from a glass of this beauty. It is meant to be consumed during its first several years of life.” -Robert Parker 

“The nose of the wine is explosive, reminiscent of Sardinian Vermentino – herbal and floral at once, even a bit tropical. The palate carries this impression through and amplifies it, supported by vibrant acidity. The body is medium but the complexity and length of the flavors create a big, memorable experience. Harvested from vineyards located on high hillsides that fall away dramatically to the Atlantic Ocean. The grapes are grown on pergola trellising to increase ventilation and reduce rot in this wet climate. Temperature-controlled fermentation, in stainless- steel tanks. Conservation is on lees until bottling, so the wine carries in solution some of the carbonic result of fermentation.” -The Importer

Bodegas Avanthia Godello Valdeorras 2011 See details Bodegas Avanthia Godello Valdeorras 2011 save 20% through March 28

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2012
“(barrel fermented in large French oak and then aged in the casks for a further seven months): Pale gold. High-pitched aromas of candied orange, honeysuckle, minerals and candied ginger, along with an exotic note of curry powder. Bright, focused and concentrated, showing impressive clarity to its chalk-accented orange zest, vanilla and quince flavors. A note of toasty lees builds with air and adds depth to the long, incisive, mineral-dominated finish.” -Josh Raynolds 

90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012
“For starters, I tasted two vintages of the Avanthia Godello, which is 100% Godello from a vineyard planted in 1975 at a whopping 450-meter altitude. The wine is barrel-fermented and aged in 600-liter French demi-muids prior to being bottled. (I actually purchased three cases of the 2010, and I’m down to my last five or six bottles after regularly drinking this wine over the last few months.) Just hitting the market, the 2011 is a more restrained, mineral-dominated wine with hints of crushed rock, white citrus, apple blossoms and caramelized lemons and limes. It is more medium-bodied in 2011 and not quite as full as the 2010, but because of that, many people might like it even more, thanks to the beautifully fruited and natural feel to this wine.” -Robert Parker

91 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2011 Urban Uco is a blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Malbec that spent 3 months in oak. Deep purple in color, with an inviting bouquet of smoke, blackberry, and blueberry, on the palate it is loaded with flavor, depth, and length. This stunning overachiever may be the finest value in my Argentina tastings. Buy it by the case.” -Jay Miller 

88 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2012
“(50% each malbec and tempranillo): Dark red. Expressive, superripe nose offers cherry liqueur, plum, fig jam and flowers. Juicy and vinous, with surprising freshness and lift to the plum and redcurrant flavors. This savory, slightly clenched wine would go well with fatty meats. Finishes with sweet, even tannins and good length and lift. Very good value.” -Stephen Tanzer

91 Points – International Wine Cellar
“Glass-staining purple. Lively, faintly medicinal aromas of cherry, blueberry and licorice, plus hints of smoky herbs and flowers. Juicy and expansive, offering sweet, deeply pitched bitter cherry and dark berry flavors supported by a taut spine of acidity and fine-grained tannins. Finishes with powerful spicy thrust and suggestions of candied flowers and woodsmoke. This could pass for a northern Rhone wine, and a really good one at that.” -Josh Raynolds

Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2006 See details Senorio de San Vicente Rioja 2006 save 20% through March 28

93 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2010
“The 2006 San Vicente is a glass-coating purple/black color offering up a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, licorice, plum, and blackberry. Opulent and rich on the palate with layers of succulent fruit, it has 6-8 years of aging potential and should be at its best from 2016 to 2026. Senorio de San Vicente is one of several outstanding estates owned and operated by the Eguren family. The wine is made from 100% Tempranillo Peludo known for its tiny berries and exceptional aromatics. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard and typically aged for 20 months in new, mostly French oak before bottling without filtration.” -Jay Miller 

93 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2009
“Inky ruby. Impressively complex, perfumed bouquet of red- and blackcurrant, candied rose, cedar, smoky minerals and dark chocolate; smells like a wine from Pauillac, and a serious one at that. Vibrant red berry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by notes of rose pastille and cured tobacco, offering refreshing mineral snap and cut. A dry, graceful wine that shows no rough edges and finishes with excellent clarity and persistence.” -Josh Raynolds

93 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2010
“This generous red offers cherry, currant and cranberry fruit, cola, licorice and spice accents. Full-bodied and firm, but not heavy, with lively acidity and a fresh, floral finish. Drink now through 2018. 750 cases imported.” -Thomas Matthews

Jorge Ordonez Victoria #2 Moscatel 2011 375mL See details Jorge Ordonez Victoria #2 Moscatel 2011 375mL save 20% through March 28
95 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012
“From the same winery as the dry Botani, the incredibly perfumed, floral 2011 Victoria No. 2 is a delicious dessert wine that possesses about 13% natural alcohol. Made from 100% Moscatel de Alexandria, 17 pounds of grapes are required to make one 375 ml bottle. This raisiny, rich, thick dessert wine’s fragrance could fill a large room. This amazing creation should be served chilled at the end of a meal with nothing next to it. It should last for 6-10+ years.” -Robert Parker

Saturday Tasting Archive: Australia, France and USA with Lauber Imports March 16, 2013

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It’s Saturday again, and we always enjoy life’s simple pleasures on Saturday. We’re pouring 3 Cab and Cab blends, 2 luscious whites and 1 new Pinot Noir. Starts at 3, at the shop. Are you tasting?
d'Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2010
89 Points – Wine Spectator, February 2012
“A spicy, refreshing white, brimming with citrusy pear, nutmeg and lychee flavors. Lingers easily on the polished finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman

Gary Farrell Chardonnay Carneros Selection 2009 See details Gary Farrell Chardonnay Carneros Selection 2009 Save 15% through March 21st

89 Points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, January 2012
“Not quite in the same league as the winery’s Keefer Ranch bottling but certainly likeable in its own right, this wine skirts the edges of full-bodiedness while finding a slightly lighter quality than many of its peers. Its ample green apple fruit is joined by notes of toast, butter and a hint of roasted grains in both its well-crafted aromas and slightly oily yet solidly structured flavors. Long and lively by virtue of its ample acidity, it is a wine to be enjoyed alongside a platter of pan-grilled trout or Sole.”88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2012
“Exhibits rich, focused ripe pear, citrus, spice and floral scents leading to a full body. Graceful and elegant, ending with a hint of butterscotch. Drink now through 2017. 1,721 cases made.” -James Laube

Fogdog Pinot Noir Central Coast 2009 See details Fogdog Pinot Noir Central Coast 2009 Save 15% through March 21st

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
“Distinctly Sonoma Coast in the forest berry fruits and feral, earthy notes of anise, balsam and Dr. Pepper cola. Fine and silky in the mouth, with modest alcohol and a burst of cool-climate acidity. A more feminine style of Pinot, which is not to understate its power. Could easily develop over the next six years, but it’s pretty compelling now.” -Steve Heimoff

Chateau Macard Bordeaux Superieur 2009 See details  Chateau Macard Bordeaux Superieur 2009 Save 15% through March 21st

90 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2010
“Ripe and dense, but fresh, with silky-textured plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit carried by sweet spice and maduro tobacco notes. The fleshy finish shows nice drive. Should open up more with brief cellaring. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2011. 5,000 cases made.” -James Molesworth

Stickybeak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 See details  Stickybeak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 Save 15% through March 21st

89 Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2012
“Dark ruby. Musky, herb-accented aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with a hint of tobacco that builds with air. Taut, focused and gently sweet red fruit flavors show good clarity, with bright acidity adding back end lift. Closes on a tangy note, with good energy and lingering spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds

d'Arenberg Galvo Garage 2007 See details d’Arenberg Galvo Garage 2007 Save 15% through March 21st
90 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2009
“The 2007 The Galvo Garage is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 21% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Franc aged for 12 months in a mix of new and seasoned French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays aromas of spice box, violets, pencil lead, and black currant. Medium to full-bodied and structured on the palate, this concentrated effort will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well from 2011 to 2019.” -Jay Miller

Whisky Wednesdays: Free Spirits tasting 3rd Wednesday of the month, 4 to 7pm at the shop

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Whisky Wednesday at Mora's 3-20-13

Call it “Whiskey Wednesday” we will host a new suppllier and their fine artisanal spirits at a tasting each month beginning next week.  You will taste and learn about 4 – 6 spirits along with our crack Mora’s staff and our favorite spirits consultants. Next week we host our friend Paul from Opici with a line up of  5 single malt whiskies from around the world. The tasting is free and the spirits are all on hand for purchase at great discounts.  Here is the line up for the first go around:

Deanston Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch
Sale Price: $26.99 Regular Price: $29.99
“This one is made up of young whisky which is decanted into new American oak casks for its final stages of maturation. Virgin Oak tantalises the senses with a light lemon zest and sweet barley sugar fragrance with hints of apple and nutmeg…” -The Distillery

Mackmyra First Edition Swedish Single Malt Whisky 1L
Sale Price: $50.39 Regular Price: $55.99
“…The First Edition has a spicy aroma and a fruity, elegant flavour with hints of citrus and caramel…Swedish single malt whisky, crafted our own way, from local ingredients and without additives and aged in small, handmade casks stored with care.. A whisky for you who live life less ordinary.” -The Distillery

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Sale Price: $43.19 Regular Price: $47.99
“…nutty, toffee, light molasses, vanilla fudge, with delicate fruit (citrus, dark berries) and a hint of brine. Very comforting. Extra points for versatility — this whisky will accommodate many moods and situations.” -John Hansell

Tobermory 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
Sale Price: $104.39 Regular Price: $115.99
“…A lovely sherried nose with notes of fig, orange marmalade, hints of leather and a touch of smoke. Medium to full bodied on the palate with rich sherry fruit cake, milk chocolate, creamy toffee, light oak, a hint of white pepper creating a lovely spicy tang…” -The Distillery

Amrut Distillery Peated Indian Single Malt Whisky
Sale Price: $53.99 Regular Price: $59.99
“…Fresh Oak with hint of vanilla, peat and oak are mellowed and are pleasant on the nose. Hint of spiciness clutched with fruits. Layers of peat and smoke with youthful and muscular oak…fresh fruit and spices with hint of maltiness.” -The Distillery

Record Breaking News from Williams Selyem

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We have a modest allocation of each release of Williams Selyem wines click here for the complete list please note the quantities available

Williams Selyem 9-Liter bottle shatters auction record selling for $205,000!
The 2010 Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir won the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Reserve Grand Champion and Best of Show award. A 9-Liter bottle of the winning wine was then auctioned at the Champion Wine Auction and Dinner on Saturday March 2, 2013. Director of Winemaking and General Manager Bob Cabral was in attendance to help the bidding along. “We are so fortunate that we can help raise funds for children’s education with our wine. I am humbled to be part of something that can have an impact on so many children’s lives,” said Cabral. Selling at  $205,000, the bottle set a Show record.

W&S Westside Neighbors Pinot Noir 2010 W&S Westside Neighbors Pinot Noir 2010 9 Liter!

Saturday Tasting Archive: Italian wines with Donato March 9th 2013

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Our old friend Donato is with us with a wide variety of excellent Italian wines from small estates run by people that really care about wine. The highlight of the afternoon is the “Sammarco” from Castello dei Rampolla which is an amzing “Super Tuscan” made of almost 100% Cab Sauv. It is the 2004 and it is drinking “es-pectacula” See you Saturday, starting at 3.

Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Cataratto/Pinot Grigio Certified Organic 2011 See details Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Cataratto/Pinot Grigio Certified Organic 2011 Save 15% through March 15th

Made with organically grown grapes!

“60% Cataratto and 40% Pinot Grigio. Displays lemon zest, stonefruit and a hint of dried herb characters on the nose. The palate is beautifully weighted with fine texture, balanced acidity and a lingering dry finish. Enjoy with appetizers, pasta, fish or also delicious as an aperitif.” -The Importer

“The eco-friendly Purato Pinot Grigio/Catarratto is hand-harvested from organically farmed vineyards in sunny Sicily. Using only the safest methods of fertilization and pest control, Feudo Santa Tresa has extended their total commitment to the environment by using all eco-friendly products for our packaging; recycled paper and pure vegetable ink for the label, 85% recycled glass for the bottle and recycled cardboard for the cartons. The wine combines the unique style of the Sicilian terrain and the floral, citrusy characteristics of the grapes… unadulterated pleasure while preserving and protecting the planet!” -The Importer

Lechthaler Riesling Trentino 2011 See details Lechthaler Riesling Trentino 2011 Save 15% through March 15th

89 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2012
“Perfumed with hints of jasmine and stargazer lily, this mouthwatering white is backed by lively acidity and offers tropical flavors of mango, blood orange, melon and pineapple. Well-knit and lithe, with a clean, dry finish. Drink now through 2014. 500 cases imported.” -Alison Napjus

Colosi Nero d'Avola 2011 See details Colosi Nero d’Avola 2011 Save 15% through March 15th

90 Points – James Suckling
“A firm and fruity red with plum jam and berry undertones. Reserved finish. Luscious and opulent. Juicy and fun. Held back and fine Nero d’Avola. Drink now.” -James Suckling

“Dark ruby red, with intense fruit aromas especially cherries. Dry, full-bodied, warm wine and youthful. Perfect with red meats cooked any style, pasta with tomato sauce and aged cheese.” -The Importer

Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano 2010 See details Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano 2010 Save 15% through March 15th

90 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2012
“The 2010 Rosso di Montepulciano is another gorgeous, totally striking wine. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and tobacco are all woven together in this gracious, sleek Rosso. The 2010 impresses for its delineation, nuance and balance. This is a terrific showing. The Rosso is 90% Prugnolo Gentile and 10% Mammolo, aged 70% in cask and 30% in barrique. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.” -Antonio Galloni

Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa Rio Negro 2011 See details Bodega Noemia de Patagonia A Lisa Rio Negro 2011 Save 15% through March 15th

91 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2012
“A racy red, with an earthy undertow to fresh crushed raspberry, boysenberry and currant fruit that remains light on its feet, with a long, floral finish. Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 2,000 cases made.” -Nathan Wesley

Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscano Rosso 2004 See details Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco Toscano Rosso 2004 Save 12% through March 15th

93 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2007
“The 2004 Sammarco is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese. It exhibits a dark purplish color, along with a wonderfully fragrant nose of spices and violets. It is a rich, powerful effort packed with an array of blueberries, blackberries and grilled herbs, showing a layered personality and an imposing tannic structure that will require patience. This gorgeously pure wine should drink effortlessly to age 25. A recent bottle of the 1988 was still youthful and full of life. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

“High-density vineyards, biodynamic farming and low yields are the hallmarks of the wines of Castello dei Rampolla, located in the prestigious Conca d-Oro in Panzano. Despite its elegant name Castello di Rampolla is a small, family-run property with a decidedly artisanal approach to working in both the vineyards and the cellar. The estate produces big, concentrated wines with imposing tannic structures that have proven to be extremely ageworthy.” -Antonio Galloni

93 Points – International Wine Cellar, July/August 2007
(a blend of 90% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot and 5% sangiovese) Good full medium ruby. Multifaceted nose offers currant, flowers, tobacco and licorice, plus a tinge of minerally ink. Blackcurrant and raspberry fruit flavors are complicated by a ferrous, blood-like, mineral quality. The wine’s lush, dense texture is nicely firmed by an edge of acidity on the very long, smooth finish.” -Ian D’Agata

Join us and our friends at Fine Flame Cigar Lounge, Port Jefferson, Saturday March 9th 7pm til…

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Mora’s expert staff will be on hand to pour and discuss our newest Superpremium Tequila in Port Jefferson’s best cigar lounge. All are welcome. contact store for details.

Amapola Creek: Dick Arrowood’s mastery in a great Sonoma Cab

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Amapola Creek Cab

By Robert Parker’s account, Dick Arrowood is one of the best winemaker’s of the last 40 years. He’s since sold his eponymous winery and is running Amapola which has this great estate cab as well as a zin from the famous Monte Rosso vineyard. The cab is a real homerun, especially since it was released at $60 but we can offer at $30 which is one of the two lowest prices online. The 2006 is still available with a 90 point Parker rating but the 2007 is right behind it at the same price with a 90 point Stephen Tanzer score.