Saturday Tasting Archive: April 27 2013, Italian wines with Donato

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Our favorite Italian wine rep Donato De Ieso is coming to Mora’s for an all Italian tasting this weekend. Here is the line up:

Terredora Falanghina Irpinia 2011 See details  Terredora Falanghina Irpinia 2011 Save 15% Thru May 2

“Pale yellow color. Offers a rich and intense aroma of fruit with hints of apple, pineapple, quince and pear. It is fresh and clean in the mouth with excellent acidity, good structure and a floral finish. A wine for the whole meal equally at home with hors d’oeuvres, soups, fish dishes, cold dishes, buffalo mozzarella and fresh cheeses.” -The Winery

Maso Poli Pinot Grigio Trentino 2011 See details Maso Poli Pinot Grigio Trentino 2011 Save 15% Thru May 2

“It presents a pale color with copper reflections. It is delicate and pleasing to the nose with an unmistakable hint of pear. It has a dry, harmonious and fine flavor with good balance and lasting. An excellent aperitif, it goes well with some typical Mediterranean dishes, grilled trout and boiled meat.” -The Importer

Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato 2012 See details  Terredora Rosaenovae Rosato 2012 Save 15% Thru May 2

“100% Aglianico. A salmon pink hue, with radiant highlights and incredible youth. An intense, rich, bewitching bouquet of red fruit and citrus zest associated with more complex notes redolent of cedar and spring sap. The aromas evolve gently in the glass evolving from dried fruits, fresh almonds and frangipane, to notes of Tarte-Tatin, oven-baked apples and caramel. In tastings, the wine is soft and silky on the palate with a marvelous harmony of flavor and concentration of fruit. The Rosaenovae reveals a perfect equilibrium between concentration and finesse, richness and freshness, intensity and elegance.” -The Winery

88 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2012
“The 2010 Chianti Colli Senesi is gorgeous in this vintage. Sweet red cherries, flowers, licorice and tobacco are some of the notes that burst from the glass in this juicy yet firm Chianti. All of the qualities of this great Sangiovese vintage come through in a wine that also delivers exceptional value. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.” -Antonio Galloni

Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2007 See details  Colpetrone Sagrantino di Montefalco 2007 Save 20% Thru May 2

92 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2011
“The 2007 Sagrantino di Montefalco is a huge hulking wine bursting with masses of dark fruit that manage to (mostly) cover the Sagrantino tannins. It shows marvelous balance in a full-throttle, opulent style. There is marvelous intensity in the glass as the wine builds towards the imposing yet beautifully balanced, utterly radiant finish, where varietal notes become more prominent. The 2007 Sagrantino is a great introduction for readers who are new to the grape, although this is one of the more exuberant expressions on the market. Colpetrone gave the Sagrantino 18 months in mid-size French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.” -Antonio Galloni

“Deep ruby red color with mahogany reflections on the edges. Intense and highly developed bouquet with hints of ripe fruit and cherry jam. Clean on the palate with a delicious smoothness followed by the familiar hints of warm alcohol and obvious complexity to the structure; long and delicate finish with touches of cinnamon and vanilla. Pair with grilled or roasted red meats, game, and tasty and piquant cheeses, like Parmesan.” -The Importer

Whiskey in the Jar: at Flame Fine Cigars with Mora’s Fine W&S Saturday April 27th, 7PM

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Tequila, Bourbon and Blackberry Moonshine for our third tasting at Flame Fine Cigars! We will be pouring Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila, a couple Bourbons and finish with a Blackberry infused Moonshine from North Carolina. Joe will be happy to suggest cigar pairing. See you there!

Enter Mora’s Fine W&S Kentucky Derby 2013 Contest and win a prize Saturday May 4!

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Picking winning wines is a bit like handicapping the ponies. You look at the producer’s reputation, vintage, growing conditions, ratings and reviews. Then you pay your money and take your chances. Even our weekly tastings sometimes remind me of horse races, especially since I usually attend from start to finish. Sometimes you get a lively youngster that is fresh and appealing right out of the gate and charms everyone in the first hour. Meanwhile the brooding tannic wine doesn’t offer much nose or palate pleasure, initially. then an hour or two into the tasting the tannins air out and the tannic monster comes on strong and everyone cheers him in the home stretch  while the lighter bodied entry starts to fade.

In the spirit of picking winners and in honor of the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits wants you to pick the winner of one of the biggest annual horse races. Prizes will be given for the first three of you that pick the winner of the race.

THE PRIZE: A Mora’s wine tote bag and a $20 credit toward any purchase at the store.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
Simply leave a comment including your horse’s name AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST, name and email address are required.

THE RULES:

1.Three Prizes will be  awarded for the first three contestants to picking the  Winning horse. Prizes must be claimed within 30 day

2. Entries are accepted up until Post Time, around 7 pm Saturday May 4, 2013

3. Only one entry per person. If your initial entry is scratched or doesn’t run for any reason you may enter again with another horse before post time. Your first valid entry will be accepted as your entry in the contest.

4. Entry must include valid name and email address. Winner will be contacted via email and need not be present to win.

5.Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits is the sole arbiter of the validity of any entry as well as the order in which they are received.

6.Mora’s is not responsible for your horse not being entered or being scratched. We will make every effort to list the field for your convenience but it is your responsibility to choose a horse that is actually in the race.

Here is a list of POSSIBLE CONTENDERS AS OF APRIL 25. These are the top 20 contenders according to horseracingnation.com Please check the actual field closer to the time of the race so you don’t enter a horse that is not running. We’ll try to keep this up to date.

Saturday Tasting Archive: Aftermath April 20, 2013 Spainy, Frenchy, Aussie and Washy wines

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Here’s my take on last weekend’s tasting:

Shaya Verdejo Old Vines Rueda 2011
“Crisp, fresh and citrusy, great with the “Capricio de Cabra” fresh Spanish goat cheese”  -Rich
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2012

“Delightful, with fresh berry flavors and good balanced acidity. The most popular wine of the day, also the lightest red of the tasting” Rich
90 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2012

“Mostly Shiraz with some Cab Sauv and Merlot. As the tacky name implies it is a big bold Aussie red, but with a little more personality than some of the monolithic Shirazes we are familiar with. It will improve with bottle age, and as usually will be drinking Great, as soon as the vintage sells out, then customers will clamor for it. Anyway it’s a nice fruit bomb with some backbone.” -Rich
90 Points – Wine Advocate

Ruca Malen Kinien Malbec 2009 See detailsRuca Malen Kinien Malbec 2009 Save 20% through April 25th

“This wine rocked the tasting it was as viscous as mercury with a solid black purple opacity. The nose oozes with currant jam, plums, asian spices and well integrated new American and French oak. The wine needs some decanting and the tannic grip slowly slips away with some airing, then it slides across with palate with rich berry flavors and a nice lengthy finish. It tastes expensive, it is expensive and well worth it” -Rich
92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2013 90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012

“You can’t ask for better scores than these two from the Advocate and the Spectator. This is an unctuous botrytised Semillon from Australia. It is a little bottle of liquid gold with flavors of apricot jam, honey and flowers. It crushed the pungent Gorganzola cheese we paired with it. Very sticky and yummy” -Rich
94+ Points – Wine Advocate, May 2011 94 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2012

Famous Sherry Lovers: Giuseppe Verdi, Charles Dickens

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From the Jerez-Xeres-Sherry Blog

Giuseppi Verdi loved Sherry Charles Dickens loved Sherry

 

Giuseppe Verdi wrote no less than four operas with a Spanish theme: Ernani; Il Trovatore; Don Carlo and La Forza del Destino. His opera Falstaff, while based on Shakespeare, contained references to Sherry. He was a big fan of Spain, and when he came to Madrid in 1863 to direct La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Real (with enormous success), he took time off to do some tourism.

He travelled all over Spain, and spending some time in Andalucia with his second wife Giuseppina Strepponi. Naturally he visited Jerez, and it was there that he bought a cask of Sherry (from Gonzalez Byass, it is thought), and took it away with him on the train, back to Italy.

Charles Dickens adored Sherry. There are references to it in 12 of his most important novels, and when he died, his cellar was full of Sherry.

During his bicentenary celebrations, London City Council included Sherry (Williams & Humbert Dry Sack Oloroso 15 Years Old) at a dinner held at the Mansion House.

At the suggestion of the Cine Club Popular in Jerez, the Jerez Council approved the dedication of a public street to Charles Dickens in recognition of his work in promoting Sherry for its human and literary value.

Saturday Tasting Archive:April 20, 2013 Spainy, Frenchy, Aussie and Washy wines

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As usual, no rhyme, no reason, just 6 great wines at great prices Saturday at 3pm with great cheese from C’est Cheese of Port Jeff.
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September 2012
“(80% raised in stainless steel, the rest in large French oak casks): Pale gold. Musky pear and pit fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of honey, minerals and anise. Shows a suave blend of richness and vivacity, with a note of bitter lemon pith accenting deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors. Shapely and supple in texture, finishing with noteworthy length.” -Josh Raynolds

90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, November 2012
“With 7% residual sugar and 11% alcohol, this is a Riesling to enjoy with spicy noodle dishes. Sweetness notwithstanding, it’s a substantial wine with grip and definition. Melon and peach flavors roll smoothly into notes of caramel and honey. This is rich and delicious.” -Paul Gregutt

Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010 See details Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne La Cigalette 2010 Save 20% through April 25th

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

90 Points – Wine Advocate
“Blended of 77% Shiraz, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, Tait’s 2010 The Ballbuster gives a very deep garnet purple color and pronounced notes of spiced blackberries, blueberry pie filling and stewed plums with hints of freshly cracked black pepper and fenugreek. Very full bodied and richly fruited, it has a good line of crisp acidity lending lift and a medium to firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long and peppery. Drink it now to 2016.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Ruca Malen Kinien Malbec 2009 See detailsRuca Malen Kinien Malbec 2009 Save 20% through April 25th

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
“This big, lush, friendly and serious Malbec is packed with prune, blackberry and toast aromas. On the palate, it’s deep and layered, the perfect bed for flavors of blackberry, chocolate and herb to fill. Huge for sure, but still complex, with dynamite prune and licorice notes on the finish. Drink now–2015.” -Michael Schachner

90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2012
“The 2009 Kinien Malbec from Vista Flores is cropped at 3,000kg per acre and aged in new French and American oak. It has a voluptuous, exotic nose of kirsch, strawberry jam and marmalade that is well-defined. The palate is full-bodied and hedonistic, but the ambitious dark cherry and cassis fruit is kept in check by the crisp acidity and the finish is focused and nicely poised. This comes recommended for oenophiles with a penchant for a slice of hedonism. Drink now-2018.” -Neal Martin


De Bortoli Noble One 2008 375mL See details De Bortoli Noble One 2008 375mL Save 20% through April 25th
94+ Points – Wine Advocate, May 2011
“Medium gold colored, De Bortoli’s 2008 Noble One gives a youthfully mute, moderately intense nose of orange blossom, clover honey, jasmine, apricot preserves and dried pineapple chunks. The palate is incredibly concentrated and sweet (231 grams per liter of residual sugar) with layers of tropical fruit and honeyed flavors well refreshed by very crisp acid and going into a very long finish. Delicious now, it will reward cellaring over the next 2-10 years and drink to 2022+.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

94 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2012
“Rich and sweet, offering a vibrant mouthful of deeply honeyed pear and pineapple flavors, extending into the long, pillowy finish. Drink now through 2020. 4,000 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman


“Provenance Part I”- a cautionary tale, not a city in Rhode Island

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Koch Wins Wine Fraud Suit

 

You should care about your wine’s provenance. This means to care about your wine’s history, i.e.,  from who and from where it came. This includes how it was shipped, stored and handled.
This is an extreme example and involves outright counterfeit wine but we can take an important moral from the story.
Winespectator magazine reported that billionaire wine collector Bill Koch spent $3.7 million at a Zachy’s auction of a 17,000 bottle collection.  24 of the bottles were found to be fakes and allegedly the original owner (Eric Greenberg) knew it. Originally the jury awarded Mr. Koch compensatory damages of $379,000 plus punitive damages of $1,000 per bottles. After further deliberation the jury decided to award Koch $12 million in punitive damages. I suppose the story is the “huge” jury award, which will probably get knocked down on appeal.

Bill Koch has been on a crusade against purveyors of fake wine for some time now. This may be tilting at windmills since wine fraud has been going on since before corks were put into bottles. To combat the problem and preserve the reputation of particular wine regions, wine laws were enacted throughout Europe but only within the last hundred years or so. You may know them as the Apellation Controlee (AC) laws of France 1933, Dominacion de Origen (DO) laws of Spain 1925 and the Denominazione di Origen Contolata (DOC) laws of Italy 1963! And we’ve all seen the exhaustive documentation on every bottle of German wine.  All wine producing regions in the world have these laws, which reasonably assures us that the wine in the bottle is from the delimited region it claims and is made according to the specifications and practices of said delimited region. To further protect themselves from fakery, some high profile, elite wine producers inconspicuously etch the label information on the bottle as well (e.g. Guigal and Penfold’s). That is all well and good but wine fraud continues as this story illustrates. The upshot  is that the massive award, if upheld will mostly go to cover Koch’s $10 million legal bill, apparently he is not doing this for the money. But more importantly, the disreputable wine dealer Eric Greenberg blames Auctioneer Zachy’s for not checking the  authenticity of his own collection…and that he intends to resell the bottles! Caveat Emptor, and stay away from any wines brokered by Eric Greenburg on the internet.
Mr. Koch as I said is on a crusade against the wall of silence in the world of wine collector’s about fake wine. He has a suit pending against Rudy Kurniawan who also faces federal fraud charges and has won a ruling against famous German wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock though Hardy declined an invitation to come to America to face charges. I remember reading a piece by Parker about the famous annual Rodenstock tasting that he attended. He went on about the glorious d’Yquem from the 1800’s that was magnicent despite its great age. I wonder how old it really was. Check out Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate magazine LEGENDS OF THE FALL (THE HARDY RODENSTOCK TASTING) Issue 103 – February 1996.

Mora’s Monthly Midweek Spirit Tasting: Rum & Scotch Tasting Wednesday April 17, 2013 4 to 7pm at the shop

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This is the second of our  new series of spirit tastings. What a line up of Scotch’s! The new Mortlach, a distincitive Orkney Island malt called Scapa and the wonderful 21 year old Glenlivet bottled by Gordon & MacPhail sporting the ancient “lion couchant” label.

However, you may be more interested in the fairly new line of fine rums produced by the Pierre Ferrand Cognac people. They source fine Carribean rums from various islands (Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica ) and finish the aging and final blending back in Cognac, often using Cognac barrels! We will be pouring two of them, the Plantation 5 year old, blended from various sources and the Barbados rum vintage 2000. These are excellent products that represent excellent value. click here and read more about the line up and I hope to see you all on Wednesday night.

The Case for the Wine or Spirit of the Month Club

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What’s the appeal of the wine or spirit of the month club?
We’ve  fulfilled hundreds of wine of the month and spirit of the month club orders for many  satisfied clients over the years. Many give them as gifts to others, many repeat their orders many sign themselves up and are charter members for  years. Yet as president of Mora’s Fine WInes & Spirits I am defacto president of all of these clubs and though I enjoy wine and spirits I’m not sure what the appeal of the clubs are.  I must say, I’ve never been an active member of these clubs nor have a received one as a gift.  So what exactly is the great appeal for these wine and spirit clubs? I’d really like to know. Giving it some thought I came up with some possible reasons and would love any feedback either pro or con on the subject.  Wine is a wonderful gift in any form, it is  always welcome, always the right size. portable and  fairly non-perishable.  Wine is  also so various. Part of its charm is that the more you look the more you find. There are so many regions, varieties, producers, vintages, the permutations go on and in which lead me to this short list of top reasons that people like the wine and spirt of the month clubs. They are not in any particular order.

Adventure: You get to  try a new and unknown wine or spirit each month

Surprise: You get to try something unexpected

Hedonism factor: You get to enjoy good a good bottle of wine whenever you want one.

Geek factor: You get tolearn about some esotieric variety, region or style of wine, have you ever tried an “orange” wine? I mean a wine that is orange, not wine made from orange juice, which  I don’t think is possible and wouldn’t be really wine anyway.

Expert selection: If you usually ask for a suggestion when you come in, the clubs could be perfect for you

Convenience: for a busy person it is 12 fewer decisions to make each month.

It is the gift that keeps on giving. One bottle is gone in an evening and then often forgotten. The recipient of the wine or spirit of the month club remembers you fondly every month.

Mora’s wine and spirits of the month clubs are usually 2bottle clubs though we do case clubs for a few special customers and anyone that wants to arrange on through the store. Our clubs can be purchased for any length of time. Satisfaction is guaranteed and we are flexible with our clients, we can offer it for 3months, 6months, 9months, 12 months or forever in some cases. We can charge in full in one payment or bill you monthly. We can offer an alternate month delivery. Locally we deliver ourselves, nationwide we deliver ground common carrier. Please see our Wine & Spirit Clubs page for more details.

A Spirited Dinner at Mosaic, April 14, 2013

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Fueled by 8 different distillates we had a fine feast of Jonathan’s cuisine at eatMosaic matched to a selection of spirits that represents a broad crossection of fine whiskies, brandies, Tequila and eau de vie from North America, South America, Western Europe and Japan. Here is my take on the evening’s food and spirits pairings:

 

1st course: Salmon sashimi, asparagus, cucumber, raspberry, jalapeño, lime-coriander citronette
obviously went well with the Framboise if only for the common ingredient in the raspberry as well as the contrast of the percieved sweetness with the heat of the jalapeño and the zing of the citrus and coriander.

The tequila was also a natural with the first course. It should lovely notes of white pepper, vanilla as well as light aromas of white flowers and a nice underlying acidity which flatters the food, especially the richness of the salmon

2nd course: Cheddar and crab pupusa, shaved zucchini, watermelon, hardboiled egg, pork rind-almond crumbs,
garlic chilied hollandaise, this went well with the fragrant grape and floral scents of the Pisco which had good acidity to

The spirits for courses 1 and 2: Barsol pisco SUPREMo mosto verde, etter framboise eau de vie,
chinaco tequila reposado

3rd course: Sautéed fresh cavatelli, charred kielbasa, sweet corn, ale braised sauerkraut,
smoked strawberry-red onion salsa, aged Gouda
the peat of the Nikka 12 year old set off the char of the kielbasa in course 3 as well as the barbecue flavor of the grits in course 4 so it was the overall best choice with these two courses. having said that the Glendronach 18 year old had nice secondary flavors and aromas of leather and mushroom as well as a lot of richness from the oloroso sherry cask aging. These qualities were perfect for the steak course. I hate to say that I loved the whiskies with a good steak as much as I would a good red wine, so I won’t say it.
I am a fan of the Glenrothes but this one was so light I didn’t find it did much for the food though one of my messmates said the Glenrothes was a good “quaffing whiskey”. Please don’t judge Glenrothes based on these comments, they make truly awesome whiskies, this just was one of them.

4th courser: Slow roasted NY sirloin, bbq’ed grits, horseradish oshitashi, pickled beets, truffled peach jam

The spirits for courses 3 and 4: Hirsch small batch bourbon, nikka taketsuru 12yo pure malt,
Glenrothes alba reserve single malt, glendronach 18yo single malt

Dessert: Banana-nutella tartlette, minted green tea-white chocolate ganache, orange, vanilla gelato
Hine homage grand cru FINE CHAMPAGNE cognac

The Hine cognac was a delicious and delicate treat but it really was too subtle to add anything to the dessert course. So I continued to sip it long after all my gelato had melted.

If you are interested in any of the evenings spirits, please contact the shop and refer to the pricing in this blog, down below. They are of limited availability but we will honor the pricing for another week or two, while supplies last.

The Menu

 

Selection

Regular

Price

Event

Price

Barsol Pisco Supremo Mosto Verde

$39.99

$35.99

Etter Framboise Eau de Vie 375mL

$49.99

$44.99

Chinaco Tequila Reposado

$50.99

$45.89

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon

$34.99

$31.49

Nikka Taketsuru 12YO Pure Malt

$69.99

$62.99

Glenrothes Alba Reserve Single Malt

$49.99

$44.99

Glendronach 18YO Single Malt

$129.99

$116.99

Hine Homage Grand Cru Fine Champagne Cognac

$136.99

$123.29

 

 

Bottles

Selection

Regular

Price

Event

Price

Barsol Pisco Supremo Mosto Verde

$39.99

$35.99

Etter Framboise Eau de Vie 375mL

$49.99

$44.99

Chinaco Tequila Reposado

$50.99

$45.89

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon

$34.99

$31.49

Nikka Taketsuru 12YO Pure Malt

$69.99

$62.99

Glenrothes Alba Reserve Single Malt

$49.99

$44.99

Glendronach 18YO Single Malt

$129.99

$116.99

Hine Homage Grand Cru Fine Champagne Cognac

$136.99

$123.29