Weekly Wine Specials: 11.23.13 Spain & South Africa-Tasting with Mercedes! (Aviva)

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Taste  great wines on sale  at great prices. Every Saturday at 3pm. Here’s the line up at crazy low prices: Here’s my take on the line up

Dombeya Sauvignon Blanc 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.28.13) I like the bit of Sem they use in the SA  SB’s vs the NZ style which is very citric and herby. This one is crisp and balanced  with a softer quality yet still lots of zing.

“The grapes came from three different vineyards of which one was Semillon. Fermentation for the Sauvignon Blanc was in Stainless steel on gross lees until bottling in April. The small percentage of Semillon, which gives the wine a rounder mouthfeel, was fermented in old French oak barrels. The wine’s nose shows flavour of passion fruit, guavas and wet stones. The palate is full bodied and very minerally with lingering flavours of passionfruit, pineapples and ripe figs and ends in a balanced fruit acid aftertaste.” -The Winery

Nora da Neve Albarino 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.28.13) The wine of the day, sold out until Tues 11/26. We should have plenty before Thanksgiving though. It is Albarino from very old vines with a little barrique age. The regular Nora is delicious, crisp and fresh, the Nora da Neve is wonderful, like a very good mid level white burgundy with apple, citrus, spice and just a little roundness and structure from the judicious use of oak. Good finish and fits my general T-Day wine picking guidelines, either a full bodied white or a lighter to medium bodied dry red, not too much oak and healthy acidity.

92 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2011
“Pale yellow. High-pitched and more citrus-driven than the 2008, offering vibrant lemon, lime, green apple and spice scents, with the oak far in the background. Spicy and pure, with incisive orchard and citrus fruit flavors that stain the palate. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with suave floral and mineral qualities and outstanding persistence.” -Stephen Tanzer
91 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2011
“The grapes for the 2009 Nora da Neve were sourced from a single 4.4 acre vineyard and fermented and aged for 7 months in French oak, 50% new. Light gold in color from the oak aging, it offers up a toasty mineral, peach, and apricot bouquet. In the glass it opens to reveal a round texture, savory stone fruit flavors, excellent ripeness, and a lengthy finish. Drink this pleasure-bent offering over the next 3-4 years.” -Jay Miller

Bodegas Niel Santofimia 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.28.13) The bargain of the day, under $10 for this red from Alamansa made mainly of Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a. Alicante Bouschet) It is a deeply colored, juicy and delici0us. buy it by the case.

Rating and review for previous vintage:
“(85% garnacha tintorera and 15% merlot, fermented in stainless steel and then aged for three months in older French oak): Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant, smoke-accented nose. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good clarity and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish. Superb value here. 90 points.” -Josh Raynolds

Bodegas Bula Montsant 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.28.13)

90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(50% carinena, 30% garnacha and 20% syrah, from vines that range from about 25 to 75 years of age; fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak for four months): Brilliant ruby-red. Smoky, mineral-laced scents of dark berries and licorice. Chewy and focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors enlivened by a note of black pepper. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which lingers with very good energy and sneaky sweetness.” -Josh Raynolds 


Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2009

Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.28.13) Luzon is a very good producer from Jumilla, the land of Monastrell (a.k.a. Mourvedre or Mataro) this was a big hit but if you have the bucks ($32) spring for the Almas de Luzon which is their very old vines rendering.

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013 “(50% monastrell, 25% tempranillo and 25% cabernet sauvignon; aged for a year in French and American oak): Inky ruby. Highly aromatic, exotic bouquet of red and dark berries, violet, vanilla and woodsmoke. Broad and deep, showing sweet black raspberry and blueberry flavors, a velvety texture and bright mineral snap. Nicely blends richness and energy and finishes with lingering sweetness and supple, even tannins. This is delicious right now.” -Josh Raynolds


Dombeya Sauvignon Blanc 2012

“The grapes came from three different vineyards of which one was Semillon. Fermentation for the Sauvignon Blanc was in Stainless steel on gross lees until bottling in April. The small percentage of Semillon, which gives the wine a rounder mouthfeel, was fermented in old French oak barrels. The wine’s nose shows flavour of passion fruit, guavas and wet stones. The palate is full bodied and very minerally with lingering flavours of passionfruit, pineapples and ripe figs and ends in a balanced fruit acid aftertaste.” -The Winery

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Nora da Neve Albarino 2009

92 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2011
“Pale yellow. High-pitched and more citrus-driven than the 2008, offering vibrant lemon, lime, green apple and spice scents, with the oak far in the background. Spicy and pure, with incisive orchard and citrus fruit flavors that stain the palate. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with suave floral and mineral qualities and outstanding persistence.” -Stephen Tanzer 

91 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2011
“The grapes for the 2009 Nora da Neve were sourced from a single 4.4 acre vineyard and fermented and aged for 7 months in French oak, 50% new. Light gold in color from the oak aging, it offers up a toasty mineral, peach, and apricot bouquet. In the glass it opens to reveal a round texture, savory stone fruit flavors, excellent ripeness, and a lengthy finish. Drink this pleasure-bent offering over the next 3-4 years.” -Jay Miller


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Bodegas Niel Santofimia 2012

Rating and review for previous vintage:

“(85% garnacha tintorera and 15% merlot, fermented in stainless steel and then aged for three months in older French oak): Opaque ruby. Black and blue fruits on the highly fragrant, smoke-accented nose. Juicy, penetrating blueberry and bitter cherry flavors display very good clarity and pick up sweetness and spiciness with air. Fine-grained tannins give shape and grip to the long, spicy finish. Superb value here. 90 points.” -Josh Raynolds


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Bodegas Bula Montsant 2012

90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(50% carinena, 30% garnacha and 20% syrah, from vines that range from about 25 to 75 years of age; fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak for four months): Brilliant ruby-red. Smoky, mineral-laced scents of dark berries and licorice. Chewy and focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors enlivened by a note of black pepper. Dusty tannins give shape to the finish, which lingers with very good energy and sneaky sweetness.” -Josh Raynolds 

“Bula Montsant offers up a lightly roasted, liqueur-like bouquet of mineral, incense, game, lavender, black cherry, and blueberry. Rich and complex on the smooth-textured palate, this layered offering is an incredible value in full-flavored red wine.” -The Winery


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Finca Luzon Altos de Luzon 2009

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(50% monastrell, 25% tempranillo and 25% cabernet sauvignon; aged for a year in French and American oak): Inky ruby. Highly aromatic, exotic bouquet of red and dark berries, violet, vanilla and woodsmoke. Broad and deep, showing sweet black raspberry and blueberry flavors, a velvety texture and bright mineral snap. Nicely blends richness and energy and finishes with lingering sweetness and supple, even tannins. This is delicious right now.” -Josh Raynolds

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Turkey & Wine 101

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Here’s the first rule of the eating and drinking game. Drink something you really enjoy, this supercedes food and wine pairing. If you are having a rare get together with your wine buddies and are dying to try certain bottles you’ve been saving, drink them. You can find some food on the table that will work with them or you can drink them on the couch before or after dinner. Whatever you do the pleasure principle is paramount.

The ideal of course is to harmonize the food and wine. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a harvest feast featuring  autumnal flavors such as; tangy cranberries, roasted or baked root veggies, gooey casseroles, spicy, rich and fatty stuffing, turkey, sometimes on the dry side, and rich creamy sauces and gravies.
All moral equivalency aside there are clearly some wines that do this spread much more justice than others. In my order of preference I choose:

First light to medium bodied flavorful reds not super high in alcohol and without much oak. To name but a few: Pinot Noir, mid level Bordeaux (and Burgundy), lighter Italian reds like Dolcetto, Barbera, softer Nebbiolo based wines. From Spain lighter Riojas, From the US all the favorite varietals are fair game as long as they are not alcohol or oak monsters, cab, merlot, even zin.

Second,  full bodied (not heavy) flavorful whites also with reasonable degrees of alcohol and oak. Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are the most popular whites we sell so I say an appropriate Chardonnay (white Burg, Long Island, California with little or no oak), Pinot Grigio is too light but the Northern European producers make great Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurtz, Gruner, Sauv Blanc with plenty of aroma and acidity to stand up to the food.

And finally dry rosé can be ideal.
Finaly dry rosé can be ideal. You could use the lighter quaffing rosés of summer but look for more serious rosés that drink and chill like a white but have the intensity and flavor profile of a red. Our Paumanok rosé, Avanthia rosé and Borasao rosé are big wines that are great foils for this feast.  Llopart rosé is a  sparkling wine from Spain, made in the Champagne method that is fresh and festive.  I list  rosé last only because it is so summery although, I’ve served a rosé Champagne, for a full meal,  from start to finish, including the dessert for a dining experience I remember from ten years ago, and I usually can’t remember what I ate yesterday. There is a lot of flexibility with Thanksgiving which can be a wine adventure if you have adventuresome wine geeks over or you can tone it down and let the wine play a supporting role if wine isn’t everyone’s passion. In the end wine is a beverage whose highest purpose is to enhance our meals.

Mora’s Monthly Midweek Spirit Tasting: Wednesday November 20, 2013 4-7pm with Gordon & MacPhail at the shop

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This was the last of our Monthly Midweek Spirit Events at the shop. We wound down the year with a great line up of Single Malt Scotches as well as one  French malt. Our savvy sprirt tasting clients were by to  sip and learn with our savvy spirit savants. Oh and the prices on the tasting line up were great.  My Favorites were:

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky:  It reminded me of eggnog with all the baking spices and a noticeable orange rind nose

Highland Park 8yo Gordon & MacPhail bottling: the nose had just the right brine and tang with out being too acrid and the palate was comfortingly sweet with some flavors of nuts, spice, citrus and grain. I seem to favor the peat in the Orkeney whisky over the Isla

Benromach 10yo  Speyside, very nice and malty with that dollop of sherry cask age smoothing everything out.

Brenne Estate Cask French Single Malt Whisky

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French Single Malt Whisky
Single Cask Release, Double-Barrel Matured, Single Malt Whisky founded, owned & produced by fellow New Yorker, Allison Patel, all hand made in Cognac, France. Brenne is crafted from 100% estate, organically grown barley. It starts in new French Limousin oak barrels (avg. 5 years) and is then aged in ex-VSOP Cognac casks (avg. another 2+ years). Brenne Estate Cask is extremely fruit-forward, floral and creamy. It’s a very approachable whisky – good for a variety of consumers from the novice to the expert looking for something new. There is a lot of complexity and structure to this whisky which is good for those who like to be engaged with their dram but it’s also easy enough to enjoy simply as is, on the rocks or in a cocktail.” -The Distillery


Benromach Traditional Single Malt Scotch

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch
“Using only the finest Scottish malted barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach hills, Benromach is crafted by our experienced distillers. Checking each stage by hand they personally ensure that only the highest quality spirit is filled into sturdy oak casks. The casks full of new whisky are laid down to mature at Benromach Distillery for many years where our experienced distillers can regularly check them. Only when it is matured to our highest quality standards is it labelled Benromach Traditional. Benromach Traditional is rich and mellow with fruit and malty tones, balanced with a hint of smoke.” -The Distillery

MacPhail’s Collection Highland Park 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

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Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch from independent bottler, Gordon & MacPhail. The MacPhail’s Collection is a small and exclusive range of fine single malt scotch whiskies from distilleries throughout Scotland.
Color: Rich amber
Nose: Soft fruits – peaches/mangos, heather/earthy notes and a touch of saltiness
Body: Medium
Palate: Rich, mulled fruits with a touch of smokiness
Finish: Long with a delicate sweetness
Cask: Refill Sherry Casks

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs’ Choice Tormore 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch from independent bottler, Gordon & MacPhail. Tormore Distillery was founded in 1958, and was the first new distillery to be built in Speyside during the 20th century. Tormore was intended to be a ‘showpiece’, the distillery has crisp white buildings with ornate features, a fountain and curling lake and decorative landscaping. In the 1970’s the numbers of stills was increased from four to eight.

Nose: Fresh and fragrant with a delicate fruitiness. With subtle hints of vanilla and defined honey notes.
Palate: Sweet and creamy with hints of liquorice and butterscotch. Creamy and very smooth.
Finish: Long and sweet.


Benromach 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch
“Benromach 10 is aged for 9 years in 80% in ex-Bourbon casks, and 20% in former Sherry wood. The whisky is then blended and matured for a final 12 months in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The result is a complex and well-integrated dram. Golden color, with rich sherry influence on the nose with fruit, nut, chocolate and delicate cinnamon spice. Delicious forest fruits (raspberries and brambles) on the palate with sherry, malt creaminess with a stronger peat influence. The finish is balanced, long and lingering.” -The Distillery

 

 

Weekly Wine Specials : 11.16.13 France Portugal, & South Africa (Opici)

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Taste  great wines on sale  at great prices. Every Saturday at 3pm. Here’s the line up at crazy low prices:
Collet Champagne Brut NV
Collet Champagne Brut NV — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.21.13)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2012
“Firm, with open-knit notes of Gala apple, white peach, ginger and grapefruit zest, complimented by a baseline of minerality. Modest finish. Drink now.” -Alison Napjus

La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelee 2011
La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelee 2011 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.21.13)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only – 2013
“A fresh, succulent and harmonious version, this white evokes apple, melon and lemon flavors, with a squeeze of lemon. A mineral element lingers. Drink now through 2016.” -Bruce Sanderson 


Edgebaston The Pepper Pot Stellenbosch 2012
Edgebaston The Pepper Pot Stellenbosch 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.21.13)
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
“Bright ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, smoke and game are lifted by a peppery quality. Fat, sweet and rich, but with sound acidity giving shape and verve to the concentrated black fruit and gunflint flavors. Finishes with a solid tannic spine. This makes the 2011 seem a bit dry by comparison. An excellent value.” -Stephen Tanzer 


Chateau Teyssier St. Emilion 2010
Chateau Teyssier St. Emilion 2010 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.21.13)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2013
“An over-achieving estate for a number of years now, this dense purple wine exhibits oodles of creme de cassis and licorice, hints of subtle barbecue smoke and toast, terrific texture and a long, succulent, fleshy finish…Drink it over the next 10-15 years. ” -Robert Parker 


Burmester Vintage Port 2007 375mL

Burmester Vintage Port 2007 375mL — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.21.13)
These are half-bottles (375mL)!
91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“The glass-coating 2007 Burmester Vintage Port sports a fragrant perfume of plum, boysenberry, spice box, and licorice. Mouth-filling and layered, it has excellent volume, well-concealed tannin, and impeccable balance. This savory, lengthy wine has the stuffing to evolve for 10-15 years and should drink well through 2032. It is also an excellent value in quality Vintage Port.” -Robert Parker
89-92 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only – 2009
“Blackberry, currant and citrus fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, with a wonderful density of fruit and ultrafine tannins. Builds on your palate. Very good intensity.” -James Suckling


WOW-Rich’s Wines Of the Week Nov 11, 2013 Wines of San Felice

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Campogiovanni Brunello 2007

About the San Felice Winery:

I’ve been a fan of the San Felice wines since I first tried the “Il Grigio” Reserva CHianti. I love the masterpiece label with Titiano’s painting “Il Grigio” on it. It is the classic Tuscan warrior nobleman with the velvet cloak over his suit of armor. It emobdies qualities in great wines like nobility and power with finesse symbolized by the velvet glove over the iron fist.
The Chianti Clasico is a fine wine made with 10% Pugnitello, an ancient native Tuscan variety that has been revived by vineyard managers and agronomists like Carlo Salvinelli, senior agronomist at San Felice. and

Carlo SalvinelliAgronomist
Carlo Salvinelli is certainly more than simply San Felice’s expert agronomist; he has become its historical memory. He has been their agricultural expert since 1973, and even earlier in fact, since, as a young student of Enzo Morganti, he accompanied him into the fields and learned from that master all of the practical knowledge concerning his profession, the environment, the plants, the people, and the practices that are part of the centuries-old rural tradition–precisely what is not taught in the schools. Salvinelli witnessed the growth and changes at San Felice, during the historical shifts. Assisted today by Roberta Pugliese, senior agronomist Carlo Salvinelli can recall with pride: “I was the one who planted the first vine of pugnitello.”

Leonardo BellacciniOenologist
The soul of a wine-producing company is, naturally, its winemaker. Leonardo Bellaccini is the winemaker who nourishes the soul of San Felice. Siena-born, he received his degree there in Viticulture and Oenology at the Istituto Superiore, then interned in France (Bordeaux) and in Switzerland (Zion). After winning a scholarship from the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, he joined San Felice and quickly became its oenologist, responsible for quality of both its wines and its olive oils. Inquisitive, creative, and always ready for new challenges, Bellaccini is currently working on a red wine produced from the pugnitello grape, a project that promises to yield truly surprising results. His interests range from winemaking to fine food, so much so that he was admitted as a member ad honorem of the prestigious Accademia della Cucina Italiana.

 

2007 Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino
In 1984, under the supervision of the late Managing Director Enzo Morganti, San Felice purchased the 49 acre Campogiovanni estate located in Montalcino, Italy. Entirely planted to Sangiovese, the 35 acres planted in the mid-1960s are reserved for the Brunello and the remaining 14 acres for Rosso. The south-southwest facing vineyards are situated at 820-984 feet and benefit from the mild breezes off the Mediterranean. Campogiovanni’s world-class terroir of sandy, mineral-rich clay soil encourages slow and steady ripening, which produces unusually complete and balanced Sangiovese Grosso grapes.
Tasting notesLicorice, sweet spices, toast, and smoke aromas and flavors envelop a core of raspberry in this intense, extroverted red. Complex, focused and structured, with an expansive finish.
Technical notesThe vines are planted on medium textured, sandy, mineral rich clay soil. Maceration and fermentation in stainless steel lasted 20 days. Aged three years in large Slavonian oak botti and one year in bottle.

Notes on Wednesday November 13, 2013, Mora’s Fine Wine Italian Wine Seminar at C’est Cheese

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Here’s some notes on the wines from Wednesday night. It was a fun evening with brilliant cheese pairings by Joe our favorite local Fromagista.

1 Sparkling Bellavista Cuvee Franciacorta NV

Fresh and appealing, much less leesy than Champagne with more citrus and green apple flavors, a blend of 8 vintages
90 rating Wine Advocate  the depth of Champagne with the freshness of Prosecco

2 white 2012 Tre Monti Alabana de Romagna

This was a perfect match to the Telaggio cheese which is very rich and pungent. The wine has  gots, and lots of polyphenols in the skins.
Albana is a white grape variety from the Romagna region. Floral with fleshy yellow plum and dried-apricot fruit character, this is also complex, with an earthy touch and even grape-skin tannins. Enjoy it with pesto pasta, finfish, shellfish, or rabbit.

3 red 2011 Burlotto Barbera d’Alba– classic high acid Barbera… always shows great.

4 red 2010 Castelfeder Alto Adige Riserva Pinot Nero Winespectator review for 2009

Scratched from this race.  Damn,  we hope to pour it at our November 30 store tasting with the same supplier. Looking forward to it. Fillipo showed a Freisa from Piedmont, pretty nice, fresh, tart with strawberry flavors
“Richly spiced, this elegant version layers notes of crushed cherry, dried thyme, violet and plum with refined tannins and finely tuned acidity. Drink now through 2018. 600 cases made.” –AN

5 red 2010 Lanciola Chianti Classico Le Masse De Greve

Excellent Chianti,

recent 93 rating from James Suckling, single vineyard classico

6 red 2006 Monteci Amarone

Not the most typical Amarone but a big crowd pleaser with notes of leather, smoke and tea and dry cherry, dry grape accents as well.

93 Winespectator review a Huge wine also from a single vineyard with good press

7 Dessert 2010 Carlo Hauner Malvasia di Lapari

Not too sweet but showing very nice fruitcake dry fruit flavors, showed very well with the blue cheese we paired to it.

Lots of hazelnut flavors with an hint of apricot, elegant and good with sweet dishes or mild cheeses. … much less alcoholic then vin santo and less sweet

Saturday Tasting Archive: 11.09.13 Argentina, Italy, Spain & U.S. (Skurnik Wines)

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Charles Fournier Riesling Gold Seal Vineyards 2012
Rich sez: Bone dry, some may find it austere, I say bring out the fried shellfish, clams, oysters, calamari…upstate NY is making some great Rieslings
Charles Fournier Riesling Gold Seal Vineyards 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
“Winemaker Charles Fournier (1901-1984) was a pioneer of the New York State wine industry. He was instrumental in planting the state’s first vinifera grape varieties in the Finger Lakes region in the 1950s, proving that world class wines could be made there. This Riesling is a tribute to his vision and produced with fruit from three Finger Lakes vineyards, including the Doyle Vineyard, which was originally planted by Fournier.” -The Winery 


Ramey Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2010
Rich sez: One of stars of the day. David Ramey is a Chardonnay guru and this, one of his “basic” cuvees comes off like a premier cru white Burg costing 2-3 times the price.
Ramey Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2010 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2013
“Ramey’s 2010 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is laced with lemon, pastry, crushed rocks and mint. Beautifully delineated and focused, the 2010 stands out for its energy and verve. This is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.” -Antonio Galloni
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
“Bright yellow-gold. Complex scents of poached pear, peach, iodine and toasty lees. Lush and creamy in texture, with an exotic quality to its fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors. Suave, rich and lively, finishing on a dry, refreshingly bitter lemon zest note with very good persistence.” -Josh Raynolds 


Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2010
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2010 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2012
“A dark red, with bright acidity supporting juicy blackberry, currant and blueberry notes that pick up hints of wild flowers, hot stone and tar. Shows nice range and cut. Drink now.” -Nathan Wesley
88 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2012
“Bright ruby-red. Crushed blackberry, menthol and licorice plus a whiff of reduction on the nose. Juicy, brisk and quite dry, in a distinctly savory, uncompromising style. On the lean side but well-made. And the tannins are suave.” -Stephen Tanzer 


Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Smith Columbia Valley 2011
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“Classy and refined, it’s just damn amazing. Casiss, pencil lead, fresh herb and crushed granite. It is satin smooth and elegant, further defined with a super long finish. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot.” -The Winery 


Bodegas Magana Baron de Magana 2009
Excellent, powerful yet balanced. The Merlot cuttings came from Pomerol for this property owned by Moueix (Ch Petrus). It shows in the wine, the Merlot is muscular in this wine, it required 2-3 hours to breath
and comes off with the structure of Cru Classe Bordeaux in a riper, modern Spanish style. The oak is laid on very judiciously.
Bodegas Magana Baron de Magana 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2013
35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Tempranillo and 10% Syrah.   “The wine was aged 14 months in 70% new oak prior to bottling. A stunning value, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as abundant notes of sweet mulberries, white chocolate and black currant fruit, incense, vanillin, mocha and a hint of espresso. It is a complex, modern-styled, Spanish red offering loads of fruit, medium to full body, and terrific balance as well as purity. Consume it over the next 4-5 years…” -Robert Parker 


La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2004
Rich sez: My pro Spanish bias aside I can’t get over the fact that this wine spends 36 months in oak before bottling! It is an amazing with wine with the elegance of a top red burgundy. It also needed several hours to breath and was one of my favorites of the day
La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial 2004 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
94 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013
“Cedar, tobacco and spice hints frame dried cherry, berry and vanilla notes in this silky red. The flavors mingle nicely, framed by juicy acidity and light but firm tannins. The wine has a lovely, weightless intensity. A fine example of the traditional style. Drink now through 2020.” -Thomas Matthews
93 Points – Wine Advocate #202, August 2012
“It is aged for 36 months in four-year-old American oak. It has a very enticing bouquet with dark cherry, Christmas cake, dried fig and espresso with fine delineation and bags of exuberance. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins, underpinned by a keen citric thread that cuts through the licorice-tinged, dark berry and allspice-tinged fruit with style. It is simply delicious on the bittersweet finish.” –Neal Martin
92 Points – International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 13
“(80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha): Vivid ruby-red. Suave, spicy red fruit preserve and potpourri scents are complicated by notes of vanilla, licorice and mocha. Sappy, focused and energetic, offering sweet raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are given lift by juicy acidity. Impressively pure and penetrating on the finish, which leaves floral pastille and smoky mineral notes behind.” –Josh Raynolds
 


Silvio Grasso Barolo 2009
Rich sez: It is not mature yet but it is delicious to drink with a couple of hours of breathing. We regularly pour young Barolo, not too much old Barolo laying around to serve on Saturdays. It is always a little disappointing because young Nebbiolo is usually not that much fun to drink, it magically changes with bottle age. However, the ripe intense fruit of this wine comes through after you let the tongue stripping tannins melt with some breathing. I’d rather have a ten year old  bottle of Silvio Grasso to drink but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and the price amazing, this caliber of Barolo for $37 is great.

Silvio Grasso Barolo 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 11.14.13)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2013
“The 2009 Barolo shows the powerful side of the vintage with a brooding, dark color and lively aromas of cassis, forest fruit, anise, fennel, licorice and tar. A dark, inky appearance is followed by smooth richness and long lasting flavors of black fruit and spice. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025.” -Monica Larner


The gifts that keep on giving: Mora’s Fine Wines WotMoCl’s

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The Holidays are coming and our Wine of the Month Clubs is one of the greatest gifts you can give

For yourself: Many of us, myself included get into a rut in the wine we bring home to drink each week. We find something we like
and go to it over and over. Well our wine buyers seek out new wines weekly, if not daily to keep our shop interesting and to fulfill our wine clubs with the best products. Many of our club members view a membership to our wine of the month club as a gift to give someone else but quite a few belong themselves.  Having us pick wines for you makes you think out of the box. Our job is to give wine advice so who is better suited to deliver two bottles of remarkable wine every month to you than Mora’s savvy staff?

For a gift: Unlike most clubs like a book club or hiking club, more often than not a membership to our Wine of the Month Club is given as a gift to a wine aficionado in our lives. Now a couple of bottles of wine makes a great gift for such a person but receiving The Wine of the Month Club puts you in touch with new and exciting releases, great values and exclusive, limited production wines month after month, for as long of as short as you like. Shipping is always included and Mora’s has the best customer service in the business. View our clubs here or better yet come in, call 631-941-4458 or email rich@moraswines.com with any questions you may have.

WOW-Rich’s Wines Of the Week of Nov 5, 2013:Location,Location,Location

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Here’s what the exceptional winemaker behind “The Prisoner” and the great Orin Swift wines has been upto in the last
couple of years.
according to Orin Swift’s website the concept behind his “Locations” series of wines as follows:
Locations is a simple concept made complicated that ultimately became a great deal of fun.

•    The Simple: Make the best possible wine from a given country or location.

•    The Complex: Going out and tracking down the vineyards which are capable of delivering the quality of wine needed.

•     The Fun: Travelling the world to visit incredible sites and meet amazing people that challenge each other to make the best

wine possible.

The plain labels identify the source of each wine, presently the wines they make are known as:
“E” for Espana or Spain available
“F” for France available
“C” for California, yes California is a country unto itself, if you ask winemaker Dave Phinney, coming soon
“I” for Italy available
“AR”for Argentina.not yet released

Those are all the countries represented so far.
I’ve had the F-1 which is the French version. It is a lovely wine with deep color
deep pure berry flavors with sleek and fluid tannins and lively acidity. The balance is great, though it is rich and generous
it is not heavy.There is a touch of oak but definitely understated.  The only thing is I can’t tell where it is from by the taste?
It’s called Locations F-1 but if I tasted it blind I don’t think I’d identify it as a french wine! I might mistake it for California but I’m not sure. I like being able to catalog wines in my head and I like the familiarity of certain varietals from certain appellations with a distinctive style. The blend of the F-1 is made of Grenache, Syrah and “assorted Bordeaux varietals”. So if they
are listed in order of prevalence it is mostly warm climate mediterranean juice that could be taken for California. Anyway the irony
of not being able to pinpoint a “Locations” wine without seeing the big F on the label is hard to ignore. This is a very good wine and an excellent value that is worth seeking out.

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Saturday Spirit Tasting: November 9, at 7pm- Happy Birthday Flame Fine Cigars

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Join  the guys at Flame Fine Cigars in Port Jeff and Mora’s crack staff of experts this weekend for a serious tasting of assorted spirits in celebration of our favorite cigar lounge’s one year anniversary