Weekly Wine Specials: Feb 26 to Mar 6, Argentina, Australia, California, Italy & South Africa

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All the wines listed below are carefully tasted and selected and are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide range of styles and prices so please have a look, there is something to please every palate.
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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc Walker Bay 2013
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc Walker Bay 2013 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
88 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2013
“The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely crisp bouquet with lifted lime zest, gooseberry and nettle scents that are very well-defined. The palate is taut and focused with a citric thread and then it reins everything in on the more mineral-led finish that just needs a touch more persistency.” -Neal Martin


Ascheri Arneis Cristina Langhe 2012
Ascheri Arneis Cristina Langhe 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013
“This white is succulent, with a lovely texture framing the peach, apple, floral and grapefruit notes. Harmonious, receding gracefully on the finish. Drink now. 200 cases imported.” -Bruce Sanderson


Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2011
Patz & Hall Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2011 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
91(+?) Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
“(35% new oak): Straw-yellow. Understated but pure aromas of pineapple, lemon, marzipan and nutmeg oil. At once glyceral and brisk, with a rich, supple texture nicely cut by harmonious citrussy acidity. A piquant note of pineapple and firm finishing minerality leaves a fairly dry impression on the aftertaste.” -Stephen Tanzer
89 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2013
“A nicely done, medium-weight style, offering light creamy oak, cedar, pear and baked apple scents, with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2018. 5,019 cases made.” -James Laube


Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Billi Billi 2010

Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz Billi Billi 2010 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
88 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2013
“Deep garnet with hint of purple to the color, the 2010 Billi Billi Shiraz gives notes of blackberry and blueberry compote with suggestions of eucalypt, anise and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a good amount of blackberry and spice flavors in the mouth, it has soft, supple tannins and a crisp acid line before finishing with medium-long persistence. Drink it now to 2015.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown


Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2012
Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
87 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013
“Easy-drinking, featuring juicy notes of floral plum and spice, with cedar hints. Solid length. Drink now.” -Nathan Wesley
“This sophisticated Felino Malbec carries a deep magenta hue and aromas of dark berries and anise. On the palate, intense, pure flavors of just-picked raspberries, black plum and graphite unfold in velvety layers. Exotic notes of ginger and white pepper carry through the mid-palate to intermingle with firm tannins and notes of cedar on the finish.” -The Winery


Verdad Tempranillo Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Edna Valley 2009

Verdad Tempranillo Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Edna Valley 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 03.06.14)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, November/October 2011
“(made from a clone that originated at Pesquera, in Ribera del Duero; includes 8% grenache and 8% syrah): Deep red. Musky red berries, cherry and herbs on the nose. A juicy, taut midweight whose lively redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air. Notes of candied licorice, smoke and rose linger on the long, sappy, appealingly spicy finish.” -Josh Raynolds


Weekly Wine Specials: Feb 20 – Feb 28 with Paul from Opici

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These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.
Le Mistral Red Monterey County 2009

Le Mistral Red Monterey County 2009 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
93 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013
“Ripe and fleshy, offering a mix of berry pie, melted licorice, mocha, loamy earth and toasty oak, this is clean, pure, deep and focused. An enticing wine with lots of character and complexity. Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2022. 250 cases made.” -James Laube


Sherwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sherwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
“The Sherwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc displays fresh, lively gooseberry and passionfruit aromas on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated with a beautiful, balanced finish. A wine to be enjoyed over the next two to three years.” -The Importer


Les Vignerons de Correns Rose Croix de Basson Provence 2012
Rose Croix de Basson Provence 2012 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
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“This Rose is a blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault. It has an intense nose of wild strawberries. A note of honey can be detected amidst the fruity aromas. The finish is lengthy and complex.” -The Winery


Angeline Pinot Noir California 2012
Angeline Pinot Noir California 2012 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
“This Pinot Noir is a lively garnet color with aromas of intense fruit, luscious vanilla and spice. Bright fruit flavors of fresh strawberry, cherry, raspberry and ripe plum are layered with creamy vanilla, earthy overtones, tea spice and sweet toasty oak on the finish.” -The Winery


Chateau la Grange Clinet Grande Reserve Cotes de Bordeaux 2010
Ch. la Grange Clinet Grande Reserve Bordeaux 2010 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
88 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2013
“Rich and spicy, this is a smooth, wood-aged wine. It has ripe tannins and some concentrated fruits. With its acidity and dry aftertaste, it will certainly age.” -Roger Voss
“60% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 14% Cabernet Franc…Dark garnet color with a bouquet of blackberries and toasted oak. Full bodied, with a nice finish.” -The Importer


Cycles Gladiator Boneshaker Zinfandel Lodi 2011
Cycles Gladiator Boneshaker Zinfandel Lodi 2011 — BUY NOW (on sale through 02.28.14)
“So what is this new bottle branded Boneshaker, with a ghoulish label from bold Gladiator Wines? The fruits of the labor of our restless winemaker ss this muscular Lodi Zin from century old vines. Fragrance and aromas of black cherry and leather arise. Not heady but subtle, yet affording surprise at its balance of fruit and oak upon first taste with a finish structured and absent of haste. From the first cork pulled and first sip taken, leaves vinous thirst slaked and bones thoroughly – SHAKEN.” -The Winery


Mora’s Monthly Midweek Spirit Tasting: Wednesday Feb 19th 2014 at The Shop: Single Malts, Tequila, and a Barrel-Aged Cocktail

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Free Spirits Tasting at Mora's Feb 19 2014
Join us for the monthly “Wednesday Night Flights” We conduct a free, fun and educational guided tastings of a wide variety of fine artisanal spirits. 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.

 

 

 

Products

 

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish Single Malt Scotch

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish Single Malt Scotch

Our price: $56.69
Market price: $62.99 save 10%

Highland Single Malt Scotch

“For about 12 months Tullibardine single malt has been finishing in Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Red Burgundy Casks which are 228 liters in size. The time in these red burgundy casks have created a delightful ruby color to this whisky with vanilla, light chocolate flavors and a creamy richness and hints of red summer fruit.” -The Distillery


 

 

Duncan Taylor Dimensions Macallan 1996 15 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Duncan Taylor Dimensions Macallan 1996 15 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Our price: $118.99
Market price: $139.99 save 15%

Speyside Single Malt Scotch

“Dimensions is a super-premium collection highlighting the multi-dimensional nature of the Duncan Taylor Portfolio. The whiskies in this range vary from 10 year old single malts and grains up to 39 years of age. The rarity of the Dimensions range is implicit. Each whisky is the product of a single cask, bottled at natural cask, bottled at natural cask strength and presented in a luxury carton. The provenance of each cask is featured on the label, including the origin of the spirit, distillation and bottling dates, cask number, the number of bottles and the individual bottle number.” -Duncan Taylor

This selection was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2012 at 110.2 proof.
Color: Light Gold
Nose: Oily, full vanilla flavors, nutty, aniseed and woody
Taste: wood, vanilla, cream, spicy, slightly salty tasting
Finish: Medium finish, great texture and mouth feel


 

Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Springbank 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Our price: $52.19
Market price: $57.99 save 10%

Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch

“A perfect introduction to the Springbank range. Whilst bourbon casks are mainly used for maturation, allowing the distillery character to shine through, a number of sherry casks are also used for added body. The light colour of this malt belies the richness of its character. Whilst the nose suggests a wide range of aromas, from citrus fruits to pears and a hint of peat, the palate excites even further with touches of smoke, vanilla essence, nutmeg, cinnamon and the salty tang we have come to expect from Springbank. ” -The Distillery


 

Kilkerran Work in Progress #5 Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch

Kilkerran Work in Progress #5 Sherry Wood Single Malt Scotch

Our price: $58.49
Market price: $64.99 save 10%

Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch

“Nose: Who’s chocolate orange is this? Dark chocolate, marzipan, honey covered dates and strawberries build up to a very rich and sweet ginger preserve. A very complex nose that doesn’t stop developing in the glass.

Palate: The honey covered dates return on the palate mixed with sultanas and black treacle fudge. This dram is as wholesome and tasty as a warm, toasted cinnamon and raisin bagel with real butter melting on top.

Finish: Medium, well balanced and round finish, presence of dark chocolate but surprisingly no evidence of peat.” -The Distillery


 

Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Springbank 12 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch

Our price: $74.69
Market price: $82.99 save 10%

Campbeltown Single Malt Scotch

“12 Year Old Springbank aged in 60% in fresh Sherry Hogshead and 40% Refill Sherry Butts and bottled at 50.3% Golden straw color and very rich and lush with strong toffee and caramel notes to begin with. The nose then develops to really thick treacle with heavy notes of marmalade. This whisky has a really ‘meaty’ nose with some hints of cinnamon and smoke. An amazingly full bodied whisky, rich with a with thick and oily texture. It has a very rich taste of oranges, tangerines and clementines as well as a hint of cocoa. Sweet and very rich, long finish with a hint of smoke.” -The Importer


Siembra Azul Tequila Anejo

Siembra Azul Tequila Anejo

Our price: $44.09
Market price: $48.99 save 10%
“A commanding, mature spirit, the Añejo is rested for about 18 months in white oak “medium toast” barrels that come from the Ozarks in Missouri. This is an elegant and robust spirit featuring a subtle yet complex flavor profile with notes of cinnamon, tobacco, raspberries, black olives, vanilla, coconut and butterscotch. The spirit offers a prolonged finish, and is best enjoyed neat in a Glencairn glass or large snifter.” -The Distillery

 

Fluid Dynamics The 1850 Barrel-Aged Cocktail 200mL

Fluid Dynamics The 1850 Barrel-Aged Cocktail 200mL
Our price: $17.09
Market price: $18.99 save 10%

These are 200mL bottles!

“The 1850 is our version of the classic Sazerac: Germain-Robin brandy, Low Gap whiskey, and a touch of Germain-Robin absinthe bottled at 32.7% abv. Add your own dash of bitters. We have been distilling and aging fine spirits in Mendocino County for 30 years. The classic recipes are blended by the distillers themselves and are based our craft-method spirits, frequently reviewed as among the finest in the world. Aged in oak barrels in the Germain-Robin cellars.” -The Distillery

 


 

Weekly Wine Specials: Feb 13 – Feb 20 with MS Walker wines featuring Cedric Bardin Sancerre

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Our very knowledgeable rep from MS Walker Wines will be here pouring and discussing  a selection of her great portfolio of wines from Italy, France and the US.
These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well

Week’s Specials

Villa Locatelli Friulano 2012 save 15% through Feb 22 2014

“Straw yellow with slight golden hues. Wildflowers dominate the nose like they dominate on a spring mountain pasture; some richness of almond and honeysuckle combine with some vegetal geranium leaf and hay aromas. Smooth; dry and medium bodied; well-balanced; characteristic bitter almond finish. Drink it on its own like we do in Friuli or serve with light soups, canapés; prosciutto di San Daniele.” -The Winery

Cedrick Bardin Sancerre 2012 save 20% through Feb 22 2014

89 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013
“Lively peach, thistle flower and flint notes mingle in this white, with a hint of tarragon on the finish. Drink now. 1,450 cases made.” -James Molesworth

Ilauri Bajo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 save 15% through Feb 22 2014

“Aged 6 months in french oak barrels. Rich in ripe red fruit notes, Bajo is a lively wine elegantly framed by oak spices.” -The Importer

Alleno & Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone 2011 save 15% through Feb 22 2014

88-90 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2012 “A sleeper of the vintage is the old vine Syrah cuvee, the 2011 Cotes du Rhone. It possesses plenty of blackberry, meaty, peppery, smoky notes that provide immediate appeal as well as gratification. Drink it over the next 3-5 years.” -Robert Parker


Peachy Canyon Cirque du Vin Paso Robles 2009 save 15% through Feb 22 2014

“A deep purple hue leads to an assortment of herbs & spices, dark fruits, and hints of vanilla and menthol. Soft acidity and light tannins buoy fresh strawberries on the front of the palate followed by raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec.” -The Winery

Castello Vicchiomaggio Ripa delle More 2009 save 20% through Feb 22 2014

“60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot aged in small barrels for 18-24 months. This is the most full-flavoured of Vicchiomaggio’s wines. All the grapevines are older than 20 years and are pruned according to strict requirements to guarantee a very low yield. This wine is elegant, spicy, peppery, sweet and has a notable wood taste. This is a full-flavoured, vigorous indeed delicious wine, that will ripen well over the years, becoming complex and intense.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Specials: Feb 7- Feb 13 with Michael Skurnik Wines featuring Alain Gras Saint Romain

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These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range

so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well
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Charles Fournier Riesling Gold Seal Vineyards 2012
Charles Fournier Riesling Gold Seal Vineyards 2012 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
“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


Domaine Alain Gras St. Romain Blanc 2011
Domaine Alain Gras St. Romain Blanc 2011 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
“Yellow colour with light gold tint, clear. Powerful nose, racy, with a smell of nuts, toast and a suggestion of vanilla. An expressive mouth with a fat and ample taste. This is a mineral wine with an elegant oaky taste and an excellent length taste. This wine is from clay and limestone soils planted with 40 year-old Chardonnay vines. 20-30% of the fruit is de-stemmed. The wine is fermented and aged in barrels, 20% of which are new. 3,000 cases produced.” -The Winery


Bodegas Barco de Piedra Ribera del Duero 2011
Bodegas Barco de Piedra Ribera del Duero 2011 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
91 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2012
“A sensational value from Ribera del Duero (which rarely produces interesting wines for under $25), the 2011 Barco de Piedra is 100% Tempranillo aged five months in a combination of French and American oak (85% and 15% respectively), all three-year-old used barrels. It exhibits notes of flowers, licorice, new saddle leather, black currants and cherries. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, complex and on a fast maturity curve, it should be consumed over the next 2-3 years.” -Robert Parker

90 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(aged for six months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak): Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of fresh dark berries and floral oils, with a licorice nuance adding depth. Sappy and precise, offering lively black raspberry and cherry flavors that show a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes sweet and long, with smooth tannins adding shape.” -Josh Raynolds


Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles 2011
Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
“Fine California cabernet sauvignon is not restricted to Napa Valley. I’ve had wonderful cabernets from Sonoma and the Santa Cruz Mountains, and this one from one of the cooler areas in Paso Robles. I’ve enjoyed Broadside’s classically structured cabernet for several vintages now, and the ’11 is especially good: dry, rich and slightly tannic, with snappy red fruit and an herbal tinge.” -Eric Asimov, New York Times (January 2014)

“…Penetrating aromas of black currant and red berries, graphite and spice meet a classically Bordelaise palate with nuance and structure. Resoundingly dry and elegant with fine purity of flavor and a lingering, balanced finish.” -The Winery


Januik Red Wine Columbia Valley 2009
Januik Red Wine Columbia Valley 2009 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, November/December 2012
“(essentially 50% merlot and 25% each cabernet sauvignon and malbec, but also includes bits of cab franc and syrah): Good medium bright red. Redcurrant and mocha aromas are complicated by leather and tobacco. Supple, smooth and sweet, in the silky style of the vintage, with enticing redcurrant fruit carrying onto a round, persistent, seamless finish. Very nicely balanced blend with suave tannins.” -Stephen Tanzer


La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 — BUY NOW! (on sale through 02.13.14)
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. 50,000 cases made.” -Thomas Matthews

93 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2012
“The 2004 Vina Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha from 30-year-old vines in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. 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. Drink now-2020+.” -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