Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: March 29-April 3 2014: Fine Wine Portfolio from Argentina, California, Italy, Spain & New Zealand

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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.

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008–$86.99 SAVE 25%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast, March 2013
“It’s easy to see why Silver Oak remains so popular with the restaurant crowd. It’s made in a more restrained style than many other Napa Cabs. There’s plenty of berry and currant fruit as well as oak, but it’s accompanied by tobacco and herbs that give the wine an earthiness. What the wine lacks in dazzle it more than makes up for in elegance and subtlety. Cellar Selection.” -Steve Heimoff


Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes 2012
Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes 2012–$11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
87 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013
(an 80/10/10 blend): Aromas of lemon zest and flowers along with a musky gingery perfume. Understated, almost tart flavors of peach, lemon and flowers display brisk acidity as well as good texture from the chardonnay element. Lacks only the nuance for a higher score. 87 points


Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012–$15.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2013
“Supple and smooth, with a nice punch of acidity to the orange zest, lemon, green apple and fresh thyme notes. Intense and delicious, offering a very long, juicy finish. Drink now. 7,000 cases imported.” -MaryAnn Worobiec


Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2012
Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2012–$9.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, November 2013
“Dark, vinous and oaky, this mixes notes of cassis, blackberry, licorice, smoke and woodsy spice, with chewy tannins settling in on the finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.” -Nathan Wesley


Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja 2010

Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja 2010–$19.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
91 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2013
“The 2010 Vinas de Gain red, from a very balanced vintage is made with Tempranillo sourced from different vineyards in Laguardia averaging 30 years of age. It is fermented in open stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak barrels for one year. It’s a little closed and requires some time to start showing its nose. The palate is explosive, with clean acidity and balance, pure, hedonistic with great depth. It slowly develops some minty, balsamic aromas coating the red fruit, with even notes of fennel. 150,000 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2022.” -Luis Gutierrez
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, September/October 2013
“(100% tempranillo): Vivid ruby. Assertive red fruit and floral scents are brightened by a minerally nuance. Spicy, penetrating and gently sweet, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a touch of rose. The long finish features gentle tannic grip and very good spicy lift, leaving a cherry pit note behind.” -Josh Raynolds

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Masi Campofiorin Veronese 2010

Masi Campofiorin Veronese 2010–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 04.03.14)
88 Points – Wine Spectator, September 2013
“Balanced and tangy, with light tannins and blackberry, dried lavender, graphite-tinged mineral and ground spice flavors. Corvina. Drink now. 60,000 cases made.” -Alison Napjus





Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: March 21-28 2014: Fine Wine Portfolio from Australia, California, France & Italy

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Monteci Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costa delle Corone 2007
Monteci Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costa delle Corone 2007 – $51.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
90 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2013
“The 2007 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costa della Corone is an elegant and textured wine that imparts loads of dried cherry, spice, tobacco and cured meat. A distant touch of apple skin or dried apricot gives the wine a bright and buoyant feel. Indian spice, toasted chestnut and suede drive the powerful, yet elegant finish. Drink 2014-2020.” -Monica Larner


Cave de Pomerols Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2013
Cave de Pomerols Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet 2013 – $9.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
“100% Picpoul, aka Folle Blanche. Pale yellow color with green tints. Fresh and fine aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit. Lime flavors, with typical focusing acidity, are hallmarks of Picpoul. Our best value, this wine impresses novices and hardened geeks equally. Known as the Muscadet of the South in France, this is to the Mediterranean coast of France what Albarino is to northwest Spain, the default wine for fresh shellfish & seafood.” -The Importer


Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Rose Reserve 2012
Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Rose Reserve 2012 – $11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
87 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2013
“The Grand Veneur 2012 Cotes du Rhone Rose Reserve is composed of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Cinsault. It exhibits strawberry and raspberry fruit notes as well as hints of lavender and Provencal herbs, and a spicy finish. Medium-bodied and dry, it should drink well for 12-16 months.” -Robert Parker


Chealsea Goldschmidt Merlot Alexander Valley 2012
Chealsea Goldschmidt Merlot Alexander Valley 2012 – $16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
“Chelsea is Nick’s eldest daughter and started this project with him back in 2006. With her bright red hair and outgoing personality, Chelsea was never described as shy. In turn, this sophisticated Merlot is bold and expressive, brimming with red fruit flavors and spice…Chelsea Merlot is a fine example of how Merlot can be made with lots of personality. Medium garnet with red berry fruit on the nose, very floral with violet and rose petal aromas, red cherry and strawberry flavors; medium-to full bodied, smoky oak in the background, soft and supple tannins, finishes with vanilla and spice.” -The Winery


Misfits Wine Company Cycle Buff Beauty 2011
Misfits Wine Company Cycle Buff Beauty 2011 – $15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
“90% Shiraz and 10% Malbec. Opaque ruby. Potent aromas of dark berries, cherry pit and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Lush and expansive, offering spicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that are lifted by zesty acidity. Finishes with slightly edgy tannins and good, smoky persistence.” -The Importer


Spicerack Punchdown Syrah Sonoma Coast 2009

Spicerack Punchdown Syrah Sonoma Coast 2009 – $16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.27.14)
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011
“Opaque ruby. Varietally accurate aromas of dark berries, violet, cracked pepper and smoky bacon. Juicy and nicely precise, offering energetic blackberry and mulberry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The smoky note comes back on the finish, which clings with good tenacity and a hint of bitterness.” -Josh Raynolds



Mora’s Monthly Midweek Spirit Tasting: Wednesday March 26th 2014 at The Shop, Karl Du Hoffmann is back with: Scotch & Japanese Malt Whiskies and some Surprises!

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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.

 

Maurin Quina Le Puy

“Created in 1884 by Mr. Auguste Maurin in Le Puy. A sweet white wine fortified with an infusion of wild cherries and quinine in a neutral grape spirit, with measured amounts of cherry brandy, lemon and cherry juice added. Delicate red hue, the subtle wine background elevates an array of tamed wild cherry flavor with light lemon and almond notes.” -The Importer

No. 3 London Dry Gin

“No.3 is the London Dry Gin distilled to a proprietary recipe of Berry Bros. & Rudd. With juniper at its heart, it unashamedly celebrates the integrity and character of traditional London Dry Gin. No.3 is distilled in traditional copper pot stills for Berrys by a family-owned company who have been distilling in Schiedam, Holland for over 300 years.”Three fruits: Juniper, from Italy, not only gives gin its name, but also the unmistakable gin taste of pine and lavender. Sweet Spanish orange peel gives freshness in the form of clean, crisp citrus, and grapefruit peel to give an extra lift of citrus.”Three spices: Angelica root adds an earthy quality and helps to make the gin dry. Moroccan coriander seed releases a lemon flavor during distilling as well as adding a spicy, slightly peppery finish to a well-made gin. And cardamom pods which add a spicy, aromatic, yet warm bite.” -The Distillery


Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky

Japanese Single Grain Whisky”An essential component of the house blends, the NIKKA COFFEY GRAIN is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still. Exotic, fruity and unique, it is meant for the connoisseur in search of an unconventional whisky. While single malt whisky is already well established among a wider audience, the single grain category is little known outside of connoisseur circles, mainly because of its rarity. A single grain whisky is distilled from a variety of grains, and must come from a single distillery. These generally serve as a base for blends, alongside malt whiskies, and are very seldom bottled on their own. The Nikka Coffey Grain is even more unique in that it is based on corn, as was traditionally the case, while most modern grain whiskies rely on wheat. The corn imparts the whisky with a round and generous texture, and intense aromatics.” -The Distillery

The Glenrothes Vintage 2001 Single Malt Scotch

Speyside Single Malt Scotch”The Glenrothes Vintage 2001 has been matured in four different types of casks. Two of the cask types are first fill; Spanish oak Sherry casks giving the whisky notes of rich spices and dried fruits and American oak Sherry casks providing excellent vanilla flavors. The remainder of the whisky was matured in Sherry Butts and Bourbon Hogshead refill casks, which lends to the characteristic balance and complexity associated with The Glenrothes. It combines the maturity of oaky vanilla, with the fullness of ripe black cherries and has a lingering, typically Glenrothes finish of soft spices. It has wonderful length and depth, hugely satisfying and an excellent demonstration of the Malt Master’s skill and dedication to the art of wood management.” –The Distillery

Glendronach 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch See details

Glendronach 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Highland Single Malt Scotch93 Points – Malt Advocate, March 2010
“Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than 12 year old (and not as sappy as the 18 year old). Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive!” -John Hansell

 

 

 


 

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: March 6-13 2013 The David Bowler Wines Portfolio

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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.
Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2012
Patrick Piuze Chablis 2012 — $21.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
“Bright pale yellow. Musky aromas of grapefruit, lavender and yellow rose. Densely packed, ripe and penetrating, with good cut and texture but also a saline umami quality to the flavors of grapefruit, lemon, pear and flowers. Finishes with very good salty mineral persistence. I enjoyed this terrific village wine with a yellowtail carpaccio.” -Stephen Tanzer


Domaine Eden Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2009 — $21.24 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
90 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2012
“Trim and pure, this is focused on white peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, ending with a push of delicate lemony citrus. Drink now through 2018. 2,909 cases made.” -James Laube89 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2012
“Domaine Eden’s 2009 Chardonnay is very pretty. The flavors have integrated beautifully. There is a lovely balance of rich, creamy fruit and Santa Cruz minerality. Citrus, nectarine and light floral honey are layered into the focused, vibrant finish. The 2009 is 60% Chardonnay from the Domaine Eden property and 40% declassified barrels from Mount Eden. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.” -Antonio Galloni


Gertie & Max Gutedel Dry 2012
Gertie & Max Gutedel Dry 2012 — $10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
“This delicate, dry white wine is created from a grape called Gutedel (rhymes with fruit ladle), a.k.a. Chasselas in Alsace and Switzerland. It is said to be the world’s most ancient variety. Gutedel’s silky mouthfeel and nutty character make it a wonderful cocktail wine, a versatile partner for light seafood dishes, and a classic accompaniment to cheese in general and cheese fondue in particular.” -The Importer


Barbet Chateau de Fleurie Fleurie Beaujolais 2011
Barbet Chateau de Fleurie Beaujolais 2011 –$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
92+ Points – View From the Cellar, January/February 2013
“…jumping from the glass in a beautiful aromatic blend of black cherries, a touch of cassis, dark chocolate, violets and incipient notes of game bird. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and nicely structured, with a great core of fruit, superb focus and balance and a very long, moderately tannic finish. This is a classic 2011 Cru and needs a year in the cellar to really unwind and show off its secondary layers of complexity. A beautiful and very serious bottle of Fleurie in the making. 2014-2025+.” -John Gilman91 Points – International Wine Cellar, August 2013
“Vivid ruby-red. Intense red berry and floral pastille aromas are complicated by smoky minerals and spices. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors with a hint of candied rose. Shows excellent clarity and energy and silky tannins on the persistent finish.” -Josh Raynolds


Domaine la Monardiere Vacqueyras Les 2 Monardes 2011
Domaine la Monardiere Vacqueyras 2011 –$19.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
89 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2013
“The 2011 Vacqueyras Les 2 Monardes is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah that spent 15 months in equal parts tank and older barrels. Sporting great aromatics, with loads of spice, herbs de Provence, leather and pretty berry fruit, this medium-bodied, elegant and layered effort has fresh acidity and an overall deft, mid-weight profile. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years.” -Jeb Dunnuck


Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard 2009

Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard 2009 –$42.39 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 03.13.14)
93 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2009 Tanbark Hill is a rich, voluptuous wine graced with layers of expressive fruit, smoke and tobacco. It shows quite a bit of depth for this bottling. Licorice, crushed flowers, spices and mint wrap around the plush, inviting finish. This is all elegance and class. In 2009 one-third of the production was bottled as Tanbark Hill. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.” -Antonio Galloni


Rick’s Pick: Palmer Brut Special Reserve, my Quotidian Quaff

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This was an unbelievable bargain we found at the winery this week. We love bubbles and for this price we can pop excellent Methode Champenoise wine every night of the week.  It is a blanc de Blanc, 100% Chardonnay from the 2007 vintage, a good year for Long Island. The wine is light and crisp with nice bottle age that has attenuated the acidity but not the intensity and freshness of the wine.

Rick's Pick: Palmer Brut Special Reserve, great bubbles, great price

$14.99 – 40% off Winery Price! Click to Buy