Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 24 – July 1, 2015: Summer Is Here!

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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.” -Rich

Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape Alexis Establet 2007 Red Rhone Wine
Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf du Pape Alexis Establet 2007–$40.79 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
94 points – Wine Advocate, October 2009
“The brilliant 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Alexis Establet (100% Grenache from 100-year-old vines from a parcel situated in the northern end of Chateauneuf du Pape known as La Gardiole) is one of the finest wines this estate has ever made. A saturated ruby/purple color (surprising given the fact that the 100% Grenache was aged primarily in small oak) is followed by fabulous levels of concentration, rich, ripe fruit, good freshness and vibrancy (because of the lack of any excessive heat during the growing season), plenty of pepper, licorice, grilled Provencal herbs, and exceptional levels of red and black fruits. The tannins are silky, the wine is broad and savory, and the finish lasts nearly a minute. Drink this super wine over the next 15-20 years.” -Robert Parker

Stickybeak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 Red California Wine
Stickybeak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012–$20.39 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
87 Points – Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
“Sanguine in cassis, cranberry and wild strawberry, this relatively inexpensive Napa Cab has an herbal edge that suggests elegance and balance. The finish is stamped in oak that lingers on the palate without overwhelming. — V.B. (5/1/2015)

Decoy Pinot Noir 2013 Red California Wine
Decoy Pinot Noir 2013–$20.39 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
“Building on the traditions established by our acclaimed Goldeneye and Migration wines, Decoy Pinot Noir expands our exploration of the depth and diversity of this varietal to Sonoma County winegrowing. Highlighting a distinctly plush and approachable expression of Pinot Noir, Decoy is crafted to be ready upon release.” The Winery

Cloudline Cellars Pinot Noir 2013 Red Oregon Wine
Cloudline Cellars Pinot Noir 2013–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
100% Pinot Noir.  “The 2013 Cloudline has a brilliant ruby color and medium body, which is true to Oregon Pinot Noir. On the nose and following through on the palate, I find bright red and black cherries, with a framework of cola nut and ripe dark fruit. Tannins are soft, and the finish is graceful. This is a wine to enjoy tonight, or sometime in the next 3-5 years.” – Véronique Drouhin

d'Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2012 White Australian Wine
d’Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2012–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
89 Points! Wine Spectator, June 2014
“Tight, spicy and appealing, with pear and lychee flavors, well-modulated to fly smoothly on the medium-weight frame. Shows impressive persistence on the finish. Drink now. 6,500 cases imported.” -Harvey Steinman

Zaca Mesa Viognier 2013 California White Wine
Zaca Mesa Viognier 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 07.01.15)
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, April 2015
“One of the region’s Rhône pioneers, this winery delivers aromas of chalk, cherimoya and white flowers on this bottling. It’s very clean and crisp on the palate, with a sharp mineralogy and flavors of pear cider, lemon peel and lychee.”-M.K.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 17-24, 2015: (Mostly) Italian Wines with Donato!

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Damilano Barolo Riserva 2000 Italian Red Wine
Damilano Barolo Riserva 2000–$60.79 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
95 Points – James Suckling, February 2014
“This is very dark and powerful with chewy meat, berry and  dark chocolate character. Full body, powerful tannins but a ripe rich finish. Just coming around.” -James Suckling
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Luisa Pinot Grigio Isonzo del Friuli Italian White Wine
Luisa Pinot Grigio Isonzo del Friuli–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
Rating for the 2012 vintage:
88 Points – Wine Spectator, Web Only 2013
“Dry and smoky, with well-meshed notes of fresh-cut pear, grapefruit zest, melon rind and honey. Light-footed yet rich with flavor. Drink now through 2015. 6,667 cases made.” -Alison Napjus
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Terredora di Paolo Greco di Tufo Loggia Della Serra 2013 Italian White Wine
Terredora di Paolo Greco di Tufo Loggia Della Serra 2013–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
95 Points – James Suckling, November 2014
“This is very ripe and layered with lots of honey, oil, dried lemon and apple character. It’s full body very deep and intense and a long, long finish. Super finish. Late styled white with great depth and flavor. Drink now.”
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Scurati Ceuso Nero d'Avola Italian Red Wine
Scurati Ceuso Nero d’Avola–$11.89 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
100% Nero d’Avola
Color: Ruby red with purple highlights
Bouquet: Fruit nose of blackberries, blueberries and cherries with hints of liquorice and damp earth
Flavor: Balanced with good tannins, long finish
Pairings: Pairs well with salumi, grilled meats and medium-aged cheeses
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Castello di Luzzano Carlino Bonarda Dell 'Oltrepo' Pavese 2013 Italian Red Wine
Castello di Luzzano Carlino Bonarda Dell ‘Oltrepo’ Pavese 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
“This wine has a bright, deep ruby color, tinged with purple. The nose is intense, penetrating, and lively, with aromas of violet and hints of spice, it is still dry and full.” -Castello di Luzzano Winery
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Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2013 Italian Red Wine
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2013–$17.84 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
“100% Nebbiolo aged for six months in large, oak casks. Ruby red color. Red fruit with notes of spices, white pepper and anise on the nose. The palate is balanced with bright fruit. Pairs well with pizza, pastas with simple sauces, sausage, ham, charcuterie and spicy dishes.” -The Importer
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Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Copper Rhone Blend California Red Wine
Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Copper Rhone Blend–$12.79 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
“Bright fruit, subtle earthiness and notes of oak, red cherry and plum, accented with cedar and clean mineral notes leading to a long, pleasing finish.” -Broken Earth Winery
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Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Platinum Bordeaux Blend California Red Wine

Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Platinum Bordeaux Blend–$12.79 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.24.15)
“This Bordeaux style blend offers ripe fruit with a luxurious texture. The components of this wine each offer their best assets and showcase beautifully together.” -Broken Earth Winery

Reds for Summer Drinking

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For many, the summer months bring a seasonal change in drinking habits as well as the climate: warmer weather means crisp whites and dry rosés.  But for others the love for red wine runs too deep.  It isn’t reserved only for the cooler months of the year; it’s the preferred glass of wine no matter what the weather is like.  The trouble is, it can be hard to convince friends on a bottle of red when what they really want in the summer is to be refreshed.  Most reds seem to weigh down the warm-weather drinker, not revitalize them.

You may, however, be able to sway your friends (and yourself!) if you keep a few things in mind when selecting a summer red:

1) Favor light- to medium-bodied reds.  The full-bodied ones you might usually prefer can, when its hot or humid, seem heavier than they usually do.
2) Look for lower alcohol content reds (ideally, less than 13%).  Your body responds more quickly to alcohol when the temperature is higher, so staying with a more modest percentage will be kinder to you in the long run.
3) Try your red slightly chilled.  While the vast majority of reds aren’t intended to be consumed chilled (as most whites and rosés are) some can be served a bit cooler than normal and be just fine!  Try wrapping your bottle in a damp towel and leaving your bottle of red in the freezer for about 10 minutes.  As long as you don’t forget it in there, your wine should lower just enough in temperature.

 

At Mora’s we’ve selected a handful of “Summer Reds” for the months ahead.

Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Frizzante Salamino di Santa Croce 2010
A sparkling dry Italian red for $19.99

Wachter Wiesler Béla-Jóska” Blaufränkisch 2012
An earthy, food friendly German red for only $18.99

Barbet Domaine de Billards Saint Amour 2013
A bright and juicy French Beaujolais rated 92 by Vinous Media, for $18.99

Sileni Pinot Noir Cellar Selection 2013
A light and silky New Zealand red for just $15.99

Pazos del Rey Sila Mencia Monterrei 2011
A beautiful Spanish red rated 88 Points by International Wine Cellar, just $14.99

 

Pick them all up today at:
Mora’s Fine Wine and Spirits
280 Route 25A, East Setauket, 11733

Or, Order Online: www.moraswines.com

Contributed by: Nancee Moes

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting June 10-17, 2015: Italy, France, New Zealand, & California

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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 Red California Wine

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009–$100.00 SAVE 13%! (on sale through 06.17.15)
Rating for previous vintage:
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

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Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2013 Alsace White Wine

Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2013–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.17.15)
90 Points – Vinous Media, April 2015
“Bright golden yellow. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits and sweet spices. More explosive than the 2012, with even better lift and precision. Finishes clean and long, with serious peppery bite. ‘I sell ten times as much abroad as I do in France,’ Olivier Humbrecht told me, a consequence of the fact that this is a classically dry wine (in France, they like their Gewürztraminers on the sweet side). Made with grapes from the early-ripening Herrenweg site, which Humbrecht picked in the last days of August and beginning of September.” -Ian D’Agata

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Luce della Vite Lucente 2012 Italian Red Wine

Luce della Vite Lucente 2012–$20.39 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.17.15)
92 Points – James Suckling
“Aromas of blackberries, minerals and fresh herbs. Full body, firm tannins and a savory, juicy aftertaste. Hints of toasted oak. The second wine of Luce. Needs time to soften but delicious already.”
91 Points – Vinous, February 2015
“A racy, expressive wine, the 2012 Lucente captures the personality of the year in spades. Super-ripe red stone fruits, raspberry jam, mocha and sweet spices are all juicy and exuberant in a silky red to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2012 Lucente makes a great introduction to this range of wines from the Frescobaldi family.” -Antonio Galloni

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Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 New Zealand White Wine

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.17.15)
“The new project of Erica and Kim Crawford (yes, THE Kim Crawford), Loveblock is situated on a spectacular windswept promontory overlooking the sea. Passion fruit, vibrant and pure, marks the nose, while the plump palate reveals hints of gooseberry that linger through the extended finish.” ~J.C. of the Importer
“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. ” ~ Winery notes

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Principessa Gavia Gavi 2013 Italian White Wine

Principessa Gavia Gavi 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.17.15)
Vineyards Grapes for Principessa Gavia are grown in a single vineyard, located in the classic Gavi region of Novi Ligure. Here the soil is rocky clay and marl. Following a rigorous selection of Cortese grapes, the clean must is gently pressed and fermented at a controlled temperature of 64˚F for 20 days before the new wine is clarified.
Color: Pale-straw.
Bouquet: Intense, fresh, with aromas of pineapple and green apple.
Taste: Well-balanced, with gentle acidity and delicate, dry finish.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: June 3-10, 2015: Spanish Wines with Mercedes!

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Protos Reserva Ribera del Duero 2010 Red Spanish Wine

Protos Reserva Ribera del Duero 2010–$39.19 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
92 Points – Wine Spectator Jan/Feb 2015
“This fleshy red delivers bright cherry and plum flavors, backed by smoky and gamy notes, with chewy tannins and lively acidity. Features fresh fruit and good stuffing. Drink now through 2022. 20,000 cases made.” -T.M.

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Torello Brut Reserva Cava Special Edition 2010 Spanish Sparkling Wine

Torello Brut Reserva Cava Special Edition 2010–$32.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
90 Points – Decanter, January 2014
“The Torello family has a long, rich history, for the Can estate has been under its ownership since the end of the 14th century. The strikingly liveried cuvée, made from Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo, is forward but elegant in style with an attractive intensity of zingy, ripe apple fruit.”

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Pago Venta la Ossa Syrah Vino de la Tierra Castilla 2010 Red Spanish Wine

Pago Venta la Ossa Syrah Vino de la Tierra Castilla 2010–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
90 Points – International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2012
“Glass-staining ruby. Aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, earth and vanillin oak are lifted by a peppery nuance. Spicy cherry and cassis flavors show very good depth and pick up a bitter chocolate quality with air. Closes with gentle tannic grip and strong, spicy
length.”

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Bodegas Obalo Rioja Crianza 2010 Red Spanish Wine

Bodegas Obalo Rioja Crianza 2010–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct 2013
“Vivid purple. Bright dark fruits on the perfumed nose, with sexy Asian spices and a floral element adding complexity. Deep and sweet but energetic and precise as well, with appealing vibrancy to its black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors. Silky tannins build on the long, pliant finish, which leaves a floral note behind.”

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Campillo Rioja Rosado 2014 Spanish Pink Wine

Campillo Rioja Rosado 2014–$11.04 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
Review for the previous vintage:
90 Points – Vinous Media
“(100% tempranillo): Light red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas show good clarity and a sexy floral nuance. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red berry flavors and a touch of bitter orange zest. Finishes on a minerally note, with firm grip and good spicy persistence. This wine’s deep color suggests that it was made by bleeding tanks but that’s not the case: it was made by extremely slow direct pressing, which imparted the dark hue.” – Josh Raynolds

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Bodegas Naia Las Brisas Rueda 2012 Spanish White Wine

Bodegas Naia Las Brisas Rueda 2012–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
“Las Brisas has a wide open, ripe array of fruity and grassy aromas that attack the nose on first sniff. In the mouth it is a bright, open, colorfully fruitful and refreshing white wine filled with gobs of ripe white fruits: green grapes, white peach, apricot, pear, granny smith apple, grapefruit, and lime-y citrus. It’s juicy and crisp at the same time; it may as well be a glass of fruit salad. An excellent edge of acidity makes it a great match for white meats and seafood, and doubles as a thirst quencher. A slight touch of perceived peachy sweetness makes it a good foil for hot and spicy dishes. This is a great choice for a summer barbecue; also a great ‘segue’ wine for those trying to escape white zindom and enter the world of real fine wine.” -The Importer

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Bodegas Mano a Mano Manon Tempranillo 2012 Red Spanish Wine

Bodegas Mano a Mano Manon Tempranillo 2012–$9.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.10.15)
88 Points- International Wine Cellar, September 2014
“(fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for three months in French and American oak): Deep ruby. Rich, smoke-tinged dark berry and plum aromas, with a hint of woodsmoke. Lush and supple on the palate, showing an open-knit dark fruit character and a subtle bitter chocolate quality. This broad, chewy wine finishes with fine-grained tannins and a touch of cracked pepper.” – Josh Raynolds

Mora’s June Vodka of the Month Club: Stoli Elit

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Stolichnaya
Elit Vodka, 80 Proof
Tambov, Russia

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The Vodka: “We choose to grow our grain in Tambov, Russia — one of the richest, most fertile environments on Earth. Our grains are single-sourced from Raduga, our farm in Tambov. Cultivated by our own farmers, we hand-select our blend of grains: winter wheat, spring wheat and rye. We distill three times, using only the high-quality heart that comes out of the process: the Alfa elit™ Spirit. 850 miles northwest of Tambov, the most robust grains of the Alfa elit™ Spirit are carefully balanced with water from our own artesian well in Riga, Latvia. While most vodkas discard only 2% of the distillate to extract imperfections, we set the benchmark for Alpha Spirit, extracting up to 20% to achieve perfection. The liquid is then filtered through tightly packed columns of fine quartz sand and activated Russian birchwood charcoal to remove any tiny particles. Pulled by gravity and perfected by carbon, it emerges bright and clear. Precisely -18º C is the temperature at which the spirit undergoes our patented freeze-filtration process before passing through an ion-charged filter. Inspired by the old tradition of leaving casks outside in winter conditions, this final stage is what distinguishes elit™ from other vodkas. The result is an understated and uniquely creamy vodka, void of any imperfections. After rigor comes rest. Following freeze-filtration, we allow 24 hours for our vodka to return to room temperature — unhurried — to achieve its flawless clarity and density before bottling. Designed to emulate our filtration process, the bottle is inspected by hand with every detail considered. The weighty glass bottle holds a visible luminosity as remarkable as the liquid inside.” –Stolichnaya

Gayot Top 10 Vodkas
“Don’t confuse Stolichnaya elit with its popular older brother ‘Stoli.’ This grain-based beverage is triple-distilled and undergoes a unique freeze filtration process which brings its temperature down to -18 degrees Celsius (0 degrees Fahrenheit). As the liquid’s density increases, it becomes easier to identify and remove impurities. The result: great body and texture, and a distinctly clean aftertaste.” –Gayot, The Guide to the Good Life

96 Points Wine Enthusiast June 2006
“Aroma is dry, clean, and grainy, with background notes of parchment and litchi; later passes offer semisweet, mildly smoky/ashy scents of charcoal and smoldering embers. Palate entry is firm, moderately oily, bittersweet; at midpalate concentrated and spicy grain flavors mingle adroitly with the smoky, sap- and resin-sweet birch-charcoal filtering influence. Concludes sweetly and almost candy-like.” — P.P.

Mora’s June Single Malt Scotch of the Month Club: Arran Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch

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The Arran Malt
Sauternes Cask Finish Single Malt Scotch, 100 Proof
Isle of Arran, Highlands, Scotland

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The Distillery & Methods: “A dynamic new force in the Scotch whisky industry, Isle of Arran Distillers is one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland. Based at Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, one of the most beautiful and famous in Scotland which lies off the West Coast between Ayrshire and Kintyre, Arran is a unique island known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, for it has all of the scenery of Scotland, with mountains and lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles (including one at Lochranza). Early in the 19th century, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries on Arran, most of them illegal and carefully hidden from the eyes of the taxmen. The malt from Arran was shipped to the mainland and enjoyed by the gentry who regularly ‘took the Arran waters’. It was acclaimed at the time as the best in Scotland, rivaled only by those from the ‘Glen of Livet’.” –The Distillery

The Process: “Arran Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from unpeated Scottish barley, which is malted and then fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. Once the barley has been fermented, the wash is distilled twice – first through Arran’s copper-pot wash still and then again through Arran’s copper-pot spirit still. The stills were custom designed, says MacTaggart, and “shaped to allow the lighter vapors to come up through the stills.” As a result, Arran Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an appreciably softer and more delicate flavor profile as compared to other Scotch whiskies.” –Caskers, online

The Whisky: “Arran Single Malt Whisky Sauternes Cask Finish was matured for approximately eight years in traditional oak casks. Following its initial beauty rest, the whisky was finished in used Sauternes casks sourced from an artisan producer of the iconic Bordeaux sweet white wine.” –Caskers, online

Tasting Notes by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Initially acacia honey but then opening up to apricots, bananas and pears. With time a floral elegance presents itself.
Palate: Sweet but cut with warm spice. Lemon zest announces itself with the addition of water and a slight saltiness plays with this dram’s sweet character.
Finish: Seville orange, Sauternes and an once of honey in a crisp finish.

 

Mora’s Gold Wine of the Month Club: June 2015

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Twenty Rows
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Napa Valley, California

 

The Winery: “We began making Napa Valley wine in 1996 when we started our label, Vinoce from a small plot of land on our Mt. Veeder estate. We decided that in addition to our Vinoce we needed a wine that our customers could drink every day and started Twenty Rows.” –The Winery

 

The Wine: “Bright black cherries lead the charge, followed by dusty cocoa and roasting coffee beans. Dense texture and a fine sense of balance enhance the pleasing aromatics of blackberry, currants, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Approachable and immediately delicious. 2013 Twenty Rows Cabernet is an agile performer. Rigorous vineyard management and traditional viticulture techniques are utilized in building the wines of Twenty Rows. The 2013 Cabernet is crafted from carefully selected grapes to yield an intense, deeply colored wine of concentrated aromas and flavors.” –The Winery

 

 

St. Supéry Vineyards
Estate Virtu 2012
Napa Valley, California

 

The Winery: “St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family owned, sustainably farmed winery. We are located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley. Our vineyards and winery are certified Napa Green. We are proud to be recognized for our exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and estate red and white blends. All of our wines are estate grown, produced and bottled.” –The Winery

 

The Wine: “This white Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend has brilliant pale yellow hues. Aromas offer lemongrass, lime, fig, kiwi fruit and a subtle hint of pear, framed by a fantastic toasty French oak. Flavors of lime, lemongrass and hints of grapefruit zest combine with a creamy texture developed through time in the barrel and sur-lie maturation. A thread of subtle toasted oak complexity completes the palate. This is a terrific white wine that is bright and vibrant.” –The Winery

 

Mora’s June Tequila of the Month Club: El Tosoro Tequila

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El Tosoro

Tequila Anejo
Arandas, Mexico

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The Distillery: “Trucks loaded with piña arrive at the La Alteña distillery. This building has been part of El Tesoro since 1937, after the original distillery was destroyed during the Mexican Revolution. After unloading the piñas, workers meticulously prepare them for baking. Instead of the sound of machinery, the room is filled with the echo of chopping. Swinging razor sharp axes, they carefully remove the waxy stem, which can give tequila a bitter taste. The piñas are then hand stacked into a huge brick and stone oven called a ‘horno.’ Men climb deep into the horno to fill every inch. The piñas are then slowly steamed for 36 hours and then cooled for another 36 hours. Piñas fresh from the oven taste sweet and strong, full of tequila potential.

“To extract the juice from piñas, El Tesoro workers use a tool as old as tequila making itself: a one ton stone wheel called a ‘Tahona.’ …Once pulled by mule, the Tahona is now led around the basin by tractor. Slowly, methodically, it squeezes out flavor. The men who work alongside the Tahona wheel are called ‘Tahoneras.’ They hunch over directly in front of the rolling stone, swinging a hand tool called a ‘chivo.’ Named after a goat with two horns, the chivo is used to dig into the piñas to prevent them getting matted down…”

“With only the occasional stir from a worker atop a ladder, Mother Nature converts sugar to alcohol. Instead of fermenting the juice only, El Tesoro is one of the few types of tequila that keeps the piñas throughout the entire process, providing a rich flavor. Both juice and pulp are fermented in large wooden vats to enhance the agave flavor. The vats are alive with bubbling and boiling over 7-10 days. This creates a foamy crust called a ‘mosto.’ Eventually, Mother Nature finishes her work and the bubbling ceases and the liquid is moved into a holding tank to await the first distillation.”

“Our tequila is double distilled in copper stills to exactly 80 proof. First, it’s distilled with the agave fibers to retain the natural agave flavors. Liquid is run off in the first 12 hours of distillation to remove wax and dust from the original plant. This creates an alcohol called ‘ordinario.’ We then distill it a second time, which turns the ordinario into crystal clear tequila.”

“…El Tesoro Reposado and Añejo are aged in oak barrels to add the final touch of flavor… The bottles are uniquely square, which reflects the handcrafted tequila within. Even at this stage, the traditions are maintained. At long wooden tables, each El Tesoro bottle is inspected, labeled and finished by hand. You can see the pride in the bottlers’ eyes as they carefully hold each and every bottle and at the end of the journey, the bottler’s name is placed on the bottom of every bottle. It’s a final symbol of quality and pride in hand crafting tequila.” –El Tesoro

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92 Points Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2015
“Complex aromas of charred pineapple and hay are richly perfumed. Dark and sweet flavors abound in the mouth with plenty of caramel and vanilla, all the while with spice roasted tropical fruit at the core. Nicely suede in texture.”

Mora’s June Bourbon of the Month Club Selection From Wild Turkey, Russell’s Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel Bourbon

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Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel, 110 Proof,  Lawrenceberg, Kentucky

The Distillery: “Wild Turkey has over 150 years of spirits heritage. Austin Nichols began operations in 1855 as a wholesale grocer specializing in the sale of teas, coffees and spirits. In 1869, the Ripy family founded a distillery on what is now known as Wild Turkey Hill in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; Austin Nichols purchased the distillery in 1971.”

“Master Distiller and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer Jimmy Russell started at Wild Turkey in 1954 where he followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps in the bourbon distillery business. His son Eddie Russell now follows his footsteps, but is creating a legacy all his own. Also elected to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, he has worked at Wild Turkey for more than three decades and currently acts as Associate Distiller next to his dad.” -The Distillery

The Whiskey: “What makes Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel unique is not only its high proof, but the fact that the whiskey bypasses the chill-filtration process. Chill-filtration is a common process whereby the whiskey is chilled at temperatures below freezing and is passed through an absorption filter thus removing fatty acids and other flavor contributors such as esters and proteins.  By avoiding the chill-filtration process, the whiskey is bottled with more flavor compounds and a deeper color which is denoted by an impressive haze when ice or chilled water is added.”

“Every expression of Russell’s Reserve – both the Bourbon and rye Whiskey – is matured in only the deepest number 4 or ‘alligator’ charred American white oak barrels to ensure the richest flavor and color. Jimmy and Eddie insist on this char level and are among only a handful of whiskey distillers who use it.”

“‘This is Bourbon at its best,’ declares Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller.’ What is incredibly special about the Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is that each barrel has its own personality, but still captures the rich, creamy toffee vanilla style of Russell’s Reserve. This bottling celebrates what we love about Russell’s Reserve, but takes it to another level.” —The Distillery

Tasting Notes from The Whiskey Jug, 2013 

Color: Dark Caramel

Nose: Caramel and dark fruit leap out of the bottle with toffee and vanilla coming hand-in-hand right behind. Oak and rye fill in the background with some well placed contributions from cinnamon, red licorice and mint. Very complex, including: burnt sugar, butterscotch, browned butter and bruleed pastry. This is astoundingly rich.

Palate:  Dark fruit, caramel and an entire rack of baking spices start things off. Wood comes right behind with rye in tow while toffee and vanilla, still holding hands, come skipping through. Dark honey, corn, pink peppercorns and mint fill in the rest of the taste. Like the aroma, this has an insanely rich and complex flavor.
Brilliantly balanced with the strong rye and wood keeping the menagerie of sweet flavors in check. A thick full body that’s warm, syrupy and feels heavy on the tongue with just the right amount of burn to keep things interesting.

Finish: Wood, toffee, caramel, rye, dark fruit, vanilla and mint slowly fade to a warm sweet wood on a pleasantly long finish.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast July 2013
“A word of warning: don’t drink this straight. Don’t even try. At 110 proof, it can be downright painful. But with proper dilution, this Bourbon is still rich and deep flavored. Maturation time in dark “alligator char” barrels yields hazelnut, oak and toffee seasoned with nutmeg and clove.” – Kara Newman