Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Oct. 28 – Nov. 4: France, California, and New Zealand!

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so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2007 Red Bordeaux Wine

Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2007–$46.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
94 Points – Wine Enthusiast, June 2010
“Packed with botrytis, this is a wine whose sweetness is suppressed by richness. Flavors of bitter oranges and white figs go with the intense core of botrytis, followed by a touch of bright acidity. This is a wine whose journey is just beginning.” -Roger Voss
94 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012
“Tasted single blind against its peers. This is another Sauternes that is evolving beautifully in bottle. Initially it is rather closed on the nose with touches of lemon curd, apple-blossom and fresh pears. The palate is well-balanced with good acidity, and it is imbued with a femininity and poise. Though it is tighter compared to its peers at the moment, it is sure to give immense pleasure down the line. Could this be as great as the 1986?or even greater? Tasted January 2011.” -Neal Martin

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Chateau Berliquet Grand Cru Saint-Emilion Bordeaux 2006 French Red Wine

Chateau Berliquet Grand Cru Saint-Emilion Bordeaux 2006–$26.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
90—92 [Barrel sample] – Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
“Very modern, polished in style, a wine whose new wood doesn’t mask the rich fruit. The tannins are more to do with wood than fruit. This will be delicious.” —Roger Voss
87-89 Points – International Wine Celler, May 2007
“Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, perfumed aromas of violet pastille, licorice and fruity pepper. Suave and elegantly styled, with a subtle sweetness and sneaky intensity to the black fruit, mineral and spice flavors. Finishes firm but not hard, with lovely aromatic persistence. Very 2006 in style, and not a bit overextracted.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Platinum Bordeaux Blend California Red Wine

Broken Earth Winery Quadrant Platinum Bordeaux Blend–$13.59 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 7% Petit Syrah
“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

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Thomas Henry Cabernet Sauvignon Red California Wine

Thomas Henry Cabernet Sauvignon–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
This rich Cabernet Sauvignon is created in a French Bordeaux style. Notes of dark fruit produce an aromatic bouquet and a rich body…
“Thomas Henry is named after Tom Meadowcroft’s father who was passionate about life and knew great wine didn’t always have to cost a lot of money. The two of them lived and traveled throughout Europe together by car, foot and bicycle, sharing the lessons of life, family and friends. These wines reflect a subtle European style of winemaking, yet with the depth and energy we love in new world wines. Thomas Henry is created for everyday enjoyment and entertaining, and delivers serious value for any wine enthusiast.”

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PULL Chardonnay Paso Robles 2012 California White Wine

PULL Chardonnay Paso Robles 2012–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
“…the final blend selected emphasizes the more subtle varietal characteristics of the Chardonnay grape. There are many of the tropical fruits present but with an emphasis on those of a more citrus nature. The balancing natural acidity allows far more flexibility with successful wine and food parings…The oak shows as spice rather than nutty, further adding another layer of complexity.” -The Winery

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Lobster Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand White Wine

Lobster Point Sauvignon Blanc–$11.89 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 11.04.15)
“This wine gets our vote for best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for $15 or under retail! Looking for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc experience you feel only Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc can provide? Frustrated you can never find enough of said wine but continue to try others that come up short? Lobster Point Sauvignon Blanc is your answer–New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t get any better than this. Quintessential expression of top-notch New Zealand fruit finished under the capable supervision of Chris Parker from Mount Cass Vineyards. Enjoy this truly exquisite Sauvignon Blanc with steamed lobster, oysters, grilled shrimp, mussels, chicken and salads.” -The Importer

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Oct. 21-28: West Coast, South America, and Down Under!

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Gorman Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Bully 2010 Washington State Red Wine

Gorman Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Bully 2010–$42.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.28.15)
91 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2013
“Firm in texture, with a generous core of black olive—accented licorice and plum flavors that keep singing on the expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 735 cases made.” –HS
91 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2014
“The 2010 The Bully is another outstanding wine from this estate that’s worth checking out. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in all new French oak, it offers beautiful cassis, lead pencil shavings, wild herbs, tobacco leaf and distinct minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, lively, fresh and balanced profile on the palate that builds with time in the glass. Showing impressive length, as well as the richness that’s the hallmark of this estate, this serious 2011 will drink well through 2026.” -Jeb Dunnuck

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Yalumba Museum Muscat NV 375mL

Yalumba Museum Muscat NV 375mL–$418.69 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.28.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2009
“The Non-Vintage Museum Reserve Muscat is medium amber with a superb bouquet of honey, ginger, candied apricots, and peach. Ripe, sweet, and hedonistic, it has a very long finish.” -Jay Miller

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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012 Argentina Red Wine

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.28.15)
91 Points – Vinous, February 2015
“Catena’s consistently excellent cabernet sauvignon is suave and plush yet light on its feet in 2012, showing a restrained sweetness to its sappy redcurrant, plum, mocha, graphite and spice flavors. Fine-grained tannins will not get in the way of enjoying this outstanding value now.” -Antonio Galloni

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Forefront (by Pine Ridge) Napa Cabernet Sauvignon California Red Wine

Forefront (by Pine Ridge) Napa Cabernet Sauvignon–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.28.15)
“82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot. This vintage boasts a bountiful bouquet of black cherry, currant and bramble aromas, swirled with hints of vanilla toast, ground clove and subtle mint. The plush palate opens with flavors of berry compote and black currant, supported by silky tannins and hints of caramel creme, cinnamon spice and cocoa on the lengthy finish.” -The Winery

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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris 2014 New Zealand White Wine

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris 2014–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.28.15)
“Our Pinot Gris is an invitation to experience the unexpected. Aromatically the wine is floral featuring scents of jasmine and lilac. On the palate it is full bodied with luscious ripe pear and cox’s apple flavors backed by a sensuous texture and a crisp clean green apple like finish. The incredible richness in flavor is achieved by meticulously hand-tending and hand-harvesting the vines…Pair our Mt. Beautiful Pinot Gris with pasta, chicken, salmon, pork, and especially rowdy dinner guests.” -The Winery

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

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Jean Louis Chave “Silene”
Crozes-Hermitage  2012
Rhone Valley, France

 

The Region: “Crozes-Hermitage is an appellation of the northern Rhone valley in France. It covers a relatively large area on the eastern bank of the Rhone river, to the north and south of Tain L’Hermitage town. Much larger than the prestigious Hermitage appellation which it surrounds, Crozes-Hermitage is also much more prolific. In 2011 almost 70,000 hl of wine were produced and sold under the Crozes-Hermitage title – more than the other seven northern Rhone appellations combined… The vast majority (around 90 percent) of Crozes-Hermitage wines are red, and made predominantly from Syrah. The remaining 10 percent are white Crozes-Hermitage Blanc wines made from Roussanne and Marsanne. Interestingly, these two white wine varieties are also used to a limited extent in many of the red wines (as is the fashion with Syrah and Viognier in Côte Rotie).” -Wine Searcher, online

90 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2015
“Solid, with a lightly chalky frame around a core of cherry and damson plum fruit, with cherry pit, savory and white pepper accents on the finish. A distinctly minerally style, displaying good cut. Drink now through 2018.” –James Molesworth

 

 

Domaine Fond Croze
Rasteau, 2010
Rhone Valley, France

The Winery: “Domaine Fond Croze is the culmination of the work of three generations of the Long family. Charles Long first purchased the land after returning from World War I. His son Raymond expanded the vineyards once he started full-time in the business. Today, his sons Bruno (the winemaker) and Daniel (the vineyard manager) produce wine at Domaine Fond Croze, which Raymond, Bruno, and Daniel began officially in 1997… For the past few years, they have been working with Philippe Cambie, a brilliant winemaker recognized as one of the best in the area and in the world.” —Sergedoreselections.com

In 2010 Monsieur Cambie was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Robert Parker!

The Wine: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

91 Points – Wine Spectator, April 2012
“A quite ripe, but racy and well-defined red, displaying gorgeous linzer torte, cassis and plum sauce aromas and flavors laced with a mouthwatering graphite note. The long, spice-tinged finish brings you back for another sip. Delicious. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2015. 250 cases made.” –James Molesworth

Mora’s Platinum Wine of the Month Club: October 2015

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Mollydooker “Blue-Eyed Boy”
Shiraz, 2013
Mclaren Vale, Australia

The Winery: “Little can be written about this winery that has not already been stated. Sarah and Sparky are brilliant and famous. Their wines win heaps of awards, are well-reviewed, and actually are as good as their press!… Notable about Sparky is his trademarked ‘Marquis Vineyard Watering Program’ which ‘focuses on nurturing strong and healthy vines with balanced canopy growth to achieve the most intense fruit flavors possible…’ Sparky studied vineyard canopy management for his college thesis. So groundbreaking was his work on Pinot Noir in Tasmania, that he won a scholarship to present it in France and the US. Over the last 20 years he’s developed the Marquis Vineyard Watering Programme, which is used by all vineyards producing grapes for Mollydooker.”- The Winery

92 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2014
“Ink-dark, with a savory edge to the layers of black cherry, red plum, raspberry and licorice that rise up from the velvety tannins, forming a generous, plush finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 7,049 cases made.” -Harvey Steiman

91 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2014
“A 100% McLaren Vale blend aged one year in 90% new American oak, the deep purple-black colored 2012 Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz shows beautiful black fruit, warm cassis and mulberry notes with a spot of preserved plums, anise and yeast extract. This very spicy, very big and full-bodied wine is rich, viscous and concentrated. It finishes long and just a little warm. Drink it now to 2020+.” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

 

 

Lopez de Heredia Gravonia
Crianza White, 2005
Rioja, Spain

The Winery: “Lopez de Heredia – one of the most venerable producers in Spain – produces traditional, age-worthy red and white Rioja wines. Their wines are legendary and still made the way they were when the winery was founded over a hundred and thirty years ago. Following a tradition that has been passed down through generations, their wines are released at least five to ten years after harvest, which provides added complexity and elegance to their Crianzas and Gran Reservas. A rarity in Rioja, Lopez de Heredia uses only estate bottled fruit from their prized vineyards: Tondoñia, Bosconia, Cubillo and Zaconia. Average vine age is 45 years old and organic farming and natural fermentations are implemented creating wines that exhibit great terroir.” —The Importer

The Wine: This 12.5% Rioja is made from 100% Viura from Heredia’s Vina Zaconia vineyards. The grapes were harvested between September 27 and October 22. The wine is aged for four years in barrels which are racked twice a year and fined with fresh egg whites(!).

93+ Points – Wine Advocate, April 2015
“The 2005 Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza… is pure Viura from very old vines…matured in old oak barrels for four years. It starts off slightly reduced, and needs time and air, so decanting in advance is not out of place. The palate is much more precise, pungent, intense, very balanced and persistent. The nose finally comes on its own with developed notes of petrol, beeswax and chamomile, perhaps a little more evolved than its siblings. This is a white full of personality, ready now. Character, at very good price.” -Luis Gutierrez

 

 

Chateau La Couspaude
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2005
Bordeaux, France

The Winery: “Chateau La Couspaude is located in the heart of Saint Emilion, near the famous monolithic church carved out of solid rock. La Couspaude has been the pride and joy of the Aubert family for over a century. In fact, the Auberts have been making fine wine in Bordeaux for over two centuries and have unquestionably maintained the family tradition of quality and respect for the terroir to the present day.” —Wine.com

91 Points – Wine Spectator, July 2006
“Aromas of blackberry, chocolate and toasted oak follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Refined and silky for the vintage. Best after 2007. 3,330 cases made.” –James Suckling

90-92 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2006
“An outstanding sleeper of the vintage, the 2005 may turn out to be one of the finest examples yet of this modern-styled St.-Emilion. Nicely oaked, ripe but not over-ripe, it possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as sweet scents of pain grille, kirsch liqueur, and black currants. Ripe, medium to full-bodied, and rich, with good glycerin as well as freshness, and a long, heady finish, this succulent offering should be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.” –Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting Oct. 14-21: Five Wines from Four Countries!

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Antiche Terre Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 Red Italian Wine

Antiche Terre Amarone della Valpolicella 2012–$21.25 SAVE 29%! (on sale through 10.21.15)
Corvina Veronese, Corvinone, Rondinella
Winery Tasting Notes:
Color: intense, deep garnet red.
Nose: spicy of plum and cherry and a hint of raspberry
Taste: soft, velvety, full bodied with a slight aromatic lingering aftertaste
Serve at least an hour before and serve in large deep glasses. Excellent with most red meats, game and grilled, with hard texture mature cheese.

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Charles Woodson Twenty Four Sauvignon Blanc Callifornia White Wine

Charles Woodson Twenty Four Sauvignon Blanc–$21.25 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.21.15)
rating for the 2012 vintage:
90 Points – Wine Spectator, November 2013
“This medium-bodied style offers plenty of cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors, with an appealing fleshiness. Features a crisp acidity, along with details of lemon zest, chamomile and lemongrass on the long finish. Drink now. 300 cases made.: –MW

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Oscar Tobia Reserva Tinto Rioja 2009 Spanish Red Wine

Oscar Tobia Reserva Tinto Rioja 2009–$19.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 10.21.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2013
“The 2009 Oscar Tobia Reserva is Tempranillo with 5% Graciano aged for 26 months in a mix of French and Hungarian oak barrels, but shows much more traditional and serious with the wood neatly folded into the wine, with cigar box aromas and notes of red and black fruit, cinnamon and vanilla and developing some hints of leather, forest floor and truffle. The palate reveals a medium-bodied wine, with clean flavors and a remarkable finish. Great value, Bravo! Drink 2014-2019.” -Luis Gutierrez

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Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008 Argentina Red Wine

Finca la Luz Callejon de Crimon Malbec Gran Reserva 2008–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.21.15)
92 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2008 Callejon del Crimen Malbec Gran Reserva exhibits a similar personality with loads of black cherry fruit and a sense of elegance. It, too, will evolve for several years and drink well through 2023.” -Jay Miller

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Esser Merlot Monterey County 2013 California Red Wine

Esser Merlot Monterey County 2013–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 10.21.15)
91 Points – Tastings.com August 2014
“Medium blue violet ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries, hint of smoked meat, pan grille, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A youthful grippy merlot.”

Mora’s October Tequila of the Month Club: Don Eduardo Reposado

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Don Eduardo
Don Eduardo Reposado Tequila
NOM Jalisco, Mexico

The Distillery: “Don Eduardo Orendain Gonzalez ranks among the patriarchs of the tequila industry. He built his first tequila distillery—Orendain—in 1926. Today, the family-owned distillery is state-of-the-art and among the few that only produce super-premium 100% agave tequilas. Of all the successful brands they’ve produced, perhaps their most prestigious achievement to date is Don Eduardo Añejo 100% Agave Tequila. “The agaves used to make Don Eduardo range are cultivated on the family’s estate outside the town of Tequila. After harvesting, the mature agaves are baked, crushed and slowly fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. The fermented wash is then triple-distilled in traditional, copper pot stills. The all natural tequilas are bottled at 40% alcohol by volume.” –Robert Plotkin, American Cocktails, online The Tequila: “Don Eduardo originally introduced 100% blue agave Reposado in 1950. Today Don Eduardo Reposado is uniquely rested for six months in 100-year-old White American Oak vats to produce a naturally mellowed expression.  This wonderful tequila was recently introduced in the U.S., and it is quickly growing in garnering attention from the experts for its ultra-premium quality and smoothness.” – The Distillery Tasting Notes from The Distillery: Appearance: Light, bright straw Nose: Smooth, sweet and fruity, very fresh Taste: Fruity, floral and spicy Finish: Long, sweet (floral) and spicy

“Smooth, firm entry with aromas of brine and wood leading to lemon/lime and brine flavors; salty, peppery finish.”
–Sante Magazine, November 2004

Mora’s October Vodka of the Month Club: Absolut Elyx

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Absolut
Elyx
Ahus, Sweden

 

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The Process: “Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification still known as Column 51, made entirely of copper… Absolut Elyx is the result of century-old expertise, passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Krister Asplund and his team are amongst the very few people who have the skills and knowledge to operate a manual still. Together they control the temperature and precise rate of flow during distillation by hand. Every handle, knob and level is adjusted manually… Absolut Elyx is made in Åhus, Sweden, exclusively from single estate wheat from the Råbelöf Castle, where they have been producing wheat since the 1400s. The wheat grown here contains exactly the right amount of water and has the perfect balance of starch. From seed to bottle, everything is done within a 15-mile radius of the distillery, ensuring quality control and perfection in every detail.” – Absolut

“Elyx is made in 100% copper stills, which are wrapped in wood for insulation.  Additionally, the mash for Elyx is passed through a filter of copper rings that absorb unwanted sulphuric compounds.  Absolut original also uses this process, but Elyx is passed through new copper rings, and they are only used once, and then re-used in the production of Absolut. The raw spirit comes from the facilities in Nöbbelöv at 85% abv.  The spirit is diluted in the extraction column down to about 20% abv, and then sent to the rectification column.  The spirit passes through four different copper stills.  These mighty and gorgeous copper stills are the heart of Absolut Elyx, they give much of the flavor character and identity to the spirit.” – Gastronomista

The Vodka: “…It has similar characteristics to the original Absolut mark, but where the wheat is the dominant flavor profile in the original, Elyx has citrus notes of grapefruit and lime, a silky smooth texture, a hint of spice, and a smooth, clean finish. It’s also got a slight hint of butterscotch, macadamia nut, caramel, and a bit of the low wheat note found in the original. It’s a delicious vodka, so don’t go drowning it in mixers. We recommend sticking to simple cocktails, the classic martini (extra dry) or vodka on the rocks – guaranteed to be delicious tipple.” – Gastronomista

“From a sharp crisp nose Elyx unrolls with a smooth and slightly sweet entry that carries the wheat grain note from the nose and adds light vanilla cream, a touch of butterscotch, and a hint of hazelnut and chocolate. Where Elyx really shows off its stripes is in the midpalate where it develops a fantastic spice reminiscent of the pin prick you get from a great Russian style vodka; although it’s not a pin prick here, the spice is wide and expansive on the palate. This spice gives Elyx tremendous structure and defines the finish, which has a nice spicy core but finishes clean. The mouthfeel of Elyx is simply exceptional, transforming from a smooth, creamy opening to a crisp, clean finish, perfectly executed in every way… Absolut Elyx’s solid midpalate and strong finish hold up admirably when combined with vermouth… Absolut Elyx is one of the most significant vodka releases since Ketel One or Grey Goose. Elyx is a game changer for Absolut, who has virtually reinvented itself with a contemporary vodka that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the very best vodka on the market.” – Spirits Review