Mora’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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We love when our customers trust us to help them select gifts for their friends and family members.
This year, we’ve compiled our ultimate gift guide so that you can get something for everyone on your list!
 WINE & SPIRITS CLUBS:
Our wine & spirits clubs come in a range of budgets and options for everyone on your list.
For the wine club, you receive two carefully chosen bottles of wine each month, with a handy information packet that helps you learn more about that month’s offering.
For the spirits club, you receive one FULL-SIZED bottle each month – your choice of the bourbon, scotch, tequila, or vodka club. We expertly select unique, interesting craft spirits that few others have, so each month offers something cool that you won’t find anywhere else.
COST:  depending on the club you pick, and you get a 10% discount if you order more than one month at a time. Local orders get free delivery or in-store pickup.
PERFECT FOR: Anyone! Husbands, wives, dads, moms, favorite siblings, best friends
MORA’S x MOSAIC
SCOTCH TASTING DINNER:
We’re pairing up with noted St. James restaurant Mosaic for a unique Scotch Tasting dinner this January. Seating is extremely limited – purchase two tickets for an unforgettable night out.
PERSONALIZED WINE/SPIRITS
SELECTION SERVICES:
Mora’s is staffed by wine and spirits experts. We’re happy to offer our “personal shopping” services to you this holiday season.
If your loved one has a wine or spirit they love that you can’t find anywhere, let us know and we’ll try to find it and place a special order.
If you don’t know what they like, come to us and say, “She loves tiramisu and hates merlot. What should I buy her?” and we’ll find something amazing for you (it’s okay, we’ll give you all the credit for thinking of it!).
Happy Holidays, and we’re here for you during your holiday gift shopping adventures!

Mora’s Wine & Spirits Clubs

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PICTURE THIS:

It’s the dead of winter. There’s two feet of snow outside your door, yet it still keeps falling. You’ve spent half the day shoveling the driveway with no end in sight. You’re pretty sure you’ll never feel the warmth of the sun again.

Then – a sound at the front door. What could it be? Is there any joy left in this cold, miserable world?

Hark! It’s here! Your monthly club package from Mora’s! You grab the package and blow your delivery elf a jubilant kiss.

You tear the packaging off and carefully unpack your
full bottle of craft liquor (if you’re in the Spirits Club)
or
two bottles of fine wine (if you’re in the Wine Club).

You read the enclosed info packet with mirth. You forget about the snow piling up outside your door.
Aren’t you glad you signed up for Mora’s Spirits Club or Wine Club as a holiday gift to yourself?

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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.

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

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Chateau Brillette
Moulis-en-Médoc 2005
Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux

The Story: “Chateau Brillette is one of the most highly reputed vineyards of Moulis-en-Médoc. The estate boasts 100 continuous hectares, with 40 hectares of vines classified appellation d’origine controlée. Among the oldest vineyards in the Médoc region, Chateau Brillette entered into the possession of the Flageul family in 1976 after belonging to the Comte du Perier de Larsan and his family for nearly a century.

“From grandmother to son to grandson, a passion for winemaking has inspired three generations of the Flageul family to implement new processes and techniques to improve winemaking and produce the highest-quality wines. In 2000, a new wine cellar was built to house state-of-the-art stainless steel vats (capacity 3300 hectoliters) and the barrel chai was rehauled to include precise temperature and humidity control systems for its 600 barrels. The year 2000 also saw the inauguration of a tasting room overlooking Chateau Brillettes breathtaking expanse of vines.” —The Winery

The Wine: “Blend: 48% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet France, and 3% Petit Verdot. Pair this wine with lamb, game and bird. Also great with mild cheeses and Mediterranean cuisine. A wine that enfolds you with its generous fruit, soft, ripe blackberry flavors, and dark plum skin tannins. All these juicy characters are shaped by lively, fresh acidity and super-ripe tannins.” —Winemaker’s Notes

92 Points! Wine Enthusiast, June 2008
“A wine that enfolds you with its generous fruit, soft, ripe blackberry flavors, and dark plum skin tannins. All these juicy characters are shaped by lively, fresh acidity and superripe tannins.”–Roger Voss

 

Dominique Lafon
Bourgogne Blanc 2011
Burgundy, France

The Region: The climate of Burgundy (in French: Bourgogne) “is predominantly continental, with relatively short summers and cool winters, making it a challenge for the grapes to ripen fully. The greatest threats for Burgundy’s grape-growers – especially those in Chablis – are spring frosts and hail, which can cause great damage to flowering vines. The landscape here is characterized by its limestone soils, manifested either in rolling hills, steep, sharp valleys or rocky outcrops. These soils are of immense importance to the character of Burgundy’s wines, bringing a quintessential minerality and complexity – particularly to the white wines. In fact, along with considerations of orientation, it is the precise soil make-up of the best Burgundy vineyards that brings them the honor of Premier Cru or Grand Cru status (see Burgundy Wine Label Information).” -Winesearcher, Online

The Winemaker: “From 2008 Dominique Lafon decided to make a few wines under his own label, separate from the family domaine (Domaine des Comtes Lafon). Though this new company has the official status of a negociant, almost all the wines are in fact domaine bottlings from vineyards which Dominique either owns or has the contract to farm. The wines are now vinified, matured and bottled in cellars in Meursault, formerly belonging to Domaine René Manuel.

The Wine: “There is a touch of resin to the otherwise nicely complex nose of green apple, rosemary oil and floral hints. I like the vibrancy of the attractively well-detailed flavors that terminate in a mildly austere, clean and dry finish that offers reasonably good depth and length. This is a competent Bourgogne that should benefit from a year or two of bottle age. -Allen Meadows, Burghound

 

 

Mora’s Gold Wine of the Month Club Selections: September 2015

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La Rioja Alta
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005

Rioja, Spain
The Winery: “On July 10, 1890, five Basque and Rioja-based vine growers created ‘Sociedad Vinicola De La Rioja Alta’ in what is known as the Haro Station District. This was the beginning of a fascinating business venture in which the only dream of the five founders was to craft and age high quality wines. The European spirit which is so popular today was present in La Rioja and in our winery from the very beginning. In 1941, when Leandro Ardanza Angulo was chairman of the board, we registered the brand name to which we most owe our fame and renown: ‘Viña Ardanza’. At the time, casks were manufactured entirely in the winery by a team of five coopers. In 2002, we returned to this tradition and now manufacture our own casks with wood imported from the U.S. and dried for 2 years in our cooperage…” -The Winery

92 Points International Wine Cellar October 2014
“(80% tempranillo and 20% garnacha; aged in used American oak barrels for three years): Deep ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, vanilla, mocha and fresh flowers, with a hint of pipe tobacco coming up with air. Sappy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, with sweet cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with lingering smokiness and fine-grained tannins adding grip. A touch more lively than the excellent 2004 version of this wine and of equal quality, which makes it an outstanding value in old-school Rioja.” –Josh Raynolds

 

Bodegas Naia
Naiades Verdejo, 2011
Rueda, Spain
The Winery: 
“Bodegas Naia set-up in La Seca, a region that is considered grand cru in Rueda, in 2002, with the idea of making great white wines. Since then, the cornerstone of its work has been a selection of old vines of the indigenous Verdejo. They are untrained vines, and some are pre-phelloxera. The vineyard is owned by Bodegas Naia and is 21.4 hectares in size and includes some strains that are more than a century old.

The Wine: “The Naiades vineyards, located near the village of La Seca in Rueda, were planted in the 19th century with ungrafted Verdejo vines in the traditional untrellised manner. These rare ancient vines have survived generations of harsh climate and meager sandy soils and resisted the assault of phylloxera to produce the extraordinary grapes from which they sculpture the wine known as Naiades. This wine is fermented and aged for 8 months in French oak barrels.” -The Importer

92 Points International Wine Cellar Sept./Oct. 2014
“(fermented and aged in French oak for eight months): Light, bright gold. Spicy citrus and green apple aromas are complemented by hints of white flowers and chalky minerals. Pliant pit fruit and fresh pear on the palate, with a sexy floral quality emerging with air. Manages to be at once powerful and lively, finishing with excellent grip and lingering minerality.” –Stephen Tanzer

 

 

 

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

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Domaine du Vieux Lazaret
Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010
Rhône Valley, France

The Winery: “The vineyards of Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are spread over 90 hectares, split into 35 different parcels of vines throughout Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is today amongst the largest domains in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with 80 hectares planted in red grape varieties and 10 planted with white grapes. The number of parcels enables the Domaine du Vieux Lazaret to give greater complexity to its wines due to the diversity of soils, grape types and differing ages of vines. The red grapes varieties consists of 10 different grapes permitted in A.O.C. Châteauneuf-du-Pape with the dominant varieties being Grenache (70%), Syrah (15%), Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Domaine du Vieux Lazaret owns a parcel where all the grapes allowed are present. The white varieties used for Domaine du Vieux Lazaret are Grenache Blanc (50%), Clairette (25%), Bourboulenc (20%) and Roussanne (5%). Vines are planted with a maximum of 4 000 per hectare.”—The Importer

The Wine:  “This wine is made of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah.  It is grown in three different soils types consisting of soil with pebbles, stony terraces with sand and gravel, clay like soils formed from limestone mother rock.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Deep crimson. Ripe dark berries, turning to spices. Smooth and persistent with aromatic fullness.”

Ratings:  91 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2013″

Lush and gorgeously ripe, with a beam of linzer torte and cassis coursing along, lined with blood orange, singed apple wood and bergamot notes. The bright, juicy finish relies on acidity, revealing the solid grip of the vintage. Best from 2014 through 2024. 4,000 cases imported.” -James Molesworth

 

 

Bodegas Vina Nora
Nora de Neve Abarino, 2009
Rias Baixas Spain

The Winery:  “The winery is located in the town of As Neves, in the sub-region of Condado Do Tea on the banks of the Mino River.
The philosophy of the winery is to allow the Albarino grape to achieve maximum expression of its maturity.  Although Albarino is an Atlantic varietal, it loves the sun.  The grape only reaches its maximum potential when it is harvested fully ripe.  This is achieved in this part of the appellation by careful vineyard and vine management, leaf control, and very detailed selection of grapes.  It is a great gamble to keep the grapes on the vine as long as possible to maximize maturity because of the constant threat of the inevitable autumn rains. “ The Importer

The Wine:  “Josephine Perry, an eonologist from Australia, makes Nora da Neve from the native Albarino grape using the most modern wine making technology to coax the greatest expression of the varietal and terroir.

Nora da Neve grapes come from a single vineyard of 2 hectares that was severely green harvested to reduce the yields to 2.2 T/Ha.  This wine is fermented and aged for 7 months in French oak barrels.”  The Importer

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Without losing an ounce of its classic varietal expression, this wine benefits hugely from the complexity of its aromatic range. Refined, elegant and honest, with clean fruit, Nora da Neve also presents hints of fennel, laurel and toasted notes. Lively, refreshing and long, this wine is ready for drinking over the next few years.”

Rated 92 Points–International Wine Cellar, Sept 2011

“High pitched and more citrus driven than the 2008, offering vibrant lemon, lime, green apple and spice scents, with the oak far in the background. Spicy and pure, with incisive orchard and citrus fruit flavors that stain the palate. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with suave floral and mineral qualities and outstanding persistence.”

 

 

Mora’s Gold Wine of the Month Club Red Selections: August 2015

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Chakana Wines
Estate Selection Red Blend 2013
Mendoza, Argentina

The Wine: This wine is produced from grapes that originate 80% Altamira, Uco Valley and 20% Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo. “The Chakana Estate Selection Red Blend complements the silky tannins of (60%) Malbec with (20%) Cabernet’s elegance and (20%) Syrah’s finesse.  (This 14.5% blend) has been matured in French oak barrels for 10 months, to add intensity and complexity.”—The Winery

93 Points  Argentina Special Report 2015
“Chakana’s red blend combines Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to good effect, showing a freshness that runs through all their recent reds. Fresh, complex and subtle with filigree tannins, this is a very harmonious red. Drink: 2015-19” -Tim Atkin

Chateau Haut-Bergey
Bordeaux Blend, 2006
Pessac-Leognan, France

The Winery:  The origins of Château Haut-Bergey, date back to the 15thCentury.  Today, the vineyard is comprised of 40 hectares, located in the heart of Léognan, center of the Graves and Pessac Léognan Appellations.  In 1991, Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard and her husband Gaston took over the domain to modernize it and develop the business.   20 years later, it’s their son, Paul Garcin’s turn, helped by his team (Anne-Laurence de Gramont, Director of Culture and François Prouteau, the winemaker) to create a wine that exactly matches his artistic sensibility. —The Winery

94 Points The Wine Advocate April 2008
“Consistently one of the top, under-the-radar wines of Pessac-Leognan, Haut-Bergey’s beautiful 2006 boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as a classic bouquet of hot rocks intermixed with graphite, cassis, incense, and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied with noticeable but sweet tannin, impressive purity, and an alluring texture, it is relatively evolved for a 2006, so consumption over the next 15 years is recommended.” –Robert Parker

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

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Hardin
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Napa Valley, California

The Wine: Aged in French oak (1/3 New) for ~14 months
77% Cabernet, 14% Cab Franc, 7% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot

“The 2012 vintage in Napa produced some truly amazing wines. A vintage that saw near perfect growing conditions without excessive rain or heat. The resulting wines are rich and expressive with classic balance and tannic structure…The flavor profile of the wine mirrors the 2012 vintage with rich, complex, cassis and dark stone fruits layered with notes of green tobacco, mineral and spice. While powerful and concentrated, there’s ample acidity and tannin to balance the intensity of fruit. Without a doubt, one of the best Hardin Cabernets we’ve produced!” -The Winery

Suavia
Soave Classico 2013
Veneto, Italy

The Wine: This 100% Garganega is fermented in stainless steel tanks with several months of lees contact.

88 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate December 2014
“This cheerful white wine delivers informal freshness and fruit purity but offers intensity and budding mineral complexity all the same. The mouthful is silky and crisp. This luminous white wine would pair perfectly next to Caprese salad with buffalo milk mozzarella.” – Monica Larner

88 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine June 2015
“Delicate aromas suggest white spring flower and pear. On the linear palate, vibrant acidity balances tart apple and lemon-zest flavors. A light mineral note energizes the finish.” – Kerin O’Keefe

 

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