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.” —

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 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 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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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

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