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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 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.”