This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of the 2008 Tertulia Cellars Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1 bottle of the 2008 Elias Mora Toro Crianza.
2008 Tertulia Cellars Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
"A smoky note adds depth to the rich black currant, blackberry, grilled red pepper and tomato vine flavors that linger on the middleweight finish. The tannins are present but refined. Best from 2014 through 2018. 497 cases made. -HS"(11/12) - 92 Pts Wine Spectator
"The fertile soil and terrain of the Phinny Hill Vineyards are unique products of two types of the largest floods that have ever occurred, eruption of the greatest flood basalt lava flows known on earth and a series of catastrophic ice age glacial floods with flows so large that they permanently altered the landscape of Eastern Washington. At Phinny Hill, this combination of geography and geology combines to produce conditions for growing exceptional wine grapes from which many award-winning wines are produced. Grapes were hand-picked, and sorted before being destemmed, so only the finest fruit found its way into the wine. We pumped over twice daily for gentle extraction during fermentation. Post fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months. 100% New French Oak." -Winery
This was also scored 88 points in the International Wine Cellar.
2008 Elias Mora Toro Crianza:
"This firm, solid red offers expressive flavors of mineral, smoke, blackberry, herb and licorice. A big wine that remains balanced. Best from 2012 through 2020. 3,300 cases made. -TM" (09/11) - 90 Pts Wine Spectator
"The 2008 Elias Mora Crianza spent 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. It offers up aromas of balsamic, balsam wood, blackberry, tar, and licorice. Dense, rich, savory, and nicely proportioned, this lengthy effort will continue to fill out for another 1-2 years and provide enjoyment through 2020."
"The following three wines from Bodegas y Vinedos Elias Mora, located in the DO of Toro, were made from 100% Tinta de Toro, the local clone of Tempranillo, and bottled without filtration." (06/11) - 90 Pts Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate
"Vivid purple. Aromas of cherry pit, redcurrant, licorice and dark chocolate. Supple and dense but fresh, offering spicy red and black fruits, fresh herbs and mounting spiciness. This youthful, tightly wound wine finishes with firm, ripe tannins and very good persistence." (10/11) - 90 Pts Josh Raynolds - International Wine Cellar
"The grapes come from the vineyards having belonged to Elias Mora, which he cultivated for 40 years and for whom the wine is named. The vines are a Tempranillo clone that yields small berries and is planted on small slopes with rocky soil."
"Harvested at the end of September. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks for 22 days. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in second-fill American and French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling. The wine was bottled without filtration or stabilization." -Importer
"This Bodega, situated in the famous village of San Roman de Hornija, was started by the two Victorias; Victoria Benavides and Victoria Pariente. The vision for the project included production of both white wines from Rueda and red wines from Toro. Recently, the Victorias have separated their winemaking facilities, with the Bodega in Toro renamed Bodegas Elias Mora, to better concentrate on production of each type of wine to its highest possible quality."
"The winery owns 8 Ha. (17.6 acres) of vineyards, including the 'Los Pajaros vineyard' and 'La Veleta' as well as a few small plots owned by farmers, also planted in San Roman de la Hornija. The vines are planted at 2,600 feet above sea level. The soil comprises clay and limestone with big stones on the surface."
"The winery is named after Elias Mora, the man who owned some of the core vineyards for the production of the Victoria's red wine. A few years ago, he sold his vineyard to Dos Victorias on the condition that he tend the vineyard until his death."-Importer