Sleight Of Hand Cellars

Sleight Of Hand Cellars

Reserve The Illusionist Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Great fun with our friend Desiree. Note the Pearl Jam reference. — 3 days ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Le Petit Ducru Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

If you drink a lot of pleasant, simple wine (like I do), the first complex wine in a while can wake the sense like a Wim Hoff ice bath. Le Petit Ducru is also a due reminder that I should drink more Bordeaux.

Intense, rich, layered. Pours velvet ribbons of violet tinted motor oil. About 100 layers of aromatics - cassis, syrupy blackberries, leather, coffee, milk chocolate. Big juicy grippy tannin. Flavors of dark cherry plum, mocha, laden with minerals and juicy berries. Real symphony on hand.
— 10 days ago

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Glenelly Estate

The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

For a good time, bring this wine to your next blind tasting.
For us industry folk who took a certain exam earlier this year, this wine revealed 1) what a silly value South Africa is right now 2) how ignorant we Americans are generally about what’s happening there today (so scarred by pinotage are we).

In a blind tasting, some of us called this 100% Cab a warm vintage medoc (a touch of bret), some (🙋🏻‍♀️) called it Napa (eucalyptus!), others (also catching that mint/eucalyptus note) called it Coonawarra…. But all of us rated it highly. We noted the well-integrated oak, the intensity and complexity of flavors and aroma, balance of ripe fruit with fresh acidity, ripe firm tannins and a hint of green pepper,..

Lol. Turns out we had been waxing poetic about a $16 Cab from South Africa 🤯

To make us feel better, the founder of Glenelly estate estate in Stellenbosch is Bordeaux aristocracy (the nearly 100 year old Lady May was raised at Chateau Palmer and later served as GM of CdLalande). Even though this is the estate’s entry level wine, few corners were cut in making it (hand picked fruit, early picking to retain freshness, natural yeast fermentations, actual 12+ month aging in French oak) rarely seen at wines of this price point. Undeniably new world in flavor profile (rich, ripe, fruit forward, smooth—yes, there’s even a touch of RS in there but it’s deployed well), but raised by a French governess. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but a really well made wine IMHO.
— 21 days ago

Romain, Josh and 5 others liked this

Hand of God (Mano de Dios)

Fingerprint Series Sobremesa Vineyard Red Blend 2011

Dollar for dollar one of the best wines you will find from Argentina — 2 months ago

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Sleight Of Hand Cellars

The Archimage Reserve Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

A Last Bottle find - great deal on a really nice wine. — a month ago

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Laura Purdy

Laura Purdy

@Paul T- Huntington Beach I wasn’t quick enough!
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I bought a 3 pack, but they only sent me 1 bottle🤷🏼‍♂️, obviously had a discussion with them. Waiting my other 2 bottles
Laura Purdy

Laura Purdy

@Paul T- Huntington Beach whoa - I hope they remedy this

Peter Lauer

Flaschengärung Handgerüttelt Ayl Saar Brût Riesling 2016

Pretty much made in the same way as Champagne. Hand shaken and not stirred! Al la James Bond. Orange blossom galore. Touch wild ripe apples. A beauty which provides a totally different experience than Champagne. Because of the flavor profile a super match for Asian food. Or just as a nice sip pm in front of a fire place. Eric Asimov did like a more recent vintage in a write up in the NYT. From Max Kogod. — 14 days ago

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Sleight Of Hand Cellars

The Funkadelic Syrah 2016

Fun and exciting - dad brought for thanksgiving. Having with green Chile stew. — 2 months ago

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Sawaya Matsumoto

Shuhari Omachi

Remnants of a revolution

An oldie from one of my favourite saké producers, Hidehiko Matsumoto, who's been a maverick in the world of saké with his "interpretation" of traditions and championing of terrior. Sadly, this may well be the last bottle of Shuhari I get to drink considering Matsumoto-san's highly publicized departure from the family brewery (Sawaya Matsumoto) last year due to internal conflicts. Fret not! Matsumoto-san's got some exciting projects in hand (Suginomori Brewery being one of them), so it won't be long before we get to taste his creations again.

Golden in the glass, with aged aromas of soy and nuts looming over melon and peach notes. The palate's surprisingly energetic and youthful considering the maturity of the nose - rich and juicy with a light spritz and herbal undertones. Signature Shuhari texture (reminds me of white wine phenolics) and acidity in the bitter-sweet finish. Paired perfectly with our wagyu donburi.
— 3 months ago

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Racina

N'Uovo

31st of 204 1l bottles.
They are extremely hands off with the wines
They say whatever the wines is like is not their fault😄😄
The wine is lovely, a little carbonic sticks with the mass for now, an unusual crown cork that makes the bottle even more rustic.
You can't tell the grapes neither the vintage from the label
Being in the South of Calabria you would aspect a tough and big wine to digest, but nothing could be farther from the truth
On the other hand when drinking you realise why the bottle is a litre rather than the conventional 3/4 of it
Crunchy red fruit, spices, smooth tannin and that mineral note that distinguish it. Long too
Such a good find, i was recommended by the owner of the Enoteca Les Vignerons in Trastevere, Rome who is a great expert on natural wines and this bottle gives him extra points in that direction.
Cheers Antonio🍷
— 4 days ago

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Chris MacLean

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@Ceccherini Cristiano unfortunately I didn’t see this in time to say hello to Fundim. They still have some interesting stuff but obviously no more Rousseau and Coche…
Chris MacLean

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@Ceccherini Cristiano we ended up with Miani Friulano Buri 2016 for 100 euros. A good price but I was disappointed with the wine. I’ve always preferred his base Friulano with much less oak. Then again, I’ve only had the crus when they were young.
Ceccherini Cristiano

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@Chris MacLean it was fun to be sommelier at the Antico Arco, I truly enjoyed it; it gave me the opportunity to express my taste ranging from big acclaimed names to tiny denomination forgotten by most.🙏🥰.
With Miani by memory i recall the Tocai Buri, when a few years a old, very Chablis like with a distinctive oyster mineral, yes you could tell the oak was there, but not disturbing rather supporting, but as we said perhaps the ageing helps.
However i hope you enjoyed the whole experience and again thanks for thinking of me, it means something. 🙏
Take care and i hope one day we might end up crossing our paths in real life mate.🤷‍♂️😄

Hartford / Hartford Court

Warrior Princess Block Zena Crown Vineyard Oregon Pinot Noir 2018

2018 open December 2021. This is a solid (a very solid, indeed!) Willamette Pinot. Nothing like this comes out of Burgundy, and the French are poorer for it. Raspberries and nettles on the nose, with bright red fruit on the front of the palate. The fruit immediately surrenders to a dense tannic structure. Slightly sour/mineral finish. It leaves a puckery aftertaste that I find a little off putting.

However, when it comes to tannins, this wine punches way above its weight. This is a tipple you can serve to your Cab bigot friends — but don’t show them the bottle! Tell them that it’s an interesting Red Mountain Cab that you found in Washington State. See how long you can fool them. On the other hand, if you’re a Pinot aficionado, this wine may just be a little too heavy for your tastes. Personally, I like my Pinots to be a little more delicate. I’m giving this a 9.0, because it’s a very good wine, But it’s a little rough around the edges. I suspect it will age quite well, though.
— a month ago

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