8/25/2015

Quick Sip: Sleight Of Hand Cellars The Magician 2013 White Wine

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Today’s Quick Sip is Sleight Of Hand Cellars’ The Magician 2013 White Wine. This wine is composed of 100% Riesling fruit sourced from Evergreen Vineyard in Washington’s Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA. Evergreen is a large wine growing site that’s well-regarded for white wine grape varieties such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and others. I was first introduced to Sleight Of Hand Cellars’ wines a few years ago by a friend who was drawn to the region’s red wines and the producer’s eye-catching vintage movie poster labels. He -- actually we -- later found that there was delicious juice inside the attractive bottles -- particularly their red blends and Syrah.

Sleight Of Hand Cellars is located in Walla Walla and owned by winemaker Trey Busch and partners Jerry and Sandy Solomon. The winery’s name pays homage to one of Trey’s favorite bands -- Seattle-based grunge rockers, Pearl Jam. The song, ‘Sleight of Hand’, which I assume coincides in some way, shape, or form to Trey’s own artistic revolution as a winemaker, is featured on the band's sixth studio album, Binaural. While I’m far more NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) and 80s/early 90s thrash metal than grunge, one thing we can agree on without a doubt is this is one rocking Washington Riesling. And the folks over at Cork Exclusive are running an equally rocking deal (under $20, under SRP) on this wine right now that includes free shipping on any three or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.


Review: Sleight Of Hand Cellars 2013 The Magician White Wine (SRP $23): This is the style of Riesling I enjoy having a well-chilled bottle of when I’m serving moderately spicy Asian cuisine and other zesty dishes. It’s fresh, sleek, and enticing -- brimming with crisp citrus and stone fruit flavors that mingle with green apple and faint mineral notes. The wine’s kiss of sweetness provides a good balance to its juicy, palate-cleansing acidity, ending in a clean, refreshing finish. This wine is a joy to drink on its own, won’t break the piggy bank, and is an exceptionally flexible food partner. Try a bottle or three with your next batch of NFL game day Buffalo wings and appetizers. Approximately 750 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Columbia Valley, Washington. Other info: ABV 11.9%, screw cap enclosure. Rating: 90 Points.

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8/18/2015

'Lesser-Known' Spanish White Wine Flight: Barón de Ley, A Coroa, and Raventós i Blanc

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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, wine blogger, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence -- I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. It is an area of interest that you never run out of new things to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post are a flight of white wines I had an opportunity to taste for a ‘Lesser-Known Spanish Varietals’ virtual tasting with renowned Spanish sommelier, Lucas Paya. These three wines are incredibly versatile, light in body, restrained in character, and retain a palate-cleansing natural acidity that will complement, not overwhelm, most meals. For those unfamiliar with these dry Spanish white wines, I highly recommend adding one or all to your sipping rotation. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Spanish White Wine Flight: Barón de Ley, A Coroa, and Raventós i Blanc

Review: Barón de Ley 2014 Blanco (SRP $11): Aromatic, slender, and crisp, this white Rioja blend of 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia is grown at higher altitudes, expressing wonderful freshness and purity. Crafted in a modern style, vibrant flavors of citrus fruit, melon, and lovely floral traces lead to a medium-long, clean finish. This is an overall budget-friendly and satisfying wine that’s a fine match for fish tacos, crab cakes, light fish dishes, grilled chicken salad and more. It is an equally enjoyable refresher to quench your thirst on a warm summer day. Region: Rioja, Spain. Other info: ABV 12.5%, cork enclosure). Rating: 88 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Barón de Ley 2014 Blanco

Review: A Coroa 2013 Godello (SRP $23): The Valdeorras wine appellation, also known as “The Valley of Gold,” was mined over 2000 years ago by the Romans. Today, the hillsides are rife with a new kind of gold: a high-quality white wine grape variety named Godello. This Godello pours pale straw in color, exhibiting fresh tree fruit and lively citrus flavors against an appealing mineral backdrop. The flavors are well supported by snappy acids that give lift to the wine’s sleek, well-defined texture. The wine ends with a touch of citrus peel (bitterness) in the lingering finish. Overall, a delicious wine that is both elegant and refreshing and perfect for seafood or light fare. Region: Valdeorras, Spain. Other info: ABV 13.5%, fermented in stainless and aged on lees for 2 months, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

A Coroa 2013 Godello
Review: Raventós i Blanc Silencis 2013 Xarel-lo (SRP $23): Xarel-lo is a white grape variety native to Spain that you have probably had before and didn’t know it. It’s one of the main grapes used in the production of Cava along with Macabeo and Parellada. This example, produced from 50 year-old vines, is 100% Xarel-lo and makes a gripping case for the variety on its own. Backed by a firm core of fresh acidity, this taut and racy wine offers vibrant citrus fruit and tart green apple flavors joined by a compelling burst of minerality and salinity that carries through the mouth-watering, energy laden finish. This wine is naturally grown and crafted. It is slender, crisp, very streamlined, and extremely flexible with a wide variety of foods. Region: Penedes, Spain. Other info: ABV 12.2%, bio-dynamically grown, fermented in stainless and aged on lees, cork enclosure). Rating: 90 Points. Click here to find this wine.

Raventós i Blanc Silencis 2013 Xarel-lo

I would like to thank Wines From Spain for their time and invitation to this eye-opening and enjoyable virtual tasting. Cheers!

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8/05/2015

Quick Sip: Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

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Today’s Quick Sip is Encanto Vineyards' 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir. I received this bottle from Gold Medal Wine Club which specializes exclusively in small production, artisan wines that are hand-selected and usually not available on the general market. This wine comes from the club’s Pinot Noir series which includes two "hidden gems" per month from boutique producers in California, Washington, Oregon, as well as other international wine regions.

Encanto, which means ‘enchanted’ in Spanish, was founded in 2008 by first generation Mexican American vintner Rosaura Segura and her husband Enrique Lopez. Their winery is a tribute to all farm workers who make up the labor backbone of the US agriculture industry giving particular honor to their families, many of whom worked in California vineyards. Rosaura’s father, Don Enrique Segura, settled in Napa in the mid 1950’s and was one of the very first Mexican American farm workers and vineyard managers. Following a stint at Beringer Winery, Mr. Segura tended to the vines for the Mondavi brothers at Charles Krug until his passing in 1983.

The couple’s limited-production 2010 Pinot Noir, grown on the Napa side of the Carneros appellation, is expressive, concentrated, and a pleasure to drink right now – especially if you prefer riper, more fruit-centric styles of Pinot Noir. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Review: Encanto Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir (SRP $50): Medium deep ruby in color, this opulently fragrant and appealing Pinot Noir showcases generous ripe black cherry, black raspberry and purple stone fruit flavors surrounded by brown baking spices and faint tones of sweet oak. In the mouth, it is attractively textured and expansive with a fruit-forward character balanced by well-integrated tannins and adequate supporting acidity, ending in a lasting, fruit-driven finish. While pleasurable all on its own, this Pinot Noir will marry well with roasted game, lamb, or seared duck breast. Only 146 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, California. Other info: ABV 15%, aged 17 months in French oak, cork enclosure). Rating: 91 Points. Click here for discount pricing at Gold Medal Wine Club or call 1.800.266.8888.

Have a question about this post? Feel free to drop me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. Stay tuned ...more to come. Happy Sipping, my friends! Disclosure: This wine was provided for review. Thoughts are my own.

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