Sleight of Hand Cellars "Light Years" Lewis Vineyard Syrah 2017
Yakima Valley, Washington
A very limited Syrah from one of the most in-demand, cult wines of the Pacific Northwest.
Founded in 2007 by winemaker Trey Busch and owners Jerry and Sandy Solomon, Sleight of Hand showcases a diverse portfolio of irreverent wines that compete with the top producers in Washington and beyond. They quickly rose the ranks to become one of Washington's most sought-after labels, overnight becoming a top "cult" producer of refined, layered wines that bely their playful exterior.
"Light Years" comes from the prestigious Lewis Vineyard in Yakima, a subregion of the larger Columbia Valley AVA, home to some of the state's oldest vineyards (the first plantings are credited to a French émigré in 1869). Partial whole cluster, fermented in French oak, this gets the full hands-on treatment and attention to detail Sleight of Hand is known for.
Being one of Washington's most iconic varieties, it's fitting that this is as pure and classic a Syrah as one will find. And despite our typical reluctance to tout scores, it's worth noting that this is one of their finest creations yet according to the critics, with scores of 95-97 points.
Exotically pungent blue fruit, cracked pepper, pencil shavings, granite-like mineral grit, pie crust, and snappy boysenberry overtake the nose. The wine goes on and on with fierce grip, long-drawn-out fruit texture, and loads of smokey cigar, black olive, and a fleshy, blue-fruited finish. This is a fantastic bottling with an extremely long life ahead of it.
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