Sleight of Hand Cellars "The Illusionist" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Columbia Valley, Washington
How do we do it?! We're pleased to offer one of the most in-demand, cult wines of the Pacific Northwest, and the only retailer in California to receive an allocation of this beautiful, limited Cabernet from Sleight of Hand Cellars.
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.
"The Illusionist" is a Columbia Valley translation of a "left-bank" styled Cru Classé Bordeaux blend, almost reminiscent of a top château St. Julien. The blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep concentrated blackcurrant, menthol, green tobacco, shiitake mushroom, mocha, and tanned leather comprise a simply beautiful bouquet. The palate is assertive yet refined, maintaining a cooling mint-cedar note, wrapped around leathery tannins and deep blue fruits. A gorgeous wine.
Even though we're not big on points or scores here, it's worth noting that all their wines consistently score 90 points or higher; this 2017 represents their mightiest achievement yet, garnering 95 points from a top critic.
Their devotion to indie music is almost as famous as their wines. In a recent conversation with winemaker Trey Busch, he recommended pairing this wine with "something layered. I like The War On Drugs, lots of lush arrangements, great guitar work. Harkens back to some Dire Straits, etc." The pairing sums up the wine perfectly: layered, lush, complex, and absolutely classic.
Their overarching motto is to "have the most fun that is legally possible." This majisterial red is certainly a serious wine, yet maintains the irreverent and delightful spirit of its founders throughout.
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