Bottle Notes

2011 Sleight of Hand Cellars The Archimage – Bottle Notes

Sleight of Hand was founded in 2007 by Jerry and Sandy Solomon, and Trey Busch. The formula at Sleight of Hand is high quality wines from Washington’s most exceptional vineyards. Sleight of Hand produces a full range of red and whites and without question has one of the top few tasting rooms in both Walla Walla and SoDo.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Merlot and Cabernet Franc in just about equal parts. Red fruits, leather, cigar box and spice on the nose. Big, structured and silky. Cherries, cassis and smoked meats on the palate. The finish is long with a healthy dose of drying, green tannins. This bottle was a magnum, but it feels like more time in the cellar would be beneficial. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The wine is fairly priced at $52 via the winery and retail.

I’m not a big wine club guy but if I had to pick one from Washington, Sleight of Hand would be at the top of my list.

I wrote about Sleight of Hand previously in New to Washington Wine? Check out Sleight of Hand, Gramercy & Force Majeure.

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