Two 2008s from Walla Walla

Hello friends. Today’s offering includes two of the finest wines I tasted during the recent Taste Walla Walla event in SODO:

2008 Sleight of Hand Cellars “The Archimage” (BDX Blend)

Trey Busch continues to impress across the entire spectrum of price points. Many of you have reacted with great enthusiasm to his Renegade wines in the value segment of the market. Trey’s high-end wines with Sleight of Hand are much more limited (production on this one is 222 cases), and we’re lucky to have access to this wine today (only 20 cases were allocated for all of western Washington)

This is a fabulous right bank blend of 50% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot all comes from the Walla Walla Valley, a combination of Va Piano Vineyard and Double River Vineyard (a Dunham estate site). The Franc comes predominantly from Frenchtown Vineyard, another Dunham site in the Walla Walla Valley. And finally, the Cabernet comes off Corliss’ Red Mountain Vineyard.

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($45); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19+/20pts.”

For me, this one is all about the mouthfeel, which is silky, elegant, and downright gorgeous. The beautiful red fruit flavors glide along the palate, and this is strong in the attack, the middle, and the lingering finish. As I mentioned, only 20 cases were sent to western Washington, so allocations might be small here. Please limit order requests to 4 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.

2008 Buty Rediviva of the Stones

This completes the portfolio of Buty spring releases. You may remember that Caleb Foster crafts two “Rediviva” Cab-Syrah blends. His Columbia Rediviva, which favors Cabernet, comes from Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Rediviva of the Stones, which favors Syrah (79% in this vintage), always comes from the rocks region of the Walla Walla Valley. It will eventually (maybe 2010; maybe 2011) come entirely from Buty’s estate Rockgarden Vineyard. In the mean time, it comes from neighboring sites Lefore and River Rock

Foot-stomped, native-yeast-fermented, and whole-cluster (with stems) fermented, this is a beautifully natural wine. Aged almost entirely in mature oak (just one new barrel was used), it is gorgeous natural fruit complexity that shines through here. A compelling mix of delicious fruit and earthy minerals, this conveys serious depth and intensity at low alcohol (13.5%). I was about to say this hasn’t been reviewed yet (the 07 vintage received 95pts from Paul Gregutt) because this release is too recent, but the intrepid Rand Sealey apparently got his hands on a bottle:

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($55); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19.5/20pts.”

I won’t go on at any more length, since this is a limited wine, and many of you have plenty of experience with previous vintages. Please limit order requests to 4 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.

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