Full Pull Sleight of Hand

Hello friends. We had this offer pegged for later in the month, but I just learned that one of the wines we’re featuring has earned a fantastic review from Sean Sullivan in the upcoming March issue of Wine Enthusiast. Why do I even try to make plans?

Today we’ll feature that wine (which is a debut in Trey’s lineup), as well as the 2012 vintage of two Sleight of Hand mainstays:

2013 Sleight of Hand Cellars Syrah Psychedelic  

We’ve sold the previous incarnation of this wine (called “Funkadelic”) during a few different vintages, but only in little 6- or 12-bottle lots that we moved through the warehouse shelves. We’ve never been able to access enough to write about the wine, and even today, our parcel is barely big enough to warrant its inclusion. In 2013, Trey’s Syrah source from The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater (that just rolls off the tongue) changes from Rich Funk’s estate vineyard over to Trey’s estate Stoney Vine Vineyard (co-owned with Dusted Valley). The result is dazzling, a Pollock drip painting of savory/umami goodness. Loads of brackish sea funk, nori, smoked ham, green olive, on a base of boysenberry fruit and flittering florals. The silky mouthfeel (thank you Rocks’ high-pH character!) easily carries wave after wave of fruit-and-funk goodness. This is a marvelous effort.

Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHEDLD]. 95pts.”

To put that review into context, of the 289 Washington Syrahs Sean has reviewed for Wine Enthusiast, a grand total of three have earned higher praise: 2012 Cayuse Bionic Frog (96pts; $95), 2012 Horsepower Syrah The Tribe Vineyard (96pts; $115), and 2012 Horsepower Syrah Sur Echelas Vineyard (96pts; $115).

2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars The Archimage  

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Archimage is Trey’s right-bank BDX blend, an homage to Cheval Blanc. The 2012 comes from seven different vineyards, all high quality (Phinny Hill, Corliss’ estate Red Mountain Vineyard, Blue Mountain Vineyard, to name a few), and was aged for 20 months in 40% new French oak. The allure of Archimage, in my experience, is as much about texture as it is about flavor, and that’s certainly the case with the 2012. The balance of Franc’s rustic earthiness and Merlot’s fleshiness and generosity just works beautifully, like an aristocrat not afraid to get his hands dirty. I also love how prominent the Cabernet Franc character is here, its wonderful green notes of poblano pepper and peppery watercress complementing the berry fruit and earth tones. Rich (15.1% listed alc), complex, and openly delicious; a striking vintage of Archimage for certain.

2012 Sleight of Hand Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist 

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Trey’s Cabernet comes from five different sites: Red Mountain Vineyard, Phinny Hill, Scooteney Flats, Blackrock, and Raj Mahal. It spent 20 months in 60% new French oak, and it clocks in at 15.1% listed alc. The nose has a wonderful smoky/exotic spice component (star anise, cardamom) overlaying a core of very dark blackberry and black plum fruit, shot through with tarry mineral streaks. Again the mouthfeel here is wonderfully managed. Trey’s bottles go down so easy they almost hide the complexity and intensity and structure inherent to these wines. Almost.

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles of Psychedelic, 12 bottles of Archimage, and 12 bottles of Illusionist, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests.  The wines should arrive in the next week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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