Sleight of Hand The Illusionist 2013

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Sleight of Hand The Illusionist 2013

SKU 38845


The 2013 Illusionist is everything we dream of when we dream of Cabernet, it is dark, savory, and full bodied, while remaining balanced and elegant. This wine is aromatically compelling, filled with aromas of cedar, tobacco, graphite, and a hint of fennel and vanilla. Dark fruit notes of blackberry and cassis explode on entry, and are quickly followed up with dark cherry and savory herbal flavors that linger throughout the extended finish. The tannins are fine-grained and well integrated and provide structure that will reward an extended period in the cellar.
Category Red Wine
Region United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Brand Sleight of Hand
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
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Wine AdvocateA blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot, aged 21 months in 61% new French oak, the 2013 The illusionist has a beautiful perfume of black cherries, currants, lead pencil and leafy herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich, yet elegant and lively style on the palate. This is a high quality 2013 that has ripe tannin, good mid-palate depth and will drink nicely for a decade or more.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 29, 2016
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Wine SpectatorPolished and well-structured, with black cherry, dark chocolate and clove aromas and layered flavors of blackberry and dusty spice. Drink now through 2024.

Tim Fish, 2017
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Wine EnthusiastComing from a blend of fruit from the Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and Yakima Valley appellations, this wine opens with high-toned aromas of spice box, dark cherry, earth, tobacco and herb. The flavors are full and tightly coiled, with lightly grained tannins giving support. At times it seems a bit dried out.

Sean Sullivan, November 1, 2016

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