Sleight of Hand Cellars makes outstanding Washington State Wines. Their Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Francs and Cabernet Sauvignon wines are outstanding. The labels are also out there which usually indicts terrible wine. An interesting article on whether the label sells wine. Many of the wine followers of the Reverse Wine Snob buy by the label and typically drink semi-sweet to sweeter wines. The Sleight of Hand Illusionist delivers in both areas. Here is my tasting note:
2012 Sleight of Hand Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (10/7/2018)
Day 1: Very elegant wine. Blueberries, coffee grounds, rose petals and charcoal. This is balanced and possesses moderate acidity. Medium to long finish. Plenty of life left on this one. 92
Day 2: Fruits are even more apparent now. Blueberries, boysenberries and sour cherries. On the palate very concentrated flavors with mint, rose petals, earth and coffee beans. Acidity is spot on. Truly rewarded on this day 2 review as this wine is almost at 94 level. Maybe on day 3. 93+
Day 3: This wine has held the course for 3 days. Wow! I have to stay firm on 93+ but the next bottle might be better in a few years.
Recommendation: Based on this bottle I would enjoy now or hold for 2 to 3 years. If you have a six pack drink one a year and see the evolution. Outstanding wine! (93 points)
2007 Sleight of Hand The Illusionist - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (11/2/2018)
Day 1: Mature red and at its peak. Sour cherries, Asian spices, pine needles and blueberries. Medium plus finish and balanced. Drink now. 92 points
Day 2: A nice dust quality has emerged. The fruits are not as prominent but still offers some nice spices and forest floor elements. Medium finish. 90 points
Recommendation: Based on day 1 I would consume these within a year for maximum enjoyment. (92 points)
Available at the Chicago Wine Company.