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2009 Sleight of Hand The Archimage (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Sleight of Hand Cellars sofhcellars.com   details
Appellation: Columbia Valley - Washington State - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Malbec - Cabernet Sauvignon - Petit Verdot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$44.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: November 24, 2012 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
92 points "A 50-50 Merlot-Cabernet Franc bottling whose 2010 rendition won’t be released until next spring and Busch preferred not to show me until next summer, the Sleight of Hand 2009 The Archimage is sourced from several geographically diverse sites including Seven Hills and Red Mountain vineyards. Lightly-cooked elderberry, dark cherry, and blackberry retain an invigorating, seed-like crunch and pit bitterness as they move from the nose to a palate that introduces tobacco; a medicinal expression of herbal essences; and savory salinity that makes for a memorably saliva-inducing persistence. I imagine that this cuvee, matured in half new barriques (but not noticeably so), will be worth following for at least the better part of a decade. Wine Spectator -- 91pts Polished and elegant, with a gleam to the minty boysenberry and pomegranate flavors, coming together harmoniously on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2016. 295 cases made. –HS" Best 2012-2016
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