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2009 Sleight of Hand The Archimage (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Sleight of Hand Cellars   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: April 21, 2012 , Tom Cripe
"Ahh, one of our favorite wines to blend, year after year, the 2009 Archimage is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. At once spicy, smokey, and brimming with red fruits, this wine is as multi-dimensional as any wine we have made to date. Comprised of Merlot from Seven Hills Vineyard, and Cabernet Franc from Red Mtn., Blue Mtn., and Chelle den Millie Vineyards, it was aged in 50% new French oak for 23 months. The bright red Bing cherry profile from Seven Hills is evident, while the dusty tobacco and cinnamon spice from the Cab Franc add to the complexity. Dense, sweet tannins prove that this wine will age with the best of them. " Best 2013-2020
rated: November 24, 2012 , The Wine Advocate
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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