Red

2015 Sleight of Hand Cabernet Sauvignon The Illusionist

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • slulkin wrote: 92 points

    September 20, 2020 - Similar impressions to previous bottles and again, highly enjoyable. A very expressive and engaging nose leads to a full but silky palate with a nicely lingering and balanced finish.

    Think my first bottle of this may have been a little off compared with the last two.

  • Cheech1a Likes this wine: 90 points

    August 23, 2020 - Had to decant, and even then the nose was hard to evolve. Pleasant mix of muted fruit (not the Jammy fruits of a lot of Napa cabs) graphite notes and oak. tannins were also pleasant but muted.Mouth feel and finish were medium. Overall a good wine with our Beef fillet, but agree this wine is not one for oenophiles. We’ll see how this evolves over the next few years.

  • slulkin Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 12, 2020 - Similar impressions to previous bottle. Though this was from a bottle I tapped into a couple of times with a Coravin for my wife and daughter.

    This time though upon opening the last half of the bottle there was none of the unpleasant metallic notes from my first bottle and it went very nicely with a Moroccan spiced red lentil stew.

    I have to give props to the Coravin (not a paid endorsement). From the first glass to opening the last half of the bottle was about 3 months and the wine was just as good as a never opened bottle.

  • jeisterh wrote:

    May 3, 2020 - doesn't drink that well-- don't open for ppl who know wine

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • BBinSC wrote: 89 points

    May 2, 2020 - 88-89: frankly disappointed given the reviews I saw prior to purchase. At the PnP it was thick with pronounced fruit tannins, and seemed to have ample stuffing. Let it breathe an hour and became a bit syrupy, grapey, and seemed fully resolved/flabby. Day 2 showed no improvement or development. Maybe it's a bad bottle, but I expected something with more cellar potential. This bottle felt at/past peak. Even at the discounted LB price ~$25, it wasn't as good as something like a Baer Ursa for under $20. Hoping the other bottles will be better. If not, it's a good red to serve friends who aren't wine drinkers.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Focus on Washington: The New Normal (Nov 2018), 11/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Latest Releases from Washington State, 4/5/2018 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Sleight of Hand
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Illusionist
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Columbia Valley
  • UPC Code 854294004158

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 630 (64%)
  • Consumed 351 (36%)

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