The Illusionist-2008

There’s more to this bottle of wine than meets the eye. Sleight of Hand Cellars creates “Simply Magical Wines”. Winemaker Trey Busch had a few tricks up his sleeve when he produced this 2008 rendition of The Illusionist. The resulting wine is no figment of your imagination.


The 2008 Illusionist is a blend of 92% Cabernet and 8% Syrah. Grapes were sourced from vineyards located in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. Part of this wine’s  appeal is that it was made from only free run juice. It spent 23 months aging in 60% new oak. This allowed the wine to develop it’s complex, rich flavors.

Plums, black currant, blackberries, red and black cherry comprise the intensely fruitty nose. Since it has seen some time in the bottle aromas of anise, cocoa, and coffee are present. On the palate it’s a full bodied act that manages to balance the velvet, soft tannins with the acid. A very flavorful wine with a smooth long finish.

Lisa Stephenson

Certified Specialist of Wine. WSET Diploma student. Slave to the Grape. Traveling the world and tasting fine wines in pursuit of my wine passion.

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