Sleight of Hand The Conjurer 2019
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
|Brand||Sleight of Hand|
"This Cabernet Sauvignon-driven Bordeaux blend provides a balanced combination of fruit, silky tannins and more than enough acidity to keep things fresh and lively. The aromatics are an exotic combination of boysenberries, peaches and a sweet, sativa-like herbal note. An ocean of dark Chelan cherries is joined by notes of basil and orange pipe tobacco. There's even a touch of saline amongst the waves of fruit—a most enjoyable wine." Wine Enthusiast 92 points Drink 2023-27
The 2019 Conjurer is based on 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Cabernet Franc, and 12% Merlot that was brought up all in French oak. It has a spicy, complex, Cabernet Franc-like nose of red and black fruits, spring flowers, tobacco, and cedar. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, lively, beautifully balanced, elegant red that brings solid intensity while staying light and elegant, with a great finish.
Really good even in its youth, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dominant 2019 The Conjurer spent 11 months in 25% new French oak prior to bottling. Toasty oak wraps around a beautiful core of blackberry, huckleberry and black tea flavors. The great veil of tension and soft texture add to the enjoyment. Best savored over the next five-plus years.