in Wine Magic
You Heard it Here First!
The wine magic
of Trey Busch's Sleight of Hand Winery is more
than hocus pocus.
Brooks's TRUST in
his gut -- he left CNN to become a cellar rat
-- brought home the bacon.
Here's two new
standout Walla Walla wineries -- you heard
it here first.
Sleight of Hand
of Hand is already in the news
and the first wines are barely bottled. Formerly
winemaker at Basel Cellars, Trey is known for
his very big red wines.
Sleight of Hand Champoux Vineyard Cabernet
Sauvignon 05 $55 (42
cases made) is one of Avalon's
June NW Big Reds Club selections.
The nose is all about creamy black cherries
and toasted espresso beans. The wine is
full-bodied, with a fat mouth feel. Flavors
are of black cherry, blackberry, cassis,
creamy black plum, and the finish is long
with hints of toasty oak and more toasted
coffee bean. This wine is still quite young,
with fine grained but present tannins and
a nice balance of fruit and acidity. Its
flavors and style are characteristic of
Champoux Vineyard, and it could cellar
for 8-10 years.
value offering is a red blend called "Spellbinder
$19.95/$17.95. We found the Spellbinder
to be a big, full-bodied blend of Cabernet
Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese,
a real crowd pleaser. It's full of the buttery
oak and sweet black fruit flavors that make
the best under $20 reds so easy to drink. Enjoy
now, or drink by 2011.
Trey also made
of Hand "The Magician" Gewurztraminer
06 $17.45/$15.70. It's intensely floral, fruity
and finishes with a crisp green apple note.
Cellars is Steve
Brooks, who caught the wine bug,
left his job at CNN in Atlanta, moved to
Walla Walla, and started as a cellar rat
at various WW wineries, ending up at Va Piano,
where he made these wines. This is
his first vintage, and the three wines are
all quite special.
My favorite Trust
Cellars wine is the fat, round Trust
Cellars Syrah 05 $29.95/$26.95.
a total of eight barrels of wine, the blend
is seven barrels of Va Piano Estate Syrah and
one barrel of Va Piano Block One Cabernet Sauvignon.
The nose has complex
smoky black cherry, currant, cola, sasparilla,
and floral notes. Flavors are mouthcoating
and huge with lots of body - black fruit flavors
are joined by floral and spice notes, with
hints of licorice, barrel toast, and cassis.
The balance is good, with smooth tannins and
pleasant acidity holding the wine together
and suggesting food pairings of beef or pork
on the grill, served at sunset on a hot summer
night, the scents of evening mingling with
the intriguing floral and fruit scents of the
Cellars Riesling 06 $18.95/$17.05 Quite
German Spatlese in style, made from Weinbau
and Dionysus Vineyards fruit. Scents of honeyed
fruit and flowers. Flavors start with sweet
white peach, morphing into refreshing mineral
notes and crisp apple, finishing with subtle
floral notes, apricot and a sense of uplifting
minerals and spring water. Quite lovely.
Cellars Rose of Cabernet Franc 06 $17.95/$16.16 Seattle
"Round, ripe and showing mixed cherry
and apple fruit flavors, it's soft and accessible,
with beautiful fruit and some delicate spice
notes of cinnamon and sandalwood."
of Hand & Trust Cellars Tasting Case
check out the new hotties
1 Sleight of Hand D'Vine Champoux Cabernet $55
3 Sleight of Hand "Spellbinder" Red
3 Trust Cellars Syrah 05 $29.95
2 Trust Cellars Riesling 06 $18.95
1 Trust Cellars Rose 06 $17.95
retail price $
available by phone at 541-752-7418 from
8 AM Pacific time until 6PM Pacific time,
Monday through Saturday,
and we answer email on Sundays.
Amy, Kevin, and Wendy, and Jean
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333
VP Marketing & Sales
Bookkeeper & Gourmet Sales
541-424-8004 (direct line)
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