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2012 "The Illusionist" Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 93 Point Wine Advocate

2012 "The Illusionist" Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 93 Point Wine Advocate
2012 "The Illusionist" Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml 93 Point Wine Advocate

2012 “The Illusionist” Cabernet Sauvignon (current release) – 93 points Wine Advocate

The Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2012 The Illusionist, which incorporates 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, is another straight-up brilliant effort from this team. Crème de cassis, smoked herbs, lead pencil shavings and hints of licorice all give way to a full-bodied, ripe, concentrated and balanced Cabernet that has the purity and texture to drink well in its youth, yet the class and depth to evolve for 15 years.

Tasting notes

The 2012 Illusionist is everything we dream of when we dream of Cabernet. Composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, it is dark, savory, and full bodied, while remaining balanced and elegant.  Aged for 20 months in 60% new French oak, this wine is aromatically compelling, filled with aromas of cedar, tobacco, graphite, and a hint of fennel and vanilla. Dark fruit notes of blackberry and cassis explode on entry, and are quickly followed up with dark cherry and savory herbal flavors that linger throughout the extended finish. The tannins are fine-grained and well integrated and provide structure that will reward an extended period in the cellar. This wine will drink well for the next 12-15 years.


VarietalCabernet Sauvignon
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardPhinny Hill, Scooteney Flats, Red Mtn. Vineyard, Blue Mtn. Vineyard, Blackrock, Raj Majal, Weinbau
Harvest Date10/15/2012
Sugar24.5 - 25.5 Brix
Acid.58 g/100ml
Aging20 Months in 60% new French oak
Fermentation1.5 ton stainless fermenters
Residual Sugar<.02
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/24/2014

Phinny Hill Vineyard - Horse Heaven AVA

Scooteney Flats Vineyard - Red Mtn. AVA

Red Mtn. Vineyard - Red Mtn. AVA

Blackrcock Vineyard - Yakima Valley AVA

Blue Mtn. Vineyard - Walla Walla Valley AVA

Raj Majal Vineyard - Yakima Valley AVA

Weinbau Vineyard - Columbia Valley AVA

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