Trey Busch moved to Walla Walla in 2000, leaving behind a job in sales at Nordstrom in Seattle. He quickly landed work at Dunham Cellars, an acclaimed winery where he was able to learn his craft while on the job. Hard work paid off quickly, as he was offered the position of head winemaker for nearby Basel Cellars in 2002. By 2007, he went out on his own, launching Sleight of Hand Cellars with partners Jerry and Sandy Solomon. He came up with the name from the song Sleight of Hand, which appeared on the Pearl Jam album Binaural.
Since its inception, Sleight of Hand has enjoyed a very fine reputation, but it is in the last handful of years that it has truly taken flight as one of Washington’s super elite producers. The style at Sleight of Hand has evolved and refined dramatically since the arrival of production winemaker Keith Johnson of Devium fame. The wines show more finesse, elegance, and purity, without sacrificing fruit or texture. Keith has taken the wines to a new level, among the crème de la crème of the west coast.
Sleight of Hand’s reserve Syrah, Levitation, is a polished, charming wine that employs some traditional Northern Rhone winemaking techniques, including whole cluster and foot stomping. A smaller percentage of new oak is used relative to the other reserve wines. The Levitation is 100% Syrah from Les Collines and Lewis vineyards, from the Walla Walla and Yakima Valley AVAs respectively. Perfumed on the nose, with purple flowers, damson plum, toasted walnut, cinnamon, cracked white pepper, and caraway seed. Generous and round, with silky tannins and fine acidity.