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.
The Renegade Wine Company is a value-driven label by Sleight of Hand Cellars made from premium Columbia Valley vineyards. They are honest, workhorse wines that get the job done: pleasing on the palate and the wallet. Offering authentic varietal accuracy, charming style, and easy drinking.
This Chardonnay does not see any oak – it is aged 100% stainless steel before bottling. Fresh and crisp, featuring bosc pear, green apple, and hazelnut, and baking spice on the nose. A nice bit of textural weight is held in check with energetic acidity.