Sleight of Hand Cellars, 2011 Levitation

First skiff of snow of the season, temps were in the high twenties all day.
First skiff of snow of the season, temps were in the high twenties all day.

Sleight of Hand Cellars has been a favorite of ours since we have been coming to Walla Walla in 2009.  Coming home from a couple of days away, we went opposite directions early in the week, we lit a fire in the fireplace and opened a bottle of 2011 Levitation to celebrate being home together again.  Walla Walla, everywhere I believe, went from having moderate temperatures in the sixties and low seventies during the day to topping out in the twenties when the storm out of Alaska made its way south.  Today we had our first snow of the season – lovely!

Sleight of Hand Cellars 2011 Levitation, Columbia Valley Syrah.
Sleight of Hand Cellars 2011 Levitation, Columbia Valley Syrah.

100% Syrah, it was remarkably different than the majority of Walla Walla-based Syrahs.  The musty, cooked mushroom aromas followed through with a remarkably consistent palate.  I wanted to pair this with a meal, so we corked it and put it aside for the next night’s dinner.  It didn’t take long in the grocery store to decide what I wanted to make: lamb and Brussel sprouts with pecans and pomegranate.  I love onions and sautéing the lamb in onions sounded like a great beginning.  Since we had the pecans and fresh pomegranate and the Brussel sprouts looked good in the store that was an easy choice.

The wine suggested the dinner: braised lamb with sautéed onions and brussel sprouts with pecans and pomegranate.
The wine suggested the dinner: braised lamb with sautéed onions and Brussel sprouts with pecans and pomegranate.

Having been open for a day we sipped the wine first to see if it had changed at all.  It had ‘opened up’ with far more fruit notes in both the scent and taste, but the umami and earthy elements were still very present.  Dark fruits, blue and blackberries, in the wine worked with the Brussel sprouts and pecans, but the pomegranates were not the best.  The lamb was fantastic with it!

Stay warm, drive safe and enjoy your favorite winter sport – be it inside or out – as we progress through the now-winter weather!

Cheers!

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