Owen Roe 2019 'Sinister Hand' Red Rhone Blend
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington (USA)
Grape(s): 55% Grenache / 19% Syrah / 17% Mourvedre / 9% Cinsault
The Story: Long ago, during the 17th century, the O’Neills and O’Reillys were two revolutionary Irish families. They formed a rowing competition to reserve rights to some highly regarded land. The two rowing teams agreed that the first to touch the land, after rowing across the lake, would become ruler of the land. O’Neill’s boat was falling behind so a member of the crew grabbed his own sword, cut off his hand and threw it ashore, winning the title to rule the land. This land still remains in the family. The island fortress on this land can still be visited on Lough Oughter in County Cavan.
Tasting Notes: This young Grenache heavy blend erupts with perfumed aromas of bright raspberry and herbal tea while the Mourvèdre brings a savory note to the nose. The palate is plush and textural with the perfect amount of tannins, acidity, and an upbeat, bright, fruity finish that brings this wine together.
92 points (2018 Vintage) James Suckling 4/15/2020
"This is a very lovely, aromatic red with strawberry, orange-peel and floral character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Energetic and flavorful. Stone and mineral undertones."