Owen Roe 2015 Sinister Hand Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $28

By on January 5, 2017

David O’Reilly gives us more of a good thing with his latest presentation of Sinister Hand. The Yakima Valley winemaker references this popular bottling after an Irish legend in which a member of the O’Neill clan severs his own hand and tosses it ashore toward the end of a rowing race in order to cleverly be the first to touch — and claim — a prized parcel of land ahead of the rival O’Reillys. This young and vibrant GSM-style blend leads with Grenache (44%) and follows with Syrah (27%), Mourvèdre (16%) and Cinsault. Engaging aromas of plump Marionberry, Chukar Cherry, lavender and white pepper are matched on the palate. The structure is velvelty yet juicy with a long finish of elderberry. Suggested pairings include smoked salmon with cranberry sauce and grilled portabello or anything barbecued.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,700 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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  1. Winsome Erkan says:

    We received a bottle of your red wine….2014 and really liked the blend. Originally from Northern Ireland so am familiar with the legend and great to know it is associated with a great wine. We now live in NC. and were wondering if it available around Wilmington?? Hope so and if not we will have to have our son send it from Seattle where he lives.
    Good wishes for a Happy and Successful New Year…keep up the good work…..

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