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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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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