Owenroe sinisterhand

"Sinister Hand" 2016

Owen Roe

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.

Country:
USA
Region:
Columbia Valley
Vintage:
2016
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
63% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
91

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Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Sustainable
Alcohol percentage:
14.1
Closure:
Cork

Reviews

  • "91+ points. Moderately saturated medium red. Perfumed, highly nuanced nose offers scents of red raspberry, cherry, meat, red licorice, spices and purple sage, plus a whiff of graphite minerality and a faintly candied quality that carries through onto the palate. Savory and classically dry, with its boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors complemented by salty minerality. The tannins are fairly light but firm." (vinous)
  • "90 points. The 'Sinister Hand' is a silky blend of 61% Grenache, 16% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The inviting red blend begins with aromas of red fruits, rose petals and orange rind accents. On the palate this offers a silky, smooth texture with flavors of wild strawberry, pomegranate seed, candied red cherry and a touch of cedar. This is an outstanding value that will cellar well for five plus years. (Best 2017-2022)." (International Wine Report)

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