2009 Owen Roe US Red Blend "Sinister Hand"
Winery: Owen Roe
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sinister Hand"
Wine Category: US Red Blend
Grape blend: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre, & 2% Counoise
Region: Columbia Valley
State or country: WA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 89.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: March 20, 2011
Wine Review: This ruby colored Grenache based blend opens with a very aromatic blueberry and blackberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, smooth, and easy going. The flavor profile is a very tasty blueberry with integrated black pepper. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are slightly sticky and linger a bit. It went perfectly with my grilled Long Island duck breast. Finally, if you are curious about the severed left hand on the label. Winemaker David O'Reilly told us it comes from his family crest. It's an interesting story. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Clear, garnet color bearing beautiful wild strawberry, tayberry, black pepper with red and black currant notes. Precise on the palate with satisfying acid that provides framework for the ripe black fruit and baked brown earth finish. The Grenache lends excellent, festive red fruit while the Syrah and Mouvedre add savory notes: stewed dark fruits, sweet herb and complex earthiness. Pair this wine with roasted fowl, pork and lighter beef dishes as well as washed rind cheeses. Drink now through 2015.
Organic status: not organic
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