2009 Owen Roe Sinister Hand
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BLEND: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre, 2% Counoise
VINEYARDS/AVA: Our primary source for this wine is Dr. Steve Elerding’s //Elerding Vineyard// in the Horse Heaven Hills, where the proximity of the Columbia River is a vital part of the success of these traditional Rhone varietals.
AGEING PROFILE: 10 months in 17% new French oak
TASTING 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.
LABEL: On this label the family crest depiction of a severed left hand tells the story of a rowing competition among the ONeills & the OReillys (Owen Roe was an ONeill). Whoever touched land first after rowing across the lake was rewarded with the land he touched. Lagging behind, one of the kinsfolk grabs his sword to cleave his hand and pitches it ashore to touch land first. He won the land and eventually ruled over it as king.