Owen Roe Sinister Hand 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 109290
  • red wine
  • W&S90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The Sinister Hand bears the family crest depiction of a severed left hand, which tells the story of a rowing competition among the O'Neills & the O'Reillys (Owen Roe was an O'Neill). Whom ever touched land first after rowing across the lake was rewarded with the land he touched. Lagging behind, one of the O'Neill kinsfolk grabbed his sword to cleave his hand and pitched it ashore to touch the land first. He won the land and eventually ruled over it as king. From this touching (sic) story comes a cult favorite wine; definitely worth the sacrifice!

70% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, 2% Counoise.

The 2009 Sinister Hand bears a clear, bright garnet color and boasts notes of wild strawberries, tayberries, black pepper and red and black currants. A precise acid structure lends the framework for the ripe black fruit and baked brown earth finish.Grenache provides festive red fruit flavors while the Syrah and Mourvedre add savory notes of stewed dark fruits, sweet herbs and a complex earthiness. Pair this wine with roasted fowl, pork and lighter beef dishes as well as washed-rind cheeses. Drink now through 2015.

Critical Acclaim

"A blend of two-thirds grenache with syrah, mourvedre and counoise, this precocious red leads with a spicy brown bread scent, clove and nutmeg, along with black plum. It has the freshness and energy to pair with lamb chops off the grill. "
90 Points

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Owen Roe O'Neill was a seventeenth century Irish Patriot, who dedicated his life to upholding the highest principles of political equality and freedom. His commitment to great things makes him an ideal model for us at Owen Roe, for we share his dedication to principle in our work to produce the wines of Owen Roe. At Owen Roe we do not compromise: only the best is good...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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