A wine with a name like "Sinister Hand" has got to have a good story, right? And it does! The legend dates back to the 17th century, when two rivaling Irish families, the O'Neills and O'Reillys, conceived of a rowing race to determine who got to control some contested and highly regarded land--whomever touched the shore first would rule. On race day, the O'Neill's boat couldn't keep up, but rather than cede the race, a member of the crew cut off his hand and threw it to shore, winning the family the title to rule. The brooding wine concocted to honor the tale, a Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault from six vineyards across the Columbia Valley. Stony and peppery, with hints of cinnamon framing juicy briar fruits. Firm tannins and acid backbone make this an ager, but this drinks great now with some air, too.
A dark story needs a dark wine, which is why Owen Roe created this blend, typical of a traditional Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Aromas of spicy red hots, cinnamon and pine lead to a bursting mouth-feel of cassis, white pepper and granite. Fruity notes of raspberry and blackberry enhance this structured, firm tannin blend and finish with hints of rosemary and clove.
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