WINEMAKER NOTES: THE STORY: Long ago, pre-dating the 11th century, the families that be-came modern day O’Neills and O’Reillys were feuding over the land that became their ancestral home. To settle the dispute, a competition was organized, and several 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, and touching first, winning the title to rule the land. The island fortress on this land can still be visited on Lough Oughter in County Cavan.
TASTING NOTES: The 2019 Sinister Hand displays spicy, dark, and savory characteristics. The exuberant nose has raspberry aromas with a hint of vanilla, while the lively palate has a soft juicy
texture and a well-balanced acidity. Chewy tannins, black cherry, and a hint of toasty French oak round out the vibrant finish.
VARIETALS: 57% Syrah, 18% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 5% White Rhone, 2% Cinsault
APPELLATION: Columbia Valley, Washington
PRODUCTION: 10,000 Cases