25 Jun An in-your-face red blend – 2018 Sinister Hand
In your wine drinking…and wine shopping…experience,
perhaps you’ve seen wine described as “pretty” or “feminine”.
It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price-
that-you-can-find recommendation, just in time for your weekend.
This week, we’re featuring a full-bodied red with a back story that is
neither feminine or pretty.
“Macabre” might be a better description.
But the wine is tasty.
Over 1,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, two families were feuding
over a patch of land.
To settle the dispute, they held a rowing competition on a lake.
First family to touch terra firma on the opposite shore would win the land.
One family’s boat was falling behind so a member of the crew
grabbed his own sword, cut off his hand and threw it ashore,
thus touching first and winning the title to rule the land.
Now that is the epitome of “taking it for the team”.
You have to “hand” it (sorry, couldn’t resist) to the Owen Roe winery.
They grabbed the legend and ran with it, creating an eye-catching label
and backing all of the story telling/marketing with a pretty good red blend.
This wine isn’t shy.
Full bodied with dark fruit and pepper flavors, it’s simultaneously
savory and sweet.
If you’re partial to Rhone-style reds such as Côte du Rhone,
you’ll be on familiar ground with Sinister Hand.
I don’t think we’ve every featured a wine that has such
a dramatic price range from one store…or source…to the next.
We found it at selected (not all) Costcos at the low, low price of $14.59.
Fred Meyer has it for $21.79.
New Seasons charges just 20 cents more: $21.99
It’s $24.99 at Wine.com. The price at QFC is $25.99.
Or you can order from the Owen Roe winery where the price is $28.00.