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Owen Roe Winery

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Owen Roe, named after a 17th century Irish patriot, produces wines from both Washington and Oregon fruit. David O’Reilly, who serves as winemaker, is also a co-founder of Sineann Winery along with Jerry Owen. O’Reilly recently created a new winery, Corvidae, which focuses on value-priced wine.



Wines:

Score

Name

Notes

$

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Owen Roe Riesling DuBrul Vineyard 2007

Almost completely clear in color. Orange peel, mineral, and a touch of sweetness on this pleasing, very smooth wine. 13% alcohol. 210 cases produced.


$18

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Owen Roe Pinot Gris Crawford-Beck Vineyard 2008

Almost clear in color. Nose marked by banana, lemon, and yeast. A very interesting taste with a quick attack that drops off and then comes back on. Opens up on the palate and hangs. Note: Crawford-Beck Vineyard is located in Oregon.


$18

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Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica 2007

An interesting nose with loads of green and black pepper along with caramel. Alcohol shows through at times. A fair amount of oak on the taste. Red Willow Vineyard. 14.1% alcohol.


$39

**

Owen Roe Syrah Lady Rosa Yakima Valley 2007

Almost black in color. An excellent wine, although a bit atypical of the varietal. Lots of oak aromas including butterscotch and cedar. A plush, rich wine with an ultra-long finish. Red Willow and Outlook vineyards. 14.5% alcohol. 360 cases produced.


$42

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Owen Roe Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2006

A very unusual nose with peppermint and lots of pencil shavings. Tannins are a bit aggressive at times.

$39

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