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Owen Sullivan Klipsun Vineyard M 2001

Other Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

This Bordeaux-style wine from Red Mountain is a delicious blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Owen Sullivan

Owen Sullivan

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Owen Sullivan, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Owen Sullivan wines are hand crafted to create smooth well-balanced wines and we offer a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Muscat – fermented dry – and a red wine blend, our “R3”. Our wines are available at approximately 95 locations including many of Seattle’s top restaurants.

Owen Sullivan Winery’s first vintage was a 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon. We began with 80 cases and are now producing between 2,000 and 3,000 cases. We are located in beautiful Tukwila Washington just minutes from Downtown Seattle.

Yakima Valley

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Often considered to be the heart of Washington wine country, the Yakima Valley is a sub-AVA of the vast Columbia Valley. The first AVA established in Washington, it is home to some of the state’s most established wineries, and contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain. The climate here is cooler than the rest of the Columbia Valley, making the Yakima Valley ideal for growing white varieties.

Chardonnay is the most planted grape here, followed closely by Riesling—both made in a wide range of styles depending on the warmth of the vineyard site. Because of the cooler climate, Merlot outnumbers darker-fruited, more tannic Cabernet Sauvignon here—an anomaly for Washington viticulture—and takes on characteristics of sweet red fruit with a supple texture, and sometimes notes of chocolate and mint. Yakima Valley Syrah is earthy and savory, complemented by a wide range of berry flavors from red to black.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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