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Owen Sullivan R3 2001

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Winemaker Notes

This Bordeaux-style wine is a delicious blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon (Elerding Vineyard), 40% Merlot (Pontin Vineyard) and 20% Cabernet Franc (Eldering Vineyard). The Merlot provides a vibrant berry fruit and the Cabernet, firm structure. The Cab Franc adds deep tones of chocolate and coffee.

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Owen Sullivan

Owen Sullivan

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Owen Sullivan, 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.

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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.

OSWR301_2001 Item# 62759