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Owen Sullivan Ulysses Sheridan Vineyard 2003

Other Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Ulysses is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sheridan Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Aromas of violet, blackberry and cocoa precede a seductive, mouth-filling attack. Intense yet supple, pure fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry complemented by hints of cocoa and coffee are balanced by firm, soft tannins that keep the succulent flavors lingering for minutes. Ulysses is a beautiful expression of one of Washington state's finest vineyards. 235 cases

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    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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    As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.

    The cooler parts of the valley are home to almost half of the Chardonnay and Riesling produced in the state! Both are made in a wide range of styles depending on the conditions of the vineyard site.

    But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.

    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.

    OSWUSM03_2003 Item# 81859