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Owen Sullivan's Brick SH*T House 2003
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September 29, 2005

It's the fun time of the year, when we get to offer the best wines from new vintages. And today, announcing the availability of the Owen Sullivan (O-S Winery) BSH Brick Sh*t House 2003 vintage red, we get to sell the monster truck of the Washington Wine industry, a wine with so much hedonistic in-your-face huge red action you just have to love it.

The 2003 BSH is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc sourced from some of the best vineyards in the state. The grapes came from Champoux Vineyard, Klipsun Vineyard, Sheridan Vineyard, and Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.
Like the recently rated Owen Sullivan (O-S) R3 (93 points from Wine Spectator) the wine benefited from a long, warm growing season that created grapes tending towards a rich, black fruit profile, with reasonable acid levels and good tannic structure for aging.

Owen Sullivan (O-S Winery) BSH 2003 $35.96/$39.95

A huge blockbuster of a wine for those who like their reds to impress. Huge depth, nose starts with lots of toast, black cherry, mocha, vanilla, and licorice, flavors are redolent of black cherry, berry, and plum, all intertwined in a matrix of custardy rich mocha tinged richness. The finish goes on and on. Very satisfying, beautifully integrated, with layers and layers of flavors. Pour this one for friends and watch them go nuts.

The winery says: "BSH is a rich powerful wine that has great depth and complexity with aromas of black currents and mocha with hints of vanilla and anise. The taste is rich but not overpowering with a mouth full of dark fruits blended with layers of custard and mocha. The structure and balance have ample amounts of tannins and acids leading to a very long finish. Drink now through 2012."

We also still have a bit of the R3. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (15%) from Sheridan Vineyard, Klipsun Vineyard, and Champoux Vineyard.

Owen Sullivan (O-S Winery) R3 2003 $31.46/$34.95

Wine Spectator 93 points (October 2005): "Exotic' is the word for this big red--- A Merlot based Bordeaux blend with wideranging aromatics of spice, incense, fruit, cedar, followed by smooth and refined flavors of blueberry and black currant fruits, with a touch of toasted espresso bean in the firm finish. " H.S.

The winery says: "A beautiful combination of finesse and power, this vintage of R3 leads with black cherry and raspberry aromas, follows with a rich, velvety texture and reveals a flavorful, complex palate of blackberries, loganberries, cherries and dark chocolate. Its lengthy finish is carried on solid soft tannins. Drink now through 2015. "

We say, the R3 is a more structured wine than the BSH, if that's the word, with more blue fruit, berry fruit, and cedar in nose and flavors. Its velvety quality on the palate hints of Belgian bittersweet chocolate creme brulee and blackberry pie, with a touch of spice and woodsy, smoky cedar. Just delicious and quite complex and interesting as it opens in the glass. Intriguing and hedonistic. A bit more of a thinking person's wine than the BSH, easy to love but available for contempation and analysis. Really nice when you consider that some of its equivalent wines from WA sell in the $60 range.

Although Wine Spectator has not yet reviewed the 2003 BSH, the 2002 vintage received 93 points, and we think this vintage is just as good or better.



Here's the other top rated reds we've just received:

Betz Family Winery Syrah "La Cote Rousse" 03 $42.26/$46.95

Previous vintage 94 points from Wine Spectator

Betz Family Winery Syrah "La Serenne" 03 $42.26/$46.95

"The flavor foundation is blackberry/black cherry with roasted coffee bean, smoke and minerals. A whiff of violets surfaced in the 2003, a note I often find in Northern Rhone Syrah. And then there's its silky mouthfeel, the result of very low yields (less than 2.5 tons/acre), concentration, high alcohol and seamless tannin. Yet it still is powerful and amply built for 3-6 years of additional cellaring." - Bob Betz

Owen Roe Zinfandel "Hillside" 04 $35.96/$39.95

Very limited offering, first Zinfandel in 3 years from Owen Roe.

Mark Ryan "BadLands" Red 03 $40.46/$44.95

intense. huge, aromatic wine, smokiness, vanilla, spice in the nose, a wide range of jammy, fruity cherry, brandied berry, spice, and toasted coffee bean on the palate, and a long, tightly structured finish. A real cult favorite from a nice guy who really knows how to make'em monstrous. 66% Syrah from Kiona Vineyard, 34% Petit Verdot from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, an unusual blend with flavors balanced between the two varietals - black cherry, smoked meat, toasted coffee bean, spice, hints of dried herbs, minerals, and a longgggg finish make this wine a real standout in the ranks of Washington Syrahs.

Mark Ryan "GunMetal" Red 03 $32.39/$35.99

Opaque wine, huge bouquet of alpine strawberries (!!), toasted espresso, mocha/cocoa, cinnamon, smoke, and licorice, yet a bit more sophisticated and polished than the other red blends from this highly regarded "garagiste". Flavors are of black cherries, blackberries, black currant, coffee, licorice, and herbs. A solidly structured wine with a mouth-filling, lengthy finish. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc from Conner Lee Vineyard. Shipping to our "Big Reds" Club in September 2005.

Fielding Hills Syrah 03 $28.80/$23.00

Wine Spectator rating 92 points (Oct 2005) : "Seductive, supple, and generous, a plush mouthful of spicy, creamy oak-framed cherry and blackberry flavors, lingering on the fine-grained finish. 125 cases made." H.S.

This is one of our favorite wineries in WA, and I've been fortunate enough to work with Karen and Mike sincve their first vintage. They own their Estate vineyard, RiverBend Vineyard, and it has produced remarkable fruit since the beginning. And Mike knows how to get out of the way, make a clean, balanced wine, and let the terroir of his unusually delicious vineyard show through.

Five Star Merlot 03 $28.30/$31.45

Wine Spectator rating 92 points: "Deep, dark, gorgeous stuff, a generous mouthful of sweet, oak-accented black cherry, blackberry and currant flavors that mingle seductively on the long, beautifully focused finish. Sylish stuff, wants cellaring." H.S.

A September Avalon Big Reds Club Selection

We Restocked big time so we can still offer:

Owen Roe Cabernet Sauvignon Dubrul 03 $54.00/$60.00

Here's what Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator says about Owen Roe:

"Few winemakers in the Pacific Northwest get such intensity and heady richness into their wines as does David O'Reilly. He consults with a number of Oregon's avant-garde wineries, including Abacela, Carabella and Starr, and he makes his own Pacific Northwest wines under three different labels: O'Reilly (for négociant wines), Sineann (a partnership with Peter Rossbeck) and Owen Roe, for tiny lots of intense wine."

We have all the new Andrew Will 2003 vintage red blends here:


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