O*S Winery Continues to Impress



By Kori ~ June 22nd, 2010.

O*S Winery, located in South Seattle, was founded in 1997 by Bill Owen and Rob Sullivan. They produce about 3,000 cases per year. We first visited their tasting room during the holidays in 2008 and were immediately impressed with the high quality of wines they are producing across the board. That initial impression was validated when their 2006 Dineen Vineyard Syrah received our highest Quality rating of 5 stars (out of 5) in our tasting dinner last December. In fact, we named that wine as our Best Washington Wine of 2009.

Recently, we had the opportunity to taste two current releases from O*S Winery in a blind samples tasting. Once again, we were very impressed with the quality of both wines. The 2009 Riesling and the 2007 Cabernet Franc are both excellent and deliver serious bang for your buck. Both wines are produced from fruit sourced from Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

If you are in the Seattle area, I highly encourage you to visit O*S. In addition to producing excellent wines, they offer a fun, welcoming tasting room experience.

2009 O*S Winery Riesling (Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): Pale, greenish yellow and very aromatic. Lemon zest, honey, and apricot aromas lead to pineapple, apricot, mango, and honey flavors. Off-dry, medium-bodied, crisp acidity, and a long finish. Well-balanced and very refreshing. Residual Sugar: 2%
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15

2007 O*S Winery Cabernet Franc (Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington): 83% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, red garnet in color. Very aromatic with cinnamon, clove, and a hint of oak on the nose. Raspberry, cherry, and spice come through on the palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and medium tannins. Well-balanced with good complexity and a long finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $28


Filed under: American Wine, Cabernet Franc, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Over $25, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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