2002 Owen-Sullivan BSH
I like Bill Owen of O-S Winery. I especially like his wines and trading some photography for a case of his wine was a great deal for me. This was my last bottle of what I consider to be one of Bill Owen’s finest creations: 2002 Owen-Sullivan BSH, Columbia Valley. Brick Shit House is named because it is made like one, solid. It’s made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Despite the Bordeaux varietals, it definitely has a New-World style with a full lushness and velvety mouthfeel. I goes especially well with food and I thought a nice steak dinner with relatives last night was a perfect opportunity to open this.
I opened the bottle nearly a hour beforehand, but it didn’t seem to need decanting. The cloudy brick red color showed little signs of age and was obviously unfiltered. It was very fragrant with aromas of cedar, blackberry, and fennel. The first sip was much better than I remembered with lush big flavors of black currant and cassis with tobacco and black olive on the mid-palate. The long finish of mineral and black pepper was a bit warm but showed a fine balance with smooth tannins. Very enjoyable with a thick New York strip with a red wine reduction, scalloped potatoes, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized sweet onions and flame-roasted red, yellow and orange bell peppers.
Now I only wished I would have saved more bottles of this wine. I would certainly have kept more of them if I had known how good it would become.