Hello friends. The past few years have seen changes afoot at OS Winery. Bill Owen (the ‘O’ in OS) is no longer with the winery, and beginning with the 2013 harvest, Scott Greer of Sheridan Vineyard took over as the consulting winemaker. OS has always sourced a good amount of fruit from Sheridan, so this seems like a good fit going forward.
No surprise: the folks at OS are eager to sell through the remainder of their pre-2013 stock and began to emphasize the new regime. When they reboot BSH with the release of the 2013 vintage, the price point will be $50. But today we have the 2012 for considerably less:
I’ve always had a soft spot for this winery. Rob Sullivan (the ‘S’ in OS) was among the first to review the Full Pull business plan back when the venture was a mere glimmer in my eye. An OS wine (2004 Ulysses) was the fifth wine we ever offered through Full Pull, way back on October 14, 2009. In one of my pre-wine trade gigs, I worked with Rob’s son-in-law, and our annual company retreats used to be awash in OS wine (side note: I once drank part of a bottle of OS Ulysses in the sauna at The Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Washington. Looking back, I would not say that chugging a big red wine while shvitzing was my very best idea. Because, I mean, come on, everyone knows that the drink of choice in a steam bath is vodka. Oh well. Live and learn.)
Now then, the official line on the acronym is that it represents the initials of one of Rob’s grandsons. Unofficially, among anyone who has ever tasted this wine, BSH stands for Brick ____House (you can fill in that particular blank): an apt descriptor of this particular wine. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a number of Yakima Valley Vineyards: Sheridan, Two Blondes (Andrew Will’s estate site), Dineen, and Elephant Mountain. It clocks in at 14.2% listed alc and begins with a lovely nose of cherry cordial (the fruit, the high-cacao chocolate), kahlua, and woodsmoke. The palate is serious, intense, chewy, a mix of cassis and mineral with loads of power and toothsome tannic structure (it really does live up to its name). The finish is long and luscious, awash in espresso.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”
Total production is just 134 cases on this 2012, and with the release of that Spectator review in September, I don’t expect the remaining Seattle stash to last past the end of the year. So this is likely a one-and-done offer, without prospects for reorders. Please limit order requests to 24 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.