2008 Suisun Valley Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah •King Vineyard
California: Suisun Vallley
Wine, like life, is a journey...
Today’s Olabisi Wines 2008 Suisun Valley Petite Sirah is a major follow up to the best-selling 2007 that we featured in 2012. This wine is bold and very flavorful but it holds it all together in a package that really all about balance.
Fruit, earth and spice are all very well-integrated, and just the right amount of acidity and tannin work in harmony to give the wine extraordinary balance. Especially for a Petite Sirah.
This wine is ready to drink on opening, but we encourage you to either decant or swirl for a few minutes - and witness how it softens and opens up along the way. Enjoy with our most hearty recommendation.
Dark burgundy at its heart, this wine is clear, but you need to strain to see through it. At the edge, a beautiful ring of magenta encircles the wine.
Incredibly bold and aromatic, with fruit, earth, and spice notes jumping from the glass. Fresh ripened blackberry and cherry are at the forefront, quickly followed by fresh leaves, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel and lavender.
An absolutely delicious wine, with the notes of black cherry, caramel, and vanilla bean carrying over from the nose. Added to these are flavors of plum, fresh fallen leaves, and sweet tobacco, with additional hints of star anise, black pepper, and dried violets.
Extremely long and satisfying, packed with plenty of dark fruit through the well structured finish. At the very end, hints of dried dark flowers and black pepper linger on the tongue.
We paired ours with beef short ribs, slow braised in an Asian-inspired lemon soy sauce. This wine also goes exceptionally well with dark chocolate.
What the Winery Says
A captivating bouquet of fresh dark fruits with brooding dark undertones of cocoa, tobacco, and Herbes de Provence. The palate delivers on the promise with luscious ripe blackberry, blueberry, and pomegranate over Cabernet-like tannins that coat the mouth and weave into the long, delectable finish. Great to drink now through 2027.
- Ted Osborne
- Suisun Valley, California
- 17 months in French oak, 50% new
About the Winery
FOR US, OLABISI MEANS limited production, handcrafted wines from one-of-a-kind vineyard sources tended by uncommonly talented farmers. With a miniscule production of under 1,000 cases per year, we’re able to pay attention to each of our wines as individual expressions of the truly incredible vineyards from which they’re sourced.
My wife Kim and I started making wines under the Olabisi label back in 2002. At the time, I was associate winemaker for Storybook Mountain in Napa Valley. Over the previous seven years I had been practicing my chops at various wineries in Napa, Australia, South Africa, and Bordeaux. But with Olabisi, I could now make the wines I wanted to make. We could be as creative and unorthodox as we saw fit, all in the pursuit of turning beautiful fruit into beautiful wine. And it was fun. It still is.