2008 OS Winery Red Wine

Hello friends. An old list favorite makes an appearance today, and this is among the finest values of the year, with stunning fruit quality and intensity for the tariff:

Long-time list members might recall the 2006 vintage of this wine, which contains declassified barrels of OS’ high-end bottlings (Ulysses, BSH, R3). That ’06 (offered in July 2010) was a huge hit. And that was $17.99 ($15.99 TPU).

Now we’re into the 2008, and the winery has decreased the price even further.

But the quality remains the same. This is essentially a Bordeaux blend (okay, so there’s 1% Syrah, but the remainder is 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot), and it’s all in-house vinified juice, which means the vineyard sources likely include Sheridan, Klipsun, Champoux, Ciel de Cheval, Dineen and Meek, among others.

The aromatics come spilling out of the glass: loads of black fruit (cassis, blackberry), vanilla bean, and some nice graphitic/minerally topnotes to ramp up the complexity. On the palate, you immediately notice that this is a much more serious wine than the tariff indicates. The silky mouthfeel, the serious tannic heft; this is a wine that could last for 10 more years, and it’s $14?! Crazy times we’re living in. Flavors are dominated by black fruit and black tea, with subtleties of baking spice and orange peel to round things out. You just don’t see complexity, length, and concentration like this at this price point. It’s classy juice indeed.

Folks with late-summer or autumn weddings or parties should pay careful attention here. For that reason, I want to open it up to 60 bottles, first come first served, and the wine should arrive in mid-September, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping during the autumn shipping window.

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