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Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2016

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TASTING NOTES: The nose is intriguing: brambly and dark with hints of cocoa powder. Rich and generous in the mouth, this wine features notes of black cherries mixed with blackberries and is so yet voluminous. e concentration is representative of the third year of drought in California, creating dense, layered flavors that hold on the palate. HISTORY: Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640 atop the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. is is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. e vineyards red soils are shot through with obsidian rock- this steep, sloping terroir of obsidian gravel is all that a winemaker could hope for. The unrestricted drainage and meager soil fertility produce wines with great tannic structure. VINTAGE 2014: Drought led conversations all over the farmlands and vineyards of California in early 2014. However, strong, compact rains in February and March helped secure a solid growing season for the vines through spring and early summer. The size of our crop was minimally affected, but it was slightly lower than the previous two years. During harvest, there were no extreme heat waves, which helped moderate ripening. The tricky issue was that, with the record-breaking drought, the vines ripened fruit earlier than ever before. Most of our varietals were ripening at the same time in early September, and it felt odd to be picking Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon concurrently with our Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Timing aside, the modest temperatures of late summer and fall afforded us the luxury of picking at optimum ripeness. WINEMAKING: A blend of eight blocks from the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, the lush avors and sweetness come from the fruit picked off the steep slopes that rise from 2,300 to 2,640. The spicy aroma and structure comes from fruit picked later in the season, from the lower blocks of the vineyard at 2,300. The young wines were placed in our Kádár Hungary barrels where they aged for 18 months. BLEND: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon COOPERAGE: 100% Kádár Hungary 50% New Medium Toast Plus & Heavy Toast 21 months in barrel pH: 3.82 Titratable Acidity: 5.68g/L Alcohol: 14.8%

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Obsidian Vineyard:
Obsidian Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Onetangi viticultural area on the northern coast of Waiheke Island. The flagship wine, simply labeled The Obsidian, is the blend of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The Weeping Sands label is made with the same meticulous care and attention as Obsidian, but for earlier drinking. All wines are from the sin... Read more
Obsidian Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Onetangi viticultural area on the northern coast of Waiheke Island. The flagship wine, simply labeled The Obsidian, is the blend of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The Weeping Sands label is made with the same meticulous care and attention as Obsidian, but for earlier drinking. All wines are from the single Waiheke Island vineyard except the Obsidian, Chardonnay which is sourced from a small family vineyard block on Waiheke Island overlooking the Tamaki Straight. The Obsidian vineyard was established in 1993 with the specific objective of producing a great Bordeaux-style red however since that time new varieties have been introduced and Obsidian now has eight varietal wines. New wines to its portfolio include Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay, Rose and Montepulciano. Read less

External Reviews for Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/22/2018

TASTING NOTES: The nose is intriguing: brambly and dark with hints of cocoa powder. Rich and generous in the mouth, this wine features notes of black cherries mixed with blackberries and is so yet voluminous. e concentration is representative of the third year of drought in California, creating dense, layered flavors that hold on the palate. HISTORY: Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640 atop the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. is is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. e vineyards red soils are shot through with obsidian rock- this steep, sloping terroir of obsidian gravel is all that a winemaker could hope for. The unrestricted drainage and meager soil fertility produce wines with great tannic structure. VINTAGE 2014: Drought led conversations all over the farmlands and vineyards of California in early 2014. However, strong, compact rains in February and March helped secure a solid growing season for the vines through spring and early summer. The size of our crop was minimally affected, but it was slightly lower than the previous two years. During harvest, there were no extreme heat waves, which helped moderate ripening. The tricky issue was that, with the record-breaking drought, the vines ripened fruit earlier than ever before. Most of our varietals were ripening at the same time in early September, and it felt odd to be picking Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon concurrently with our Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Timing aside, the modest temperatures of late summer and fall afforded us the luxury of picking at optimum ripeness. WINEMAKING: A blend of eight blocks from the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, the lush avors and sweetness come from the fruit picked off the steep slopes that rise from 2,300 to 2,640. The spicy aroma and structure comes from fruit picked later in the season, from the lower blocks of the vineyard at 2,300. The young wines were placed in our Kádár Hungary barrels where they aged for 18 months. BLEND: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon COOPERAGE: 100% Kádár Hungary 50% New Medium Toast Plus & Heavy Toast 21 months in barrel pH: 3.82 Titratable Acidity: 5.68g/L Alcohol: 14.8%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 11/29/2016

(98% Cabernet Sauvignon/1% Cabernet Franc/1% Syrah). Estate fruit from eight different blocks planted at 2,300-2,640 feet on a combination of low angle and steep slopes was picked in two different passes and the wine was aged for 18 months in Kadar Hungarian oak (50% new). Slightly dusty notes of wild blackberries, ripe red plums and dark cherries are framed by hints of vanilla, savory herbs and earth.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/16/2018

(98% Cabernet Sauvignon/1% Cabernet Franc/1% Syrah). Estate fruit from eight different blocks planted at 2,300-2,640 feet on a combination of low angle and steep slopes was picked in two different passes and the wine was aged for 18 months in Kadar Hungarian oak (50% new). Slightly dusty notes of wild blackberries, ripe red plums and dark cherries are framed by hints of vanilla, savory herbs and earth. ** Only 2 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 04/15/2014

Slightly dusty and herbal on the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon shows a wonderful similarity to classic Bordeaux blends from great vintages. These refined aromas are a prelude to the sildy feast of ripe plums and black cherry flavors that fan out across the palate. A soft touch of vanilla adds to the allure of this polished offering. The unique vintage conditions helped shape what may be our most balanced vintage yet. - WineryBlend:98% Cabernet Sauvignon1% Cabernet Franc1% Petit VerdotpH: 3.83TA: 5.9 g/LAlc: 14.5%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 08/15/2013

The aroma of this wine reminds one of a blackberry patch at the end of summer. The warmth of the ripe fruit aromas is complimented with generous notes of nutmeg, vanilla and clove. The wine is soft at entry then expands on the palate with weight and generous structure. Brown sugar compliments the black fruit flavors, making the wine rich and inviting. - WineryBLEND:96% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Cabernet Franc2% SyrahAlcohol: 13.6%pH: 3.97Titratable Acidity: 5.4 g/L


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 04/15/2014

The aroma of this wine reminds one of a blackberry patch at the end of summer. The warmth of the ripe fruit aromas is complimented with generous notes of nutmeg, vanilla and clove. The wine is soft at entry then expands on the palate with weight and generous structure. Brown sugar compliments the black fruit flavors, making the wine rich and inviting. - WineryBLEND:96% Cabernet Sauvignon2% Cabernet Franc2% SyrahAlcohol: 13.6%pH: 3.97Titratable Acidity: 5.4 g/L ** SOLD OUT **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 08/15/2013

If you're used to soft, ripe Napa Valley Cabernet, this one, grown just over the Lake County border, will strike you as dry and unyielding. The tannins are pronounced, giving it a hard bite. But it's rich and deep in crème de cassis, the sort of wine that seems ageworthy. Take a gamble and put it in your cellar for 6-8 years. Notable for its savory herb and dried berry flavors, this is a firm, complex, tightly wound youngster built with chewy tannins. Needs a little time or a healthy decant. Best from 2013 through 2022. 6,763 cases made. -JL ** SOLD OUT **


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