Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – We have the last 13 Cases!
We have the Last 12 Cases!!
2013 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
93 Points Wine Advocate!
High Altitude Estate Cabernet from California’s
$29.99 per bottle – $26.99 after discounts!
We’ve carried the Obsidian Ridge Cabernet on and off for years, and each time I re-try it, I’m amazed at how good it is for $30 and will definitely get you thinking about California’s newer wine regions for Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is located in the Red Hills region of the Mayacamus Mountain range North of Napa Valley in Lake county. Elevation averages a remarkable 2500 feet, and the vineyard is covered in a volcanic glass called black obsidian (we have a sample of it at the store). Red Hills AVA became an official appellation in 2004, and is distinctive because of its high elevation, steep slopes and iron-rich soils. These combine to make wines that are very structured in style.
This is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged in 100% Hungarian Oak Barrels for 21 months, 50% of which are new.
Interestingly, the cooper the Molnar family uses for this wine is located in the Tokaj region of Hungary, and has been making barrels for 600 years! Similar to French Oak barrels, the grain is tight, but there is definitely a warm toast to these wines. Alcohol levels are modest at 14.3%.
This is a great, full-bodied California Cabernet that has many of the elements we’ve come to love about Napa Valley, but with a much lower price tag. We grabbed all the 2013 that was left as it is showing so well right now!
It’s full-bodied, structured, somewhat red-fruited and has a good amount of toasty oak (but not the kind that covers up inferior fruit). Solid for parties, but interesting enough to ponder for an evening!