Searching for prime, undiscovered vineyard land in the late 1990s, the Molnar family found the place that would become Obsidian Ridge Vineyard on the back side of the Mayacamas Range. To Nicholas Molnar, it felt similar to finding Poseidon's Vineyard in the southernmost section of Carneros nearly 30 years earlier, an area untested with vines, but which he believed to have great potential. Geographically, Obsidian Ridge was perfect for Cabernet at 2,640 feet, and the site was covered with black, glassy Obsidian rock. They planted 105 acres of Bordeaux clones (including a little Rhône-based Syrah) on a piece of land that was formerly an abandoned walnut orchard. About the same time, other pioneer growers moved in, and now the area has been named Red Hills Lake County, one of the North Coast’s newest appellations, and is establishing itself as a premier Cabernet growing region.
This staff favorite is a big, rich, velvety mouthful of black cherry, black plum and sweet mocha flavors. The tannins are ripe and bold yet smooth at the same time. Being from a lesser known appellation, Obsidian also offers incredible value for California Cabernet lovers. Drink this serious effort from 2012-2020 with grilled red meats, roasts, stews and hard, aged cheeses.
in mixed case $26.99