2013 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
Do any of you remember the story about the little train that could? Maybe you read it to your kids/grandkids or maybe you remember having it read to you when you were young like I do. The way I recall this story, not having heard it in a couple of decades, is there was this little, forgotten, overlooked train that had great pluck and determination. He kept with it always knowing that he could pull with the best of them. One day he got his chance, and wouldn’t you know it, he saved the day! In my mind that’s a perfect metaphor for the Cabernets of Obsidian Ridge. After selling these wines for years I feel that little train of Obsidian Ridge is just starting to get its due. Customers are finally realizing just how great of a value this wine is and how so much power and intensity can come from Cabernet not grown in Napa or Sonoma, but in Lake County, of all places.
A half a mile up on the steep hillsides of Lake County is a vineyard filled with giant veins of pure obsidian glass. This vineyard was planted with care back in 1999, in what was an old walnut grove. These stressed vines combine with the 100% Hungarian oak cooperage of Kádár, which the owners of Obsidian Ridge are partners in, to produce a singular expression of Cabernet. Full of purple floral tones and ashy volcanic material in the nose, this is very exotic — and while instantly recognizable as Cab, it has so much more complexity aromatically than most. Dense and chewy on the palate the wine is not for the faint of heart with powerful streaks of black currant, black olive, cinnamon stick, clay, more ash and lavender. Tannic and firm, this is a wine that will please all the bigger-is-better crowd but do as well on the dinner table with red meat as just about any Domestic Cabernet twice its price point. I’d decant it for a hour and serve it with any hearty meat-based dishes.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
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I can't stress this strongly enough. The 2013 Obsidian Ridge "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon is the BEST DEAL we have in stock right now in a California Cab, bar none. This is serious juice! Geography is destiny, and the volcanic soil and higher elevations found in the Red Hills are merely a northward extension of the superb conditions found in Napa in places like Howell Mountain. Classic Cabernet profile here - a hint of violets on the nose with notes of blackberry and cassis. Rich texture with loads of dark fruit. Superb structure with lively acidity and fine tannins. Unbelievable quality at his price. Outstanding value!

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2016 | Send Email
If you're looking for a California Cabernet with loads of character that won't break the bank, look no further. This well-balanced Cabernet from Obsidian Ridge is an absolute revelation. The classic black and red currant, blackberry, and cedar notes are all there. The wine has a wonderfully smooth texture and ripe tannins. The acidity tells me this wine isn't going away anytime soon, and the hint of toasted oak will keep California fans happy. Yum!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2016 | Send Email
My favorite Cabernet Sauvignon value in the store is the affordable Obsidian Ridge, a small producer from Lake County in the Mayacamas mountain range. Taking its name from the volcanic soil in which it grows, this Cab imparts a rare sense of terroir on the palate, showing notes of charcoal, cedar, and a gorgeous floral component that complements the dark plum and cassis fruit flavors. While muscular on the palate, the tannins are sweet and the texture is seductively velveteen, making for a robust but exceedingly luxurious experience. Pair with short ribs for a perfect evening.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Lake County

Alcohol Content (%): 14.3