Classic aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon characterize this vintage: red fruit, black cherry, chocolate and licorice with notes of tomato leaf and pencil lead. On the palate, the wine is closed, shy, medium weight, with flavors of kirsch, dried herbs and coffee. The tannins are robust. If the bottle is younger than 6 years old, decant for maximum effect. Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640' atop the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. This is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. The vineyard’s 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.

Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills, Lake County