Last week we conducted a blind tasting of twenty five of California's best Cabernet Sauvignon in the $20 - $75 price range. Our goal was to find the "best of the best" at this price point from California's outstanding 2007 vintage.
The winner wasn't from the lush hills of Napa Valley or Sonoma, but rather the intensely red volcanic soils of Lake County, California which are riddled with obsidian gravel.
Hands down, the 2007 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet stood out for its intense and nuanced flavors. The vines of this delicious wine are grown at 2,600 feet. At such a high altitude, the conditions are harsh and the sun more intense. This causes the vines to struggle, forcing the roots to penetrate deep into the red volcanic soil riddled with obsidian rock. This forces the vines to struggle to survive, yet where minerality is prolific; the more vines struggle, the more nuanced the flavors: blackberry baked cobbler with cinnamon stick aromas fill the glass; add to that spicy, dried herbal aroma which envelop the dark berry fruit; the palate is full and viscous, rewarding with a combination of concentrated black cherry and blackberry, ending with hints of clove, cinnamon, mocha and cedar.
This Cab drinks well beyond its price and is one you will not put down once it's opened. It is a perfect pairing for a porterhouse steak! Enjoy now and over the next five years.