2012 Obsidian Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County


Press and Tasting Notes

Obsidian, glassy black rock of volcanic origin, litters the steep slopes of Obsidian Ridge Vineyard. Named for its distinctive red, volcanic soils, this steep, sloping vineyard - at 2,600 feet - rises among the Red Hills of Lake County, a mountainous region north of Napa Valley with incomparable red soils and altitude-moderated climate. The Obsidi ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured May 17, 2010


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.Read More »



The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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