The 2014 Proprietary Red Obsidian Estate is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 3% Malbec from their estate vineyards. It is aged 22 months in 90% new French oak and is one of their larger cuvées of 720 cases. This is also an impressive, but backward wine with a dense purple color, loads of crushed rock in the nose of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with white flowers, licorice and forest floor. It is multidimensional, full-bodied, pure, dense and will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, while keeping for 20-25. Rating: 94+
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate Obsidian is the estate cuvee (from Howell Mountain, not to be confused with Obsidian Vineyard) and offers a ripe, sexy style in its blackberry and currant fruits, white truffle, and chalky, dried earth aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, with ripe, polished tannin, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it can be drunk anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
A linear and finely crafted red with iodine, berry and currant character. Some chili powder, too. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Give it three of four years of bottle age. Try in 2021.
The Arkenstone Obsidian consists entirely of fruit from our Howell Mountain Estate. This environment results in concentrated and intensly flavorful berries. This profile is expressed in the wine by robust earthiness, minterality and an intensity of fruit that is not found anywhere in the valley. The wine has a depth and balance that lead to age ability, but also, under the care of Sam Kaplan's winemaking skills, can be appreciated upon release.
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