94pts Wine Enthusiast
This flavor-packed but well-balanced wine offers ripe fruit, rich tannins and some spicy complexity, all in well-measured doses, for a seamless expression of the variety. While full in feel, it feels smooth and creamy. Best through 2030. Cellar Selection.
92pts Wilfred Wong
Over the recent decades, the Red Hills AVA in Lake County has produced some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the state. The 2017 Obsidian Ridge Half Mile exhibits superb fruit and a beautiful balance on the palate. This wine is bold, yet refined. Its aromas and flavors of sleek, black fruit and leather would pair superbly with braised, short ribs.
Half Mile is the darkest and richest wine we make from Obsidian Ridge Vineyard. The 2017 vintage is no exception; it is perhaps even darker and more brooding than usual. Shy and reserved when first opened, it should be decanted for best results. You'll be rewarded with aromas of fresh blackberries, dried cherries, licorice and a gentle pine forest lift. Flavors of cocoa powder, espresso and blackberries fit neatly within the taut tannic structure that teeters on a balanced edge. The 2017 has an earthy element, and an endurance that may prove it to be the longest-lived vintage of Half Mile.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Petit Verdot