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Obsidian Ridge The Chief 2017
December 8, 2020

OBSIDIAN RIDGE  Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate Grown"  Red Hills Lake County 2017

Retail Price: $35

Value Rating: 3.8

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: December 7, 2020
Cases Produced: Around 10,000

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 89

Great Value


The 2017 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon has a Cabernet Franc-esque aroma of fresh bay leaves, sage and thyme. Black currants, dried blueberries and dark pomegranate make a pointed entrance on the mid-palate. Structure and vibrancy persist start to finish, attributable to the 2600 feet high, sloping vineyard on deep volcanic soil. Bittersweet chocolate and black cherry liqueur are at the core of the wine, showing themselves on the back palate and early finish before mountain tannins take over. A meat-eater’s wine, it would make a great foil with a grilled ribeye or New York strip. 2% each Malbec and Petit Verdot. 14.6% alcohol. Aged 1.5 years in Kádár (Hungary) barrels, medium to heavy toast.

Alex Beloz, Winemaker: “A blend of eight blocks from Obsidian Ridge Vineyard, the lush flavor and sweetness of this wine comes from fruit harvested on the steepest slopes of our vineyard, rising from 2,300 to 2,640 feet above sea level. The spicy aroma and structure is derived from fruit picked later in the season in the lower blocks of the vineyard. Young wines are aged exclusively in Tokaj oak by Kádár, the cooperage we have owned for nearly three decades. Located in Kádárok Volgye (Valley of the Coopers), this region of the Tokaj appellation has a written history of over 1,000 years of coopering.”

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