Obsidian Wine Co. Malbec “Nicholas Block” 2019, a winery club member exclusive, is a spicy, dried floral, rich, balanced, red wine that falls just below the “Monster Malbec” style in power and concentration. Which is nice. Cocoa-dusted black cherries and berries, licorice and tobacco flavors and strong but not overwhelming. A Cabernet Sauvignon alternative, if you will, with similar structure (from the Obsidian Ridge Vineyard) and a little more grace. Very limited…250 cases made.
From Obsidian’s estate-grown “Obsidian Ridge Vineyard,” a unique, special vineyard that will surely gain in stature in the coming years. Planted to the five Bordeaux varieties plus a little Syrah, it’s an ideal site to make bold red wines with underpinnings of earth. That’s what you get from Obsidian and at fantastic values to boot.
The grape-growing, winemaking, sales and marketing team at Obsidian Wine Co. deliver outstanding wines from divergent topographies: “The Sea” of Poseidon Estate & “The Sky” of Obsidian Ridge Vineyard. The wines are pure, honest representations of the grape and the best of what California can offer. And fantastic values across the board. Few addendums to share…1) co-founders Peter and Arpad Molnar own a cooperage in Hungary which is the source of all barrels used in their winemaking. 2) Obsidian has a fantastic and convenient tasting venue in the Cornerstone Sonoma marketplace. Go there. 3) If you have room in your life for a(nother) wine club membership, consider Obsidian Wine Co’s.