The estate-grown Chardonnay from Obsidian Wine Co comes from their “Poseidon Vineyard” on the edge of the Napa Carneros AVA. Planted in the early 1970s (and replanted in the late ’90s), the vineyard has stayed in the family winery since its inception. Beyond stating classic California-style, impeccably balanced and a DDWA “Great Value,” what more does one need? OK…ripe, bright, a little creamy, citrus-Honeycrisp apple-pastry-roast almond. Acidity and oak play key supporting roles. This is a Chardonnay drinker’s Chardonnay.
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 and 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. My reviews include two wines that are for club members only: Malbec and “Half Mile” Cab.