Wine of the Week

Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


When I heard that a $30 Cabernet from the Mayacamas Mountains received 93 points from Robert Parker, I immediately took notice.  With that kind of rating, one would most assuredly presume that this had to be Napa Valley.  It wasn't.  From the Red Hills in the Lake County AVA just North of Napa, comes a wine from grapes grown at 2,640 feet elevation.  I love mountain fruit.  They can yield some of the richest and loveliest wines.  Combined with slopes ranging from 5 to 20%, it forces the vines to struggle for their nutrients.  Exactly what you want. 

Winemaker Alex Beloz has been at his craft for over 15 years.  A Native of Chicago and an alumni of University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, he took over the winemaking at Obsidian 10 years ago.  Seems as though winemaking runs in the family; his wife Jennifer Beloz makes a little known wine called " The Prisoner." 

So down to business. 

The wine pours a deep dark red with the aroma of a big Cab.  Upon tasting, once again you get flavors reminiscent of Napa fruit, showing rich lush fruit but with slightly softer tannins.  I noted a bit of resemblance to what is usually called "Rutherford Dust" on the palate as well.  That's the earthiness you get from wines from the Rutherford area of Napa. No doubt some of the flavor of the wine also comes from their use of French Oak and rarely used Hungarian Oak barrels.  The wine ends with a nice long and silky finish.  This is a wine for those liking a softer and elegant wine

This is definitely a wine to consider the next time you want to enjoy a great glass of Cabernet without breaking the bank.  The 2013 Vintage should be available, but the 2014 has been released and may be on the shelves as well.  While not tasting the 2014, the wine did receive a 92 from Parker, so I would think that the wine is similar enough to buy without question.  If your retailer needs to find it, they can check availability through Heritage Wine Cellars.