Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Item No. 81836
  • red wine
    Ratings Pedigree:
    • 2005
    • WN93

    Winemaker's Notes

    The 2003 bottling from our vineyard is one of the first from any vineyard in the Red Hills appellation. Although there are few wines from which to draw a conclusion, the quality of this wine indicates that the climate is favorable for developing and preserving the distinctive flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic cedar and cassis handily identify this wine as a Cabernet, while the flesh and ripe sweetness of the cult California wine style sign off on this wine's new appellation. Most importantly, it is the huge tannic presence of the mountainous growing conditions that wins the argument; this is a Cabernet of substance, bearing and pedigree.

    In 2003 we harvested the young vines on September 24th at 26.7 Brix, 3.75 pH and 5.2g/L titratable acidity. The de-stemmed must was fermented in open-top bins for two weeks and drained down to 50% new Budapesti Kadar barrels. The wine was aged 12 months and bottled in December 2004.

    Learn About Obsidian Ridge

    Planted 2,600 feet high on the Mayacamas range north of Napa Valley, Obsidian ridge Vineyards grows mountain fruit. The steep slopes at this altitude are reddened by iron rich volcanic soils and littered with black shards of obsidian. Here in the Red Hills of Lake county the distinctive soils and mountain climate grow varietally vibrant and powerfully structured Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Learn About Santa Cruz Mountains

    The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 1800's, some of these wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling redwood forests. Notable Facts Even though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500...

    Read More About Santa Cruz Mountains

    Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

    (cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

    Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon

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