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Obsidian Ridge Half Mile 2017

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Half Mile is the darkest and richest wine we make from Obsidian Ridge Vineyard. The 2017 vintage is no exception; it is perhaps even darker and more brooding than usual. Shy and reserved when first opened, it should be decanted for best results. You'll be rewarded with aromas of fresh blackberries, dried cherries, licorice and a gentle pine forest lift. Flavors of cocoa powder, espresso and blackberries fit neatly within the taut tannic structure that teeters on a balanced edge. The 2017 has an earthy element, and an endurance that may prove it to be the longest-lived vintage of Half Mile.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Petit Verdot

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WE 94
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This flavor-packed but well-balanced wine offers ripe fruit, rich tannins and some spicy complexity, all in well-measured doses, for a seamless expression of the variety. While full in feel, it feels smooth and creamy. Best through 2030. Cellar Selection.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Over the recent decades, the Red Hills AVA in Lake County has produced some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the state. The 2017 Obsidian Ridge Half Mile exhibits superb fruit and a beautiful balance on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bold, yet refined. Its aromas and flavors of sleek, black fruit and leather would pair superbly with braised, short ribs. (Tasted: March 31, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
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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.
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Located within the greater Clear Lake appellation, the Red Hills AVA is perhaps the hottest spot right now in Lake County for new Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Recognizing the potential of its volcanic and obsidian heavy soils, many respected growers are flocking to the area. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in escalating the quality and recognition of Napa Valley, has already invested heavily in the area.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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