High-elevation, single vineyard Cabernet aged 18 months in 100% Hungarian oak from the family's own cooperage. Richly textured, fine leathery tannins, cinnamon & spice, fresh cherries & cassis. Read more..
The estate is planted primarily to cabernet sauvignon across three climactic zones ranging from 2,300 to 2,640 feet. The uppermost portion sits above the inversion layer on the steepest, rockiest slope, ten degrees warmer on average than the lowest elevation of the vineyard. As a result, vines above 2,500’ bud and ripen a month earlier and produce powerful, ripe flavors. The lower third of the vineyard has the gentlest slope and the coolest temperatures, yielding wines that are the most aromatic and nuanced. The central portion of the vineyard is the most protected site, affording vines the longest hang time and yielding beautiful balance.
The estate cabernet sauvignon captures the personality and verticality of this complex site. Eight vineyard blocks are harvested in over 20 unique lots. Fermentation is completed in 8-10 days and wines are pressed immediately to avoid over extraction of the skins.
Obsidian wines are the only cabernet sauvignons in California (perhaps the world) aged in 100% Hungarian oak barrels. Our source forest in Tokaj is planted to the same oak species used in France, Quercus Petraea, however the trees grow more slowly due to the volcanic soils, resulting in 30% higher density of the wood. These super-tight-grain barrels are low in vanillan and relatively high in eugenol, which tends to emphasize herbal and spice components, and are toasted slowly at low temperatures to avoid imparting overt toasty notes. For this Estate bottling, we use exclusively Kádár Tokaj barrels from our own cooperage, 40% new, aged 18 months.
Alex Beloz, Winemaker
High-elevation, single vineyard Cabernet aged 18 months in 100% Hungarian oak from the family's own ..
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