Arkenstone Obsidian 2014

Arkenstone Obsidian 2014

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Deep purple/black with a bright ruby rim, the color of this wine gives an indication of the richness and complexity to follow. The leather, coffee and earth on the nose, are joined by soft violet, rose petal, Marello cherry, Black current and orange rind as the wine opens up. Pomegranate, red cherry and lush cranberry give way to black cherry, mocha and tobacco on the mid-palate. An extremely long finish hints at baking spices, dark chocolate and dried cherries with bright acidity balanced with focused, elegant tannins.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation Howell Mountain
Brand Arkenstone
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Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Proprietary Red Obsidian Estate is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 3% Malbec from their estate vineyards. It is aged 22 months in 90% new French oak and is one of their larger cuvées of 720 cases. This is also an impressive, but backward wine with a dense purple color, loads of crushed rock in the nose of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with white flowers, licorice and forest floor. It is multidimensional, full-bodied, pure, dense and will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring, while keeping for 20-25.

Robert Parker, December 30, 2016