The winery doesn’t reveal on the label what grape varieties are in this blend, but they’re Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It’s a fine, delicious wine, with blackberry, dark chocolate and bacon flavors, wrapped into exceedingly fine tannins. It’s well-balanced, too, with moderate alcohol and a nice lick of acids. Impressive and classy from this Lake County winery.
A beautiful Petite Sirah, and a serious player. Shows the classic balance and elegance of a fine red wine, with smooth tannins framing the variety’s wildly exotic flavors of blackberries, blueberries, bacon, tobacco, grilled mushrooms, tamari, anise and lots of black pepper. Great now with BBQ, and should evolve in interesting ways for many years.
Peppery spice is the hallmark of this wine. Other than that, it’s very Cabernet-like. Dry, full-bodied and balanced, it shows luscious black currant and chocolate flavors, and the tannins are as smooth and ripe as anywhere on earth.
With delicious texture and concentration, this Lake County blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the 3,000-foot-high Fore Family Vineyard is intensely good, a deep reddish-purple blueberry-tinged infusion of earth and clove spice with dry, tight tannins and even a little lavender that’ll linger. This one’ll age, but is so convincingly reminiscent of the…
Fortress is establishing a formidable record for Sauvignon Blanc. The ’06 is rich, elegant, and enormously drinkable. There’s great delicacy to the mouthfeel, with stony, mineral flavors that add tang to the lime, Meyer lemon and smoky spice flavors that finish so dry and crisp. The Red Hills of Lake County is proving to be an extremely promising source of Bordeaux…
The promise is there in this ripe, plush wine, with its rich tannins and good acidity. It’s rewarding in herb-tinged blackberry jam, plum, violet, coffee and chocolate flavors, with a distinct white pepper edge. As good as it is, the next step is to build in extra layers of complexity.
This is the best Obsidian Cab since the 2002, and for similar reasons. It was a good vintage for Cabernet. The wine is rich and peppery and lush in black currant flavors, with beautifully sculpted, ripe tannins. Provides more evidence that this Red Hills of Lake County appellation has enormous potential for Cabernet.
A fine Sauvignon Blanc whose slight sweetness is completely balanced with crisp acidity. Satisfies for the richness of the grilled pineapple, green apple jam and white pepper flavors.