This is the first vintage of Obsidian Vineyard Syrah under our new ownership and management of the vineyard as our estate property, and it is a showstopper of a wine. With increased focus on the highest-quality vineyard practices, the wine is showing even more exciting qualities than ever before: the hedonism of the 2013 vintage with the refinement of the 2014 vintage.
The overarching theme of 2015 was low fruit-set, bringing yields down across most of our vineyards. At Obsidian, where yields are already low, they were especially low – roughly one ton per acre. This translated into a very intensely flavored and concentrated Obsidian Syrah, with its trademark notes of chocolate ganache, black currants, fig, and graphite and an expansive mouthfeel.Visit Our Store
Our estate vineyard — the six-acre Obsidian Vineyard in the Knights Valley AVA — has an incredibly complex soil structure. It takes its name from a layer of volcanic obsidian rock that was discovered when we drilled for water.
For this vintage of the Obsidian Vineyard Syrah, we used native yeast/native ML fermentation (with 20% whole-cluster in 2014), and 22 months of [simple_tooltip content=”French term for the progression of wine from fermentation to bottling. Similar to the English term upbringing.”]élevage[/simple_tooltip] in 40% new oak.
14.8% ABV • 449 cases
6 to 20 years
Chocolate ganache, black currants, fig, graphite, and an expansive mouthfeel.