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Obsidian Vineyard Syrah

To make Obsidian Vineyard Syrah, three sections of the vineyard are fermented separately and assembled over a lengthy blending process. The lowest-vigor section of the vineyard is also the rockiest and provides the foundation to the blend with a dense core of mocha and bitter chocolate and a mouth-feel that feels chiseled out of stone. The slope section of the vineyard, which gets the first peek of the morning sun, continues to provide the dark fruit and plush mouthfeel. These two sections of the vineyard meld so well together that the result is a wine that is both polished with well-defined tannin. The final piece of the puzzle comes from the top of the vineyard—the proverbial cherry on top. The concentrated fruit from this section contrasts with the masculine qualities of the wine, adding depth to what already seems like an infinite horizon of flavor and nuance.

Obsidian Vineyard Syrah



Obsidian Vineyard Syrah is bathed in terroir. The vines experience severe stress, pushing the roots ever deeper through rock in search of water, producing miniature clusters of intense power. Given the wine’s natural propensity for tannin, we take extreme care in the cellar to chisel/whittle its rough edges and leave room for richness to flatter its distinctive scaffold. The mid-palate supports flavors of roasted coffee beans, sarsaparilla, and dark chocolate. The finish marches on long after most wines have tired.


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Origin Grape

100% Syrah

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

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.

Vinification Vinification

For Obsidian Vineyard Syrah, we use native yeast/native ML fermentation (with ~20% whole-cluster), and 22 months of élevage in ~40% new oak.

Best Drank By Drink By

6 to 20 years

Palate Aroma & Palate

Chocolate ganache, black currants, fig, graphite, and an expansive mouthfeel.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

Bone-in Rib Eye, Venison, BBQ Pork

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