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2015 Arkenstone Estate Red 3 Pack

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Allocations available September 18, 2018
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Formerly known as Obsidian

We are pleased to tell you that beginning with the 2015 vintage, we have updated the label and name of our flagship wine Obsidian, to Arkenstone Estate Red, to better reflect the land and wine from our Howell Mountain Estate. As 2015 represents the tenth vintage of this, our flagship Estate red blend, we felt the time was right to fully recognize and celebrate the land and the vineyard that are at the heart of Arkenstone Estate. 

 

Although we have changed the name, our estate Cabernet blend is exactly the same wine you have come to know as Obsidian.
We have had the exquisite privilege of caring for this high elevation property on the western shoulder of Howell Mountain for 30 years.  Its climate, contours, and soils – as well as its abundant flora and fauna - are as familiar to us as our own hands, and there is nowhere in Napa Valley we’d rather call home. Our 13-acre vineyard, that we have shaped over the last 30 years and organically farmed since our very first plantings, comprises 22 intricately designed blocks matching rootstocks, clones and varietals to widely varied soils, slopes, and exposures. Sixteen of these blocks (consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Malbec) contribute to the Arkenstone Estate Red.   Since 2006, Winemaker Sam Kaplan has fashioned this estate Cabernet blend into a balanced, elegant and intensely focused wine that reflects the characteristics of the Howell Mountain AVA as well as the terroir of our own uniquely positioned estate vineyard.

 

Tasting notes:

Ruby red with deep black undertones, this dense yet elegantly focused beauty is a very special expression of our Howell Mountain terroir, and the beautiful 2015 vintage. Cassis, violet, mocha, graphite and dried tea leaves greet the nose, along with our signature earth, sweet tobacco, and leather. A clean minerality and bright acidity are complemented by dark black cherry, star anise and mocha on the front palate while deep espresso, blackberry cobbler, blueberries, lavender, and baking spices roundly fill the mid-palate. Very fine, lush tannins hold the richly dark chocolate, cassis-laden, long velvety finish. This wine is drinking beautifully balanced and youthfully vibrant right now, but will easily lie down for 30+ years.

 

  • Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec
  • AVA - Howell Mountain
  • Vineyard: Arkenstone Estate

Tasting Notes

Ruby red with deep black undertones, this dense yet elegantly focused beauty is a very special expression of our Howell Mountain terroir, and the beautiful 2015 vintage. Cassis, violet, mocha, graphite and dried tea leaves greet the nose, along with our signature earth, sweet tobacco, and leather. A clean minerality and bright acidity are complemented by dark black cherry, star anise and mocha on the front palate while deep espresso, blackberry cobbler, blueberries, lavender, and baking spices roundly fill the mid-palate. Very fine, lush tannins hold the richly dark chocolate, cassis-laden, long velvety finish. This wine is drinking beautifully balanced and youthfully vibrant right now, but will easily lie down for 30+ years.

Ratings:

This estate blend from Howell Mountain was formerly known as “Obsidian.” Composed of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Malbec, the 2015 Proprietary Red Estate gives a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of spiced blackberries, fruitcake and plum pudding with suggestions of Indian spices, earth and underbrush, plus a touch of violets. Packed with rich, opulent fruit in the full-bodied mouth, it has a solid, fine-grained backbone and plenty of freshness, finishing long and multilayered. 500 cases were made. 97 points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Vineyard Notes:

100% organically farmed on the Arkenstone Howell Mountain Estate

Production:

500 cases