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ARKENSTONE PROPRIETARY RED ESTATE "OBSIDIAN" HOWELL MOUNTAIN NAPA VALLEY 2010 1.5L MAGNUM
From black, rocky soils, the impressive 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Obsidian is the finest wine in this group. Still backward and not much different than a young barrel sample given its youthfulness, it reveals a dense blue/purple color along with notes of blackberries, black currants, wet rocks, new oak, baking spices and licorice. The attractive aromatics are followed by a deep, full-bodied, broodingly backward, rich wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and keep for two decades. 92+ points. WA # , #209 (Oct 2013) Drink 2015 - 2035
NVWE Notes: Deep and sophisticated, with almost “heady” ripeness, the nose of this outstanding Cab molds prune plum, mulberry, blueberry, black cherry, black currant, date, vanilla, baking spice, sandalwood and forest earth scents into a classy harmony. Things are as deeply rich as expected on the palate, but zestier and more obviously dry, as the fruit is firmed by acidity, tannin and mineral undercurrents. Plum, dark cherry, mulberry and mocha are central themes in the lingering finish, while Kalamata olive and licorice root notes broaden the savory package. If already a great match for classic French sauced beef entrees, it should improve for another four to seven years. 550 cases produced.