Red

2013 Arkenstone Obsidian

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Howell Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • EM_MB Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 1, 2021 - 8 hour slow ox. Same notes as previous bottle last April. Wonderfully crafted wine. Deep rich flavor, tannins resolved. Well into its drinking window.

  • msuwine wrote: 95 points

    July 13, 2021 - This wine has picked up more fullness and intensity in the almost-three years since I tasted it last (9/18 - 93-94 points). More round and welcoming than it was a few years ago, the wine still has some tannic bite (2013 + Howell Mountain, say no more). That said, it has filled out in admirable fashion - broadening fruit, integrating oak (no cedar notes this time), and making me think the best is still yet to come.

    Dark red in color and full in body, the wine offers intriguing aromas of boysenberry (seeds and all), peppercorn, dried rosemary, crushed gravel, and dried thyme. The flavors are more forward, with notes of blueberry, pomegranate, graphite, espresso, and anise, followed by a silky finish that still has some prickly tannin. Blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and the remaining 11% Malbec and Merlot. 14.5% alcohol. 94-95 at the moment, but I'd wait until 2023 for the fireworks to really start.

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  • mgstull Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 25, 2021 - 1hour decant. Hitting on all cylinders. Coffee, black licorice, cassis, plum, and Mediterranean herbs. Tannins have largely resolved. This has plenty of life left but is drinking well right now.

  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 15, 2020 - Two-hour decant. Round, palate-filling Howell Mountain Cabernet with red and black fruit, licorice, mocha, long finish. It kept evolving and really started singing after a total of three hours in the wide-bottom decanter. Not a complex wine but the flavors are pure, concentrated, and fabulous.

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  • EM_MB Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 25, 2020 - 8 hour slow ox. Deep dark purple; alcohol had blown off; no heat; smoothed out tannins. Superb! Drink or hold.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Arkenstone
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Obsidian
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Howell Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (0%)
  • In Cellars 763 (70%)
  • Consumed 325 (30%)

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