#42 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2019
True Cabernet Sauvignon character stands out, opening in an aromatic riot of blackberry jam, a touch of herb, spice, and coffee. The wine is full-bodied, expanding mid-palate with a dense core of black fruit, black cherries, and cacao beans; the finish lingers with a perfume of dried raspberries and rose water. The distinctive tannic structure of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot hints at the aging potential of this wine.
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
94 points Wine Enthusiast
A deep, dark color and generous black-fruit aromas lead to wellextracted flavors of blackberry, blueberry and black currant on the palate, while a thick blanket of finegrained tannins wraps it all in. It is huge in structure but matched by luxurious, layered fruit and spice flavors. Best 2023–2033.
92 points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Red Hills, one of the newest AVAs—okay, fairly new, its effective date was September 10, 2004—has been coming to the fore of late with some excellent wines. The 2016 Obsidian Estate Cabernet Sauvignon speaks well of this wine growing region. TASTING NOTES: This is a smooth and satisfying Cabernet. Its bright red fruit, smoke, and oak aromas and flavors should make a nice pairing with grilled meats. (Tasted: May 1, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate opens with aromas of pencil shavings, cigar wrappers, cedar and dried herbs with a core of black cherries and black currants plus touches of bitter chocolate, mint, dried earth and an undercurrent of spices. The palate is full-bodied, firm and gently chewy with just enough freshness on the finish. 21,100 cases produced.