Obsidian Point is a wine that showcases the diversity of terroir within individual plots of the Benziger Family Estate Vineyard. This wine is made with the most traditional hands-on methods. The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard, fermented in small tanks and serviced by hand with love and care. Native yeast and malolactic bacteria were employed throughout. The wine was aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (35% new) and bottled in June of 2009.Download Tasting Notes
This is a very distinctive wine that is supple and complex in style. This release of Obsidian Point has a firm tannic backbone and a lingering finish. The flavor profile is made up of cocoa, toasty oak, coffee, dark plum, and anise.
This wine is grown on our certified-Biodynamic Sonoma Mountain estate on a hillside characterized by a high concentration of obsidian rock. It stands apart because of attributes acquired from this specific location. The Benziger property resembles a 360-degree bowl with a variety of sun exposures, elevations, soil profiles and drainage. The mountainous terrain and proximity of the Pacific Ocean, located just 20 miles to the west, influence the climate on the estate. The result is a broad temperature range of warm days and cool nights during the growing season, which encourages grapes with balanced acidity, intense flavors and aromas.
24 barrels produced.
A dry winter led to a fairly early bud break in 2007. Overall the growing season was evenly paced with a just a few heat spikes in the early summer. Warm August weather started harvest early, but then a cool September slowed things quite a bit and grapes hung on the vines another few weeks. This cool period helped to develop complexity in flavors while keeping sugars under control. 2007 was one of the longest harvests Sonoma County has seen in recent years, spanning almost three months from start to finish. This vintage was certainly smaller in quantity than 2006, but in many cases the lower yields meant more concentrated flavors.