2020 Obvious Wines Nº01 Dark & Bold Red Blend, Central Coast
Aromas of dark fruits, baking spices, and subtle earthiness. Flavors of blackcurrant, blueberry, and plum with vanilla, clove, and dark chocolate notes. Smooth yet well-structured mouthfeel.
Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines situated in the southern tip of the Salinas Valley enjoy a cooler climate with morning fogs and afternoon breezes. This results in longer hang times developing rich complex fruit and fresh aromatics. Paso Robles grown Zin, Grenache, and Petite Sirah benefit from plentiful sunshine and extreme diurnal temperature variances creating bold, concentrated fruit with deep color and balanced acidity.
Eco-Friendly & Social Responsibility:
Certified Sustainable & Vegan
100% Wind-Powered winery with an in-house water recycling system
Organic herbicides and owl boxes to control pests, & regenerative composts
Carbon-Zero corks made from recycled plant material in the U.S.
Fairtrade Commitment for Field Workers (increased salaries & quality of life investments)
Minimal intervention philosophy in the winery.
Cool 60˚F fermentation to enhance fruit expression
Created in 2018 by a reformed “wine-snob” originally from Champagne, France, Obvious Wines founder Brice Baillie noticed a gap between an overall growing interest and love for Boutique, Vegan & Eco-friendly wines, yet a high level of intimidation towards selecting and discussing them.
So he decided to create an accessible and playful brand that still checked all the necessary boxes of high-quality, eco-conscious wine. So, he got to work cold-calling wineries in California to identify those who were open to partnerships and met his criteria. Eventually, he got a bite, and Obvious Wines was born.
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Got picked as a lab rat for this offering and had to jump through some hoops to get a hold of the bottle late yesterday as I’ve been out of the office for the week dealing with a sick dog.
Don’t let the name deceive you, the Dark and Bold is approachable, fruity and easy to drink. Dry with more tannins than what the bottle had indicated. I think this would be a good introduction to those that are new to wine and great addition for an impromptu dinner with friends, or just kicking back after a long day at the office.
Labrat Timnath & wife chiming in! This tasting was brief as our 2 week old doesn’t allow much time to sip and savor, and we’re tired!
This wine is a deep red color in the glass with lingering tears (or legs, if you prefer). On the nose it smells of ripe dark fruits with a touch of mild earth.
The palate is lovely, bursting forward with dark jammy fruits, like blueberries and plums. It has great mouth feel with medium body and a nice round profile that is balanced. Medium-low acidity and medium-low tannin with no alcohol coming through - everything just tastes balanced. A perfect example of fruit-forward without being sweet at all. Really enjoyable!
We had this with dinner the first night. It paired beautifully with sourdough deep dish pizza topped with salami, banana peppers, and artichoke hearts. The pizza complimented the wine and the wine enhanced the pizza. Night two, it was saved for chocolate chip cookies after dinner and was still just as enjoyable. The melty chocolate chips paired beautifully with this red blend.
This wine impressed me. It can stand up well on its own and is also complimented by proper food pairing. My wife and I are fairly flush with red wine in storage, but both agreed that we need a case of this at the right price. I’m guessing $25-$40 at the winery and am hoping for a Casemates case price closer to $12-$15. Even if higher, we are still in for 1.
Thanks, all, for the opportunity to share our experience with you. Hope this guides your mouse-clicking!
Not for the faint of heart but you can also invest in the company that makes this wine. This is start up investing under Reg CF so don’t expect a return anytime soon or possibly ever. They are not public so there is no quick out. This is NOT financial advice by any stretch.
Quite frankly, I usually avoid anything with ostentatious environmental claims. Just do your business and let the results speak for themselves. But this one sounded interesting, environmental angle or no.
14.5% but doesn’t drink like it to me, very approachable and easy going. Has some body but nothing difficult to work through, almost playful.
It’s pretty dang delicious. Very cherry. Finish leaves something to be desired (i’m picky) with a faint whiff of something I don’t care for on the breath. Don’t let that deter, it’s delicious. Pleasantly surprised, I was worried they spent too much effort marketing the ESG vs actual inputs towards good wine-making. Color me wrong, they make good tasting wine using seemingly sustainable 100% green energy. 5 bottles left wish it were 11. Would buy again.