2020 Obvious Wines Nº01 Dark & Bold Red Blend, Central Coast
Aromas of dark fruits, baking spices, and subtle earthiness. Flavors of black currant, 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.
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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@chipgreen anyone debating this, I would call this an overall positive crowd pleaser, for those without a keen taste for what they like in reds, and I think it would still challenge some more sophisticated wine drinkers to see what varieties are present in this blend, and still be pleasantly surprised.
@kawichris650 room to getting hotter has more noticeable nose, semi complex in depth, but taste doesn’t match the nose in that depth. Tongue of cherry, no spice if little to any, if tannins are medium they are well tempered and balanced, dry but not overly so, and does not completely starve the palette, and very little lingers.
The cool one, drinks like a sangria if it grew up with CS cousins as influence. Can’t believe I’m actually enjoying it in the ice chilled glass, as I stated, almost NO nose but drinking smooth, not as much complexity here, feel like the sweeter elements come forward with the cool temp and overall a stronger berry and red fruits profile. Having this with no food FYI, just water.
Those starred are things I may have in stock as a single varietal, but my love originated in Old Merlots (not that stuff that gave it a bad name…) and the creative stuff that @winesmith does to most of his juice he concocted. That’s not to say I don’t have a love for the others, but I traditionally have them in blends vs on their own alone. Maybe some of Swillys stuff ( @ZeppelinWinery ) I would also venture to say I would do a Zin of on its own. I love and welcome new takes on varietals, and try to stay more open minded than I was when I first started on W.W. (RIP).
Love my awesome wine glasses or gear? Marshall’s/TJMaxx/HomeGoods finds over the years… both the glasses and the toppers (for tea or wine).
@blandoon any end of day I’ll probably get another case, good when I’m not particularly interested in a single varietal, but not something I need to decanter for hours either.
Over the evening the wine on the left warmed up, of course, berry lingered more, longer mouth feel and while I’d never consider having it outside at those temps, eventually I preferred the non-cold drinker. Popped some more in a wine yeti supper to try to retain inside temp control from where I poured it, it did well as expected.
Probably have one glass left for today, we’ll see how it drinks this eve. Would not be sad if someone sent me a bottle on the house to replenish
Bought 6 the first time, then a case the second, it’s a legit crowd pleaser and then some. When i don’t know what to open this one is a nice default on a weekday. I’d feel comfortable taking this somewhere i wanted to have something good to sip without getting too fancy on people.