Wine: Touring Lake County
Volcanic wines are having a moment, which is good news for the winemakers of Northern California’s Lake County, said Jim Gordon in Wine Enthusiast.
Mount Konocti and other local peaks haven’t erupted in some 10,000 years, but the region’s high-altitude vineyards and volcanic soils are producing some wonderful wines.
2015 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($28). This “concentrated and opulent” cab blooms from black volcanic soil near Clear Lake.
2006 Brassfield Estate Volcano Ridge Petite Sirah ($40). This superbly structured petite syrah from a vineyard near Round Mountain “shows a wonderful bouquet of berry fruits and peppery spice.”
2015 Six Sigma Ranch and Winery Tempranillo Reserve ($48). Vintner Kaj Ahlmann bet on a grape from Spain and it has paid off. His tempranillos “combine wonderful earth and tobacco aromas with dark fruits and melted tannins.” ■