It is the Red Mountain reputation for quality that brought Doug Long
and his partners together to collaborate on a new winery and estate vineyard.
This was the dream location to plant the dream vineyard Doug Long had always wanted to do. Doug not only brings extensive wine making, wine distribution and business experience to this venture, he has history too…
In 1971, Doug and his two brothers planted their first vineyard high above Napa Valley on a property their father had purchased years earlier without any idea that the property was perfect for grapes. Doug and his brothers figured it out quickly and with encouragement from nearby wine makers, they began their adventure. By 1980, their reputation for fine grapes was growing quickly and in 1981, they started their first winery called David Arthur that went on to be named “Winery of the Decade” by Spectator in the year 2000. The 1997 vintage scored 99 points.
Doug attempted to “retire” to Gig Harbor WA. After two years and a realization that his golfing and fishing skills weren’t likely to improve, he got the “itch” to do something else. With the encouragement of his beautiful wife Betsy (the beauty is not debated, but the “encouragement” might be), he explored and found Red Mountain in Eastern Washington. By 2004, the vineyard site was purchased and planted. Doug was able to put his long time theory of intensely planted vines into action. It is one of the most intensely planted vineyards in the wine world.
The first vintage was 2007. The partners were not even sure if it would be bottled. The vines were still relatively young. After sampling from the barrels and realizing that there was something special, the first bottling took place. This first offering was named “Best Cabernet in the State over $20” by Seattle Magazine and also received the esteemed “Double Gold” from the Seattle Wine Awards. The Obelisco vineyard theory was now a reality.
In 2011, Doug Long bought out his partners and friends, to assume full ownership of Obelisco and continues to strive for the finest grapes in the world.
We often look to history for examples of intriguing notions. How have humans left their mark on places of discovery? How have we announced ourselves, our presence, to the world? As early as 2000 BC, obelisks were quarried out of solid red granite along the banks of the Nile in Egypt and ferried by boats buoyed by flood waters to their destinations, where they were erected as monuments. To this day, obelisks are icons reminiscent of civilizations past, insistent symbols still representing their creators’ marks on the earth.
Although the first obelisks were quarried in Egypt, the Greeks were the first to write about them – therefore, the word obelisk comes from the Greek obeliskos, meaning “prong for roasting”. As a general rule, obelisks were erected in pairs and served to magically protect the temple. The obelisk is composed of two parts: The body and the pyramidion, the pyramid shaped top designed to allow the sun to reflect from its faces, thereby symbolizing the rays of the sun. The Egyptians believe the solar rays brought great power, even into the grave, which would subsequently resurrect the deceased.