Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two words: Opus One

We had a terrific tour and tasting at this spectacular winery. Here are my notes on the three wines we were fortunate enough to taste.

Overture (N/V) ($90)

This second label is a multi-vintage blend of the same five varietals. It has much less structure and less aging potential as it's big brother, but it is quite lovely to drink now. If the price of the Opus One scares you off, this is a very good alternative. 89.

2010 Opus One ($265)

84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

Aromas of roses, blackberries, coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits dominate the palate which also features earthy notes and a hint of minerality. Tannins are round and velvety. As with all of their wines, this has tons of aging potential. I'll be putting ours away for a decade or so. 96.

2007 Opus One ($*)

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

A polar opposite from the above (which is why it was chosen as our second vintage). Lighter and fruitier, with notes of nutmeg, raspberries, cola, chocolate and forest floor. Tannins are soft and supple, with a long and lingering finish. Opus One says "the wine will age effortlessly for decades." No doubt. 94.

*This wasn't available in their wine shop. The 2006 vintage was selling for $775 per bottle.

This should be on everyone's "must do" list for any trip through Napa Valley. We tasted a ton of spectacular wine on this trip, but nothing exceeded Opus One.

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