Friday, July 9, 2010

Opus One Winery, Oakville, CA - red wine tasting

Opus One was our first stop on Day 1 of our Napa winery visits. They produce one wine a year, and they do it very well. I've never had a chance to try one of their vintages because they are so pricey, ranging from $160 to $200 a bottle. This was a chance to try a glass for the bargain price of $30.

More about Opus One: it's a partnership between wine megastars Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. It consistently scores in the 90+ range of all the major wine publications. The Opus One logo is actually the combination of Mondavi and Rothschild's silhouettes.

The winery itself is absolutely stunning. It's made of cream-colored limestone from right outside of Austin, Texas! It was an imposing yet beautiful structure.

In the tasting room, we were given a choice between two vintages. Our pourer Sylvie described the 2005 vintage as elegant, and the 2006 vintage as more fruit forward. We chose to taste the Opus One 2005 vintage.

The 2005 vintage, appellation Napa Valley, was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator and 95 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. It is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec.

Aroma - currant
Taste - currant, tobacco, strong tannnins, hint of vanilla, long finish
D's opinion - doughy (like sourdough), butterscotch finish

I really liked this wine, and have given it a YES and a MAYBE. If you can afford a bottle or even a taste, you must try it! If you can't, then this would be a maybe for you because it's so expensive.

One last note about the winery - take your tasting up to the gorgeous terrace with the fantastic view. It's absolutely lovely, and if you're the first people there you'll most likely have it to yourself!

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