Friday, December 09, 2005

Opus One

Opus One

Opus one, a great wine, is the result of the joint efforts undertaken by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe Rothschild. They planned about it when they were in Hawaii but chalked it out in Bordeaux. Both of them purchased prime vineyard property of about 50 acres and made the 1978 and 1980 vintages of Opus One at the same time. They got successful in creating the Opus One brand as the first ultra premium wine of America.

Vintages of Opus One

2002 Opus One

This vintage is a perfect balance of complexity and style. It is offered with flavors of minerals, blackberry, earth, and currant. It shows its potential on the finish. In addition to this, it also features leathery tannins, and notes of minerals. May be used before 2012.

2000 Opus One

This vintage renders aromas of chocolate, thyme/fennel, plum, cassis, coffee, and black olive. With notes of fruits on the finish along with the texture of soft tannins, and rich fruits, it features flavors of cherry, black pepper, and plum.

1997 Opus One

The 1997 vintage of Opus One has soothing aromas of vanilla, toasty oak, clove, ripe blackberry cassis, and licorice. Great on the palate, it is vanilla that rules the flavor with extracts of blackberry and brown spices. This vintage is an excellent blend of Cabernet Franc (8%), Merlot (5%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (1%).

1996 Opus One

The 1996 vintage of Opus One consists of aromas of clove, sandalwood, dusty herbs, leather, toasty oaks, and ripe black fruits. It is enriched with the flavors that are concentrated. It is an excellent blend of Cabernet Franc (8%), Merlot (3%), and Malbec (3%). The taste of ultra ripe black fruits is presented with a wisp of Medoc-like green herb. Vintages of the year 1994 and 1995 are offered with the same levels of concentration.

1995 Opus One

The 1995 vintage of Opus One is a fine blend of Cabernet Franc (7%), Merlot (5%), and Malbec (2%). When it is opened, it renders the aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasty oak, clove, and lead pencil and cassis. It is great on the palate with concentrated blackberry cassis fruit and supple tannins.

1994 Opus One

The 1994 vintage features a blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. It carries aromas of black fruits, cinnamon clove spice, French oak, and dried thyme. Its palate consists of plumy fruit with dried herbs at the finish. This vintage is a fine blend of Cabernet Franc (4%), Merlot (2%) and Malbec (1%).

1993 Opus One

The 1993 vintage comes in the exclusive aromas of sandalwood, mineral, geranium, black cherry and vanilla. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc (7%) and Merlot (4%). The palate is juicy with medium full tannins. The vintage has concentrated flavors. Overall, it is a delicious wine.

1992 Opus One

The 1992 vintage of Opus One renders the aromas of cinnamon cloves, spice and black fruits. A blend of Cabernet Franc (8%) and Merlot (3%), it has great flavors of ripe tannins against the texture of chocolate, smoky oak and veritable wall of sweet fruit.
1991 Opus One

The 1991 vintage comes with exotic aromas of mild cedar, red meat, violet, black fruits, accented by dried herbs, anise, roasted almond, and smoke. As far as its palate is concerned, it is quite crispy and renders notes of bright and vibrant cassis fruit with high concentration. It is an excellent blend of Cabernet Franc (5%) and Merlot (1%).
1990 Opus One

The 1990 vintage comes in the fragrant aromas of cherry berry fruit, bell pepper, violets, minerals, vanilla, and smoke along with flavors of blackberry and cassis tinged with toasty oak. The vintage needs much time to develop. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc (10%) and Merlot (3%).