Created by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One wines are some of the world's most coveted.
Opus One was conceived as the joint brainchild of Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, after they first met in Hawaii back in 1970. Their vision was to combine their expertise in Old World and New World winemaking, to pioneer a blend that was greater than the sum of its parts.
Grapes for Opus One wines are hand-harvested and sorted, followed by long maceration periods in stainless steel tanks.
The blend is generally created using 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, which is barrel-aged in new French oak for 18 months, then bottle-aged for the same period of time before its release.
Oakville, California: Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley's Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.
The climate is generally warm and agreeable, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay, creating an ideal environment to grow red varieties. Oakville's diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, and perfect for high-caliber viticulture. Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux Blends.
Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.
The 2014 Opus One exudes subtle aromas of fragrant florals, fresh garden herbs and forest floor that give way to a concentrated blend of red cherry, blackberry and black currant. Fine-grained tannins offer a velvety texture and complex structure that builds to a long, vibrantly fresh finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoyable now, the wine will delight for years to come.
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Incredible perfume here, all violets and the like, along with coffee, tobacco, blackcurrant, spice and all those rich, seductive Cabernet things. It’s full-bodied, but tense and savoury, earth and gravel, wide-grained but supple tannin, deep and throaty, a controlled roar of a power, pencils, and a superb sweet/tannic/earthy finish. It’s a wine of immaculate poise and structure. Regal. Incredible.
Incredible perfume here, all violets and the like, along with coffee, tobacco, blackcurrant, spice and all those rich, seductive Cabernet things. It's full-bodied, but tense and savoury, earth and gravel, wide-grained but supple tannin, deep and throaty, a controlled roar of a power, pencils, and a superb sweet/tannic/earthy finish. It's a wine of immaculate poise and structure. Regal. Incredible.'98+ Points - Gary Walsh'Mesmerising aromas of flowers, bark, currants, and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it's Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices, and Chinese tea leaf flavours. Savoury and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020.'
ANTONIO GALLONI MW - VINOUS