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2008 Opus One

Opus One
Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton-Rothschild. The first vintage was 1979, and along with Dominus this is considered as a Napa Valley "first growth". The fruit comes from the tightlyplanted vineyards that surround the winery, and is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. The wine has a very Bordelais "elevage" with 18 months in new French oak.Opus One

Opus One
Dark red-ruby. Black raspberry and bitter chocolate on the inviting nose. Quite suave on entry, then wild and a bit gamey in the middle palate, with noteworthy energy to the black raspberry and chocolate flavors. Plenty of acidity here, but it's well buffered by the wine's material. In a rather penetrating style, but broadens out impressively on the back end, finishing with chocolatey tannins and superb subtle persistence.
Stephen Tanzer, September 2011

Opus One
Product: 9334
Maturity: For laying down
Vintage: 2008
Origin: USA » California » Napa » Oakville Map of the region
Producer: Opus One
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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