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Opus One Napa Valley Red 1999

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker's Notes Opus One is known for its exquisite texture, and the 1999 vintage is no exception. The wine shows aromas of cassis, cloves and roasted almonds against a creamy texture of soft tannins and round, rich fruit. Offering flavors of plum, cherry and black pepper, the 1999 will be charming in its youth and expressive at maturity. Vintage Early in the growing season of 1999, cool temperatures delayed bud break and bloom in Opus One's vineyards. Welcome spring rains reduced flower counts, decreasing the number of grape berries and increasing flavor concentration. Moderate summer temperatures allowed the vines to thrive and the fruit to ripen at a steady pace. Early September rains preceded a glorious Indian summer, which put the final touches of maturity on a fine harvest. Fermentation & Aging The 1999 Opus One is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Component lots received an average of 40 days' skin contact during fermentation and maceration, prior to 17 months of barrel aging in new French oak. Blend Percentage: 84% cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

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Opus One Winery:
  Opus One is a winery in Oakville, CA founded as a joint “NapaMedoc” venture between legendary winemakers Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi in 1979, although the name didn’t become official until 1982. The first few vintages, beginning in 1979, instantly created a luxury brand fetching prices upwards of $50, then considered the height of indulgence. The... Read more
  Opus One is a winery in Oakville, CA founded as a joint “NapaMedoc” venture between legendary winemakers Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi in 1979, although the name didn’t become official until 1982. The first few vintages, beginning in 1979, instantly created a luxury brand fetching prices upwards of $50, then considered the height of indulgence. They were produced by Mouton Rothschild winemaker Lucien Sionneau and Robert Mondavi’s son, Timothy. Opus One boosted the then fledgling Napa industry, adding a certain air of pedigree to the region.    The wines are now under the direction of Michael Silacci, produced as a Meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. This “cult” wine is now in constant demand the world over, from American steak houses to private Japanese cellars.  Read less

Winemaker's Notes Opus One is known for its exquisite texture, and the 1999 vintage is no exception. The wine shows aromas of cassis, cloves and roasted almonds against a creamy texture of soft tannins and round, rich fruit. Offering flavors of plum, cherry and black pepper, the 1999 will be charming in its youth and expressive at maturity. Vintage Early in the growing season of 1999, cool temperatures delayed bud break and bloom in Opus One's vineyards. Welcome spring rains reduced flower counts, decreasing the number of grape berries and increasing flavor concentration. Moderate summer temperatures allowed the vines to thrive and the fruit to ripen at a steady pace. Early September rains preceded a glorious Indian summer, which put the final touches of maturity on a fine harvest. Fermentation & Aging The 1999 Opus One is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Component lots received an average of 40 days' skin contact during fermentation and maceration, prior to 17 months of barrel aging in new French oak. Blend Percentage: 84% cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot

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