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Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 1980

Winemaker's Notes:

One of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history. A very mild winter with lower-than-average rainfall gave way to early bud break and hot weather in June. The wines produced were lean, elegant, and quite long-lived.

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

External Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/09/2013

Tasted from magnum. Mature, with spicy black cherry and dried cherry accented by anise, herb and cedary notes, finishing complex, with firm tannins.--California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now through 2004. 4,000 cases made. -JL Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1980 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine 1500ml



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One of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history. A very mild winter with lower-than-average rainfall gave way to early bud break and hot weather in June. The wines produced were lean, elegant, and quite long-lived.

Closure: Cork

Aged 22 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French Oak


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