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Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 1988

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Erratic temperatures throughout the first few months of the season caused some shatter in the grape flowers and uneven rates of maturation. The resulting smaller crop and smaller berry size yielded tannic, full-bodied wines of significant potential.

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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
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Member Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Snooth User: oceank8
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3.00 5
04/14/2009

Just opened this wine April 2009 and it was starting to turn. Drinkable and I could taste that it could have once been great, but no longer. Thankfully it was purchased back in about 1990, so didn't pay $300+ like I see it going for.


Snooth User: TigerWoo
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4.50 5
04/28/2008

An excellent wine that probably should have been consumed one or two years ago during its prime. Great full flavored start, not too overpowing, but too many tannins in a late finish. Good red meat would have been ideal.


External Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewNot a long-term wine, but should be wonderful over the next few years. Ripe, rich and focused, with a solid core of vanilla- and spice-tinged currant, plum and blackberry flavors that reverberate on the long finish. Drink now.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/24/2012

While the best Opus One to date is the 1987, the 1988 is certainly one of the finest red wines I have tasted from this uninspiring vintage. Impressively dark ruby-colored, it reveals an attractive no... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1988 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine 750ml



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Erratic temperatures throughout the first few months of the season caused some shatter in the grape flowers and uneven rates of maturation. The resulting smaller crop and smaller berry size yielded tannic, full-bodied wines of significant potential.

Closure: Cork

Aged 18 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French Oak


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