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Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 1991

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Seventeen inches of rain in March ended the prospect of a drought year. The growing season was extremely long and cool, producing a large crop and a late harvest. The vintage yielded wines of great structure, balance, and length, offering layers of flavor and a sweet middle palate.

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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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Snooth User: Lodi Brad
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01/18/2010

After 18 years this wine still has plenty of character and a healthy color. Rustic notes of leather and earth are the first impression but there is strong fruit behind it. Well balanced with good acid and not too much alcohol like many current wines, it has balance and finesse. This wine could go a few more years. A wine made for a prime rib we cruised through 2 bottles with it.


External Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/03/2009

...It's complex and supple, yet marked by a slight cheesy-yeasty flavor up front. It works its way into dry, mature-tasting currant, cedar and anise flavors, and the tannins are dry and gritty on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1991 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/16/2011

Tasted twice Deep garnet brick. Complex notes of meat, game, dried plum, black olive and dried Mediterranean herbs with a whiff of brett influence giving notes of sweaty saddles and a distinctive medicinal / band-aid character. The palate is nicely s... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1991 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine 375ml


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

Wine Advocate ReviewOpus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. Drink 1995 - 2010.


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
04/28/2010

Tasted twice Deep garnet brick. Complex notes of meat, game, dried plum, black olive and dried Mediterranean herbs with a whiff of brett influence giving notes of sweaty saddles and a distinctive medicinal / band-aid character. The palate is nicely structured with a medium+ level of finely grained tannins and a crisp backbone of acidity fleshed out by an ample concentration of evolved fruit flavours. Long finish. Drink now to 2014. Tasted April 2009.



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Seventeen inches of rain in March ended the prospect of a drought year. The growing season was extremely long and cool, producing a large crop and a late harvest. The vintage yielded wines of great structure, balance, and length, offering layers of flavor and a sweet middle palate.

Closure: Cork

Aged 15 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French Oak


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