Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2006

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The vintage of 2006 saw the lowest average maximum temperature in twenty-five growing seasons. A saturated black-purple, the 2006 Opus One shows aromas of fresh cut roses, licorice, dark chocolate, blackberry pie, smoked bacon and sassafras. Simultaneously silky and dense on the palate, this unfined wine offers flavors of cassis, espresso and zesty black cherry with a persistently smooth yet expansive finish.

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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

Member Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

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Snooth User: biogregw
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2.50 5
10/01/2010

A good cabernet but not a great one. For the price ($150 a bottle), there are far better cabernets out there.Very plain flavor profile with a somewhat complex nose. I recommend Hewitt or Stanton over Opus One.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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4.00 5
01/17/2010

Filled with layers of blackberries, raspberries, black and red currants with a touch of vanilla, cedar and some earthiness. Wonderful complexity of flavors and richness, smooth mouthfeel and balanced structure, nice finish of the fruit and berries. The tannins keeps the structure and stays in balance with the acidity but nothing overpowers the other. Can stand 7-12 more years of aging.


Snooth User: Philip James
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5.00 5
09/06/2010

Great wine with rich cassis and plummy fruits. Balanced with nice cedar flavors, and an undercurrent of minerality and eucalyptus.


Snooth User: Raymond3u
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4.00 5
06/11/2012

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Snooth User: Frank Jennings
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2.50 5
03/18/2010

The wine is pleasant and ready to drink. It is full of black fruit, mellow yet present tannins, a light smoke character and a med+ finish.


Snooth User: gthreepwood
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0.50 5
05/17/2011

One half glass


External Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Made in the Opus style, which is graceful and elegant, but with hidden depths of authority and power. The blackberry, cherry and oak flavors are pretty, but the wine is most notable for its harmony and grace. Tannins play only a supportive role, but they will let this wine age effortlessly for many years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Scents of red currant, red licorice, wild berry, sage and fresh earth fold together nicely in this ripe, intense, tightly wound young Cabernet. Well-focused, deep and complex, with dry, earthy tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Starts with tons of rich new oak in the aroma, showing the most inviting notes of cedar, cigar box and pencil lead that segue to the remarkable fruit. The attack is powerful, with a punch of cassis spreading broadly and deeply across the palate. With its sturdy, clean tannins, this beautiful wine displays classic power, elegance and balance.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, spice cake, beefsteak tomato and meat. Suave, smooth, lush and mouthfilling, with sweetly oaky flavors of dark berries, mocha, smoke and game. Generous, pliant wine, finishing with chewy but ripe tannins and lingering sweetness. A return to form after a few difficult vintages for this bottling.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep red-ruby. Sappy nose combines currant, smoked meat, tobacco and exotic spices. Rich, sweet and tactile, with complex, tangy flavors of crystallized black currant, caraway seed and smoked meat. Unlike most Bordeaux blends from California, this shows little greenness or gratuitous oak and the finish builds impressively. A very suave wine that finishes with fine, spreading tannins.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A significant improvement over the superficial, deficient 2000 Opus One, the 2001 boasts a dark plum/ruby color as well as a clean (brett free), elegant, restrained nose of plums, black currants, and anise. Medium-bodied with dry, hard tannin and a short finish, it is a pleasant, Bordeaux-styled red to drink over the next decade.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Already slowed by El Niño's winter flooding, the growing season of 1998 was the coolest that Opus has seen since 1991. With foggy mornings and moderate temperatures recorded during summer, the season extended into late October, promoting slow ripening and a very long "hang time" for Opus's grapes. The wine offers a resilient middle body, with seamless texture, sweet tannins, and a long, persistent finish.


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The vintage of 2006 saw the lowest average maximum temperature in twenty-five growing seasons. A saturated black-purple, the 2006 Opus One shows aromas of fresh cut roses, licorice, dark chocolate, blackberry pie, smoked bacon and sassafras. Simultaneously silky and dense on the palate, this unfined wine offers flavors of cassis, espresso and zesty black cherry with a persistently smooth yet expansive finish.

Closure: Cork

Aged 17 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French Oak


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