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Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Picture perfect until late August, the 2007 vintage posed an unusual challenge, with a heat spell in September followed by rains and the threat of frost. Selective harvesting (the majority at night) produced a vintage recalling the generous 2001, with aromas of cassis, nutmeg, raspberries, cola, fresh oats, dark chocolate and forest floor. Polished, supple and harmoniously precise, the 2007 fuses a seamless mid-palate with soft yet sinewy tannins. The wine will age effortlessly for decades.

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: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
02/03/2011

- Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010


3.50 5
02/27/2012

Opus One. Eine Ikone im Napa Valley. Wunderbares "Bordeaux"-Imitat. Beeren, Cassis, kraft und Power. Leichter Barrique-Geschmack. Für mich: Definitiv zu teuer.


Snooth User: 40somethinglife
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5.00 5
08/12/2011

We had been talking about sharing this wonderful, infamous and indeed famous wine for weeks. I could not wait any longer. The time was now! We slowly opened the wine and poured the first glass. The Opus One is a deep, dark cherry color – almost opaque. I wanted to drink it immediately, but out of respect for the wine I swirled it for a minute and then inhaled my first nose. The aroma is subtle and not pungent like I thought it would be - ripe cherries and dark chocolate with a hint of aniseed. I slowly took my first sip and truly understood the hype! Smooth, rich, creamy, smoky, intense with a taste of bitter chocolate and sweet ripe cherries. As the wine opened up more it rested nicely on the palate and had a fullness that made this wine really juicy – incredible tannins that made you suck your cheeks in a little. The finish was long and memorable. This is quite possibly one of the sexiest wines I have every tasted and at an average price point (retail) of $200 a bottle, it really should be and is (for me anyway) the Brad Pitt of wines.


Snooth User: thomaslink
836540130
4.50 5
09/02/2011

Niemals würde ich das Geld für diesen Wein ausgeben - selbst wenn der Wein zum Besten gehört, das ich bis jetzt getrunken habe. Erdig, Komplex, sehr lang anhaltend, Balsamische Noten und rund geschliffen bis ins letzte Detail. Ein Charmeur.


Snooth User: ppelkaru
118506580
5.00 5
03/03/2013

Best wine I've had to date. Period. Hunted down 6 bottles for my private collection.


Snooth User: pearlullaby
73872343
4.00 5
04/30/2011

One of the best year I ever had.Bkk


Snooth User: lawrencet1
7214941
5.00 5
05/14/2011

Had for a birthday dinner a couple years back and I still think about how delicious it was.


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External Reviews for Opus One Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley

External Review
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.


External Review
05/19/2011

Deep ruby-red. Slightly musty aromas of dark berries, pepper and nutty oak, with a hint of vegetility lurking. Sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests, with syrupy dark fruit flavors compromised by veggie notes and an animal character. Rather clumsy - and not squeaky-clean. Finishes with dusty, drying tannins and a cloying sweetness. Recent vintages of this once-superb wine have been very disappointing.


External Review
05/19/2011

Intense and concentrated, with dried currant, wild berry and cedary oak flavors providing a dry, chewy aftertaste. May benefit from time in the bottle. Best from 2008 through 2013. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
05/19/2011

Good full ruby. Roasted black raspberry, blackberry, spicecake, licorice, minerals and nutty oak on the nose. Denser than the 2005 and a step up in intensity but nicely light on its feet. There's lovely sweetness to the black fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes with big but sweet tannins and a lingering minerality. This makes the 2005 seem a bit dry by comparison. Bottled in July of 2006, for the first time without being fined.


External Review
05/19/2011

Bordeaux-like in its structure and balance, showing cedary oak, dusty berry, dried currant and mineral, with hints of herb and sage. The flavors firm up on the finish, and this is rich and intense without being heavy. Needs decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2009 through 2015.


External Review
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
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.


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Picture perfect until late August, the 2007 vintage posed an unusual challenge, with a heat spell in September followed by rains and the threat of frost. Selective harvesting (the majority at night) produced a vintage recalling the generous 2001, with aromas of cassis, nutmeg, raspberries, cola, fresh oats, dark chocolate and forest floor. Polished, supple and harmoniously precise, the 2007 fuses a seamless mid-palate with soft yet sinewy tannins. The wine will age effortlessly for decades.

Closure: Cork

Aged 19 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French Oak


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