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  • Country ranking ?

    480
  • Producer ranking ?

    34
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Savory Swiss Steak

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The Story

Time is expressed in Opus One by the character of the vintage: sometimes with a personality that is highly defined and sometimes with a shade of difference quite subtle from other vintages.  Through the minds and hands of the vineyard workers we capture time and the essence of the season – coaxing concentration and tempering abundance.

Place is often defined as terroir and denotes the special characteristics that geography, geology and climate bestow upon a vineyard.  Place is best expressed in the mouthfeel of Opus One; it is the balance of power and finesse, structure and texture.

Complementing both time and place is the essential human element: the attitude, will and soulful attention embodied in the team of individuals who prune, harvest, cellar and embrace the vision of our founding partners.

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Wine Information

The 1980 season was one of the coolest on recordA two-week warm spell just before harvest increased grape sugars to hasten ripeness, resulting in rich, tannic, higher-acid wines.

 

Varietals

Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, and Cabernet Franc 4%

Skin Contact

10 days

Barrel Aging

25 months in new French oak

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Written Notes

Deep ruby, brick rim, some sediments, developed, dark fruits, chocolate, black tea, cigars, very elegant floral touch, kind of hanging above the rest, complex and deep. Good acidity, very mature tannins, sour cherries and stone fruit, leanish body, very vibrant, seductive nose, even herbs, incense, prunes and red plums, good length. 89

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Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley
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