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  • Country ranking ?

    293
  • Producer ranking ?

    21
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Game

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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

1987 followed the same early bud break pattern established in 1984. The growing season was dry, cool, and moderately long. An earlier-than-normal harvest yielded clean, well-balanced fruit. Showing great structure, the wines are generous and intense.

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon 96%, Cabernet Franc 3% and
 Merlot 1%

Skin Contact:
24 Days

Barrel Aging:
18 Months in New French Oak

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Cherry Red and Bright

ending

Long and Gentle

flavors

Blackcurrant, Plum, Leather, Floral and Nutty

nose

Open, Pure, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Complex, Medium-bodied, Fruity, Harmonious, Jammy and Drying tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Well made

Written Notes

GREAT concentration.  Green capsicum, mulberry and a distinct dusty earthiness.  The power undeniable. Simpler than its peers perhaps (unfettered?), but admirable life and energy.  Bramble to close out.  Pretty fascinating stuff.

  • 97p
,"Quite nice but may never fully integrate its oak and is drying out a palate a bit. Tobacco, spices, underwood."
  • 91p
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Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

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