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This vintage produced fruit of exceptional varietal character and intensity, with an extremely intense color, and a fragrant, perfumed nose and aroma. Consistent, yet unique, the style of the 1990 Opus One offers an approachable, accessible character. There is an intense, richly cassis-like quality laced with spicy, peppery licorice overtones. The wine is extremely balanced, with powerful berry flavors and is well structured.
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.
In 1990, Napa Valley recorded a season of cool growing conditions and low crop yield, promising an outstanding wine. Cooler-than-normal winter weather led to a late bud break. Bloom and berry set were delayed by the season's conditions and rain in late May. Normal summer temperatures were followed by ideal harvest conditions.