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  • Country ranking ?

    349
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2018
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Tenderloin with Shitake and Crisp Rosemary Potatoes

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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 2011 vintage started with unseasonably late rainfall in June which disrupted fruit set. This variable rain and low temperatures reduced the number and size of berries on each cluster yet increased concentration of the fruit. Harvest began on September 22nd and ended on October 25th.

Fresh aromas of bright red fruits, bay leaf and cassis give way to subtler notes of black tea and white pepper. Round tannins and creamy texture envelop the familiar flavors of fresh cherry and dark chocolate. This polished and age-worthy wine simultaneously offers a satiny finish and a slight grip of tannin at the close.

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot, 11%, Petit Verdot 9%, Cabernet Franc 8%, and Malbec 1%

Skin Contact:
17 Days

Barrel Aging:
18 Months in New French Oak

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Dark

ending

Medium and Pure

flavors

Blackcurrant, Chocolate and Spice

nose

Open

taste

Average in Acidity, High tannin, Balanced, Full-bodied, Fruity, Round, Elegant and Drying tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Full-bodied

Written Notes

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. 17 days’ skin contact. 18 months in new French oak. Very wet winter and spring through to flowering in June. Disrupted fruit set. 45% harvested early and avoided an October storm, the rest of the harvest delayed by a week because of the storm. 
Looks quite evolved at the rim. Dark garnet. Not the same intensity as the others. Lively and fresh but quite different! Really rather bordelais transparency. Sinewy. Fresh but unlikely to be very long-lived. Very different from the rest of the line-up.

  • 90p
Dark, ruby red colour. Pronounced, fresh and herbaceous nose with some ripe black currants, flowers, violets, roasted coffee and spicy touch of new oak. Medium-bodied, vivid, mouth-drying refined tannins. Some herbs and ripe blackberries. The aftertaste is supple. Nice and enjoyable wine. Serve with Parmesan-crusted sauteed pork chops. Very elegant wine for a Napa Valley Cab.
  • 89p
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Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None
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