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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.
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.
Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot, 11%, Petit Verdot 9%, Cabernet Franc 8%, and Malbec 1%
18 Months in New French Oak