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GORGEOUS’ OPUS ONE 2015 RELEASED
The wine has been released through La Place at €208 a bottle, an increase of 9.4% on the 2014, leading to a case price of some £2,700 per dozen.
Allocations are reportedly down 20% due to reduced production.
Although certain commentators such as Antonio Galloni have said 2015 in Napa Valley is excellent when at its very best, there are inconsistencies away from the top end.
Happily, being at the top end of the Napa wedge, Opus One’s 2015 has received good scores so far including 96 from Galloni who said it “captures the essence of the vintage”, while James Suckling, with a 98 score, called it “gorgeous” and added he preferred it to the 2014.
Despite the price increase, the 2015 is in fact the ‘cheapest’ vintage available in the market, which Liv-ex suggested might make it an “exciting opportunity for buyers”.
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.
A very dry and unseasonably warm winter gave the vines an early start on the 2015 vintage. Flowering occurred under near-perfect conditions, which led to excellent fruit set throughout our Oakville estate vineyards and ensured a bountiful harvest Warm summer months led to advanced veraison, which was followed by perfect ripening conditions. Harvest began on September 1 with short pauses; heat spells and continued warmth allowed for the berries to be steadily picked at their ideal maturity. The harvest was completed on October 8.