From the world famous Opus Winery in California’s Napa Valley, the 1998 vintage is a Bordeaux blend made predominantly with Cabernet Sauvignon (91%). Cabernet Franc 7%, Merlot 1%, Petit Verdot and Malbec 1% make up the remainder and help to create a supple and lush wine. The 1998 Opus One shows an opaque purple colour and intense aromas of blackberries, vanilla, roasted espresso and caramel. The wine offers a resilient middle body, with seamless texture, sweet tannins, and a long, persistent finish
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Intense dark fruit aromas and flavours, sweet tannins and a long, persistent finish.
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The Opus One winery represents a physical manifestation of the vision for a marriage of two cultures in the pursuit of a wine of absolute quality.
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A Bordeaux Blend is a combination of grape varieties. Traditionally Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are seen as vital components and many wines are made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties, but other grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec are often used. Red Bordeaux Blends are known for powerful structure and deep flavours of dark fruits and berries such as plum and blackcurrant, whilst relatively high tannins imbue the wines with well-defined body.
OPUS ONE was conceived in 1984 by Baron Philippe Rothschild, his daughter Philippine and wine-pioneer Robert Mondavi, and construction of their incredible winery was completed in 1991. That year the first harvest at Opus One was achieved and the wine, as it has been ever since, was one of refined subtlety and wonderful grace. The unique delights of Opus One’s location and production facility results in aromas, flavours and mouthfeel that offer a beautiful balance between power and finesse, and between structure and texture.
California is the USA’s largest wine region, globally renowned for producing bold and fruity wines. Diverse climate and topography presents a vast choice of terroir across three principal sub-regions: North Coast (containing the iconic Nappa and Sonoma Valleys), Central Coast and Inland Valleys. The cooler regions closer to the coast suit Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while the hotter inland areas produce very fine Cabernet Sauvignon. A wide range of traditional European vines also thrive alongside the famous Zinfandel.