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2008 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley (half bottle)
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Opus One Winery
About Opus One

The brainchild of wine giants Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One was the first ultra-premium wine made in Napa Valley. Since 1980 it has achieved cult status and is one of the most widely exported and highly prized wines in Napa.

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2008 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley (half bottle)

Producer: Opus One
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

(cabernet sauvignon blended with 8% petit verdot, 4% merlot and 1% each malbec and cabernet franc):  Good red-ruby color.  Rather wild, nuanced nose combines blackcurrant, dusty brown spices, tobacco, mocha, leather and meat.  Juicy and energetic in the mouth, with enticing inner-mouth florality giving lift to the dark berry, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors.  Not a particularly dense or fruity style but boasts nicely integrated acidity and already displays a lot of personality.  Finishes with substantial but fine-grained tannins, a hint of licorice and excellent persistence.  Winemaker Michael Silacci noted that this wine features the highest percentage of petit verdot to date.  And he's convinced that co-fermenting it with the cabernet sauvignon diminished the natural rusticity of petit verdot.

92 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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