2005 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

2005 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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Customer Ratings

Based on 14 ratings
Fat Sal's Wine Review

Let me tell you somethin, Mr Wiggins and I have waited patiently for this years Opus to start sellin. We found it today at Cosco for 140.00 a bottle limit two per customer. Like kids on Christmas morning we walked out of this store with four bottles in our hands. We were trying to save it for the weekend.He invited a few friends from the Bronx over for Sunday Football. We just could not wait . This wine is so smooth it will convince you to sing even if it hurts the dog's ears. Everything on the palette nothing on the tong. Color & Legs are long.We took turns putting our nose on the Decanter, we had a smile, you know the one. the Cat that stole the mouse. We really tried to stop at one bottle. We finished every drop. We will search tomorrow for it. AAAAa + Salute Enjoy

Hey Fat Sal

Which Costco did you find the Opus One, you lucky dog! I'm jealous!!!

Buy it and love it

This wine danced on my tongue and made me smile. It was subtle yet deeply complex.

About Opus One

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Opus One

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Napa Valley 2005

The 2005 vintage in Napa was one of the best of the decade, with balanced, lovely wines with plenty of depth, richness, and concentration, all balanced by lovely fresh acidity and detail. Classic, structured, and deep, they should age well for decades.

A wet winter was followed in March by a dry, mild spell, then a wet, rainy period that delayed bloom and fruit set. Rains continued into April, May, and even into June. Some parts of Napa Valley had more than 15 inches of rain after bud break, creating problems for growers. Vineyard management costs skyrocketed as the moisture spurred weed growth, and powdery mildew was a big problem.

Summer was moderate, without any real extremes of heat. The cool temperatures and foggy mornings kept ripening moving slowly, and there was some concern with sugar levels and overall ripeness as the harvest began to approach. September arrived with beautiful, warm, sunny days — and an Indian summer allowed winemakers to wait as sugar accumulated at an even pace, while keeping the grapes balanced with good acidity. It was a very late vintage and a very large crop as well, beating out the previous record set in 1997. Many didn’t finish picking until late October and even into November, but the long hang-time was beneficial and the weather held for the most part.

The resulting wines are seamless, elegant yet structured and deep, with lovely well-knit fruit and tannins. They may not have the power and ripe, plush notes of some of the other top vintages of the decade — rather, they will be known for their beautiful balance and focus. The best should age gracefully for decades to come.

Key Dates

Additional 5 inches of rain falls

Harvest for sparkling wine began on schedule

Weather was mild throughout the month, with no heat spikes of any consequence

Harvest for still wine didn’t begin in earnest until October, because of mild September weather. The main Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began in the middle of October and continued until the middle of November

A few inches over the average amount of rain

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