This blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in French oak is a strong effort offering creme de cassis, cedarwood, white chocolate and spice box. It possesses a Bordeaux-like personality, as one might expect since Opus One is owned by Baroness Philippe de Rothschild and the winemaking team comes primarily from Pauillac. The significant tannin in the wine provides a slight austerity, but this is a full-bodied, rich effort that marks the beginning of a period when Opus One finally began to live up to the enormous potential first announced in the late 1970s by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi. Although accessible now, the 2003 will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.
The groundbreaking concept for Opus One was concocted by Mouton’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and California winemaker Robert Mondavi in the mid 1970’s. Their goal was to combine the best qualities of Bordeaux and the Napa Valley into one wine. In doing so they validated the quality of California wine and steered more foreign investment to the infant wine industry in Napa Valley. In 1979 they produced their first vintage in California. Mouton-Rothschild wine makers crafted Mondavi’s grapes into fantastic wine aging it in French oak barrels. Benchmark is offering you the opportunity to add this wonderful meeting of two cultures to your cellar.
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