Opus One, Napa Valley, 2012

  Opus One

A glorious nose promises wonderful things for the future as dark sultry fruit combines with a floral element and strong suggestions of crushed rocks. Perfumed in a sultry, complex way, the extra ripeness over the 2011 is immediately obvious. Super sleek tannins are encased in rich concentrated fruit with sweet spice and roasted earth notes providing extra interest go smorgasboard of red and darks fruits. A very fine Opus One with a long future ahead. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec and harvest lasted from 21st September until 2nd October. Aged for 18 months in new French oak.

Contains Sulphites.

About Opus One

A joint venture between California's leading light, Robert Mondavi, and Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Bordeaux. This cult winery produces a Bordeaux-style blend.

Appellation: Napa Valley

Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

A classic partnership. The stock left bank Bordeaux blend also used to good affect in the New World. Cabernet's, acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics.