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New Release: Opus One 2013
05 September 2016

Today marks the first release of Opus One 2013 – a stellar vintage for one of the Napa Valley’s most iconic wines. Started in 1978 by Baronne Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, the operation has come a long way since the early days when all fruit was brought in from the To Kalon vineyard. Today fruit is selected from four parcels of prime estate owned vineyards in Oakland, each planted with traditional Bordeaux varieties, before being transported to one of Napa’s most recognisable and distinctive wineries. Wine-making follows traditional methods with an average of 18 days skin contact before 18 months ageing in new French Oak.

The 2013 vintage in Napa was an ideal growing season, producing wines that are a little cooler in character than the preceding vintage. While it was very dry, temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer. The resulting wine, tasted last week, is looking exceptionally promising with a sense of constrained, controlled power that is a hallmark of 2013. A corset of fine grained tannins surround a deep and chiselled mid-palate profile that is more dark hedgerow, cherry and roasted beans than sweet cassis. On the finish fine dark chocolate, stones, minerals alongside a touch of sweet tobacco and liquorice. It is absolutely not a fruit bomb, and all the better for it. The final blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec and harvest lasted from 5th September until 5th October.

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