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History in a Bottle: Opus One

16 Aug

When you’re one of the Napa Valley’s most high profile wines and getting shoutouts in raps from Jay-Z, you know you’re doing something right.  Opus One is the brainchild of famous French winemaker Philippe de Rothschild and California wine guru Robert Mondavi.  The two legends sought to craft a classic Bordeaux blend made with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a combination of traditional French winemaking juxtaposed with California’s bold fruit flavors, and successfully did so for the first time in 1979.  Constellation Brands bolstered their portfolio by acquiring 50% of Opus One in 2004 when they purchased Robert Mondavi, Inc.  Last summer I was lucky enough to visit the Oakville winery, which is made of beautiful off-white limestone and built around a lush center courtyard.   Their 2005 vintage “offers concentrated aromas of blueberry, rose petals, white truffle, licorice and nutmeg. Flavors of cassis, black olives, raspberry and dark chocolate (winemaker’s notes).”  A bottle of this collectible wine will cost you around $150-$180 online, so you might have to crack open the piggy bank, but it would be well worth it for that certain special occasion.  Below is an interview with Opus One CEO David Pearson from WineTasteTV.

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