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2017 Opus One
 

Opus One's high profile collaboration between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, of Mouton Rothschild, helped establish the Napa Valley in the early days of its development as a wine growing region. Some 40 years later, Opus One is still synonymous with Napa's Bordeaux-style blends and remains one of the most traded Californian wines on the secondary market. New World ripeness and generosity meet Old World restraint and elegance in Opus One. Cerebral and age-worthy, it's always been one of my favourites but it's become increasingly difficult to secure enough allocation to meet demand. Please click the links to order online.

2017 Opus One

£1370 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£1660.07 duty & VAT paid


A fist of late summer cherries, raspberry and bilberry fruits set out their stall, all with the juicy character that confirms, even in a hot vintage like 2017, Opus can deliver balance and sculpted elegance. Beautiful grip, creamy texture with a strikingly powerful tannic frame. As the wine stays in the glass the floral aromatics begin to bloom up. A brilliant Opus. 20 days maceration - around half what it would have been a decade ago. 54% native yeast, as part of their native yeast project. 5% Merlot and 1% Malbec complete the blend. Harvest spread out over September 5 to October 8, just before the fires, by which time they had less than 10% of the fruit still out on the vines. 3.7pH. 2023-2045
96 points Jane Anson, Decanter

A remarkable wine for the year, the 2017 Opus One is a dense, full-throttle beauty. Plush fruit and soft, silky contours give the 2017 its racy personality. Exotic, beautifully perfumed and impeccable in its balance, Opus One is one of the most complete wines of the vintage. In 2017, Opus One has a distinctly red-toned fruit profile that distinguishes it from the surrounding vintages. 2023-2042
95+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous

 


2017 Vintage

The winter of 20I7 ended a five-year drought with January recording the most rainfall in over 20 years. Despite Mother Nature's variability, favorable weather in August provided optimal conditions for fruit development and maturation. Superb flavors and excellent ripening led to an earlier than expected harvest, which commenced on the 5th of September.

VARIETAL:

Cabernet Sauvignon 80%
Petit Verdot 9%
Cabernet Franc 5%
Merlot 5%
Malbec 1%

SKIN CONTACT: 20 days

BARREL AGING: 17 months in new French oak

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