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This Napa Valley treasure is dry and moderately acidic, and its vivid blood crimson hue suggests its powerful flavor. On the nose, Opus One Overture is floral and sweet, with oak, vanilla, chocolate, and traces of blackberries and smoke. On the palate, it has a wonderful, refined, velvety texture, almost smooth. Certainly, this Bordeaux grape mix merits a spot on your collection.
This wine from California pairs well with muenster, smoked gouda, cheddar, and manchego.
However, when paired with red foods, this wine’s tannins become very mellow. We recommend a succulent slow-roasted seasoned lamb shoulder. The meat’s fattiness mixed with the roasting spices and the opulence of your Opus One Overture? That is a feast fit for a king, right there on your table.
Opus One is a single wine derived from Oakville’s estate vineyards. It was the first premium California wine to be released in Europe and one of the first “Cult Cabernets” to garner widespread popularity. It remains the most expensive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine ever made.The 1979 release of Opus One was the result of a 1970s partnership between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, two highly regarded individuals from Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. In 1981, however, at the First Napa Valley Auction, a single case of it sold for $24,000, garnering special notice. It was made available to the public in 1984.In 1993, they released a second wine, the Opus One Overture, in keeping with Bordeaux customs.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.