A Polished and Price Vintage from Opus OneThe year 1979 saw the union of two legends from the world of wine - Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Château Mouton-Rothschild) and Robert Mondavi, a respected oenologist from Napa Valley - to create a single wine opus, Opus One. This unique wine was created to offer a genuine expression of California's best terroirs through the signature style of Bordeaux's Left Bank. Bringing together the winemaking philosophies of the New and Old World, this exceptional wine blends the fruity personality of Napa Valley with the remarkable elegance and restraint of a Bordeaux First Growth. The 2007 vintage offered perfect climatic conditions up until September, when the estate experienced a heat spell, followed by rain and threat of frost. The harvest was carried out with very meticulous selection, mostly at night, to yield high quality fruit. The Opus One 2007 is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. After the harvest, the grapes macerated with skin contact for 20 days and the finished blend was matured in new French oak for 19 months.
The Opus One 2007 is a generous vintage, reminiscent of the wonderful 2001. The aromatic palette unfolds cassis, raspberries, nutmeg, fresh oats, cola, chocolate and forest floor. On the palate, this Napa Valley wine is very polished and precise, with a beautifully balanced mid-palate and soft, chewy tannins. This wine was built to evolve remarkably over decades of cellaring.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Two of the strongest wines ever made at Opus One, the 2007 has terrific black currant fruit, licorice, incense, and subtle smoke, an opulent, even voluptuous mouthfeel, dazzling purity and texture, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a sensational Opus One, with sweet tannin and impressive precision and depth. It can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years.