Opus One 2014 : A Precocious Vintage in Oakville
After a 2013 vintage praised by critics and considered by James Suckling "a point of reference for the great red wines of America," Opus One 2014 was much anticipated. Founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Chateau Mouton-Rothschild) and Robert Mondavi, a respected oenologist from Napa Valley, Opus One delivers a very tasty wine in the 2014 vintage. The 2014 vintage was exceptionally precocious in the Oakville appellation, which in no way affected the quality of the wine, due to almost perfect conditions during the ripening stage. The grape harvest suggested an ideal balance between freshness and concentration.
The blend of this Opus One 2014 is made up of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Malbec. The nose is floral, reminiscent of freshly cut grass and undergrowth, then developing aromas of red and black fruits. On the palate, we find black fruits, but also black olives and spices. The texture of the wine is silky, with fine tannins, and the mouth presents at the finish a nice tension and touches of mocha. To be tasted now, but can also be kept for a good fifteen years (from the vintage) to achieve greater complexity.
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Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish.