Perhaps one of the more controversial California Cabernet’s, this bottle was the ringer in last night’s Bordeaux episode. Having served Lynch Bages 1996, Duhart Milon 2000, I snuck this little gem in to the fray and the results were overwhelming. A joint venture formed in 1979 between Robert Mondavi and Mouton Rothschild the Opus One is blended in the Bordeaux style using the finest California fruit. Heavy on the Cabernet Sauvignon they have deftly added Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to round out the wine and produce something that I could only describe as “Fruit Explosion Meets Old World Elegance”.
The first whiff and taste of this bottle brought a unanimous exclamation of “wow, very fruity”. At eleven years of age, there is no end in sight for this wine, the tannins are soooo good, gently edging the mouthfeel and caressing the amazing fruit. Secondary flavors are yet to come forth, but I can sense they are lurking. The pro’s trashed this wine as overpriced and underperforming for the pedigree. With an official score of 90, and a lofty price tag, it did not sell well. I picked up a half-case from ‘my guy’ to keep him sweet- thus ensuring future allocations of what I really wanted. I am really glad I did…. I am giving this baby 5 stars, only because there is no six, and I reckon the pro’s would re-rate it as a 93-94 point wine. A true shocker that has definitely rewarded my cellaring patience. I think I have one more bottle-yippee!