History and Background
Opus One is a legendary joint venture between two titans of the wine world: Robert Mondavi of California and Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux's Château Mouton Rothschild. Established in 1979, this collaboration was groundbreaking, symbolizing the union of Old World and New World wine philosophies and techniques. The winery, located in Oakville, Napa Valley, was built with the vision of creating a single Bordeaux-style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vineyards and Terroir
Opus One's vineyards are situated in the heart of Napa Valley, benefiting from the region's ideal grape-growing conditions:
- Soil Composition: The estate's soils range from deep gravelly loams to fine sandy loam, contributing to the layered complexity of the wine.
- Grape Varieties: While Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant variety, the vineyards also include plots of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, allowing for a harmonious blend.
Wine Style and Production
Opus One is celebrated for:
- Its Bordeaux-style red blend, which showcases the power and elegance of its Napa Valley terroir.
- A meticulous winemaking process that combines traditional techniques with modern technology, ensuring each vintage reaches its fullest potential.
The wine is known for its deep concentration, aromatic complexity, and rich texture, all while maintaining a balance between power and finesse.
Opus One has achieved international acclaim and is often considered one of Napa Valley's top wines. Its reputation for quality, consistency, and age-worthiness has made it a benchmark for New World Bordeaux-style blends. The wine is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.
Opus One stands as a testament to the vision of its founders and the potential of Napa Valley terroir. The collaboration between two wine families has resulted in a wine that is both a classic and a modern icon. For those seeking the pinnacle of Napa Valley winemaking, Opus One offers an experience of unparalleled elegance and sophistication.