OPUS ONE
Location: California, Napa Valley usa

Opus One is one of Napa Valley's most historic and important wineries. The winery began in 1979 as a patnership between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild and became the first ultra-premium California wine to be sold in France and Internationally.  They currenty produce one ultra-premium Bordeaux blend each year made from a blend from their best grapes. While the grape composition of each vintage is different, Opus One is most often a blend of five grape varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Today, Opus One is without a doubt one of the most recognized wine in the world.

Opus One’s first estate vineyard was acquired in 1981 when Robert Mondavi sold Q Block (35 acres/14.2 hectares), part of his famous To-Kalon Vineyard, to the newly-launched joint venture. Then in 1983, the River Parcel, a 50-acre (20.2-hectare) ranch in Oakville, was purchased as surrounding land for the joint venture winery east of Highway 29. The following year Opus One acquired the 49-acre (19.8-hectare) Ballestra Vineyard, adjacent to the River Parcel and extending south to the Oakville Cross Road. In 1995, Opus One viticulturists replanted the original Q Block with low-yield, high-density spacing and phylloxera-resistant rootstock. In 2008, Opus One acquired its newest piece of the To-Kalon Vineyard, the 48-acre (19.4-hectare) K Block, formerly owned by Robert Mondavi Winery.

Winemaker Michael Silacci currently heads the Winemaking process at Opus One and focuses around traditional approaches wherever they work best. And, when modern techniques benefit the winegrowing process, they are researched, evaluated and integrated into practice. This is just one of the reasons Opus One is able to produce an extraordinary wine Year after Year, spanning decades. 

Reviews

VintageWineScoreNotes
2013 Opus One 99 See Tasting Notes
2012 Opus One 98 See Tasting Notes
2011 Opus One 94 See Tasting Notes
2010 Opus One 97 See Tasting Notes
2009 Opus One 96 See Tasting Notes
2008 Opus One 94 See Tasting Notes
2007 Opus One 93 See Tasting Notes
2005 Opus One 95 See Tasting Notes
2003 Opus One 95 See Tasting Notes
2001 Opus One 96 See Tasting Notes
1999 Opus One 95 See Tasting Notes