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Opus One (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1979

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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1500ML / 12.9% ABV
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1500ML / 12.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The first-ever vintage of the joint project between Napa Valley's Robert Mondavi and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux, the wine was produced under the combined direction of Tim Mondavi, and Lucien Sionneau, the winemaker of Mouton, at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

A seemingly perfect growing season from bud break to the beginning of harvest, the 1979 vintage was challenged by rains in September. Early harvesting yielded clean, well-balanced fruit and a wine of resilience and finesse, described as having excellent balance, with a delicate but firm structure.

Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

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D 93
Decanter
The inaugural vintage of Opus One, made from the same raw materials as the 1979 Mondavi Reserve, is still going strong, bursting with cedary black fruit, woodsmoke, asphalt and forest floor. On the palate the wine is mellow, layered and harmonious.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Tasted from magnum. Wonderful range of mature, complex dried cherry, berry, herb, cedar, anise and olive. Offers depth, polish and grace, finishing with firm tannins. Lovely now.
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Opus One is a partnership founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, France, and renowned Napa Valley vintner, Robert Mondavi. Producing luxury wines from its Napa Valley vineyards, the partnership made its first vintage in 1979 and has made wine at Opus one since 1991.

The essence of time is expressed in Opus One by the character of each vintage. Place, often defined as terroir, represents the geography, the climate and the essential human element which is captured in the wine’s balance between power and finesse, structure and texture.

Rising gracefully from the vineyards, Opus One stands in subtle celebration of the land and the open space that surrounds the estate. It remains an ongoing testament to our founders’ vision of a singular wine that transcends generations.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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