Opus One 2018 Napa Valley
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• Meesterwerk ontstaan uit de samenwerking tussen Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Mouton Rothschild) en Robert Mondavi
• Waar de 2019 uitblinkt in opulentie, straalt de 2018 van elegantie
• ‘The 2018 Opus One is absolutely exquisite.’ (Antonio Galloni, Vinous)
Het oogstjaar 2018 was wat koeler en bracht een absoluut intense wijn die in vergelijking met de 2019 eerder elegant dan krachtig is. Elk heeft zijn eigen interessante persoonlijkheid. The Wine Advocate over 2018 en 2019: Both vintages are a triumph at Opus One.
- SmaakprofielComplex, krachtig & vol
- DruivenrasMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
- Land & RegioAmerika, Californië
- 100% proefgarantie
- Gratis bezorgd vanaf €75
- Levering binnen 2 tot 3 werkdagen
- Verzekerd verzonden & zorgvuldig verpakt
"Opus One 2018 met 99/100 Suckling punten"
Door de samensmelting van de indrukwekkende dosis aan kennis & ervaring alsmede de innovatieve kracht van Mouton Rothschild en Mondavi, ontstond vervolgens in het hart van Napa Valley een waar meesterwerk: Opus One. De eerste jaargang was 1979, toen nog ‘napamédoc’ genoemd
Inmiddels is Opus One veruit de bekendste wijn uit Napa Valley en absoluut één van de beroemdste ‘New World’ iconen.
|Blend||84% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot, 5% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, 1% malbec|
|Druivenras||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot|
|Smaakprofiel||Complex, krachtig & vol|
|Op dronk vanaf||2028|
|Op dronk tot||2043|
Extremely perfumed and floral with lavender, lilacs and violets to the sweet, ripe berries, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Some slate and graphite, too. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so balanced and refined, with super fine tannins that last for minutes. Fresh herbs, such as bay leaf and lemon grass highlight the dark fruit. The quality of tannin is exquisite with wonderful polish and refinement. Lasts for minutes. So wonderful to taste now, but better after 2026.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Opus One soars out of the glass with bright, bold boysenberries, warm cassis and ripe, juicy black plums notes, plus emerging nuances of lilacs, oolong tea, cinnamon stick, tilled soil and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound layers of crunchy black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with lifted fruitiness and on a lingering mineral note.
Power and concentration from the start but with a lovely vein of cool blue fruits and an invigoratingly fresh core. Dark chocolate, coffee, blueberries and pomegranate combine to give a seductive nose and follow through on the palate with an immediate burst of juicy acidity and plush tannins. Layered and nuanced, the texture is striking, elegant and precise with juice that his the side of the mouth supported by oak spice that gently frames the overall feeling giving balance. Abundant in a sense but also reigned in making you want another glass straight away. 80% wild yeast fermentation for the first time as of the 2018 vintage.
With a Pomerol-like elegance and purity, it's medium to full-bodied and has wonderful tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish.
Jane Anson (Inside Bordeaux)
As is so often the case with Opus, the wine expands slowly but surely, seducing you with the quality of tannins and the depth of the fruits that are wrapped around them. Silky at first, but as the wine expands you feel a grainier, slate texture that holds your interest. Rosebud, black cherry, cassis purée, espresso, juicy and elegant finish, extremely moreish. Similar vintage style to the 2005, a wine that I loved during a vertical of Opus I did in 2019, and the result of a mild and moderate growing season. They have eliminated green harvest as of 2020, and instead anticipate how to balance the crop earlier in the season during shoot thinning. 18 days skin contact in the cellar, another sign that this is a gentle vintage where everything came naturally so no need to macerate too long (over the years maceration has varied between 9 days and 43 days). Tasted twice.
The 2018 Opus One is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This deep purple-hued effort leans to lively, fresher side of the vintage but has a brilliant, utterly classic style in its crème de cassis and blue-tinged fruit as well as notes of lead pencil, candied violets, damp earth, and chocolate-like nuances. With a Pomerol-like elegance and purity, it's medium to full-bodied and has wonderful tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. It plays in the finesse-driven end of the spectrum yet is concentrated and seamless, with serious length. It offers pleasure today but should benefit from 4-5 years in the cellar, and my money is on it evolving for 30 years or more.
The 2018 Opus One is absolutely exquisite. Bright red berry fruit, crushed flowers, mint and spice are all finely cut. The 2018 impresses with its energy and focus. It's a gorgeous wine, and is also showing especially well today, with all of the potential I first saw in barrel very much on display. Bright acids linger on the persistent finish. The 2018 is supremely elegant.
'Idyllic growing conditions.' 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. 18-day maceration with 80% ambient yeast, followed by 17 months in 100% new French oak. Deep, lustrous crimson – with a pale rim! Nose of warmth and ripeness but not heaviness. As though from a ripe Bordeaux vintage but then the tannins are so much riper than on most red bordeaux. Tangy freshness on the finish – one can only guess at the number of sessions in the tasting room that went into this blend! (Interesting to see more Petit Verdot than Merlot or Cabernet Franc.) Some delicacy, which I'm sure was the aim. Quite bordelais but so much more accessible. With impressive persistence. Neat, minerally and fine-boned.