*1996 Opus One
Opus One Red, Napa Valley, USA 1996
This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin
Offering hints of violets and mint in the nose, the 1996 Opus One shows intense flavors of blackberry, chocolate and roasted coffee. Its cashmere-like softness and deep, plush flavors are supported by a firm structure and elegant middle body. A remarkably balanced wine, the 1996 imparts a persistently long finish that forecasts long bottle aging.
Opus One is the realized dream of two men: Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. Together, our founders set out to create a single wine dedicated to the pursuit of uncompromising quality. This singular mission shapes every vintage, today and for generations to come.