Opus One is one of the most iconic American wines of all time. But if you haven’t noticed, the price of it has absolutely skyrocketed over the past decade or so. I remember thinking no one was going to buy Opus One for $200/bottle – now it goes for anywhere around $500-700/bottle. It’s bananas.
While there’s hardly a time that I’d recommend the Opus One, I have no problem suggested the lights out second wine from this epic winery – the Operture. Overture is a multi-vintage cuvée of all five Bordeaux grape varieties, selected and seamlessly blended together to showcase the style and character of its big brother but in a much more approachable and ready to drink package.
The 2023 release showcases the 2018 and 2019 vintages together – two absolutely fantastic vintages in Napa Valley and ones that are just starting to work their way into their drinking prime. We don’t have a lot of bottles to go around, but most people don’t get any! Lock in while you can!
Lovely dark earth tinged fruit aromas lead off on the nose – complex and layered with hints of espresso, mocha, and cocoa powder, warm fruits through to the long finish with supple, round tannins. Wow!
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96 Points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast
“This sophisticated and concentrated wine wraps lovely dark plums, blueberries and cocoa flavors in velvety tannins that are well integrated and soothing, while still setting the wine up for a potentially long life. Subtle baking spices, espresso and cedar accents enhance the impressive fruit flavors. Best from 2027–2037.” -Wine Enthusiast
2019 WE CS #7
97 Points, James Suckling – 96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Their beloved Napa Valley Cabernet comes from a who’s who of the best vineyard sites in Napa. It’s a seamless Cabernet blend sourced from Oakville, Stag’s Leap, Diamond Mountain, St. Helena, Calistoga, Oak Knoll and the winery’s estate fruit in Yountville.
The CJ Cabernet Sauvignon is one that is very close to the heart of superstar winemaker Philippe Melka. It comes from his home vineyard and is actually named after his kids. It explodes right out the glass with dark blackberry and black cherry notes, that play nicely with a hint of vanilla from the oak. It’s wonderfully built, a Cabernet that combines brute force and finesse to get a creamy, velvety expression. It’s got great balance and length to the finish and should be a force for the next 15-20 years, easily.