Opus One 2016 Napa Valley 750ml
From one of the best Napa vintages in years, this is not a vintage to miss! The Opus One 2016 consisting of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec., was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. This is a pre-sale for October delivery. Grab a bottle or two now!
“Blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec and displaying a medium to deep garnet-purple color, the Opus One 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is a sexy, beautiful spice-bomb, with tons of cinnamon stick, cloves, fenugreek and pepper notes springing forth over a core of mulberries, plum preserves, blackberry pie and fragrant earth plus a waft of lavender.
The palate is big, voluptuous and totally decadent, with velvety tannins and just enough freshness framing the rich, spicy black fruits, finishing with a lovely perfumed lift. This wine was tasted as a tank sample, but it is due to be bottled soon.
“The Opus One 2016e is just as fabulous from bottle as it was from barrel. Dark, sumptuous and voluptuous in the glass, with no hard edges, 2016 captures all the essence of the vintage while retaining a good bit of aromatic freshness.
At this stage, the new oak is still a bit prominent, but that should not be an issue as the wine ages. There is more than enough depth for 2016 to develop positively for 20-25 years, perhaps more. Just bottled a month prior to this tasting, 2016 is naturally a bit more reticent than it has been in the past.