Opus One Overture Release 2022
In the tradition of many large Bordeaux estates, Opus One makes a fine second wine called Overture. Like the introduction of a great musical piece, the Overture contains the elements of the exceptional work itself (read the Opus One) but not in its entirety. Since 1993, Opus One has been making this Overture using exactly the same selection methods. The Overture has a remarkable elegance, complexity and accessibility and has a similar blend of grapes to the Opus One. The Overture is a typical Bordeaux wine with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. In the nose, the Overture has beautiful notes of black fruits such as blackberries and cherry, plum, leather and tobacco. The wood aging integrates the flavors and scents and adds beautiful nuances of vanilla and toasted oak. In the mouth, the wine is extremely elegant with a sensual mouthfeel. A top 2nd wine from this great house.
The Overture is a NON vintage wine and is made from different vintages. The 2021 release consists of a blend of vintage 2018 and vintage 2019. Lot 2020 of the Overture is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Merlot
1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot which has matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.
The Overture is a timeless reflection of our Opus One vineyards. This remarkable terroir is reflected in the complex aromas, flavors and especially textures of Overture. The classic blackberry and cassis character of Cabernet Sauvignon merges seamlessly with the black cherry, red currant and violet of the Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The blending of wine lots over different vintages and extensive barrel maturation give the Ouverture a smooth structure and silky texture. Overture reflects the winemaker's artistry by demonstrating the talent of blending five traditional Bordeaux grape varieties and capturing terroir characteristics from the same variety grown on different soils. However, the third blending aspect of Overture - that of multi-age marriage - yields a softer, rounder expression of our estate that can be enjoyed upon release.
In the early 1990s, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, owner of Château Mouton Rothschild, was on vacation in the California Napa Valley. He was impressed by the opportunities for viticulture and asked winemakers who he could best meet. The name of Robert Mondavi was unanimously mentioned. Robert Mondavi had to leave his Italian family after an argument with his brother. He left for California in 1966, borrowed $ 100,000 and started his wine business. 7 years later he met Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The baron was impressed by Mondavi's passion and wanted to start a unique wine project in Napa Valley. Mondavi saw in this project a great opportunity to put Napa Valley on the map. In 1976, Robert Mondavi visited Château Mouton Rothschild to discuss the business aspects of the new project. They dined extensively and the wine flowed freely. To Mondavi's surprise, no business was discussed. At eight o'clock the next morning, he was invited to the baron's bedroom. The 66-year-old Grand Cru owner had a habit of doing business in his bedroom. His desk was also there. Both men discussed the new project that would unite the good of Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Mouton winemaker, Lucien Sionneau and Robert Mondavi Tim's son entered Mondavi's winery to determine the style of the new wine. It took three days for both winemakers to agree. Bordeaux and Napa had found each other. The first wine was named Opus and was made in 1979. It was an assembly of Mondavi's best wines. At that time there was no own vineyard or own wine company for Opus. A year later, the joint venture was made public and the name Opus One was born. During an auction in Napa Valley, a chest of Opus One raised $ 24,000. At that time the highest price for a California wine. Opus One became the first American ultra-premium wine. In 1991 the new winery for Opus One was built and the vineyard was built around the winery. Cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec are cultivated in the 69 ha vineyard. Opus One is visited annually by 60,000 people who gain access only by appointment and for a fee.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|