Overture by Opus One NV
Without a doubt, Opus One is one of Napa’s most famous wineries. Located in Oakville, California, Opus One was an ambitious joint venture between two of the world’s most esteemed winemaking figures: Robert Mondavi and the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The winery was established in 1978 and uses its state-of-the-art facilities to produce two wines only: Opus One and Overture.
A stunning blend of five varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Overture is Opus One’s second wine, using grapes from the densely planted estate vineyards that surround the winery. The grapes are hand-harvested in individual lots, and then each lot is sorted and fermented separately, requiring over three dozen giant steel fermentation tanks. Rather than being sorted by hand, harvested grapes are processed by a custom-made optical sorter, which uses cameras to analyse the size, shape, and colour of every grape. Unlike Opus One, which only ages in new French Oak barrels, Overture ages in French oak barrels that have been used before. After 18 months of ageing, the wine is bottled and held an additional 15 months until its release on October 1st each year.
Overture is a timeless reflection of the Opus One estate vineyards. By marrying multiple vintages, it yield a softer, rounder expression of their estate compared to their flagship Opus One wine. The classic blackberry and cassis character of Cabernet Sauvignon melds seamlessly with the black cherry, red currant and violet from the Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The blending of wine-lots across vintages and extended barrel ageing give Overture a supple structure and silky texture. It’s a hugely complex wine that complements the freshness of younger vintages with the depth of more mature wines.
Deep blood red colour. Supple bouquet with clear ripe blackberry and cassis, tempered by white pepper spice and smoked cedar notes. A silky and structured mouthfeel with a pinch of tannins and generous red and dark berry fruit flavours.
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