Opus One Winery

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Opus One Winery
Location Oakville, California, USA
Appellation Oakville AVA
Founded 1978
First  vintage 1979
Key people Robert Mondavi co-founder; Philippine de Rothschild, co-owner; Michael Silacci, Winemaker
Parent company BPhR, Constellation Brands
Cases/yr 25,000
Known for Opus One
Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon , Cabernet Franc , Merlot , Malbec , Petit Verdot
Tasting by appointment
Website opusonewinery.com

Opus One Winery is a winery in Oakville, California, United States. The wine was called napamedoc until 1982 when it was named Opus One. The winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It is located across State Route 29 from the Robert Mondavi Winery. The creation of this winery venture in 1980 [1] was big news in the wine industry; de Rothschild's involvement added an air of respectability to the burgeoning Napa wine region. The first vintage, 1979 was released in 1984 at the same time as the 1980 vintage. For a while it was the most expensive Californian wine costing $50 and to date still ranks among the most expensive red wines produced in the Napa Valley, with the current vintage, 2014, retailing for $325 per bottle. [2] In 1989 a new winery was built just down the road, the first vintage from the new winery was from 1991 and was released in 1994. [3]

Winery Place that makes wine

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Oakville, California Census-designated place in California, United States

Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Napa Valley of Napa County, northern California.

California State of the United States of America

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Since 1993, they have produced a second wine, Overture. [4] [5]

Second wine Wine produced from a specific part of vineyard and not used in making top wine. They have fewer oak barrels for ageing.

Second wine or second label is a term commonly associated with Bordeaux wine to refer to a second label wine made from cuvee not selected for use in the Grand vin or first label. In some cases a third wine or even fourth wine is also produced. Depending on the house winemaking style, individual plots of a vineyard may be selected, often those of the youngest vines, and fermented separately, with the best performing barrels being chosen for the house's top wine and the other barrels being bottled under a separate label and sold for a lower price than the Grand vin.


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A bottle and glass of 1991 Opus One

The genesis of Opus One wine can be traced to 1970 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii where Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild met for the very first time and began their collaboration to merge old world and new world wine styles into one grand opus. [6] The joint venture between Mondavi and Baron Rothschild was announced in 1980, though plans for the winery had been developing between the two men since the early 1970s. In 1980, Mondavi sold 35 acres from his To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA to the joint venture that would serve as the backbone for the blend. The first vintage from this block was released in 1985 and soon the estate built the large limestone winery in Oakville that has become an icon of the Napa Valley. [7]

Oakville AVA

The Oakville AVA is an American Viticultural Area located within Napa Valley AVA and centered on the town of Oakville, California. The appellation extends over a flat expanse of well drained gravel soil between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. Oakville AVA is known for its success with Bordeaux varietals, which have produced wines of rich texture, firm tannins, and notes of mint and herbs.

Limestone Sedimentary rocks made of calcium carbonate

Limestone is a carbonate sedimentary rock that is often composed of the skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, foraminifera, and molluscs. Its major materials are the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). A closely related rock is dolomite, which contains a high percentage of the mineral dolomite, CaMg(CO3)2. In fact, in old USGS publications, dolomite was referred to as magnesian limestone, a term now reserved for magnesium-deficient dolomites or magnesium-rich limestones.

In the 1990s, Opus One became the California cult wine to be widely sold in Asia and Europe. Following Constellation Brands' 2004 takeover of Robert Mondavi winery, the estate of Baron Rothschild negotiated with Constellation Brands control of marketing, vineyard management and administration of the winery. [7]

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  1. Opus One "History" Accessed: January 7, 2011
  2. "Opus One, Napa Valley, USA: prices | Opus One". Opus One Winery. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  3. Sullivan, Charles Lewis (1998). A companion to California wine. University of California Press. p. 245.
  4. Overture
  5. "Opus One's Second Wine – Overture". January 15, 2014.
  6. http://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/About-Us/Milestones
  7. 1 2 J. Gordon (ed) Opus Vino pg 33, DK Publishing New York 2010, ISBN   978-0-7566-6751-1

Coordinates: 38°26′29″N122°24′00″W / 38.441287°N 122.399988°W / 38.441287; -122.399988

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