Meritage, Opus One by “Rothschild & Mondavi”,  Napa Valley, USA 2012

 Rothschild-Mondavi-Opus-One-Napa-Valley-2007.US-BL-0194-07a Expressing aromas of bright red fruits and fresh bay leaf; this vintage delivers flavors of fresh cherry with a touch of dark chocolate. This polished and age-worthy wine simultaneously offers a satiny finish and a slight grip of tannin at the close.In 2009, unseasonably late rainfall occurred during flowering in June and disrupted fruit set. The variable rain and low temperatures reduced the number and size of berries on each cluster and increased concentration of the fruit. Harvest began on September 22nd and ended on October 25th.Fresh aromas of bright red fruits and fresh bay leaf give way to subtler notes of black tea and white pepper. The wine’s round tannins and creamy texture envelop the familiar flavors of fresh cherries with a touch of dark chocolate. This polished and age-worthy wine simultaneously offers a satiny finish and a slight grip of tannin at the close.

 

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon 71%
Merlot 11%
Petit Verdot 9%
Cabernet Franc 8%
Malbec 1%

Skin Contact:
17 Days

Barrel Aging:
18 Months in New French Oak