Opus One is known for its exquisite texture, and the 1999 vintage is no exception. The wine shows aromas of cassis, cloves and roasted almonds against a creamy texture of soft tannins and round, rich fruit. Offering flavors of plum, cherry and black pepper, the 1999 will be charming in its youth and expressive at maturity.
Early in the growing season of 1999, cool temperatures delayed bud break and bloom in Opus One's vineyards. Welcome spring rains reduced flower counts, decreasing the number of grape berries and increasing flavor concentration. Moderate summer temperatures allowed the vines to thrive and the fruit to ripen at a steady pace. Early September rains preceded a glorious Indian summer, which put the final touches of maturity on a fine harvest.
Fermentation & Aging
The 1999 Opus One is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Component lots received an average of 40 days' skin contact during fermentation and maceration, prior to 17 months of barrel aging in new French oak.
Blend Percentage: 84% cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
An exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, currant, earth and blackberry. Gains intensity and shows its depth and concentration on the finish, which is long and detailed. Best from 2004 through 2012. 24,000 cases made.