Palate

The 1983 vintage produced an Opus One that is especially elegant and complex. It is a wine of concentration and depth which displays elements of cedar, cassis, and mint in the nose and on the palate.

Growing Conditions

Opus One was founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, legendary proprietor of Château Mouton Rothschild, and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. By combining the great winemaking traditions and innovations of both families, the founders’ singular goal was to create an exceptional wine in the heart of Napa Valley. Opus One, like any great work, arose out of passion. Dedicated to uncompromised quality, Opus One’s sole purpose is to express this vision and passionate spirit for generations to come. Rains in August were followed by dry, windy weather in September that protected Napa Valley’s red varietals from exposure to rot. A greatly reduced crop level produced lean, well-balanced wines for medium-term aging.

Winemaking

Skin Contact: 16 days

Aging

Barrel Aging: 23 months in new French oak