Palate

The 1987 Opus One is a wine of great depth and intensity, showing subtle hints of oak, cherry and black pepper. It is a remarkably supple and approachable wine, balanced by a firm and elegant structure.

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. The 1987 harvest in Napa Valley was characterized by a short winter with light rainfall, early bud break and very moderate temperatures throughout the ripening period. The fruit was harvested in ideal conditions with excellent sugar development and acid retention. The cool and moderately warm days which typified the growing season, balanced by fog-cooled nights, provided for steady ripening and an evenly paced harvest.

Winemaking

Skin Contact: 24 days

Aging

Barrel Aging: 18 months in new French oak