Nose

The bouquet of the 1995 Opus One is complex, with hints of cassis and raspberries and with nuances of well-integrated oak.

Palate

Elegantly structured, the wine is highlighted by a supple and generous texture. Its rich, complex flavors show overtones of ripe fruit and a long full finish.

Growing Conditions

The estate vineyards of Opus One, comprised of 4 parcels, sit in the western portion of the famed Oakville AVA. Two parcels, totaling 100 acres, are within the renowned To Kalon Vineyard. These are complemented by the combined 70 acres of the Ballestra and River parcels, which envelop the winery. In the vineyards, hand-harvesting and other traditional approaches are taken wherever they work best. When modern techniques benefit the winegrowing process, they are researched, evaluated and integrated into practice. The 1995 vintage was ideal in almost every respect. A long, cool growing season yielded a mature and balanced crop.

Harvest

Harvest began in late September and finished in mid-October, a period of dry, warm days and cool nights.

Winemaking

Skin Contact: 39 days

Aging

Barrel Aging: 18 months in new French oak