Palate

The 1989 Opus One has an intense depth of color and rich floral bouquet and aroma. The fragrant nose gives way to an elegant, supple wine with tremendous finesse. The firm structure laces together a wine of complexity, balance, and accessibility.

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. 1989 will be remembered for bringing the much needed relief from the three-year drought. Normal weather patterns prevailed during the long, cool growing season which produced typical crop levels. Unseasonably cool weather – which included late September and October rains – delayed the harvest, producing lower sugars and lean, vigorous wines.

Winemaking

Skin Contact: 31 days

Aging

Barrel Aging: 17 months in new French oak