Sunday, March 31, 2013 - This wine explodes with black fruit and herbs, along with hints/suggestions/rumors of earth and oak. This wine smells like it’s going to be a rich, creamy, fruity, spicy, delicious Bordeaux blend. Let’s see if the bouquet properly foretells how the wine will taste………
WOW, this wine is indeed a rich, creamy, silken, gorgeous blend with tons of black fruit (plums, black cherries, and blackberries), as well as secondary tones of red fruits like raspberries and cherries, along with savory herbs, creamy oak (which contributes a touch of vanilla in the background), and still-firm, ripe tannins supporting a rock-solid structure.
This Bordeaux blend’s elements are all beautifully integrated; the black/red fruit, spices, earth and oak, tannins and acidity, exceptional fruit and flavor extraction, with a beautiful, smooth, well-balanced and lingering finish.
My dad’s cousin gave Arthur and me a 1997 Opus One years ago and it was FANTASTIC. We had this 2005 Opus One for Easter dinner, along with a 1993 Opus One (see my notes on the 1993 as well; it was VERY different from this 2005 version). Of the three Opus Ones I’ve tasted over the years, I would have to say the 1997 was the best, followed by the 2005, and then the 1993. The 1993 Opus One was very Old School (austere, lower alcohol, etc.), while the 1997 was more “modern” while this 2005 is a VERY modern Napa Valley Cabernet/Bordeaux Blend. In other words, this blend is indeed extraordinarily rich, creamy, fruity, and delicious.
We paired this wine with lamb chops topped with a roasted garlic, rosemary, and parsley pesto-like sauce. The combination of the rich, creamy, ripe fruit and the wine’s savory spices paired gorgeously with the savory, spicy lamb.
This wine would also pair well with just about any other red meat dish, especially a thick ribeye, curried lamb shanks, or prime rib.