Opus One Wine Tour

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, we spent Easter weekend in Napa at my brother-in-law’s, girlfriend’s aunt and uncle’s house. While there, they hooked us up with a tour of the Opus One winery (her uncle is the CFO).

Even though we were visiting way early in the season, there was still a lot to see… and taste of course.

The outside decor is mostly limestone (or at least it looks like limestone) and very light so make sure if you’re there on a sunny day, you have a nice pair of shades.

Once we got inside, we received the history of Opus One and how two wine legends joined forces to create a symphony of flavors.

The winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It is located across State Route 29 from the Robert Mondavi Winery.

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Once inside, we got to see the 40 million dollar renovation the winery is undertaking and more of the nooks of where the wine is made and stored.

From there, the tasting room. I drank the wine too quickly to get a shot, but while in the tasting room, we were just outside where all of the barrels are stored. Let me tell you, there were barrels for days. See for yourself…

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Each barrel turned out approx. 1 million dollars in profit. Let me say that again.. 1 barrel = 1 million dollars.

Can anyone guess why the middle of the barrels are painted that color?

If you find yourself in Napa and looking for a tour, I would highly recommend Opus One. Great tour. Excellent wine.

 

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