Aged in 100% new French oak for 17 months and in bottle for 14 months prior to release, the 2004 Opus One is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a sweet bouquet of lead pencil shavings, black currants and a hint of toasty oak. More evolved than usual, this full-bodied, opulent 2004 is part of the new wave of Opus Ones made under the administration of Philippe Dhalluin, the administrator of Mouton Rothschild, who has begun to exploit this estate’s enormous potential. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for another 20 years.
The groundbreaking concept for Opus One was concocted by Mouton’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild and California winemaker Robert Mondavi in the mid 1970’s. Their goal was to combine the best qualities of Bordeaux and the Napa Valley into one wine. In doing so they validated the quality of California wine and steered more foreign investment to the infant wine industry in Napa Valley. In 1979 they produced their first vintage in California. Mouton-Rothschild wine makers crafted Mondavi’s grapes into fantastic wine aging it in French oak barrels. Benchmark is offering you the opportunity to add this wonderful meeting of two cultures to your cellar.
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