Initial dark fruit, spice and baking aromas in the 2015 Opus One are interwoven with seductive notes of violet, black tea, and sage. The entry is vibrant with ripe dark fruit flavors of plum, blackberry and blueberry followed by hints of vanilla and cocoa. Silky, fine-grained tannins provide structure and a creamy texture. The wine finishes with fresh acidity and a rich lingering finish that promises longevity in the cellar.
Climate and Harvest Vintage 2015
Marking the warmest year since 2008, the 2015 growing season set a record for early bloom. Drought conditions persisted, and rainfall was erratic, with most of the much-needed rain falling at the end of the previous year and supplemented by only a single storm in February; but, it was enough water to sustain the vines. Cooler conditions during flowering ultimately lead to a smaller number of berries on each cluster and lower than average yeilds. Warm summer months led to an advanced veraison which was followed by perfect ripening conditions. Harvest began on September 1stwith short pauses; heat spells and continued warmth allowed for the berries to be steadily picked at ideal maturity. The harvest was completed on October 8th.
The 2015 Opus One is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. During fermentation and maceration, component lots received an average of 21 days of skin contact prior to 18 months of barrel aging in new French oak.