Opus One — a musical term, from the latin word Oper; a composer’s first masterpiece.
As the label dictates, this masterpiece is initially named Napamédoc; an homage to the venture of Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. The Opus One project officially debuted in 1980.
Opus one is a red wine that is a Cabernet dominant Bordeaux blend with small quantities of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and even Malbec. Part of this premium blend is coming for the most coveted To Kalon Vineyard which is regarded as the best winemaking land that Napa has to offer.
Being a wine that is regarded to be America’s first ultra-premium wine from Napa Valley, production is such a meticulous process. Grapes are hand-harvested in individual lots and from there, each lot is sorted and fermented separately. This intensive process and scrutiny allowed the production of a second wine, Overture.
Overture — the only little brother; is made up of the same fruit but of a different grade. Overture is also a musical term for an orchestral piece at the beginning of the opera. Being the second wine, this bottle paved its way in the highly acclaimed Top Napa List with a fresh perspective of making it NV – Non Vintaged.
Dominus of Napanook on the other hand shares the same level of exclusivity. From its name, Dominus – Lord of the Estate; this translates to their commitment to stewardship of land.
Christian Moueix, from the well renowned owners of the infamous Chateau Petrus, Pomerol; fell in love with this piece of jewel and transformed it to the most coveted vineyards in Napa Valley. Christian took terroir and winemaking techniques to a different dimension by experimenting and perfecting them in his estate. Now, Dominus Wines claims its rightful place in the top with its astounding Cabernet Sauvignons that was said to be mistaken for 1st Growth Bordeaux’s in many blind tasting exhibitions.
As premium as it is, Opus One Winery and Dominus Estates take exclusivity seriously. Production of each vintage is very few, preserving the quality and fruit to every bottle. Each buyer is limited to only a handful of quantities per vintage.