September 2016, Score: 16
Then multi-vintage blend that until recently has been available only at the winery in Napa Valley, now being commercialised to beat the drum a bit more for Opus. Deep ruby with a pale rim. Very sweet, ripe, penetrating nose that screams Napa Valley. An edge of cocoa. Light, lively and open with just a little bit of rusty nail on the end. Perfectly friendly but not top drawer. Drink 2014-2020
Napa Valley, North America
This small town north of San Francisco has grown up to be one of California’s most famous wine regions. It is home to opulent Cabernets and sweetly-spiced Zinfandels, grown across many sub-regions including Stags Leap, Rutherford, Oakville and others. Cooling ocean fogs roll in from the Pacific at night and burn off in the summer sunshine, keeping the region cooler than you would expect for its latitude, and help produce some of the best Californian wines. Napa wines have the concentration and structure to age magnificently.