And Then There Was Silence


I usually never have a loss for words.

In other words,  I always have something to talk about! Except when I tasted this wine. When I sipped and tasted the smoothness of 2011 Opus One, I opened my mouth to speak and no words came out! It was weird. My mind was telling me to, “be still, don’t talk and think about what you just tasted.” It was hard for me to do but my mind was right. When you first taste this notable and superb wine, you have to let the flavors develop and be mindful of how the taste changes on your palette.

Amazing is the adjective that came to mind. Truly amazing!

On the nose I could pick up aromas of spice, and fruit. At first I tasted spices that I couldn’t make out at first. I finally decided it was pepper and bay leaf or something of that sort. Then as the flavors lingered I tasted dark fruits like blackberry and cherry. I was stunned at how ridiculously satiny the tannins were, and how smooth the flavors melded together.

Again, amazing!

and then there was silence

Did I mention the legs? I swirled my glass and watched as ribbons of flavor slowly began to slide down the inside of the glass. I mean slowly! This wine has so much flavor that it coats the glass like honey. Again, I tried to comment on what I was watching, and then there was silence. I just watched and smiled.

When the bottle was empty I felt like crying. I am telling you, 2011 Opus One has a strange power that will hypnotize you. It will turn your emotions inside out bringing joy and sadness all at the same time. Joy – that you found such a brilliantly complex, beautifully tasting wine. Sadness – that the bottle will come to an end and you will be left with wanting more!

I guess that is a life lesson learned. Getting an opportunity to experience something extraordinary once in a while brings appreciation. Experiencing something extraordinary all the time takes away the bliss that brings the extraordinary! Right?

Here is the stuff you need to know about this gem.

2011 Opus One

Varietal: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec
Year: 2011
Appellation: Napa Valley, CA
Alcohol: 14%
Price: $240
Andrea’s Vista Unofficial Score: 10 out of 10

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