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post #19501 of 20660
A friend brought a bottle of Opus 1 to thanksgiving dinner. I thought it was pleasant and silky smooth but I'm not sure if I'd spend that kind of $$$ for it.

I don't know that much about red wines but are Opus 1 considered worth that kind of money?
post #19502 of 20660
Opus 1 is a wine you bring to impress people that don't know much about wine but know that Opus 1 is expensive.
post #19503 of 20660
Still a good wine tho
post #19504 of 20660
I like it but I never buy it. However, when I am in Napa, I will shell out the $40 for a tasting.
post #19505 of 20660
Anything with the Rothschild and Mondovi monikers will be sold at a hefty premium. That said, I have enjoyed several vintages but have not cellared it.
post #19506 of 20660
I will say this: at $200 or whatever it goes for, I like it a lot more than all the cult cabs that go for 2-4x the price.
post #19507 of 20660
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I will say this: at $200 or whatever it goes for, I like it a lot more than all the cult cabs that go for 2-4x the price.

Not sure how much Opus goes for but agree with your sentiment. I really do think Opus is a "signalling" type brand that is most sought after for that purpose. From wine lists to gifting it sends a signal that bottles like a Shafer or Ridge or some cult like Scarecrow or Harlan lack to the general public.
post #19508 of 20660
Had a couple bottles of 2009 walla walla cab and couple bottles of 2008 Rioja. Piob got some of the Rioja from full pull as well i think. I enjoyed both wines and the others did as well despite not being wine drinkers. Didn't break the bank either, so was a great success!
post #19509 of 20660
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I like it but I never buy it. However, when I am in Napa, I will shell out the $40 for a tasting.
I do the same. It's typically a well made wine, made in a traditional Bordeaux style, vs the over ripe, over oaked style that is currently in vogue. It actually tastes like a Cabernet/Merlot/Cab Franc based wine. It also ages well. If it were $100 I'd probably buy it occasionally, but it's too expensive for what it is. Happy to drink it if someone else is buying.
post #19510 of 20660
Was invited over to friends for TG dinner so I brought the wine:

Reds: 2 x 2009 Sea Smoke Southing
1 x 2009 Shafer Relentless
Whites: 2 x 2013 Bachelet-Monnot Chassagne-Montrachet
1 x 2011 Chatagnier Condrieu

Everyone seemed to gravitate toward the reds. Only the Condrieu didn't get opened. Sea Smokes are drinking great right now and were everyone's favorite I think. I'm a big fan of the Bachelet-Monnot C-M myself.
post #19511 of 20660
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post

Was invited over to friends for TG dinner so I brought the wine:

Reds: 2 x 2009 Sea Smoke Southing
1 x 2009 Shafer Relentless
Whites: 2 x 2013 Bachelet-Monnot Chassagne-Montrachet
1 x 2011 Chatagnier Condrieu

Everyone seemed to gravitate toward the reds. Only the Condrieu didn't get opened. Sea Smokes are drinking great right now and were everyone's favorite I think. I'm a big fan of the Bachelet-Monnot C-M myself.

You're welcome to my house next year!
post #19512 of 20660



Had with a nice pumpkin dessert. Really a nice balance of sweetness, acid, baking spices, and apple/pineapple notes.
post #19513 of 20660


Nice roussanne. Currently on black friday sale at WineExchange for $10
Edited by venividivicibj - 11/27/15 at 7:39pm
post #19514 of 20660
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Had with a nice pumpkin dessert. Really a nice balance of sweetness, acid, baking spices, and apple/pineapple notes.

Interesting, don't think I've ever had SB that wasn't very dry.
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Some of the wines from last night.
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Just a few notes. The Cayuse is not in a good place right now. Too stemmy/tar right now. Cherry Red drank incredible for a 14 year old Zin. The Hall was drinking well but could use more time. The CdP was a bit maderiized I thought. The 99 Oz Shiraz was excellent and still showing nice fruit with all tannins fallen out.
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