What does perfection look like? I suppose it has something to do with a non-wavering blend of quality, integrity and performance — super-human, maybe and the Opus One embodiment. Stepping up to the tee-box, it’s Opus One 2006 Napa Valley Red Wine, folks. This wine is untouchable, liquid gold in our mere-mortal eyes. Vanilla spice and sugar-plum mesmerize the crowd, followed by a hush of licorice and black coffee density. Here’s the set up: feet outside shoulders, knees pinched in, hands positioned on the right inner thigh…. and the backswing –blueberry and tight, bright cherry uncoil with the power of a chest and legs working in unison. Strong tannins and solid structure escalate the trajectory of yet another perfect drive straight down the fairway headed toward the green. Earth and brown spice meld into a smoky, leather serenity that taps the tongue gently offering an unspoken “get in line, or else”. This is the pedestal wine, and from that view, it’s a loooong way down. Can the fame last forever? Might the shiny, clean character ever be flawed? Are those tannins strong enough to ward off the urges of a cocktail waitress turned reality TV contestant – the impulses of a Las Vegas model or a marketing manager of a Las Vegas nightclub?
Pressure! Oh the pressure! But then…it is Opus One we’re talking about, isn’t it?
Note: $200 for a bottle/$30 for a glass in the tasting room.