In the tradition of many great Bordeaux estates, Opus One produces a fine second wine called Overture. Like the introduction of a great musical piece, Overture, the wine, presents elements of the exceptional work itself, although certainly not in its entirety or full complexity.
Since 1993, we have created Overture as a result of our highly selective process for Opus One. We meticulously cultivate each section of our estate vineyard with the attention to detail and singular focus required to produce Opus One. This diligence carries through the extensive blending process, and not all wine-lots from our estate are chosen for the final Opus One blend.
Yet, when these remaining lots are afforded additional time in French oak barrels, coupled with the added flexibility of blending across multiple vintages, the final wine, Overture, achieves remarkable elegance, complexity and approachability.
As a natural extension of the creation of Opus One, Overture’s varietal composition evolves based on the lot selections made for each vintage. Overture reflects the proportion of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties planted on our estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Uniquely, Overture captures the essence of our estate across vintages; therefore the exact blend and cellar approach will always differ from Opus One.
Notes and Reviews
Overture displays a vibrant garnet color with expressive aromas of fresh red fruit. Notes of bright cherry and redcurrant are underpinned by more earthy tones of ground cocoa, cedar, and vanilla. Extended barrel ageing gives the wine an elegant texture accentuated by round tannins and a soft mouthfeel.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||Manual harvest, fully destemmed, 18 days maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats.|
|Elevage||15 months in new French oak barrels|