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To: quantim
The '96 Opus One was by and far their best. That was the last year it was even worth drinking. I can't say that I can compare the Opus One with a Mondavi Reserve Cab, the Opus is a Bordeaux style blend, while the Cab is a single varietal, they are just different wines. If I had to choose between buying one or the other, it based on price and performance I have to agree that the Mondavi Reserve is the way to go.
14 posted on 11/15/2005 9:03:42 AM PST by Sthitch
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To: Sthitch
while the Cab is a single varietal,

Not likely!  Most every Cab by every winemaker is a blend to some degree, just not to the same higher percentages as in Opus or other meritage blends. 

Typically a few a varying percent of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec are blended in.  They are not required to put that on the label if up to 25% of the total volume.

There are exceptions like Robert Mondavi Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, or Caymus Special Select (and other high-end, low volume producers) that reflect 100% varietals.  But they are few and far between and usually out of the price range of most buyers would ever get the chance to experience!  And if they are 100% they tend to put it on labels because it is a bragging right.

15 posted on 11/15/2005 10:50:58 AM PST by quantim (Just be glad Detroit is not in a hurricane zone.)
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