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Opus One Winery
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Overture, Opus One Winery

Wine Rating: 93

The winery choice for this review is a top 5 favorite of mine. Why I haven’t written about them before is lost on me. It’s one of the most well-known California wineries in the world. The undertaking from the beginning is one of the most famous in modern winemaking history.

Founded in 1979, Opus One was a combined endeavor between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild from legendary Chateau Mouton Rothschild. The inspiration was a long-time vision of both winemaking families, and from Opus One’s first vintage in 1979, in Oakville, California, it was clear that the idea was to make a wine with appeal that signified the best of both Bordeaux and Napa Valley. Even the label represents an assembly of the two legendary families, since the label shows a silhouetted profile of both Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Opus One has earned great acclaim over the years.

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Mayacamas
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Mayacamas, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

Wine Rating: 92

Although some wine aficionados will surely disagree and maybe even hold me in contempt for what I’m about to say, I’m saying it anyway and standing by it and here it is: I believe there are only a few wines in California that compare to a Grand-Cru Bordeaux and even the famous Judgment of Paris confirmed that the wine I’m reviewing this month is one of Napa’s best. Their 1971 vintage, which vineyard owner Robert Travers considered not ready for release, placed 9th in the 1976 competition.

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Far Niente Wine Review
John Turi - Wine, White Wine

Far Niente, Chardonnay, 2010

Wine Rating: 93

Who doesn’t remember their first time? And when was yours? What bottle converted you from a wine drinker to a wine lover? Transformed you from a wine aficionado to a sommelier? As the years continue to pass by, there’s often a period one reflects back on fondly and for many, there’s that paramount moment, that instant when it all changed and your life from that instant on would be different. To recall, that single sip, that first glass, could have altered your feelings toward wine and open you up in such a way, that you take it in and truly appreciate the ‘genuine passion’ it took for that wine to reach you – from vine to splendor.

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