Bottoms Up

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1999 Opus One

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, February 27th, 2006 at 3:18 pm in Uncategorized.

Saturday was Open that Bottle Night, the annual event created by Wall Street Journal wine writers Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher that forces people to stop waiting for an occasion to open that special bottle. Before you know it, the wine will pass its peak and all that waiting was for nothing.

That said, a dear friend of mine received a bottle of 1999 Opus One from her boyfriend the night he proposed to her. There he was, on bended knee, the ring tucked on the top shelf of a wine fridge. Very romantic.

Rather than wait until her wedding night, she shared the bottle with friends. In this case, the technical occasion was her sister’s 30th birthday, and the fact that the wine was ready to drink. She did the right thing, and I’m not just saying that because I was one of the friends.

What did it taste like? Silk. No, satin. Chocolately-smooth satin. California punch with a Bordeaux smoothness. I’ve had aged wine, but I think we caught this one right at its peak, which is why it was so special. It was, to date, the best wine I’ve ever tasted. Sorry, Silver Oak.

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