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Anniversary Wines 

Commemorating the Celebration 

A 40 year anniversary deserves a special tribute! During 2013 Cellar Offering season, our suppliers have come together with our Master of Wine, Jane Masters, to craft a special, dedicated label commemorating the celebration. These great estates have created wines that will truly embody the spirit of Opimian. Each wine is made exclusively for you, our members, for a unique and memorable experience.

Cellar Offering 219

Our FINAL 40th Anniversary wines are crafted and sourced by Wente Vineyards and Vinoselección. These two wines are the final sip in a year of tasting that will continue to develop in our cellars and our memories.

  


Lot 7206

Castoro Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir, Whale Rock Vineyard,
Estate Grown, Paso Robles, 2011
Wente Vineyards / Livermore, California

Note from the winemakers:

Pinot Noir from this cool vineyard location creates a savory and lush wine. The vineyard name stems from the large amount of Whale fossils found in the field. The grapes from our Estate vineyards are grown to produce optimum fruit at the time of harvest. The “Estate Lots” are watched carefully and only bottled in limited quantities when the wine warrants it. It is a treat and a unique addition to any wine cellar.

Note from Jane Master, MW:

Pinot Noir vines are cultivated in the Whale Rock vineyard. It is named as such due to the high level of Whale fossils found in the field. The Pinot Noir was harvested and fermented in small lots. Aged for seven months in French and American oak, only the best barrels were used in the final blend. Castoro’s Whale Rock and Cobble Creek vineyards are both farmed organically. For owners Niels and Bimmer Udsen, both outdoor enthusiasts who grew up in Denmark, stewardship of the environment is a priority. They are in the process of transitioning all their vineyards to organic farming.

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Lot 7241

Enate Merlot-Merlot, Selección Especial, Finca el Plano,
DO Somontano, 2006, Viñedos y Crianzas del Alto Aragón
Vinoselección / Madrid

Note from the winemaker:

Our Merlot has become a flagship wine for ENATE. The 2006 vintage originates from the El Plano vineyard. The soil has a sandy loam texture and a slightly higher than average clay content when compared to the rest of the Enate Valley. Of course it is still a magnificent example of what Merlot can offer. Here, it boasts great aromatic complexity, bringing together ripe red fruit and subtle aromas of leather, tobacco and toasted wood. It is a wine that is bursting with exuberance that goes directly to the senses. 

 
Note from Jane Masters MW:
Each year Enate separates the best barrels produced and sets them apart for a special occasion. On this occasion, to commemorate Opimian’s 40th anniversary as well as the 20th anniversary of Enate itself, they produced this special wine from 100% Merlot grapes from the El Plano vineyard. The soil in El Plano is a sandy, loam texture with a higher percentage of clay compared to the rest of the Enate Valley, which suits Merlot well. 2006 was one of the earliest vintages in Enate’s history, with the first Merlots being harvested on August 22nd. With developed complex notes, earthy fruits and bell pepper, the wine has a succulent mid-palate and a long, bitter chocolate finish. It was aged in new French oak for 18 months and will continue to mature for some time to come. 


 
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