Robert Parker declares Buoncristiani “one of my favorite under-the-radar wineries.” Basically, if you’re not already down with OPC, you will be after one sip of this complex blend based on the synergy of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from some seriously prestigious vineyards.
The 2017 Red Blend O.P.C. checks in as a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 12% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak. It has a complex, nuanced style in its mulled plums, black tea, peppery herbs, and orange blossom aroma and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured on the palate, with ripe, mouthcoating tannins, it's another terrific 2017 from this team that will evolve for a solid 10-15 years, that is, if you can keep your hands off bottles.
The 2017 O.P.C. Red Blend is blended of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 12% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has black raspberries, warm plums and boysenberries with hints of mocha, anise, black pepper and tar. The palate is full-bodied, rich, soft and plush with loads of spicy sparks and a long, peppery finish.
The 2017 Red Blend O.P.C., Buoncristiani's Syrah- and Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, is a supple, forward wine that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The tannins are a bit stern today, but time in the bottle should take care of that.
This has a fresh and complex nose with notes of ripe dark fruit and mint. Medium to full body with a fleshy palate and firm tannin structure. Polished and juicy fruit. 38% syrah, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec, 12% merlot and 5% petit verdot.