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Friday, September 13, 2013

Opolo 2005 Rhapsody Red Blend, Paso Robles

Wine April 21 2013 003

The Rhapsody from Opolo was a closeout special that had me worried. I had two previous bottles from Opolo – one a winner and the other a worn out loser.

This wine is a Meritage-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. It also comes from a fantastic wine region: Paso Robles.

I didn’t have a lot at stake. I paid $9.99 for it, but it had been selling for close to $40. Seemed like it was worth a gamble.

Well, the gamble paid off. This was a rich, rewarding wine with caramel notes. It’s soft in texture with a tad of sweetness. It’s not a very complex wine, but it sure was enjoyable.

Our bottle was lively and showed no signs of aging out. But this Rhapsody is on the last page of its sheet music and if you have a bottle, you should drink it soon.

Opolo offers a 2010 Rhapsody Reserve for $47. That should be worth checking out – or you could keep your eyes peeled for an older vintage at a lesser price.

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1 comment:

Josh Kessler said...

I have had each of the Opolo offerings over the last couple of years and have been very impressed with the complexity of these wines.