2012 Buoncristiani O.P.C. - Proprietary Red
The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is our Napa Valley proprietary red blend. In the quest to create a wine uniquely ours, we discovered the synergy of marrying Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, while also folding in further complexity of texture and flavor with Napa Malbec and Merlot blenders. Grapes are sourced from some of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards including Hyde, Stagecoach, Hossfeld, Tench and Bennett. Just like our winemaking fathers before us, with “Ol’ Pa’s Cuvée” we four brothers continue the family tradition of handcrafting blends that help accentuate the enjoyment of life.
To ensure our highest standard of quality, the vineyards are managed by growers who adhere to our strict viticultural philosophy and the wines are crafted with our own hands. The components of O.P.C. were harvested and fermented separately in small batches, then carefully blended in several phases during the second year of barrel aging. This 2012 O.P.C. was aged in French oak barrels for 20 months and bottled in July of 2014.
We, the Buoncristiani brothers, take pride in performing all aspects of enology, viticulture, wine production, marketing, and package design in order to share with you a true expression of our winemaking passion.
I’m not very transparent when it comes to my favorites wines. Note I didn’t say most expensive or most pretentious. The Buoncristiani O.P.C. is their Napa Valley proprietary red blend. Buoncristiani has been a personal favorite for about 4-5 years now. I’m always intrigued by their story, their hospitality (get PCIKED UP by the winemaker!) and their masterly crafted wines. I always find myself saying CRAFTED.
The 2007 OPC is a great blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 17% Merlot and 10% Malbec. But that’s not really where the magic is. The magic comes in the amazing blending, that lends this to drink like a Merlot, Stain like a Syrah, and age like a Cabernet. I’d show you the pictures of my teeth from 3 AM, but my wife says that’s weird, especially when it shows up on our shared picture stream on her phone. The Dense deep Ruby color is just the first of the surprises here. Wonderful Oak, and Coal are in the first nose. I agree with their comments about having the amazing mix of Cab and Syrah, then the complexness that nice blending grapes bring.
As for the story, visit their site, or better yet, Visit Napa with me. Four brothers who share a passion for wine, breed into them by their Parents and Grandparents. As a matter of fact, O.P.C. stands for "Ol' Pa's Cuvée" in honor of their Grandfather To Matt, Jay, Aaron and Nathan – I continue to lift my glass to your talents and your hospitality, and am proud to be “La Famiglia” http://www.buonwine.com/About-Us