A couple of weeks ago I hosted the Tex & Fritz Wine Club and the Vegas Wineaux Wine Club for a special night of appetizers, cheeses, and Opolo wines.  While my intentions were stellar, the proverbial “best laid plans” kind of kicked in.  My beautifully planned five-year vertical … well, let’s just say that I had a slight miscalculation.  Of about four years. Oops.

Let me explain.

According to CellarTracker, I had five years of Opolo Mtn. Zin, 2004-2008. Maybe not.

As it turns out, it appears that the Wineaux Guy and I had indulged at some time and I had been somewhat neglectful about keeping my CellarTracker holdings up to date.  I only had three of the five years:  2005, 2006, and 2008.  What to do?!?

Well, since I had invited all of these people over, I had had to do something!  So I broke out the Rhapsody (insert sounds of heavenly voices here). And, thankfully, I had a vertical!  Opolo Rhapsody – their Bordeaux blend – 2005, 2006, 2007. Whew.  And just for fun, I threw in a bottle of 2007 Opolo Remo Belli Zinfandel.

I’m not even going to pretend like I took notes.  It was a great and yummy night!  A night of Paso Robles rich red Zinfandels.  Along with the great food that everyone brought, a great tooth-staining time was had by all.

And, believe it or not, we did taste, and we voted on the wines.  Which one was the favorite (WOTN)?  Surprisingly, the Remo Belli Vineyard Zinfandel.

Actually, that’s not a big shock.  Every now and then Opolo will explore outside of their “usual’ wines and do something fascinating, and this Remo Belli is a great example of that. Thankfully, I still have one more bottle.

And, um, this time I checked.

So the wines were the following:

  • 2005 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel
  • 2006 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel
  • 2008 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel
  • 2007 Opolo Zinfandel – Remo Belli Vineyard (WOTN)
  • 2005 Opolo Rhapsody
  • 2006 Opolo Rhapsody
  • 2007 Opolo Rhapsody
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