The wine as always is excellent but as can be expected of Opus One - I thought that the 2009 vintage they are currently pouring could use another year or two (strictly my personal opinion) and yes, the $40 that they charge for basically 2 ounces is steep.
I went to Opus One to take a friend who has never been there before - him and his family are big fans of Opus One. It is worth the visit if you know the wine and have never been to the winery. It's like meeting someone for the first time in person, whom you've been speaking to over the phone regularly..."great to have a face to go with the voice" type of thing.
The experience is very matter-of-fact..not much fanfare. If you have reservations, you check in with the host and she'll verify that you are on the list. Then she'll direct you to the Partners' Room where you pay and get your glass of wine. You are then told which areas are accessible, mainly the second floor terrace where you can leisurely sip your wine.
The winery is very modern, immaculately clean - and offers a very inviting view of the vineyards. One can certainly just hang out up stairs and savor the moment!
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