1995 Opus One/Pairing
My mom brought over a bottle of wine for a Christmas brunch, and said she thought it was probably pretty good. 1995 Opus One. I tried to give it back four times, and she insisted that we enjoy it.
Six of us--five drinkers, with the other couples pretty expert with wine--will be eating and drinking next Saturday. I'm cooking. The Opus will only go so far, of course. I was leaning toward short ribs, as they can't be overcooked and are stress free at the last minute. Other suggestions, as to main course, other courses and other wines.
Yes, this is a really nice wine. I usually decant any these 1990's about 3 hours before dinner, or double decant (+heavy splash) an hour and a half before dinner. I like it with grilled beef, burgers, steak and potato, more simple food to let the nice plum come through. If you want the dinner to be about the wine- then let it be about the wine!
If you have another younger cali cab (like BV, Silver Oaks, Heitz, or Phelps) that would be a nice way to extend the wine through dinner (since the Opus will be gone at first pour) as you have 6 people -and it would be fun to discuss the differences and those wines won't taste like crap after the Opus. Or choose an Italian wine for a more dramatic change of pace when the Opus is gone.
I would suggest you serve something light and bright with apps before (but not another cab). That way your Opus will really shine as the star of the evening. I like having such a "shocking" change of pace when letting friends enjoy a wine they may not have had before. It's not so much"traditional" but it's more fun.