Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.44118 ratings
9.2592 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
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9.1

Healthy dark red with ruby tones. Mature, sauvage, expressive scents of blackberry, truffle, leather, violet, game and spice cake, along with a whiff of Band-Aid. A fairly plush, alluring midweight with lovely breadth and grain and a distinctly wild, mature character to its savory dark berry, leather and meat flavors. Nice restrained sweetness and texture. Finishes with a broad dusting of substantial tannins and good length. A tad dry-edged but still quite good, although fans of more polite wines may want to give this a pass. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Healthy dark red with ruby tones. Mature, sauvage, expressive scents of blackberry, truffle, leather, violet, game and spice cake, along with a whiff of Band-Aid. A fairly plush, alluring midweight with lovely breadth and grain and a distinctly wild, mature character to its savory dark berry, leather and meat flavors. Nice restrained sweetness and texture. Finishes with a broad dusting of substantial tannins and good length. A tad dry-edged but still quite good, although fans of more polite wines may want to give this a pass. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, June 2020)

Jun 25th, 2020
LM Segal

Striking in how unlike any other Opus this was. This was Bordeaux by any blind, and a good one at that, notably in the restrained dark red fruit and gentle application of oak. Feminine and medium-bodied, it was wonderful. I’d drink up, though, as it whispered a turn to dry after the long finish.

Striking in how unlike any other Opus this was. This was Bordeaux by any blind, and a good one at that, notably in the restrained dark red fruit and gentle application of oak. Feminine and medium-bodied, it was wonderful. I’d drink up, though, as it whispered a turn to dry after the long finish.

Jun 21st, 2020
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9.7

Bright dark ruby. Initially reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savory and classy on entry if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves prior to the brutal August heat spike. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

Bright dark ruby. Initially reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savory and classy on entry if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves prior to the brutal August heat spike. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

May 27th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

Intense, structured and muscular.
Rich black and blue fruits, cedar, excellent oak integration, silky tannins and a tremendously long and complex finish. Wonderful showing of 2006.

Intense, structured and muscular.
Rich black and blue fruits, cedar, excellent oak integration, silky tannins and a tremendously long and complex finish. Wonderful showing of 2006.

Apr 11th, 2020
Shay A
9.5

A friend had a “reduction party” as he was needing to thin out his cellar. Definitely a party I’m happy to attend!

They can be easy to razz, but the quality and age ability here is no joke. Drinking beautifully right now. Dried fig, ripe cranberries, toasted blackberries, saddle leather, herbs de Provence, and potpourri leap from the glass. Powerful yet elegant on the palate, revealing soft and warmed red and black fruits, bayleaf, and truffled mushrooms. Very enjoyable.

A friend had a “reduction party” as he was needing to thin out his cellar. Definitely a party I’m happy to attend!

They can be easy to razz, but the quality and age ability here is no joke. Drinking beautifully right now. Dried fig, ripe cranberries, toasted blackberries, saddle leather, herbs de Provence, and potpourri leap from the glass. Powerful yet elegant on the palate, revealing soft and warmed red and black fruits, bayleaf, and truffled mushrooms. Very enjoyable.

Mar 13th, 2020
Fredrik Finn

Absolutely outstanding performance by the 2011 Opus One. Dense and concentrated with a mesmerising complexity, a fresh and vibrant core that keeps the wine very much alive with a penetrating sensation through an everlasting finish. The nose shows an multidimensional complexity, ranging from cassis, blackberries, lavender, through cedar, pencil shavings, coffee, cocoa powder before finishing with a gravelly sensation. The palate is marked by its high, yet powdery tannins with a good acidity with an athletic stamina that holds the complex profile a length that lasts for minutes. Drinks well right now but with plenty of life ahead.

Absolutely outstanding performance by the 2011 Opus One. Dense and concentrated with a mesmerising complexity, a fresh and vibrant core that keeps the wine very much alive with a penetrating sensation through an everlasting finish. The nose shows an multidimensional complexity, ranging from cassis, blackberries, lavender, through cedar, pencil shavings, coffee, cocoa powder before finishing with a gravelly sensation. The palate is marked by its high, yet powdery tannins with a good acidity with an athletic stamina that holds the complex profile a length that lasts for minutes. Drinks well right now but with plenty of life ahead.

Feb 16th, 2020
jesus g

Hospitality Schramsberg Vineyards

10

Had these earlier this week to watch our dear friend Carlo’s Somm TV Verticals episode

Had these earlier this week to watch our dear friend Carlo’s Somm TV Verticals episode

Jan 27th, 2020
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9.7

The 2015 Opus One is rich, sensual and super-polished. That said, 2015 has really shut down since I tasted it last year, which is probably a very good sign for the future. All of the fruit intensity and ripeness of the vintage is evident, but the wine feels a bit more compact and less exuberant than it did at the outset. Sweet floral and spice notes add a gentler touch as the wine opens up just a bit with air. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2020)

The 2015 Opus One is rich, sensual and super-polished. That said, 2015 has really shut down since I tasted it last year, which is probably a very good sign for the future. All of the fruit intensity and ripeness of the vintage is evident, but the wine feels a bit more compact and less exuberant than it did at the outset. Sweet floral and spice notes add a gentler touch as the wine opens up just a bit with air. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2020)

Jan 17th, 2020
Jasmine Hirsch

Sales & Marketing Hirsch Vineyards, founder In Pursuit of Balance

9.4

Proof that 40 can be downright youthful.

Proof that 40 can be downright youthful.

Dec 10th, 2019
Boris Mathiszik

Incredibly smooth and dense. Very concentrated and polished. Awesome to try this iconic wine. The finish is so long, incredible.

Incredibly smooth and dense. Very concentrated and polished. Awesome to try this iconic wine. The finish is so long, incredible.

Nov 16th, 2019