Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.463 ratings
9.38 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Justin Timsit, MS

Wine Director, The Rittenhouse

9.2

Still ripe and fresh showing pencil lead, currant, cassis, mint and pipe tobacco

Still ripe and fresh showing pencil lead, currant, cassis, mint and pipe tobacco

Oct 9th, 2015
Tia Butts

Amazing blackberry, tobacco, cassis. Still youthful with moderate acidity and smooth, soft tannins. A beautiful bottle. Ready for prime rib. #christmas2014

Amazing blackberry, tobacco, cassis. Still youthful with moderate acidity and smooth, soft tannins. A beautiful bottle. Ready for prime rib. #christmas2014

Dec 26th, 2014
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.3

A stunning example from a vintage panned by the critics. I've always loved the '98s, they just needed some time. Still fresh, lively and poised. Easily another decade.

A stunning example from a vintage panned by the critics. I've always loved the '98s, they just needed some time. Still fresh, lively and poised. Easily another decade.

Feb 24th, 2013
Arden Barnett

Never have been a giant fan of Opus but this was wonderful. Concentrated black fruit, cocoa powder, Cassis, faint taste of oak. Very very nice.

Never have been a giant fan of Opus but this was wonderful. Concentrated black fruit, cocoa powder, Cassis, faint taste of oak. Very very nice.

May 11th, 2019
John Van Trijp

Pretty good for 98

Pretty good for 98

Mar 15th, 2019
Tom AlfaroZierten

Aged well! The acid and tannins were still prevalent. Lovely light blueberry, plum and mint.

Aged well! The acid and tannins were still prevalent. Lovely light blueberry, plum and mint.

May 21st, 2018
Thomas Brenner

Drinking the 2 decade old product of the masterful collaboration of the new world (order's) master, Robert Mondavi, and the old world's (puppet) master, Baron Philippe Rothschild was a dream cum. True, I may be biased, but after recently tasting the 1996 and 1997 vintages of Robert Mondavi's Napa Can, I can see how much RM benefitted from Rothschild's involvement in the 1998 Opus One. He must have felt like the Cleveland Orchestra in Michael Jackson's Will You Be There (Free Willy Song). Really good, aged, mellow cherry juice. This one has quite a few years of life left in it. Mmmmmm.

Drinking the 2 decade old product of the masterful collaboration of the new world (order's) master, Robert Mondavi, and the old world's (puppet) master, Baron Philippe Rothschild was a dream cum. True, I may be biased, but after recently tasting the 1996 and 1997 vintages of Robert Mondavi's Napa Can, I can see how much RM benefitted from Rothschild's involvement in the 1998 Opus One. He must have felt like the Cleveland Orchestra in Michael Jackson's Will You Be There (Free Willy Song). Really good, aged, mellow cherry juice. This one has quite a few years of life left in it. Mmmmmm.

Sep 21st, 2017
Anthony Cammarata Jr.

A classic!

A classic!

Dec 25th, 2016
Nancy Levine

Awesome.

Awesome.

Jun 5th, 2016
Dan Hess

Okay here we go -- my Christmas wine. Had it with medium rare filet mignon and grilled lobster tail.

Had the same bottle a few years back and it was missing something. Maybe it wasn't decanted long enough? (Although I had the resto at the time decant as soon as I entered) either way, I decanted this bad boy for over an hour and boy did it open up --

It starts off nice and round but shows off its depth with layers of flavors and structure with each second it lingers in your mouth. Dark fruits but not overbearing or jammy. Luscious tannins that balance out with a nice bit of minerality.

Okay enough is enough - this wine was the fucking bomb. Turns out
#OpusOne knows what it's doing. :-)

(Holidays 2015 - wine
#4)

Okay here we go -- my Christmas wine. Had it with medium rare filet mignon and grilled lobster tail.

Had the same bottle a few years back and it was missing something. Maybe it wasn't decanted long enough? (Although I had the resto at the time decant as soon as I entered) either way, I decanted this bad boy for over an hour and boy did it open up --

It starts off nice and round but shows off its depth with layers of flavors and structure with each second it lingers in your mouth. Dark fruits but not overbearing or jammy. Luscious tannins that balance out with a nice bit of minerality.

Okay enough is enough - this wine was the fucking bomb. Turns out
#OpusOne knows what it's doing. :-)

(Holidays 2015 - wine
#4)

Jan 7th, 2016