Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4300 ratings
9.133 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
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9.2

Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Very dark aromas of black cherry, cassis, blueberry and licorice. Then rather plush, sweet and full for Opus One, conveying a chocolatey ripeness to its dark berry flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins that build without going dry. This wine was broad and smooth from the outset. Today it's a generous mouthful but a bit clunky compared to some more recent vintages. This was reportedly the first vintage to include a significant percentage of Petit Verdot, and that may explain the wine's emphasis on black and blue fruits. (14.5% alcohol) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Very dark aromas of black cherry, cassis, blueberry and licorice. Then rather plush, sweet and full for Opus One, conveying a chocolatey ripeness to its dark berry flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins that build without going dry. This wine was broad and smooth from the outset. Today it's a generous mouthful but a bit clunky compared to some more recent vintages. This was reportedly the first vintage to include a significant percentage of Petit Verdot, and that may explain the wine's emphasis on black and blue fruits. (14.5% alcohol) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2019)

Aug 29th, 2019
Mike R
9.4

My youngest son's 21st birthday was last night and this was his selection - not a fan from my past experience but this is pretty good - I bought at an auction awhile back and had forgotten I even had it but he went right to it - haha - so for a birthday wine it is fantastic

Love you son and he and I are smiling together

My youngest son's 21st birthday was last night and this was his selection - not a fan from my past experience but this is pretty good - I bought at an auction awhile back and had forgotten I even had it but he went right to it - haha - so for a birthday wine it is fantastic

Love you son and he and I are smiling together

Aug 9th, 2017
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.1

From half btl. Solid!

From half btl. Solid!

1 person found it helpfulJun 22nd, 2019
Garrett Pierce

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

9.3

Tasted through a chunk of "cult" Napa Cabs tonight. Tons of garbage, but this 09 Opus really stood out. Only balanced wine of the bunch.

Tasted through a chunk of "cult" Napa Cabs tonight. Tons of garbage, but this 09 Opus really stood out. Only balanced wine of the bunch.

1 person found it helpfulJan 29th, 2014
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.6

Wonderfully balanced and still fruity aromatics. Sadly only a couple more of these left in the cellar.

Wonderfully balanced and still fruity aromatics. Sadly only a couple more of these left in the cellar.

Jun 11th, 2017
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.3

Smooth, oaky, flowery and cooked fruit aromas with vanilla, cedar, cloves, and slightly peppery. Plush mouthfeel and long finish.

Smooth, oaky, flowery and cooked fruit aromas with vanilla, cedar, cloves, and slightly peppery. Plush mouthfeel and long finish.

Feb 22nd, 2016
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

9.4

Super good fruit on nose and silky mouthfeel. Longer finish than the two earlier Rubican's. Pleasant and rewarding.

Super good fruit on nose and silky mouthfeel. Longer finish than the two earlier Rubican's. Pleasant and rewarding.

Jan 1st, 2016
Daniel Mahdavian

Consulting Somm-Daniel Mahdavian Ventures

9.5

A Redhead bombshell!!!

A Redhead bombshell!!!

Nov 11th, 2015
Eric Johnson

Blah

Blah

Oct 21st, 2015
Les Huisman

From magnum. Too young in my opinion, and not showing much. It was popped and poured, and could of used some time to open.

From magnum. Too young in my opinion, and not showing much. It was popped and poured, and could of used some time to open.

Aug 20th, 2015