Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4452 ratings
9.257 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
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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
Lucid Selections

Not for me.

Not for me.

Aug 19th, 2018
Maxwell Burns

Hospitality Kenwood Vineyards, Winemaker GARA

9.7

Lives up to the hype. Luscious, great amount of age. Chocolate, mint, salt cured black olive, herbs.

Lives up to the hype. Luscious, great amount of age. Chocolate, mint, salt cured black olive, herbs.

Mar 7th, 2018
Joe Paradise

Earth leather cedar and baked red and black fruits. Very complex and beautifully stuctured. Tannins very fine and integrated. For a fairly young wine it was really nicely far along. This was a suprising standout among some really strong wines.

Earth leather cedar and baked red and black fruits. Very complex and beautifully stuctured. Tannins very fine and integrated. For a fairly young wine it was really nicely far along. This was a suprising standout among some really strong wines.

Aug 14th, 2017
Rachel Voorhees

2010 Opus One ~ 84% Cab Sauv 5.5% Merlot 5.5% Cab Franc 4% Petite Verdot 1% Malbec. Blackberry, plum, cassis, espresso, crushed granite, fine grain tannins, nice balance, structure and acid

2010 Opus One ~ 84% Cab Sauv 5.5% Merlot 5.5% Cab Franc 4% Petite Verdot 1% Malbec. Blackberry, plum, cassis, espresso, crushed granite, fine grain tannins, nice balance, structure and acid

10 people found it helpfulFeb 10th, 2014
Lee Pitofsky

Powerful, intense, structured, notes of rich blackberry, black currant, spices, violets, long finish.

Powerful, intense, structured, notes of rich blackberry, black currant, spices, violets, long finish.

1 person found it helpfulSep 1st, 2018
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Out of magnum. Easy to drink. I am a fan.

Out of magnum. Easy to drink. I am a fan.

Feb 13th, 2017
Jay Christianson

Winemaker Canyon Wind and Anemoi

9.7

A fitting end to owning a winery as 2010 was the year we officially took over the winery. Tight, a touch of Brett but very pretty. Red fruit earthy spice and intrigue. Not a 100 pointer, but certainly a rocking wine.

A fitting end to owning a winery as 2010 was the year we officially took over the winery. Tight, a touch of Brett but very pretty. Red fruit earthy spice and intrigue. Not a 100 pointer, but certainly a rocking wine.

Aug 15th, 2016
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.3

Silky, perfumed cab blend. Absolutely delicious. Seamless and Bordeaux like but without a hard edge to be found. Tons of red cherry, cola, fruitcake and graphite. It could not be more round and well balanced. Haven't had a bottle of opus I really liked in some time but this is different for sure.

Silky, perfumed cab blend. Absolutely delicious. Seamless and Bordeaux like but without a hard edge to be found. Tons of red cherry, cola, fruitcake and graphite. It could not be more round and well balanced. Haven't had a bottle of opus I really liked in some time but this is different for sure.

Apr 20th, 2016
Martin G Rivard

Always reliable regardless of year. Loved the fruit., long finish and best of all the company of our friends with whom we enjoyed the bottle on A Regent ship in the Caribbean .

Always reliable regardless of year. Loved the fruit., long finish and best of all the company of our friends with whom we enjoyed the bottle on A Regent ship in the Caribbean .

Mar 10th, 2016