Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.4310 ratings
9.332 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Bill Bender

Office Holiday party on Rustic Root rooftop. Dense chewy blue and black fruit, cocoa, lots of oak but it works well here.

Office Holiday party on Rustic Root rooftop. Dense chewy blue and black fruit, cocoa, lots of oak but it works well here.

Dec 23rd, 2017
Kevin Ortzman

Vertical tasting '12 v '13. The '12 is very feminine with red berries, cinnamon, chocolate and sweet tobacco.

Vertical tasting '12 v '13. The '12 is very feminine with red berries, cinnamon, chocolate and sweet tobacco.

Jul 16th, 2017
Benjamin Temple

Oak is the leader in this wine and it's not integrated. Maybe in 5-10 years it would be drinkable. Right now it's like sucking on a wooden spoon.

Oak is the leader in this wine and it's not integrated. Maybe in 5-10 years it would be drinkable. Right now it's like sucking on a wooden spoon.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 11th, 2016
Shay A
9.5

Another Christmas wine from yesterday. I know this wine gets a bad rap, and its reputation has been a bit of a roller coaster. We were even a bit underwhelmed when we visited a few years back. All that to say, this was a welcomed surprise. It needed an hour+ in the decanter to blossom.

Superb aromatics of baked blackberries, saddle leather, bay leaf, violets and clay. A persistent battle between fruit and secondary notes. The palate was big without being overbearing. Silky. Just glides down the middle of the palate with dusty red and black fruit, vanilla pipe tobacco, pencil lead, and dark roasted plum.

Can be a tough price to pay based on other wines at similar quality and cheaper prices in Napa Valley, but this really is a gorgeous wine that is still years away from its peak.

Another Christmas wine from yesterday. I know this wine gets a bad rap, and its reputation has been a bit of a roller coaster. We were even a bit underwhelmed when we visited a few years back. All that to say, this was a welcomed surprise. It needed an hour+ in the decanter to blossom.

Superb aromatics of baked blackberries, saddle leather, bay leaf, violets and clay. A persistent battle between fruit and secondary notes. The palate was big without being overbearing. Silky. Just glides down the middle of the palate with dusty red and black fruit, vanilla pipe tobacco, pencil lead, and dark roasted plum.

Can be a tough price to pay based on other wines at similar quality and cheaper prices in Napa Valley, but this really is a gorgeous wine that is still years away from its peak.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2018
Daniel P. Drake

Our second wine of the evening we had the 2012 Opus One expressing notes on the nose of dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry, currant, forest floor and a graphite. On the palate there is nice blackberry, black cherry, cassis, cedar, spice and hints of mint. Medium + acidity and Medium + silky tannins. Blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Very nice and drinkable now.

Our second wine of the evening we had the 2012 Opus One expressing notes on the nose of dark fruit, blackberry, black cherry, currant, forest floor and a graphite. On the palate there is nice blackberry, black cherry, cassis, cedar, spice and hints of mint. Medium + acidity and Medium + silky tannins. Blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Very nice and drinkable now.

1 person found it helpfulDec 17th, 2015
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9.5

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and radiant throughout, with gorgeous suppleness and purity to the flavors. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, raspberry wild flowers and cinnamon are some of the notes that grace the palate. Racy and forward, yet classically mid-weight in structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well pretty much upon release. Once quite rich, the 2012 is developing into a wine of finesse and open-knit sensuality. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Oct 2015)

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is supple and radiant throughout, with gorgeous suppleness and purity to the flavors. Sweet red cherry, hard candy, raspberry wild flowers and cinnamon are some of the notes that grace the palate. Racy and forward, yet classically mid-weight in structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well pretty much upon release. Once quite rich, the 2012 is developing into a wine of finesse and open-knit sensuality. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Oct 2015)

Jun 2nd, 2017
Matt Lasater

Love the floral and spice driven nose but found the whole wine to underperform given it's very high price. I can see this being a darling with 10+ years.

Love the floral and spice driven nose but found the whole wine to underperform given it's very high price. I can see this being a darling with 10+ years.

Dec 25th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

Probably the most over-priced wine, however it is still good juice. Silky smooth and balanced with velvety dark fruit and cocoa.

Probably the most over-priced wine, however it is still good juice. Silky smooth and balanced with velvety dark fruit and cocoa.

Nov 16th, 2016
Martin G Rivard

Such a steadfast solid bottle of wine in great vintage years. This did not disappoint! Mostly front and mid not back. Soft elegant fruit and very well rounded for such a baby.

Such a steadfast solid bottle of wine in great vintage years. This did not disappoint! Mostly front and mid not back. Soft elegant fruit and very well rounded for such a baby.

Nov 12th, 2016
Kevin Ortzman

Black fruit with a chocolate/mocha flavor - great wine (over priced)!

Black fruit with a chocolate/mocha flavor - great wine (over priced)!

Jul 30th, 2016