1996 Opus One 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1996 Opus One
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International Wine Cellar | 92

Bright full ruby-red. Pungent black raspberry, leather, game, chocolate, espresso, pepper and fresh herbs. Juicy, bright and very concentrated, with crunchy currant, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors supported and amplified by a firm spine of acidity. Long on personality. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Continued heat spells resulted in small, relatively early crop of very ripe berries.. Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Merlot 3%, Malbec 3%. Skin contact 37 days, 19 months in new French oak.Slightly dull crimson. Especially aromatic. Very slightly soapy nose. Floral. Aggressively lively. Very sweet start to the palate, with lots of tannin. Very dry finish. Slightly gawky nose. Not nearly as balanced as the 1995.

Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | 88

Dark, rich and intense, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedar and spice. The flavors are still youthful, yet this turns drier and earthier from midpalate on, with a brambly sage edge on the finish. The best of four bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 94
Author: jchrisc
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/12/2012
Score: 93
Author: jeric
Tasted On: 12/18/2010
Score:
Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Score: 91
Author: Herbert
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 06/14/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Opus One:

1997 (750ml)

About This Producer


Opus One Winery was founded in 1979 as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The wine is a collectible, Bordeaux-style blend that commands some of the highest prices in the Napa Valley. The winery itself is a building that is meant to be an expression of the wine by mixing elements of classical European and contemporary California style. Opus also produces a second wine, a non-vintage Cabernet called Overture.

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