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1996 Opus One 750ml
1996 Opus One
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Proprietary Blend
1996 Opus One
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

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.

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JR
17.5

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

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.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 126

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.

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WS
88

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube Issue: Web

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.

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Community Reviews

94

jchrisc Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 07/12/2012

93

jeric Tasted On: 12/18/2010

Tallydoc Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 08/11/2010 Drink Dates: 2000-2015

91

Herbert Trust Rating: 89 Tasted On: 06/14/2009

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