1997 Opus One 750ml

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1997 Opus One
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International Wine Cellar | 89

Medium bright ruby. Slightly sauvage aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, meat, leather and black pepper. Stylish and sweet, with moderately dense, creamy flavors of raspberry, roast meat and tobacco. Rather sophisticated texture for California wine. I would have scored this wine higher were it not for its slightly drying tannins, which did not soften even as the middle palate grew increasingly silky with extended aeration.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Very vigorous crimson. Looks exceptionally healthy. Still quite a 'buried’ bouquet. Big and bold and sweet on the palate delivering lots of pleasure. Quite powerful but at least there is fruit on the front palate to compensate for lots of very fine tannins at the end.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 88

Now don't get me wrong, 88 points signifies a very good to excellent wine. But in the context of the vintage, not to mention what this wine should be, this is a disappointment. The 1997 tastes as if it were made from yields that were too high. They may tell you it is elegant and complex, but, truthfully, there is not much depth, and the wine will have a relatively short lifeline of 10-12 years. A dark ruby color is accompanied by a complex nose of plums, black cherries, currants, smoke, and leather. The wine reveals more new oak than normal for Opus, as well as medium body, good depth, dry, hard tannins in the finish, and little weight or length. Drink this over the next 8-10 years. P.S. By the way, the price went up $20 and the quality has gone down.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 94

A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex. 26,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2010
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/09/2014
Showing well but never wowed, this vintage no exception.
Score: 90
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 10/18/2013
Score: 97
Author: Wino Bruno
Tasted On: 08/01/2013
Superb, great bouquet and aromas of dark fruit. Showed some aging, but held up great
Score: 93
Author: Jonasty
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/06/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2012
Oops, i think i may have waited too long. Still very silky, but fades quickly. It still had some complexity in the flavor, but i'm sure its on the downslide. Dont hold any longer, drink now or you'll be better off cooking with it.
Score: 93
Author: jlamchugh
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 12/09/2011

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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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