2004 Opus One 750ml

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2004 Opus One
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)?

($179) Good full ruby. Roasted black raspberry, blackberry, spicecake, licorice, minerals and nutty oak on the nose. Denser than the 2005 and a step up in intensity but nicely light on its feet. There's lovely sweetness to the black fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes with big but sweet tannins and a lingering minerality. This makes the 2005 seem a bit dry by comparison. Bottled in July of 2006, for the first time without being fined. (I continue to find the '03 too herbal, lean and dry to recommend. The '02 in March was less herbal and minty than my sample two years ago but still high-toned, truffley and a bit vegetal, with a note of black olive and a rather chunky texture. This rather backward wine needs time but I find it disappointing in the context of the vintage, rating 87+?. The wild, distinctly Old World 2001, on the other hand, was wonderfully dense, sweet and lush without coming across as heavy, showing complex notes of cassis, graphite, spicecake, leather and game; lovely inner-mouth perfume; and an explosive finish featuring fine-grained, suave tannins that reach the front teeth. This very sexy and showy wine, rated 91 in Issue 118, merited 92 in March.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Might fool Bordeaux devotees with its leafy, earth, tobacco and pencil-lead nose and very firm structure. Black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate, with cedar and spice notes. Grippy tannins, though not austere. Labeled at 14.1 per cent alcohol, though it tastes a tad hotter than that. (LM)$180

Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Author: Linda Murphy


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Score: 93
Author: Wayne G
Tasted On: 12/31/2013
Very smooth and velvety. Opens up nicely after 1-2 hours.
Score: 94
Author: Rockland Jason
Tasted On: 03/26/2012
Score: 87
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/20/2011
Score: 94
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/26/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Has aged very nicely. Opens to an opulent bordeaux style. Nice!
Score: 90
Author: rdalehite
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/04/2010

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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