2005 Opus One 750ml

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2005 Opus One
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($180) Bright ruby. Rather wild, claret-like aromas of currant, black raspberry, leather, dark chocolate, spices and tobacco. Then velvety in texture but also juicy and firmly structured, with mouthcoating flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry, minerals, cola and bitter chocolate. This elegantly styled wine really coats the mouth without coming off as overly sweet. Finishes with noteworthy spine and length. With extended aeration, this grew sweeter and creamier, with the black raspberry fruit taking over.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5-

Tasted blindNot very opulent, ripe nose – introvert. Cassis. Opulent and very sweet on the front palate. Then inky finish – even a little too tannic. Certainly very dry! Very youthful. Slightly tarry, and finishes a bit short. Slightly skinny.

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95+

The opaque purple-hued 2005 exhibits an extraordinary nose of violets, creme de cassis, charcoal, and spring flowers. Gorgeously pure, opulently full-bodied, with sweet tannins, superb concentration, and a low acid, ripe, tannic finish, it tastes like a top-notch vintage of ripe Bordeaux, but made in California.

Drink Dates: 2008-2033
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | 90

A tightly knit youngster, with hints of earthy cedar, tar and tobacco which join ripe currant, red cherry, anise, leather, sage and spice, ending with a strong, structured tannic finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Score:
Author: danbelov
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/06/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2021
Score: 94
Author: Reez Wine Celler
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/05/2012
Smooth and def had Bordeaux characteristics
Score: 94
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/13/2011
Very elegant, like a good Bordeaux.
Score: 94
Author: MacBlythe
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/27/2010
Score: 92
Author: dnickerson
Tasted On: 02/17/2010
Drink Dates: 2018
More Vintages and Sizes of Opus One:

2009 (3.0L)

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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