1991 Opus One

  • 92 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-1991

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. This Opus can be drunk now as well as over the next 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Tasted from magnum. A curious mix. It's complex and supple, yet marked by a slight cheesy-yeasty flavor up front. It works its way into dry, mature-tasting currant, cedar and anise flavors, and the tannins are dry and gritty on the finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Very deep crimson. Quite a meaty nose and then very sweet palate entry. Marked acidity, relatively lean. Not quite charming - but is this a question of time? Fresh and lively. But not especially long. First vintage actually at the Opus winery. When they pressed they saw there was lots of sugar left in the whole berry fermentation so long fermentation really added to the complexity of the wine. An elegant understated model for Michael Silacci to build towards.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: wineme.310
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: jchrisc
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2010-2018
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Beautiful bouquet but a little hot and tart on the palate. Not my favorite vintage of Opus One. This pales in comparison to the 1994 and 1995.
    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 3

    Pretty deep garnet. Beautiful nose of t and a with black cherries coffee spice and earth. Smells like a blend of ca and bordeaux. Long ripely tannic finish with good acidity. Only flaw is a slightly hollow mid palate. Very good ca cab. *** / *****
    Author: Jeff
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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 774 bottles owned
  • 240 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 240 collectors)