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1994 Opus One

abv 13.5%
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-1994

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Bordeaux-like in its structure and balance, showing cedary oak, dusty berry, dried currant and mineral, with hints of herb and sage. The flavors firm up on the finish, and this is rich and intense without being heavy. Needs decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Dark ruby-red. Exotic, vibrant aromas of cherry, redcurrant, tobacco, mint, cigar ash and white pepper. Thick, supple and very concentrated; really uncanny creamy sweetness and texture in the middle palate. Intriguing note of sarsaparilla. Substantial but utterly suave tannins are thoroughly buffered by the wine extract. Shows some of the sauvage qualities of past vintages of this wine, but here the fresh red fruit flavors are even fresher and more concentrated than usual.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1998
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    This is an impressive effort from Opus One. The wine, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, and 1% Malbec, possesses a dark ruby/purple color, followed by a generous, complex nose of lead pencil, toasty oak, violets, and black currants. In the mouth, there is a beautiful texture, soft, generous, low acid, full-bodied richness, and a stunningly proportioned, rich, intense finish. The influence of 18 months in new French oak casks gives the wine a subtle oaky note in addition to giving it excellent delineation. Because of the wine's softness and generosity, it can be drunk now as well as over the next 18-20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very long, cool growing season led to highly regarded vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon 93%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Merlot 2%, Malbec 1%. Skin contact 43 days, 18 months in new French oak.Slightly pale with an even paler rim. Sweet cherry-chocolate aromas. Rather simpler than the 1993 on the nose, in fact. Then it took on a certain minerality. Big and bold and chewy finish. Very graceful. Not a bruiser. Quite elegant. More intense than the 1991.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 1997-2017
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Tracy D
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: jchrisc
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 1993-2017
    Author: Tallydoc
  • Anonymous | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2008 - 2010
    Author: RWG III
  • Anonymous | Rating: 91

    A bit disappointing as the wine was very dry. I did. It get the heady, lucious flavors that I associate an Opus with.nevertheless, abundant flavors of plus, blueberries, mixed with strong oak and woodsy flavors. Some whiffs of even aged balsam. Although creamy and long, the wine had some extra dryness to it. Preferred it few years younger
    Drink Dates: 1998-2015
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Consumed at wine tasting. (1st flight was horizontal, comparing 1994 CA Bordeaux blends. 2nd flight was vertical, comparing different Dominus vintages. This wine was in the 1st flight.) Color: Brick red, lighter at edge, slow legs. Aroma: Mineral, ripe fruit, vegetal. Flavor: Soft, earthy, medium tannins. This was the group's favorite of the night.
    Author: lordotheporto
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Great fruits, very strong tanines still. Would be able to save for another 5 years
    Author: MB77
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Lacking a little in the mouthfeel but still a solid showing from Opus.
    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 91

    very good but can still improve. I will wait 3-5 years for the remaining bottles. Very French in terms of texture and taste. Still a bit of tannin taste but very balanced lacked some roundness to merit a higher score
    Author: hedben
  • Self | Rating: 97

    waooo how good this wine have developed in such finesse! it is in incredible drinking balance ...perfectly aromatic, great red and vivid palate and very complex finish that is so charming and same time complex and vivid that will fall in love. Is in peak condition at least this bottle. Was the wine of the night in a 1994 wine tasting along with Quilceda Creek (stills too young!), Joseph Phelps Backus (second and very close to Opus One), Far Niente, Pesquera Janus, and others.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2019
    Author: Jito72
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1945 bottles owned
  • 464 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 464 collectors)