1996 Opus One

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-1996

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$135.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Bright full ruby-red. Pungent black raspberry, leather, game, chocolate, espresso, pepper and fresh herbs. Juicy, bright and very concentrated, with crunchy currant, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors supported and amplified by a firm spine of acidity. Long on personality. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Continued heat spells resulted in small, relatively early crop of very ripe berries.. Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Merlot 3%, Malbec 3%. Skin contact 37 days, 19 months in new French oak.Slightly dull crimson. Especially aromatic. Very slightly soapy nose. Floral. Aggressively lively. Very sweet start to the palate, with lots of tannin. Very dry finish. Slightly gawky nose. Not nearly as balanced as the 1995.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Dark, rich and intense, with layers of currant, blackberry, cedar and spice. The flavors are still youthful, yet this turns drier and earthier from midpalate on, with a brambly sage edge on the finish. The best of four bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Herbert
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: jeric
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: jchrisc
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: wineme.310
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    Drink Dates: 2000-2015
    Author: Tallydoc
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

  • 2601 bottles owned
  • 516 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 516 collectors)