1997 Opus One

  • 88 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 89 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-1997

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex. 26,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Medium bright ruby. Slightly sauvage aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, meat, leather and black pepper. Stylish and sweet, with moderately dense, creamy flavors of raspberry, roast meat and tobacco. Rather sophisticated texture for California wine. I would have scored this wine higher were it not for its slightly drying tannins, which did not soften even as the middle palate grew increasingly silky with extended aeration.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    Now don't get me wrong, 88 points signifies a very good to excellent wine. But in the context of the vintage, not to mention what this wine should be, this is a disappointment. The 1997 tastes as if it were made from yields that were too high. They may tell you it is elegant and complex, but, truthfully, there is not much depth, and the wine will have a relatively short lifeline of 10-12 years. A dark ruby color is accompanied by a complex nose of plums, black cherries, currants, smoke, and leather. The wine reveals more new oak than normal for Opus, as well as medium body, good depth, dry, hard tannins in the finish, and little weight or length. Drink this over the next 8-10 years. P.S. By the way, the price went up $20 and the quality has gone down.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very vigorous crimson. Looks exceptionally healthy. Still quite a 'buried' bouquet. Big and bold and sweet on the palate delivering lots of pleasure. Quite powerful but at least there is fruit on the front palate to compensate for lots of very fine tannins at the end.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Drink Dates: 2000-2010
    Author: JDF1960
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: ChrisMus
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: jlamchugh
  • Anonymous | Rating: 93

    Dark red. Big. Tannins softened a lot. Fruity with balsamic scents, and mushroom. Here too, the wine is at the end of it's life. Last bottle
    Drink Dates: 2001-2012
    Author: Khaled H
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Likely drinking as well as it ever will if not a little bit on the decline. I have been an Opus lover for years and this one left me a little underwhelmed.
    Author: Oenodoc
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Oops, i think i may have waited too long. Still very silky, but fades quickly. It still had some complexity in the flavor, but i'm sure its on the downslide. Dont hold any longer, drink now or you'll be better off cooking with it.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2012
    Author: Jonasty
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Showing well but never wowed, this vintage no exception.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Superb, great bouquet and aromas of dark fruit. Showed some aging, but held up great
    Author: Wino Bruno
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

  • 2933 bottles owned
  • 564 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 564 collectors)