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1999 Opus One

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

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SKU: 55847-1999

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($139) Deep red-ruby. Sappy nose combines currant, smoked meat, tobacco and exotic spices. Rich, sweet and tactile, with complex, tangy flavors of crystallized blackcurrant, caraway seed and smoked meat. Unlike most Bordeaux blends from California, this shows little greenness or gratuitous oak and the finish builds impressively. A very suave wine that finishes with fine, spreading tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    An exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, currant, earth and blackberry. Gains intensity and shows its depth and concentration on the finish, which is long and detailed. 24,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Spring rains reduced berry set. Indian summer much valued for late ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Merlot 7%, Malbec 3%, Petit Verdot 1%. Skin contact 40 days, 17 months in new French oak.Quite purple and deep. Still quite simple on the nose. Quite tough and intense and reined in. Something quite sweet about this. Masses of acidity. Some coffee. Big, bold, and unevolved, but not a single corner or join in evidence. Smoothness itself.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    While it is a big, rich effort, the 1999 Opus One exhibits a distinct earthiness as well as a sweaty saddle-like characteristic. It builds nicely on the attack and mid-palate, but finishes short, displaying hints of herbs, chocolate, and black currants. Drink this medium-bodied offering now and over the next 7-8 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2004-2020
    Author: Jason R
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: zepierotti
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink up soon, while it s still good
    Author: James W700
  • Self | Rating: 84

    Good thing this was a gift. If I had paid any more than $20 for it, I'd be pissed. Got a little better over time, but just a little. No real fruit. Compared to the Continuum before and the Montelena after, this wine was just a weak offering.
    Author: Charley
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Least liked in a four year vertical tasting. Lacking fruit and body. Weak tannins and a quick finish on the palate.
    Drink Dates: 2009
    Author: Jonasty
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Opus One, Mondavi and Mouton's perennial underachiever (the winery's motto must be |Thank God for Japan|), did reasonably well in the 1999 vintage. The wine has a medium dark garnet color with lightly pigmented, slow moving legs. Smoky plum, paper, toast, and a little cherry are discernable in the nose. Tannins are a little heavy but there is some pretty good sweet fruit available to combat them. Acidity is a touch high. The wine has significantly improved since release.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2011
    Author: Daniel B
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.

Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Opus One (Show #16, 41:59 min 20 MB)

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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

  • 2144 bottles owned
  • 489 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 489 collectors)