2002 Opus One

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 86 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 55847-2002-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 86

    ($169) Bright ruby-red. Redcurrant, plum, herbs, celery, meat and spicy oak on the nose. Supple on entry, then somewhat green, even vegetal, in the middle, with a minty edge to the red berry flavors. Turns a bit tart and pinched on the finish, with slightly drying tannins. Disappointing.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Aromas of ripe cherry and plum turn austere, dry and tannic on the palate, making this a candidate for decanting, but also raising the question of whether the fruit will survive the tannins. Needs aeration. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. 20,000 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    I tend to think that recent vintages of Opus One are even greater than vintages made during this era, but the 2002 is certainly one of the top wines Opus has produced during the early part of this century. It boasts a dense plum/purple hue along with a striking bouquet of graphite, toasty oak, creme de cassis and acacia flowers. Full-bodied, opulent and young, it offers accessibility as well as silky tannins. A thoroughly complete wine that is pure and rich, it tastes like a hypothetical blend of a great Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon married to a Bordeaux Pauillac. Bravo! It will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for 20-25 thereafter.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Very dark purplish crimson. Full powerful strongly sweet Cab nose. Very luscious and round and approachable - quite different structure and texture from the earlier vintages though possibly less refreshing? Very opulent - like a luscious leather handbag. Very Louis Vuitton actually! Lovely texture. Voluptuous.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 86

    Aromas of ripe cherry and plum turn austere, dry and tannic on the palate, making this a candidate for decanting, but also raising the question of whether the fruit will survive the tannins. Needs aeration. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Best from 2006 through 2012. 20,000 cases made. -JL
    Author: goreddoggo
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Great wine!
    Author: Tod N
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very deep red/almost purple robe; notes of spicesfinish long; drinking very well on the nose; long and sweet on the palate with notes of black cherries and cinnamon;
    Author: TAs Super Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very good at home despite cork.
    Drink Dates: 2014
    Author: Sdman92101
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Very good but not as good as other years....but it still impresses those since it is OPUS ONE
    Author: Doctor T
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

  • 1676 bottles owned
  • 403 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 403 collectors)