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2003 Opus One

abv 14.0%
  • 94 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 85 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-2003

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    This blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in French oak is a strong effort offering creme de cassis, cedarwood, white chocolate and spice box. It possesses a Bordeaux-like personality, as one might expect since Opus One is owned by Baroness Philippe de Rothschild and the winemaking team comes primarily from Pauillac. The significant tannin in the wine provides a slight austerity, but this is a full-bodied, rich effort that marks the beginning of a period when Opus One finally began to live up to the enormous potential first announced in the late 1970s by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi. Although accessible now, the 2003 will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85

    ($169) Deep ruby-red. Slightly musty aromas of dark berries, pepper and nutty oak, with a hint of vegetility lurking.Sweeter on the palate than the nose suggests, with syrupy dark fruit flavors compromised by veggie notes and an animal character. Rather clumsy-and not squeaky-clean. Finishes with dusty, drying tannins and a cloying sweetness. Recent vintages of this once-superb wine have been very disappointing.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2007
  • Rating: 18

    Slightly blue note to the crimson. Quite a muted nose. Exotic and mineral nose. Intense. Very sweet and yet there is more acidity and freshness here. Good attack. Nice dry finish. Appetising. A parallel with 1993?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Intense and concentrated, with dried currant, wild berry and cedary oak flavors providing a dry, chewy aftertaste. May benefit from time in the bottle. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 23,000 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Edward T707
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Zastrow Tiny Cellar
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: jab
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Consumed after a 45-minute decant. There is no doubt this is a well made wine. It's balanced, and shows a harmonious blend of black, almost cocoa-like fruit, ample acidity (important when pairing with food), legs that don't quit, and a long, long finish. It's clearly built for aging. In fact, this bottle could probably go for another 10 years properly stored. Kudos to Opus One for making a completely |proper,| textbook Napa Cab blend. That said, this bottle didn't rock my world as much as I had hoped it would. But, I believe with a few more years of bottle age, it will loosen up and begin to reveal its secondary flavors. This was my first experience with Opus One. It demonstrated its potential as one of California's |First Growth| wines, and I am richer for the experience.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2023
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Just an OK wine for the price. Good but not memorable
    Author: Ruben S
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Nice dark fruit, cassis, cedar. Should continue to age and drink nicely.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2020
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Perfectly aged refined with soft edges. An enjoyable wine that is easy to drink. Nose is heavily alcoholic which is not the case when consumed. It confuses the senses.
    Author: Todd7
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

  • 1568 bottles owned
  • 404 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 404 collectors)