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2005 Opus One

abv 14.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 55847-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($180) Bright ruby. Rather wild, claret-like aromas of currant, black raspberry, leather, dark chocolate, spices and tobacco. Then velvety in texture but also juicy and firmly structured, with mouthcoating flavors of dark berries, bitter cherry, minerals, cola and bitter chocolate. This elegantly styled wine really coats the mouth without coming off as overly sweet. Finishes with noteworthy spine and length. With extended aeration, this grew sweeter and creamier, with the black raspberry fruit taking over.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A tightly knit youngster, with hints of earthy cedar, tar and tobacco which join ripe currant, red cherry, anise, leather, sage and spice, ending with a strong, structured tannic finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
    Author: James Laube
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    Tasted blindNot very opulent, ripe nose - introvert. Cassis. Opulent and very sweet on the front palate. Then inky finish - even a little too tannic. Certainly very dry! Very youthful. Slightly tarry, and finishes a bit short. Slightly skinny.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    This famous wine, first created by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi, started off life as a very good, but rarely exceptional wine. Over the last ten or more years, the administration at Mouton Rothschild, particularly the team led by Philippe Dhalluin, has truly pushed the level of quality to the point where this is clearly one of the great wines of Napa. And after so many years, it represents the pinnacle of French viticultural knowledge combined with that of California and Napa's Shangri La-like microclimate. The 2005 Opus One, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, has a ruby/purple color and a beautiful, sweet nose of creme de cassis and spring flowers. Complex and medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin and superb purity and balance, this is exactly what Opus One was meant to be when it was first proposed. Of course, it is a popular wine to criticize, but the quality has never been better, and certainly 2005 is a beauty. It is reaching full maturity at ten years, but I think there is still another 10-15+ years of upside potential in this wine. It is full-bodied, opulent and, dare I say, delicious. Given its popularity and brand recognition, it's nice to know that even at a major steak house you can probably find this wine and be thrilled to buy it and drink it.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drink Dates: 2018
    Author: dnickerson
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: MacBlythe
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2010-2021
    Author: danbelov
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Balanced, young and civilized...Lots of fruit and huge aging potential. Opus never dissapoints!
    Author: Victor
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Opened on Friday and consumed over 3 days. Day 1 Opened and poured directly from bottle. Amazing aromas that you can smell standing 5 feet from the Riedel cabernet glass. Blackberries and violets on the nose. Velvety tannins Day 2: The wine really opened up and the aromas and taste got stronger/distinctive. Amazingly velvety wine that went down like a 10-year old Bordeaux Day 3: Started to fade. Only survived 2 days after opening. I did not use any preservation gas, etc.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2013
    Author: Sandeep A
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Smooth and def had Bordeaux characteristics
    Author: Reez Wine Celler
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Very elegant, like a good Bordeaux.
    Author: fabioota
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Young and fruity, needs to be experienced in its context, a very Californian wine. Long finish for a young wine and a certain fullnes that acompanies the fruitiness, a very nice wine.
    Author: Samuel Z125
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

  • 1404 bottles owned
  • 333 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 333 collectors)