2005 Opus One 750ml

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WA 95   IWC 92   WS 90   JR 17.5-   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


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.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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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: Issue 138

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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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: James Laube


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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5-

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.

Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: danbelov
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/06/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2021

Rating: 94
Author: Reez Wine Celler
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/05/2012
Smooth and def had Bordeaux characteristics

Rating: 94
Author: MacBlythe
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/27/2010

Rating: 94
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/13/2011
Very elegant, like a good Bordeaux.

Rating: 92
Author: dnickerson
Tasted On: 02/17/2010
Drink Dates: 2018

Average rating: 91, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

2344 bottles owned by 799 collectors.

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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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