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Opus One

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2014 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 97

I love this style of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine combines concentration, purity of fruit, lush, silky tannins, freshness and length. You can drink it young, if you prefer, youthful, exuberant, fruit, or age it and enjoy the complexities of age. The wine was made from blending 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, which is something you could easily find in the Left Bank of Bordeaux.

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2013 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 97

Opulent, ripe, fresh, silky, balanced and concentrated with a melange of black and red fruits, the wine feels great, as it loads you up on its layers of black cherry, smoke, blackberry, licorice and vanilla. Everything is in balance with this beauty, which promises to age gracefully for at least another 20-25 years with ease.

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This sexy, voluptuous, charmer is probably the best wine the estate has ever produced. Layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh, black and blue fruits, opulent, silky textures and a fruit filled finish that does not want to quit. I really like this style of wine, as it pairs ripeness, with freshness and never even considers going over the top, yet there is no denying this is a California Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.

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2012 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 96

This Left Bank Bordeaux lookalike has really been on fire since 2007. This elegant, ripe, sweet, lush, charmer is no exception. Silky tannins, solid concentration of ripe, dark fruits, great mouthfeel and long, fruit filled, stylish finish is another winner from Opus One. The wine was made from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec.

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2011 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 91

Medium bodied, with earthy, herbal, black raspberry and currant character, the wine finishes with a smoky, dusty, red berry note.

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2010 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 95

Luscious, silky textures, forward in style, and creamy, ripe, sweet, blackberries galore are impossible not to notice. With its concentration of flavor, balance and sensuous style, this is a truly, sublime style of California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2009 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 95

Black and blue fruit, caramel, licorice and oak, the wine is fleshy, rich, round and supple, ending with a long, dense, crunchy, fresh finish.

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Licorice, smoke, jammy black cherry, earth, tobacco, caramel, oak, forest floor scents open to a lush, sensuous, opulent textured Cabernet Sauvignon wine ending in a fresh, ripe, black raspberry, cassis and spicy, black cherry filled finish.

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Rich chocolate covered plums, tobacco, licorice, blackberry and a kiss of oak lead the way to a plush, round, soft textured wine that is already drinking well today.

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2007 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 94

A perfect ringer for a Bordeaux blind tasting, the wine has freshness, refinement, soft tannins, and while the fruit is perfectly ripe, here, you find all the fresh, sweet, red and black fruits you could hope for, without any jammy, or overripe notes. Lots of cedar, tobacco and earthy, forest notes only add to the fun. Drink now, or hold...

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A super wine, produced in a great style, that takes the best of the lush, ripe, sweet, fat, juicy, California Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, yet also serves up freshness, balance and harmony. I am sure this will get better, but why wait? It's just great today...

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Caramel, molasses, blackberry jam, fennel and truffle led to layers of polished, soft, round, sweet, crunchy, black and red spicy berries complicated by a long, olive tapenade and strawberry savory finish.

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Clearly, this is in competition for the best wine produced by Opus One yet. I've always felt the 1996 was the best wine from this estate, but the 2007 Opus One, with its smoke, coffee, licorice, cassis, blackberry and earthy nose changed my mind. Add ripe, juicy, fleshy, rich, supple textures and a long, round, dark berry finish that is ripe, but not too ripe, and you have an idea of what this wine delivers.

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2006 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 93

Drinking at a really nice place today, the wine meshes elegance with sweet, ripe, juicy, ripe, fruits. This is a good ringer to place in blind tasting with Bordeaux.

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Tobacco, fresh herbs, cassis and earthy scents opened to a plush, forward, spicy wine that ended with a fresh, crunchy, ripe, red and black fruit filled finish.

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2005 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 93

Oak, spice box, cassis, black cherry and wet forest leaves create the provocative perfume. The wine is fresh, lush, opulently textured, ending with a sweet, strawberry jam and cherry filled finish.

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2004 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 91

With a light touch of oak, tobacco, cassis and forest floor aromas, this medium/full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon ends with fresh, clean, spicy black cherries.

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2002 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 94

Ripe, juicy, long, full bodied, and fruity, with depth, concentration and real, fruit and licorice in the finish. This is really in a great spot today.

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2002 Opus One is a perfect ringer to insert into a blind tasting of Bordeaux, or a flight of Bordeaux and California wine. It offers licorice, black cherry, smoke, coffee bean and earthy scents, with round, plush textures and a ripe, dark berry and cocoa finish.

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1997 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 91

Elegant, soft and refined, it lacks the fruit and concentration found in many of the vintages top wines. That being said, the tobacco, cedar, earth, fresh cherry and forest aromas would make many tasters think of Bordeaux. This refined styled Napa wine requires drinking as there is not enough raw materials or structure, for a much longer evolution.

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1996 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 94

Fully mature with tobacco, black cherry, truffle, earth, blackberry, cocoa, forest floor and spice box aromas, the wine strides the perfect middle ground between the rich, ripe, luscious style of California Cabernet Sauvignon and the tighter, more structured traditionally styled wines.

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1994 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 90

Fully mature, medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with blackberry, tobacco, earth, coffee and black cherry on the nose. Soft textured, with no tannin remaining, the wine ends with a cherry, tobacco and cranberry tinged finish

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1992 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 89

Bright ruby in color, with a nose of wet leaves, tobacco, cherry, earth and cigar smoke. This medium bodied wine ends with a tart, fresh, crisp, red cherry and tobacco finish. There is no reason to age this further.

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1991 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 92

Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, blackberry, earth and truffle scents opened to a fully mature, soft textured, concentrated, sweet cassis filled wine. While not at the level of the sublime 96 Opus, this remains one of the better mature vintages of Opus One in the marketplace.

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1986 Opus One  (Napa Valley) 87

Light ruby in color, tobacco, wet forest floor, leaf, fresh herbs, truffle and cassis scents create the complex perfume. The wine is clearly better on the nose than in the mouth. The wine ends with an earthy, crisp, tart cassis and cranberry note. This wine is past its prime and requires drinking.

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