When reflecting on how we dove into the realm of fine wine; we often remember our first Opus One bottle. From the pedigree to the one-of-a-kind label, we instantly fell in love with this fantastic wine.
Opus One was founded in 1979 as a collaboration between two of wines greatest families, Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi. The goal was simple – create the absolute best Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This venture was groundbreaking , the wine phenomenal and it sparked the Californian premium wine market, establishing itself as the essential ‘California Cult wine’ almost immediately. Despite its large production, pristine cases of Opus One become very difficult to acquire only a few years after release.
2012 Opus One
"Glorious purity of fruit here with black currants, blueberries, dark chocolate, fresh herbs and forest floor. Hints of mint too, plus hazelnut and chocolate. Full body with seamless tannins and balance. Tight and compacted tannins with beautiful fruit and great length. Goes on for minutes. One of the best Opus' in years. Hard not to drink now but better in 2018. October 2015 release. This is 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 2% malbec."
97 Pts James Suckling
2015 Opus One
"Purity and brilliance on the nose with so much currant and flower character. Roses, currant bush and fresh leaves, too. Brightness is the word that comes to mind. Full-bodied and broad-shouldered. Juicy and so gorgeous now. Balance is so wonderful here. All about harmonious fruit and tannin balance. I like it slightly better than the excellent 2014. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 2% malbec. Drink or hold."
98 Pts James Suckling
2009 Opus One
"The 2009 Opus One is impeccable. It brings together the silkiness of the 2007 with the power and darkness of the 2008, a combination that is hugely appealing, to say the least. With a little air, the 2009 can be enjoyed young, but it is best cellared for at least a few years, which will allow some of the baby fat to drop off "
94+ Pts Antonio Galloni