October 12, 2019 - Deep ruby in the glass, showing a good chunk of sediment as it approaches the bottom of the bottle. Super refined, developing nose showing depths upon depths of aromatics - blackberry, plum, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, cedar, tobacco, fig. Everything is on point in this wine - tannins are firm, but ripe, acidity is refreshing, but well-balanced with the brooding alcohol, oak is superbly integrated, finish is long as fuck. The best Opus I've tried to date, love this. Such low scores from critics, probably due to 2009 being a cooler vintage thus not giving an oak bomb that the big boys oh so love.
May 5, 2019 - Wine of the night beating out Hundred Acre and Paul Hobbs. Full bodied yet elegant and precise with the structure to make for the long long haul. Black fruit centric with touches of vanilla, graphite, cassis and dark chocolate. Tannins are firm but non obtrusive with all elements statures and siloed. This will need time to fully come together but easy to drink now.
April 9, 2019 - Drank over two nights without decanting. A bit closed during the first one and deliciously open on the second.
March 9, 2019 - I found this bottle hiding in the wine safe and thought what the heck. It is drinking well right now, and was delicious right away. Still has a firm tannic backbone with plum, cassis and some resiny briar notes. Cleary this is just beginning to enter it's drinking window, but I think the acidity and tannins still have yet to come into balance.
October 2, 2018 - From a magnum. Initially very green, which dissipated as the wine opened. Rich, sweet stewed red fruit. Okay, admittedly not my kind of Cab., but oh that coconut was such an unfortunate component, distraction from the jammy fruit.
July 16, 2018 - Very good but too early to drink. I think it needs to age another 3-6 years.
June 2, 2018 - Continues to drink well. Amazed by the almost chocolate dark color and rich aroma. Silky broad first taste ending in a nice endless flavor end. Love it!
May 9, 2018 - Upgraded from my prior tasting note that I copied below only because it is even showing better now a year later. Great structure and layers that you can peel back one layer at a time. The note below still stands, but it has a bit more black cherry this time. More like a Boredeaux than a Cali Cab., which will only become more pronounced with age in bottle.
Already showing secondary notes and evolution, but with a great central core of fruit. Cedar, Cassis, Licorice, and blackberries. Lovely! Drinking great now.
December 31, 2017 - New Year's Eve a friend brought. Hint of cassis, vanilla and Berries nose but not profound. Maybe it should have been decanted for longer than an hour. Good texture and a finish of 15 seconds.
December 3, 2017 - Great wine~