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1996 Opus One

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2005 - 2015 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 203

  • Kevnzworld wrote: 94 points

    January 15, 2022 - PNP.
    Funk on the nose
    Dark berries , soy and tobacco , barnyard, mushrooms, with good mouthfeel . The tertiary flavors begin to dominate the wine an hour in, but not necessarily in a negative way.
    This wine paired well with pasta with meat ragu.

  • Leinike Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 27, 2021 - A bit past its prime but still nice strawberry, a bit of leather. Drink now if you have this.

  • Cailles wrote: 98 points

    December 14, 2021 - This vintage of Opus continuous to deliver the highest form of pleasure. I’ve said it many times, this is the perfect marriage between Bordeaux (all the structuredness, freshness and tertiary expression) and Napa Valley (a touch of that extra sweetness). The complexity and precision are off the charts, the impeccable balance is the other highlight. This is definitely a wine for Bordeaux lovers too. Only the 1997 Opus ranks as high (on CT) as this in the past few years but in my opinion, the 96 is the better wine to drink today as it has more tertiary aromas (the 97 will get there in 5-10 years). This was my WOTN in a strong line-up with the legendary Bryant 1994 (97 pts), SQN Just for the Love of it 2002 (97 pts), Sloan 2016 (94 pts) and Penfolds 707 1998 (94 pts).

    TN:. Very expressive and intense on the nose and palate with layers and layers of the purest tertiary aromas with black truffles, wet forest floor, leather and tobacco, with time some barnyard aromas and hints of brett; a strong fruit core with ripe but still fresh and pure forest berries of all shades from blue to black to red. A wonderful sweetness perfectly matched by all the before-mentioned tertiary aromas as well as an intense minerality layer. Complex and with very high precision. Impeccable structure with fine tannins, medium high and well-integrated acidity, wonderful creaminess but overall with a quite fresh and light feel. Long and intense finish. Good tension. This wine has a great balance and is complete.

    Decanting: Not decanted, good from the go, improved a touch with air but no extensive decanting necessary (other bottles needed one to two hours to fully open up).

    Glass: Zalto Universal

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • WineGuyFL Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 18, 2021 - Decanted for one and a half hours. The cork crumbled. This bottle was a little off from one consumed in 2020. I have had about this time as the back end of my drink window. I am going to stick with that......one bottle left.

  • Cailles wrote: 96 points

    August 24, 2021 - No notes taken. Another stunning bottle of this perfectly mature beauty. This is drinking like a high-end Medoc wine with a touch of this extra fruit sweetness as the only differentiator. This has it all: complex aroma profile with plenty of pure, fresh, slightly sweet forest berries, lots of earthy and herbal notes, intense layer of mature Claret aromas with tobacco, leather and truffles, high aromatic precision, very fine structure with lots of tension, good length, superb balance. I’ve rated some bottles higher in the past (up to 99 pts) as this bottle was a tad less mature (and hence the subtle sweetness was less in check) and a tiny bit less precision. Nevertheless a great experience.

    Decanting: Not decanted, good from the go.

    Glass: Conterno Sensory

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Opus One – Past, Present and Future: 1979-2012 (Jun 2013) (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/1/2004 (link)

    (Opus One Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90 (link)

    (Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By William Kelley
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    (Opus One, Napa Valley, Oakville, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/6/2012 (link) 92 points

    (Opus One) Bricking dark red violet color; appealing, mature, tobacco, cedar, tart currant nose; mature, tobacco, cedar, tart currant palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Opus One
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 011699009694, 753604061969, 753604062034, 753604062041, 753604062058, 753604062096, 753604062102, 753604062959, 753604062966, 753604062973, 753604062997, 8133064062966

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (0%)
  • In Cellars 3,361 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,748 (34%)

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