About Opus One
The brainchild of wine giants Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One was the first ultra-premium wine made in Napa Valley. Since 1980 it has achieved cult status and is one of the most widely exported and highly prized wines in Napa.
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2001 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley
Producer: Opus One
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
($150) Deep ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, spice cake, beefsteak tomato and meat. Suave, smooth, lush and mouthfilling, with sweetly oaky flavors of dark berries, mocha, smoke and game. Generous, pliant wine, finishing with chewy but ripe tannins and lingering sweetness. A return to form after a few difficult vintages for this bottling.
89 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
DEEP ruby color character with a nose of blackberries and hints of vanilla, cocoa, and chocolate. Heavy blackberries and black cherries with suttle flavors of smoke and chocolate. The tannins are soft and well structured. Smooth and velvety long finish.
All style, no substance
Having just returned from my eagerly awaited trip to Napa and the Opus One vineyard, I must express my disapointment. While this is a good quality wine, I find that is hardly worth the hype. Much less complex than I'd like to see from a wine of such pedigree and price tag. Perhaps it gets better with age.
An ok Cab
But definitely not worth the money. Do yourself a favor and search out a small French or Australian producer for a less than half the price of this wine...
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difficult to be objective
It is difficult to be objective about a wine that is so expensive and so hyped. It is good, but not $100+ good.
Not what I expected
It didn't really knock the pants off me, but it is a nice blend. For the price, I would probably settle for the 2001 Insignia. Then again, I'd probably buy one to share with my brother and dad since they would never buy one themselves and then they would say that they had an Opus One.
Hope it gets better with time.
Purchased a three pack and couldn't wait to try one. Took it along to our favorite restaurant and was able to share it with the Sommelier. Needless to say we weren't that impressed. Hopefully another few years and we'll try another one.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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