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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1997 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley
Producer: Opus One
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2001
Medium bright ruby. Slightly sauvage aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, meat, leather and black pepper. Stylish and sweet, with moderately dense, creamy flavors of raspberry, roast meat and tobacco. Rather sophisticated texture for California wine. I would have scored this wine higher were it not for its slightly drying tannins, which did not soften even as the middle palate grew increasingly silky with extended aeration.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Closed. Still too young to drink. Sweet, straight forward with hints of currant.
We need at least two more years
I own two cases of 1996 and 1997. Both tannic and length are not long. Bodies're also lighter than other cab. Both carry somewhat heavy oak, tabacco and mineral tastes. I think that both're going to take at least 2 years to balance out.
$ 45 million to buy Arronwood vs. $ 145,00 per bottle
by Stephane Castera
I had the chance in NYC to taste the 1997 Opus One Blend. The wine has a dark ruby color with a purple rim. The nose is 'saddle' with a touch of cassis, tabacco and licorice. On the palate, the wine is balanced with soft tannins, medium length and the fruit is forward with a light cocoa finish. I found the wine to be pleasant but for $145 cost, it is, well, a bit over-priced (!), but, then again, in NYC it's normal...
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Good but not worth the coin
Had this wine with steak and was very underwelmed. I could handle this wine better if it was $75 but at $200+ it is a pass.
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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