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...
Closed. Still too young to drink. Sweet, straight forward with hints of currant.
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.
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.
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