1997 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

1997 Opus One Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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94 Points Wine Spectator
88 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 9 ratings
$ 45 million to buy Arronwood vs. $ 145,00 per bottle

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.

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.

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 Opus One

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Winery Name

Opus One

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Napa Valley 1997

The 1997 vintage was one that had Napa growers smiling from ear to ear. They brought in a large crop of excellent quality, with 144,000 tons harvested compared to an average of 121,000 tons over the preceding decade. The optimum growing conditions over the summer and through the harvest produced wines that are superbly concentrated, dense, rich, and powerful yet balanced.

The growing season got off to an early start with bud break coming a month early in the warm late-winter and spring conditions. The vines seemed to shrug off a little rain that fell in early June. The summer was warm but not too hot, with one heat spike in early August, followed by moderate to cool temperatures, to slow ripening. September conditions were excellent — the grapes had a long period of ripening without any heat spikes, allowing growers to wait to pick at optimum ripeness. It is one of the greatest vintages of the decade, with wines that are firmly in their prime today. They have incredible extract, depth, and structure, with solid, dense fruit centers to match.

Key Dates

Early bud break, due to dry spring

Unexpected rain had little to no effect


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