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1994 Opus One Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

Opus One Winery was founded in 1979 as a joint venture between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The wine is a collectible, Bordeaux-style blend that commands some of the highest prices in the Napa Valley. The winery itself is a building that is meant to be an expression of the wine by mixing elements of classical European and contemporary California style. Opus also produces a... More »

WS 90
JR 18.5
IWC 89
WA 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2000-2016 WA: 1997-2017 WS: 2009-2015
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IWC 89
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 78

Dark ruby-red. Exotic, vibrant aromas of cherry, redcurrant, tobacco, mint, cigar ash and white pepper. Thick, supple and very concentrated; really uncanny creamy sweetness and texture in the middle palate. Intriguing note of sarsaparilla. Substantial but utterly suave tannins are thoroughly buffered by the wine extract. Shows some of the sauvage qualities of past vintages of this wine, but here the fresh red fruit flavors are even fresher and more concentrated than usual.

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JR 18.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2004-2013

Very long, cool growing season led to highly regarded vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon 93%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Merlot 2%, Malbec 1%. Skin contact 43 days, 18 months in new French oak.Slightly pale with an even paler rim. Sweet cherry-chocolate aromas. Rather simpler than the 1993 on the nose, in fact. Then it took on a certain minerality. Big and bold and chewy finish. Very graceful. Not a bruiser. Quite elegant. More intense than the 1991.

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WA 92
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 114
Drink Dates 1997-2017

This is an impressive effort from Opus One. The wine, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, and 1% Malbec, possesses a dark ruby/purple color, followed by a generous, complex nose of lead pencil, toasty oak, violets, and black currants. In the mouth, there is a beautiful texture, soft, generous, low acid, full-bodied richness, and a stunningly proportioned, rich, intense finish. The influence of 18 months in new French oak casks gives the wine a subtle oaky note in addition to giving it excellent delineation. Because of the wine's softness and generosity, it can be drunk now as well as over the next 18-20 years.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2015

Bordeaux-like in its structure and balance, showing cedary oak, dusty berry, dried currant and mineral, with hints of herb and sage. The flavors firm up on the finish, and this is rich and intense without being heavy. Needs decanting. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.

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Author Tracy D
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.558%
Tasted On 02/15/2015
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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.997%
Tasted On 09/16/2014
Drink Dates 2005-2019

waooo how good this wine have developed in such finesse! it is in incredible drinking balance ...perfectly aromatic, great red and vivid palate and very complex finish that is so charming and same time complex and vivid that will fall in love. Is in peak condition at least this bottle. Was the wine of the night in a 1994 wine tasting along with Quilceda Creek (stills too young!), Joseph Phelps Backus (second and very close to Opus One), Far Niente, Pesquera Janus, and others.

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Author ChrisMus
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.544%
Tasted On 12/01/2013

Lacking a little in the mouthfeel but still a solid showing from Opus.

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Author MB77
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Tasted On 08/24/2012

Great fruits, very strong tanines still. Would be able to save for another 5 years

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 99.057%
Tasted On 09/02/2012
Drink Dates 1998-2015

A bit disappointing as the wine was very dry. I did. It get the heady, lucious flavors that I associate an Opus with.nevertheless, abundant flavors of plus, blueberries, mixed with strong oak and woodsy flavors. Some whiffs of even aged balsam. Although creamy and long, the wine had some extra dryness to it. Preferred it few years younger

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Author jchrisc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94%
Tasted On 11/16/2011
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Author hedben
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.368%
Tasted On 12/13/2010

very good but can still improve. I will wait 3-5 years for the remaining bottles. Very French in terms of texture and taste. Still a bit of tannin taste but very balanced lacked some roundness to merit a higher score

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Author Tallydoc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.525%
Tasted On 08/11/2010
Drink Dates 1993-2017
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Author JDF1960
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.294%
Tasted On 05/26/2009
Drink Dates 1997-2017
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Author lordotheporto
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/25/2009

Consumed at wine tasting. (1st flight was horizontal, comparing 1994 CA Bordeaux blends. 2nd flight was vertical, comparing different Dominus vintages. This wine was in the 1st flight.) Color: Brick red, lighter at edge, slow legs. Aroma: Mineral, ripe fruit, vegetal. Flavor: Soft, earthy, medium tannins. This was the group's favorite of the night.

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 98%
Tasted On 05/11/2008
Drink Dates 2008 - 2010
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Created  Aug 22, 2010
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