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1999 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 »

JR 18
WA 88
IWC 92
WS 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2010 VF: 2004-2019 WA: 2003-2011 WS: 2004-2012
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 105

($139) Deep red-ruby. Sappy nose combines currant, smoked meat, tobacco and exotic spices. Rich, sweet and tactile, with complex, tangy flavors of crystallized blackcurrant, caraway seed and smoked meat. Unlike most Bordeaux blends from California, this shows little greenness or gratuitous oak and the finish builds impressively. A very suave wine that finishes with fine, spreading tannins.

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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Spring rains reduced berry set. Indian summer much valued for late ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Merlot 7%, Malbec 3%, Petit Verdot 1%. Skin contact 40 days, 17 months in new French oak.Quite purple and deep. Still quite simple on the nose. Quite tough and intense and reined in. Something quite sweet about this. Masses of acidity. Some coffee. Big, bold, and unevolved, but not a single corner or join in evidence. Smoothness itself.

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WA 88
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 150
Drink Dates 2003-2011

While it is a big, rich effort, the 1999 Opus One exhibits a distinct earthiness as well as a sweaty saddle-like characteristic. It builds nicely on the attack and mid-palate, but finishes short, displaying hints of herbs, chocolate, and black currants. Drink this medium-bodied offering now and over the next 7-8 years.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2004-2012

An exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, currant, earth and blackberry. Gains intensity and shows its depth and concentration on the finish, which is long and detailed. 24,000 cases made.

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Drink Dates 2004-2019

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Author sm122097
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.722%
Tasted On 02/23/2014
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Author RWG III
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98%
Tasted On 05/31/2013
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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.911%
Tasted On 12/22/2012
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Author Jonasty
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.593%
Tasted On 12/06/2012
Drink Dates 2009

Least liked in a four year vertical tasting. Lacking fruit and body. Weak tannins and a quick finish on the palate.

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Author zepierotti
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 08/09/2012
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Author James W700
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 50%
Tasted On 05/14/2010

Drink up soon, while it s still good

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.592%
Tasted On 12/19/2009
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Good thing this was a gift. If I had paid any more than $20 for it, I'd be pissed. Got a little better over time, but just a little. No real fruit. Compared to the Continuum before and the Montelena after, this wine was just a weak offering.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.259%
Tasted On 05/01/2005
Drink Dates 2005-2011

Opus One, Mondavi and Mouton's perennial underachiever (the winery's motto must be "Thank God for Japan"), did reasonably well in the 1999 vintage. The wine has a medium dark garnet color with lightly pigmented, slow moving legs. Smoky plum, paper, toast, and a little cherry are discernable in the nose. Tannins are a little heavy but there is some pretty good sweet fruit available to combat them. Acidity is a touch high. The wine has significantly improved since release.

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