1991 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Opus One's 1991 is a gorgeously rich, opaque ruby/purple-colored wine with a knock-out nose of smoke, cassis, vanilla, and a whiff of herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with surprisingly supple, concentrated, chocolatey, cassis, and blackcurrant flavors that ooze across the palate, this voluptuously-textured example of Opus One is atypical in a vintage that produced so many backward wines. There is no question the wine possesses plenty of tannin, but it is admirably concealed by the copious quantities of concentrated fruit. (RP)
The 1991 Opus One is completely different from its predecessors. The style is decidedly rich, voluptuous and opulent for the era. Sweet silky tannins support a creamy, expressive finish in a wine that is very much built on texture. Today the 1991 is showing beautifully. The slightly advancing aromatics suggest it is best enjoyed over the next decade. The 1991 is a racy Opus One long on personality. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot.
Very deep crimson. Quite a meaty nose and then very sweet palate entry. Marked acidity, relatively lean. Not quite charming – but is this a question of time? Fresh and lively. But not especially long. First vintage actually at the Opus winery. When they pressed they saw there was lots of sugar left in the whole berry fermentation so long fermentation really added to the complexity of the wine. An elegant understated model for Michael Silacci to build towards.
Tasted from magnum. A curious mix. It's complex and supple, yet marked by a slight cheesy-yeasty flavor up front. It works its way into dry, mature-tasting currant, cedar and anise flavors, and the tannins are dry and gritty on the finish.--'81/'91 California Cabernet retrospective. (Web-2002)
Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, and in 1984 released its first vintage, the 1979. It has since become an international success and a landmark Napa Valley winery. Comprising 169 acres of vineyard, they produce a luxury Bordeaux-style blend.