2006 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine (Pre-Arrival)
94 from Robert Parker: "Not surprisingly, the 2006 is a bigger, more muscular, less charming effort displaying unbridled power, full-bodied richness, and notes of new saddle leather, black fruits, roasted herbs, and burning embers. Powerful and rich with sweet tannin, low acidity, and more structure and density than the 2005 as well as less nuance and complexity, the 2006 should be consumed over the next 15+ years." (12/08) 92-94 points Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and concentrated, with excellent structure and a complex mix of herb, currant, sage and spice, providing a tight, savory profile. Ends with a loamy currant character." (Web only, 2007) 93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Saturated deep ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate and sexy smoky oak on the nose. Dense and sweet but firmly structured, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic quality giving the wine sappy lift. Pure, penetrating flavors of cassis, lead pencil and bitter chocolate, with a sexy oak quality that I can only describe as Mouton-like..." There is a new winemaking team in place at Opus, and no longer any Mondavi involvement in this wine. We think this is one of the best in years - they appear to be greatly increasing the quality of Opus, making it a real serious wine to go along with the flash and hype that has been around for it years. We think the quality level in the bottle has risen to match the marketing. Wine is due in October of 2009.