1985 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red (oxidized capsules)
*Top 100 Wines of 1989 and rated 95 points on release* Tasted from magnum. A bit stalky, with raw, edgy tannins, but it holds together and there's enough cherry and currant fruit, along with herb and anise shadings, to hold your interest.--1985 California Cabernet retrospective." (Web-2005)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1985 Opus One has consistently performed between 88-90 points. It exhibits a healthy dark ruby color with no signs of age. The nose has not budged much from when it was first bottled. The delicate yet attractive fragrance of vanilla, herbs, cassis, and spices is followed by a sculptured, fruity, medium to full-bodied wine with crisp acidity, moderate tannin, and good depth.
Early budbreak, even longer growing season than 1985. To-Kalon fruit still. Patrick Leon of Mouton in charge. Cabernet Sauvignon 87%, Cabernet Franc 9%, Merlot 4%. Skin contact 21 days, 18 months in new French oak. Slightly watery rim. Good depth of crimson with muddy orange rim. Still quite youthful. Some oak! Gentle cassis. Good texture. Interesting combination of Californian-style fruit and Bordeaux winemaking.
From Robert Mondavi's touted partnership with Baron de Philippe Rothschild of Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild.