1995 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (375ml) (soiled, torn labels)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium brick colour. Intense nose of dried blackberries and cherries laced with complex aromas of coffee grounds, tobacco leaf, cumin and soy. Nice concentration of mature berry and spice fruit balanced by medium to firm, slightly chewy tannins and medium to high acidity. A more structured style of Opus. Very long finish. Drink now to 2020. Tasted April 2009. (LPB)
Freshly cut flowers, raspberries, anise and savory herbs jump from the glass in the 1995 Opus One. A beautifully bright, focused wine, the 1995 stands out for its high-toned aromatics and fabulous balance. All the elements are in the right place. This is a distinctly pretty, feminine Opus One that is all about grace. An attractive aromatic lift rounds things out nicely. Stylistically, the 1995 belongs to the wines of similarly high rainfall vintages such as 1986 and 2011. The 1995 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Malbec.
Delicious aromas of chocolate, sweet tobacco, and currants. Full bodied and very soft, with velvety tannins and plenty of fruit. Interesting notes of iodine, lavender, iron, and plum. This is textbook stuff, holding on beautifully.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep browning red. Sauvage aromas of plum jam, game and leather, with complicating notes of roasted fruits and herbs. Smooth on entry, then betrays a slight acid streak in the middle palate, displaying more earth, leather and game than fruit at this point. A distinctly old-style wine with an obvious element of brettanomyces. A vintage with a lot of bottle variation, according to winemaker Michael Silacci, who took over winemaking duties here in 2004. (ST, in Vinous)
Opus One is the legendary joint venture between Napa Valley wine impresario Robert Mondavi and Bordeaux's Baron Philippe de Rothschild forged in 1970 and launched in 1980. This remarkable Cabernet-based blend also includes small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The 1995 vintage benefited from a long, cool growing season that extended harvest into mid-October. Spicy, dense and wonderfully balanced, this wine is built for the long term.