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A Grand Vintage of Napa’s Iconic Opus One - Now In-Stock - 12/24/2017 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

Long a benchmark of Napa’s elite bottlings, Opus One is and continues to be a category defining wine. While it may seem with each passing vintage that the field of blue-chip, Napa Cabs becomes more and more crowded, Opus One still manages to tower above them all. The 2014 vintage is no exception. As Antonio Galloni notes, it has the potential to surpass such historic vintages as 2010, 2012 and 2013. If you are collector of Opus One, there is no question that this triumphant effort belongs in your cellar. Open and accessible now, it is a style of Opus that is sure please longtime fans and garner many new fans. A tremendous effort through and through, it serves as an excellent reminder as to why Opus One continues to define the pinnacle of Napa Cab.

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2014 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($309.99)

97 points James Suckling: "Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet its Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020. Available on October 2017. (JS)" (06/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finish. (LPB)" (10/2017)

95 points Vinous: "The 2014 Opus One is super-classy, elegant and polished, with mid-weight structure and tons of pure class. This is one of the more restrained recent vintages of Opus One and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced. The flavors are bright, precise and beautifully delineated. Even so, the 2014 is not an easy or immediate Opus One. I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least a few years. (AG) 95+" (01/2018)

93 points Decanter: "A cool bouquet of fruit compote and wild plum mingles with notes of clove, incense and lilac. On the palate the wine is youthfully taut, with a good line of acidity and fine but assertive tannins. It's quite a serious, savoury Opus which will need a few years in the cellar to unwind. Drinking Window 2020-2037. (WK)" (05/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and creamy, intense and layered, featuring a mix of blackberry, licorice, mocha, cedar and tobacco flavors, with a touch of gravelly earth. The tannins are firm and gripping, standing out a bit from the core texture. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Best from 2018 through 2030. (JL)" (09/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Savoury nose. Very lifted and almost leafy - very far from a fruit bomb. Very much a food wine. Very, very different from wine bar syrup. Not obviously high alcohol. After pretty ripe cassis some black olive flavours dominate. Rather bordeaux-like build but with a richer finish than a bordeaux would have. Obviously there's a fair amount of tannin here but it's well handled and dominated by the fruit. Good peacock's tail finish. I could imagine some Americans asking 'where's the beef (stew)?' but this should definitely appeal to (well heeled) Europeans. 17+/20" (08/2017)

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 06, 2017

Another fantastic bottling from Opus One. I had the pleasure of trying the 2014 vintage at our Grand Domestic tasting this past Saturday. This was easily the dark horse winner of the ten wines we featured. Classic bouquet of black currant, plum, and dark cherry with subtler expressions of earth and graphite. The palate is where this wine really shines. Flavors of black currant are expressed once more, along with blackberry, savory qualities, clove, vanilla bean, and a touch of espresso. The tannins are silky and velvety; a luxurious mouthfeel all throughout. Decanting this wine will do wonders. Drinkable now; I would recommend holding for at least five more years. Will age gracefully for 20+ years