2003 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1023278 94 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec aged 17 months in French oak is a strong effort offering creme de cassis, cedarwood, white chocolate and spice box. It possesses a Bordeaux-like personality, as one might expect since Opus One is owned by Baroness Philippe de Rothschild and the winemaking team comes primarily from Pauillac. The significant tannin in the wine provides a slight austerity, but this is a full-bodied, rich effort that marks the beginning of a period when Opus One finally began to live up to the enormous potential first announced in the late 1970s by the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the late Robert Mondavi. Although accessible now, the 2003 will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The last one where the families were directly involved and after 2002 was the lowest crop of the decade, this one is the highest, cropped at five tones per acre instead of the usual four. You can feel that this is lighter than many years, it doesn't quite stretch out through the palate as the most concentrated vintages do, but it has charm, and its difficult reception at the time seems less justified here - and least when it is paired with food and provides a welcome breath from the concentrated wines on either side in the line-up. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Slightly blue note to the crimson. Quite a muted nose. Exotic and mineral nose. Intense. Very sweet and yet there is more acidity and freshness here. Good attack. Nice dry finish. Appetising. A parallel with 1993? 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2007)

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