1990 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1036278 96 points Wine Spectator

 Dramatic, with its ripe, rich, plush core of exotic currant, anise, cedar, vanilla and berry notes that are enormously complex on the finish. Delicious. (JL)  (2/2000)

94 points Decanter

 This was the last vintage made in the Mondavi winery, and they go out on a high. A clear touch of caramel, this is silky smooth and swirling with gourmet spice, lifted up by a touch of crushed fresh mint on the finish. Again the tannins are striking in their construction and soft texture. 30 days skin contact, the growing season here saw a cool winter and a late bud break, but a normal summer and ideal harvest. (JA)  (9/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a terrific Opus, with a broader, deeper palate and less of the overly-sculptured, structured feel that past examples have revealed. The 1990 exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and a spicy, rich, sweet nose of cassis, vanillin, lead pencil, herbs, and minerals. Medium to full-bodied, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and wonderful layers of ripe, pure, rich fruit, the wine is in complete harmony, without being excessively acidified or brutally tannic. This is a gorgeous Opus for drinking over the next 16-18 years. My instincts suggest it is the most promising Opus One made to date. (RP)  (10/1993)

90 points Vinous

 The 1990 Opus One is another powerful wine built on a serious core of tannin and structure. There is plenty of richness in the glass, but a little less intensity and complexity than the best wines of this era. I imagine the 1990 will still be a delicious wine in another decade. The 1990 is 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot. (AG)  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, and in 1984 released its first vintage, the 1979. A cool start to the season resulted in a small crop, but harvest was ideal and the winery described the 1990 as "aromatic, rich and resilient."

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