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2010 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1140045 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright dark ruby. Initially reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savory and classy on entry if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves prior to the brutal August heat spike. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark One of the best ever from Opus, it shows beautiful blackcurrant Cabernet Sauvignon character. A powerful and poised wine with well-crafted tannins. Needs about four years to soften. Inner quote mark (6/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Very much a young wine in its primary stage, this is silky and powerful and tasted excellent during this vertical, despite 2010 being an extremely difficult vintage for winemaker Michael Silacci. The year got off to a cool start, followed by a heatwave - the grapes at Opus escaped the shrivelling that much of Napa saw because of leaf cover. There are still plenty of signposts towards a hot summer - olive paste, rosemary, garrigue and liquorie notes, gorgeous ground coffee bean edging, and an excellent layer of freshness that picks things up on the finish and stops it being overly powerful. I like years in Napa that have a little fault in them - too much perfection with the natural generosity of Napa can make for an overly powerful wine, and I celebrate the nuances here. 1% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 19 days skin contact. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good saturated medium ruby. Riper on the nose than the young 2011, offering scents of blackcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice and leather. Wonderfully suave and silky in the mouth, with terrific concentration and aromatic lift to the savory dark berry, crushed stone and mineral flavors. Really stains the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Boasts great clarity and outstanding depth, not to mention a finesse of texture rare for California Cabernet. 'Maybe my best vintage yet,' said winemaker Michael Silacci. A beauty. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 'It was tae kwon do with Mother Nature in 2010,' says Silacci. 'We had everything thrown at us—heat, rain. A challenging year, but we found out we could pick earlier than we thought.' The wine is focused, with a cassis and cherry paste core supported by chalky minerality at first, changing to iron through the finish. Lots of savory flecks hang in the end, with the fruit easily keeping pace. Still quite young. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

97 points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2010 Opus One has become incredibly elegant and polished over the last year, while retaining its power, structure and intensity. Explosive throughout, the 2010 is every bit as compelling as it has always been. Hints of rose petal, violets, lavender and mint add nuance as the wine turns a bit brighter and more floral over time. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a fabulous wine, but the 2010 is pretty hard to resist, even today. This is yet another terrific showing from the 2010." (12/2014)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
Tasted at the property. This is one of the first great wines that exemplifies the fruition of Opus One's new generation let by Michael Silacci. He took over in 2001 and it takes years for such a large-scale improvement to take root, but the proof looms large in the splendid 2010. Bright, fresh, and clean, its deep aromatics scream high quality Napa cab. Very young even at age eight, the palate is filled with bright red fruit, balanced acidity, and a very impressive textural refinement. It is a well-proportioned, restrained wine that made the most of a cool growing season. This will certainly be a classic for them over the years and is a great reference-point wine for the new generation at Opus. Although hard to resist, another few years in the cellar will help and it will easily go twenty years from here.

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