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1995 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #300890 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (2/2011)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Another prolonged growing season with the harvest from late Sep to mid Oct. Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Cabernet Franc 7%, Merlot 5%, Malbec 2%. Skin contact 39 days, 18 months in new French oak. A certain herbaceousness on the nose, though no shortage of ripeness underneath. Tea-leaf aromas. Mineral kick. Round and ready and plump and forward, though tannins insist at the finish. Good acidity. (More than the 1994.) Very good balance. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2004)

K&L Notes

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.


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