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1997 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #990651 100 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Jumps out of the glass, another one that stands out among the very best in the line-up; intense, well integrated flavours, blackberry, menthol, black olive, spiced rosemary and liqourice, and a gorgeous smoked cedar oak. 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. This is the first vintage with all five varieties. 32 days skin contact, from a large initial crop that was thinned down to one of lowest yields to date. Harvest early and short, lasting just 11 days. Drinking Window 2019 - 2034 (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1997 Opus One tastes like it was made yesterday, not 16 years ago. One of the most opulent, racy wines in this vertical, the 1997 literally explodes from the glass. Juicy dark red cherries, menthol, tobacco and licorice all make an appearance as the 1997 opens up over time. Readers holding the 1997 are in for a thrill. Even though the growing season was defined by hot weather, a short maturation cycle and a large crop, the wine turned out beautifully. In 1997 the blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot, a first for Opus One. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex. *Cellar Selection* (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full medium red, not particularly bright. Fully mature, slightly rustic aromas of plum, leather and cedary cigar box, with hints of game and veggies. Began savory and quite dry, even a little tart and spiky as if in decline, then gained in roundness in the glass, showing a somewhat darker fruit character. The brett suggestions faded with air but the greenness remained behind. Ultimately fairly suave in the middle palate but the initially fine-grained tannins turned a bit gritty with air. (ST, for Vinous) Inner quote mark (9/2017)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very vigorous crimson. Looks exceptionally healthy. Still quite a ‘buried’ bouquet. Big and bold and sweet on the palate delivering lots of pleasure. Quite powerful but at least there is fruit on the front palate to compensate for lots of very fine tannins at the end. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2007)

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. It has since become an international success and a landmark winery in Napa. With 169 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, they produce a luxury Bordeaux-style blend.


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