Opus One is a Bordeaux-style blend, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and depending on vintage also contains varying measures of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.
As should be expected with wines of this calibre, no expense is spared. The 170 acres are harvested by hand. The wine spends two to three weeks on skins and typically 18 months on new French oak.
Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavours. Savoury and delicious. Drinkable but better in 2020. 97 points, jamessuckling.com (6/2017)
Savoury, tightly wound and intensely aromatic, the 2014 is going to need time to unwind, but it looks like it will develop along the more classic vintages here. The tannins are firm but also impeccably balanced. A sleeper wine for the year, the 2014 is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine that will handsomely repay several decades of cellaring. The 2014 is not an obvious Opus One, like the 2010, 2012 or 2013, but over time, I will not be surprised if it challenges or even surpasses some of those vintages. In short, the 2014 is a wine of tension, power and grace. 95+ points, Vinous (12/2016).
Savoury nose. Very lifted and almost leafy -- very far from a fruit bomb. Very much a food wine. Very, very different from wine bar syrup. Not obviously high alcohol. After pretty ripe cassis some black olive flavours dominate. Rather Bordeaux-like build but with a richer finish than a Bordeaux would have. Obviously there's a fair amount of tannin here but it's well handled and dominated by the fruit. Good peacock's tail finish. I could imagine some Americans asking 'where's the beef (stew)?' but this should definitely appeal to (well heeled) Europeans. 17+/20 points, jancisrobinson.com (8/2017).
Founded in 1978 as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux and Robert Mondavi in the Napa Valley. The wine was formerly called napamedoc, the wine and the winery were named Opus One in 1982. 1979 was the first vintage, released in 1984.
The Opus One vineyards are made up of four parcels. Two sit in the western portion of the American Viticultural Area, or AVA, of Oakville–a subregion of Napa Valley. Two of the parcels—totalling 100 acres—are situated in the storied vineyard of To-Kalon, meaning ‘the place of highest beauty. There are two more parcels—Ballestra and River—that add up to 70 acres.