- Opus One
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2025 - 2050
- Case size
- Available Later
Goedhuis, August 2021
2018 was beautifully described to us by one member of the Opus One team as a “deck chair vintage” Conditions were so easy that almost nothing needed to be done in the vineyards!! This wine fills with excitement, the initial lacquer of smoked vanillad oak, blends perfectly with the rich fruit compote aromas. A total beauty of a wine almost Margauxesque in character balancing its graceful succulence, with a degree of reserved structure and power. A wine impeccably balanced, it builds slowly in the palate and oozes class, it has a feeling of self-confidence without having to force itself on to the taster. The potential of being a great in the making. Long, fulfilling and hugely pleasurable.
Antonio Galloni, January 2021,
The 2018 Opus One is incredibly elegant and polished, right out of the bottle. Silky tannins and lifted, perfumed aromatics add to an impression of finesse that distinguishes the 2018 from some of the preceding vintages in a pretty big way. It will be interesting to see if the 2018 gains body with a bit of time in bottle. It is pretty rare for Opus One to be so approachable at this stage. Drink 2024 - 2043
Antonio Galloni, January 2020,
I tasted the 2018 Opus One from three working blends, one of which will very like be the blend. All three wines share a core of inky dark fruit laced with hints of graphite, lavender and mulling spices. The 2018 is clearly embryonic, and yet it shows tremendous finesse, with more refinement than pure power. It is going to be a fascinating wine to follow, that much is clear. Drink 2024 - 2043
Wine Advocate, February 2021,
Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Opus One soars out of the glass with bright, bold boysenberries, warm cassis and ripe, juicy black plums notes, plus emerging nuances of lilacs, oolong tea, cinnamon stick, tilled soil and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound layers of crunchy black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing with lifted fruitiness and on a lingering mineral note. Drink 2024-2058
James Suckling, August 2021,
Extremely perfumed and floral with lavender, lilacs and violets to the sweet, ripe berries, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Some slate and graphite, too. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so balanced and refined, with super fine tannins that last for minutes. Fresh herbs, such as bay leaf and lemon grass highlight the dark fruit. The quality of tannin is exquisite with wonderful polish and refinement. Lasts for minutes. So wonderful to taste now, but better after 2026.
This small town north of San Francisco has grown up to be one of California’s most famous wine regions. It is home to opulent Cabernets and sweetly-spiced Zinfandels, grown across many sub-regions including Stags Leap, Rutherford, Oakville and others. Cooling ocean fogs roll in from the Pacific at night and burn off in the summer sunshine, keeping the region cooler than you would expect for its latitude, and help produce some of the best Californian wines. Napa wines have the concentration and structure to age magnificently.