Launched in 1979, when interest in Napa winemaking was still slow, Opus One was an ambitious joint venture between two of the world’s most esteemed winemaking figures. It achieved near-overnight critical acclaim, matching the incredible aspirations of its name.
Nearly 40 years on, Opus One remains one of the most sought-after bottlings in Napa Valley. Despite its, relatively 'affordable' price tag, Opus One is produced in limited quantities and we consider ourselves lucky to have access to this wine.
The 2019 vintage contains all five Bordeaux varieties and is dominated by 78% Cabernet Sauvignon. Raised for 19 months in new French oak barriques that were made to precise specifications by 12 different coopers.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate says that the 2019 Opus One leaps from the glass with notes of Black Forest cake, Morello cherries, mulberries and fresh blackcurrants plus hints of licorice, wilted roses, Sichuan pepper and iron ore. Full-bodied, the palate is jam-packed with juicy black, blue and red fruits, framed by velvety tannins and background freshness, finishing on a compelling earthy/mineral note - This is a truly magnificent Opus One in the making!
Agreeing with the Wine Advocate, James Suckling also awarded the 2019 a whopping 99/100 and was impressed with the purity of fruit, whilst Jeb Dunnuck describes the 2019 Opus One as a brilliant and certainly a worthy follow-up to the 2018. Pure cassis fruits, notes of violets, rose petals, and lead pencil, medium to full body, nicely integrated background oak, and terrific tannins all define this beauty, and while it has the vintage's up-front charm, it's going to age beautifully for 20+ years as well.
The 2019 Opus one deserves classic dishes of grilled or stewed beef, pork, veal of duck. Whilst the wine can hold it's own with powerful sauces, we suggest foods that will allow the wine to sing. Keep spices to a minimum and let the dish allow the the wine to shine. We suggest decanting in a wide-bottomed decanter for a around 3 hours.
Ready to drink now, but can remain cellared till 2060
James Suckling 99/100
Wine Advocate 99/100 #
Jeb Dunnuck 97/100
Wine Specatator 95/100