1996 Opus One, Napa Valley 1x750ml


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Rating: Robert Parker 89Vinous 90

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Robert Parker 89

This Opus is well-endowed with a rich, ripe nose of mulberries and blackberries, developing earthy scents with time. The palate is angular with sharp acidity: dense, black smoky fruits with aggressive, sturdy tannins. Bit of a “bodybuilder” wine lacking grace and elegance yet it does have personality, albeit not one I particularly admire. This may close down in the near future so leave it until 2004+. Tasted February 2000. [01/02/2000]

Vinous 90

A total opposite of the 1995, the 1996 Opus One blasts from the glass with massive dark fruit, iron, scorched earth, graphite and new leather. The 1996 is one of the more virile, bombastic wines in this vertical. Plums, cloves, leather and tar all flesh out on the huge, imposing finish. Although a bit rustic and brooding, the 1996 is an outstanding wine if taken on its own terms. The finish is framed by substantial tannins and an element of burliness that is likely the result of a succession of heat spikes. In 1986 Opus One is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 3% Malbec. [Antonio Galloni, 06/01/2013]

Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023


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