Robert Parker 95
Two of the strongest wines ever made at Opus One, the 2007 has terrific black currant fruit, licorice, incense, and subtle smoke, an opulent, even voluptuous mouthfeel, dazzling purity and texture, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a sensational Opus One, with sweet tannin and impressive precision and depth. It can be drunk now or cellared for 25+ years. Tel. (707)948-2425; fax (707) 948-2497
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2034
(14.8% alcohol): Fresh red-ruby color. Medicinal kirsch and spices on the nose, plus a suggestion of rose. Wonderfully sweet and seamless but given shape and definition by lovely floral lift and firm acidity. There’s something old school about this beauty, which has lost some of its baby fat while retaining its primary fruit character. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a repeating element of dried flowers. Still young but delicious right now.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Dry farmed. 20 days skin contact. 19 months in new French oak. Perfect vintage until a heat wave in September followed by rains and frost threat. Composed scarlet with some age at the rim. Lovely edge of stoniness. Very vigorous and rather bordelais in its drive. Though it s pretty rich in the middle. I don t think on the palate it would ever be confused with a Pauillac! Great energy. Hint of menthol.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034