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  • Country ranking ?

    251
  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-roast shoulder of lamb

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96 Parker points: A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade ... and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

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The Story

Time is expressed in Opus One by the character of the vintage: sometimes with a personality that is highly defined and sometimes with a shade of difference quite subtle from other vintages.  Through the minds and hands of the vineyard workers we capture time and the essence of the season – coaxing concentration and tempering abundance.

Place is often defined as terroir and denotes the special characteristics that geography, geology and climate bestow upon a vineyard.  Place is best expressed in the mouthfeel of Opus One; it is the balance of power and finesse, structure and texture.

Complementing both time and place is the essential human element: the attitude, will and soulful attention embodied in the team of individuals who prune, harvest, cellar and embrace the vision of our founding partners.

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Wine Information

The 2010 vintage will be remembered as a uniquely demanding year with unseasonably cold days, untimely rain fall, and surprisingly hot days. Having left a sufficient number of leaves on the vines, our grapes avoided sunburn from late season heat assuring the success of the vintage. Harvest began on September 23 and concluded on October 23.

Aromas of blackberry, rose petals, chocolate and espresso accentuate fruity and earthy nuances. Round velvety tannins enrobe a silky texture with a touch of minerality. The flavors of dark fruit are enhanced by the well integrated acidity. The acidity and tannin structure promise a very long life ahead.

Varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Cabernet Franc 5.5%, Merlot, 5.5%, Petit Verdot 4%, and Malbec 1%

Skin Contact:
19 Days

Barrel Aging:
18 Months in New French Oak

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Medium, Extensive and Pure

flavors

Blackcurrant, Licorice, Vanilla, Cigar-box, Leather and Tobacco

nose

Youthful, Complex, Fresh and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Focused, Vigor and Jammy

Verdict

Transparent and Exotic

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and in an perfect condition. Colour is purple and deep. On the nose it is youthful, intense, complex, fresh and generous. The taste is focused, vigor, refined, with balanced, good texture, well-structured and concentrated structure. On the palate it is layered and has dried-fruit, port-like, licorice, leather, blackcurrant, vanilla, cigar-box, tobacco and truffles flavours. The finish is medium long, pure, flavorful and extensive. This wine is transparent, fine and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least over 4h before tasting. Good value for money. I do recommend.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 92p

One of the best ever from Opus, it shows beautiful blackcurrant cabernet sauvignon character. A powerful and poised wine with well-crafted tannins. Needs about four years to soften.

  • 96p

Dark, intense ruby red colour. Reserved, firm nose with blackcurrants, cedar and spices. Full-bodied, intense and firm spicy palate with gentle tannins. Bit woody finish. Benefits from further ageing for at least 5-8 years. JL 90p (9/2018)

  • 90p

Deep ruby. Fruity, cassis, leather, ripe, nuanced, rich, almost minerals behind on the nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, ripe and intense palate, long. 94

  • 94p
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Information

Origin

Oakville, Napa Valley

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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