Original
444 Ratings
Opus One Red

Wine Description

(1981 Vintage) One of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history. A very mild winter with lower-than-average rainfall gave way to early budbreak and hot weather in June. The wines produced are lean, elegant and quite long-lived.

(1981 Vintage) The 1981 growing year produced one of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley history. A very mild winter with lower-than-average rainfall gave way to early bud break and hot weather in June. The 1981 Opus One is elegant and moderately long-lived.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage)
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage) "A shade more elegant and refined than the '94, yet sharing the delicious range of flavors, with bright black cherry, plum and floral notes. Turns smooth and polished.--Opus One vertical. Best from 2003 through 2014. 30,000 cases made."
  • Wine Spectator
    (1995 Vintage) "A shade more elegant and refined than the '94, yet sharing the delicious range of flavors, with bright black cherry, plum and floral notes. Turns smooth and polished.--Opus One vertical. Best from 2003 through 2014. 30,000 cases made."
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1998 Vintage) A very pleasant wine to be sure, this one wins the day with its ripe cherry and proper cassis aromas buttressed by pushy oak. A supple rounded entry leads to medium-depth, balanced, slightly tannin-toughened flavors, and, once again, oak accents fill out the small gaps in its young fruit. If rising above the vintage in both texture and continuity, and praiseworthy for those entirely significant accomplishments, it is nonetheless quite expensive for what it offers.