(From 1993 Vintage) Deep garnet-brick colour. Fragrant aromas of dried cranberries, prunes, cinnamon and cumin giving way to subtler earthy notes of leather and tar. A lot of discernable fruit remains on the palate framed by crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins. Very long, layered finish.
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.
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.
Wine Spectator(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.
Wine Advocate(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 94.
Wine Spectator(From 1995 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 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."
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132