1981 Opus One Red Wine Napa Valley
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704 Ratings
1981 Opus One Red Wine Napa Valley

Wine Description

(From 1999 Vintage) Opus One is known for it's exquisite texture, and the 1999 vintage is no exception. The wine shows aromas of cassis, cloves and roasted almonds against a creamy texture of soft tannins and round, rich fruit. Offering flavors of plum, cherry and black pepper, the 1999 will be charming in it's youth and expressive at maturity.

Winemaker's Notes

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 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.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 94.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2000 Vintage)