1985 Opus One Red Wine Napa Valley
734 Ratings
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734 Ratings
1985 Opus One Red Wine Napa Valley

Wine Description

(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.

Winemaker's Notes

The delicate yet attractive fragrance of vanilla, herbs, cassis, and spices is followed by a sculptured, fruity, medium to full-bodied wine with crisp acidity, moderate tannin, and good depth.

One of Napa Valley’s best vintages in a decade, 1985 saw an early bud break, a long, moderate growing season, and dry, warm weather during harvest. Wines are rich, supple, and very aromatic, showing great balance and length.

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The delicate yet attractive fragrance of vanilla, herbs, cassis, and spices is followed by a sculptured, fruity, medium to full-bodied wine with crisp acidity, moderate tannin, and good depth.

One of Napa Valley’s best vintages in a decade, 1985 saw an early bud break, a long, moderate growing season, and dry, warm weather during harvest. Wines are rich, supple, and very aromatic, showing great balance and length.

Expert Reviews
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  • 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.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • 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.