(1987 Vintage) A great marriage of fruit and oak, with incredibly deep, rich, concentrated flavors. Has lavish oak and ripe, intense currant, black cherry, anise and plum flavors that keep on developing in an amazingly complex wine.
(1987 Vintage) 1987 followed the same early bud break pattern established in 1984. The growing season was dry, cool, and moderately long. An earlier-than-normal harvest yielded clean, well-balanced fruit. Showing great structure, the wines are generous and intense.
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."
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.
Wine Spectator(1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.
Wine Advocate(1984 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 94.