(1996 Vintage) A decreased berry set in May followedd by sunny days and warm July nights brought the smaller-than-average crop of 1996 to maturity in mid-September. Showing deep color, the wines are bold and concentrated, with supple texture, lush flavors, and a smooth, lingering finish.
On the same meal, we opened a 1989 and a 1996 opus One The 1996 was more interesting and better than the 1989 which has started its decline. Honestly, this bottle should have been opened maybe 5 years earlier. We opened it in 2005.
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.