(1997 Vintage) A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex.
(1997 Vintage) Abundant sunlight in the previous vintages produced high fertility in the vine buds and a large crop, which was thinned to the lowest per-acre yield in a decade. Harvest was early and very compact, comprising just 11 days. The wine combines vigor with finesse.
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.