(2008 Vintage) Initial aromas of rose petals and spring flowers in the 2008 Opus One give way to cassis, cola and black cherry, with notes of marzipan and sandalwood. A satin texture enrobes the wine’s smooth, round tannins, its bright acidity supporting a juicy and elegant mouthfeel.
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still too young
Robert Parker(1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
International Wine Cellar(1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 96, May/June 2001 Medium bright ruby. Slightly sauvage aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, meat, leather and black pepper. Stylish and sweet, with moderately dense, creamy flavors of raspberry, roast meat and tobacco. Rather sophisticated texture for California wine. I would have scored this wine higher were it not for its slightly drying tannins, which did not soften even as the middle palate grew increasingly ...
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
International Wine Cellar(1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000. Bright full ruby-red. Pungent black raspberry, leather, game, chocolate, espresso, pepper and fresh herbs. Juicy, bright and very concentrated, with crunchy currant, tobacco and dark chocolate flavors supported and amplified by a firm spine of acidity. Long on personality. Finishes with dusty tannins and excellent length.
Wine Spectator(1995 Vintage)