2018 Opus One Napa Valley

  • 99 Point "Exquisite, Polished & Refined" Opus One
  • "With a Pomerol-Like Elegance and Purity" ~Jeb Dunnuck
  • Cult Winery Founded by Robert Mondavi & Mouton Rothschild's Owner
  • Epic 99 Point Vintage ~Wine Spectator
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About the Wine

Opus One was founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild, legendary proprietor of Château Mouton Rothschild, and renowned Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi. By combining the great winemaking traditions and innovations of both families, the founders’ singular goal was to create an exceptional wine in the heart of Napa Valley. Opus One, like any great work, arose out of passion. Dedicated to uncompromised quality, Opus One’s sole purpose is to express this vision and passionate spirit for generations to come.

The Opus One 2018 is remarkably elegant and bright offering sumptuous aromas of fresh red and blue fruit, baking spices and vanilla, and a delicate fragrance of spring florals. The initial bouquet is augmented by more nuanced notes of sage, rosemary, and black olive. Juicy flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis flood the palate and creamy, fine-grained tannins deliver a delightfully round structure. Harmonious and lively, the flavors linger to create an enduring finish with touches of dark chocolate and espresso.

2018 was an iconic year for Napa Valley. Wine Spectator blessed this vintage with a 99-point review and said it was a "spectacular year, with wines that are rich and dark, but detailed, restrained in style, and very terroir-driven."

Tasting Notes: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.

Reviews

Extremely perfumed and floral with lavender, lilacs, and violets to the sweet, ripe berries, such as blackberries and blackcurrants. Some slate and graphite, too. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so balanced and refined, with super fine tannins that last for minutes. Fresh herbs, such as bay leaf and lemon grass highlight the dark fruit. The quality of tannin is exquisite with wonderful polish and refinement. Lasts for minutes. So wonderful to taste now, but better after 2026. ~99 James Suckling

Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Opus One soars out of the glass with bright, bold boysenberries, warm cassis, and ripe, juicy black plums notes, plus emerging nuances of lilacs, oolong tea, cinnamon stick, tilled soil, and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound layers of crunchy black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannins, and fantastic freshness, finishing with lifted fruitiness and on a lingering mineral note. ~98 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Deep dark ruby ​​garnet, violet reflections, delicate lightening of the edges. Ripe black berries, crème de cassis, nougat, sweet spices and some vanilla, very inviting bouquet. Powerful, black fruit of blackberries, cassis and sweet plums, firm but ripe tannins, underlying acid structure rich in finesse, shows very good length, touch of chocolate in the aftertaste, will increase even more with maturity. ~98 Falstaff

The 2018 Opus One is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This deep purple-hued effort leans to lively, fresher side of the vintage but has a brilliant, utterly classic style in its crème de cassis and blue-tinged fruit as well as notes of lead pencil, candied violets, damp earth, and chocolate-like nuances. With a Pomerol-like elegance and purity, it's medium to full-bodied and has wonderful tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish. It plays in the finesse-driven end of the spectrum yet is concentrated and seamless, with serious length. It offers pleasure today but should benefit from 4-5 years in the cellar, and my money is on it evolving for 30 years or more. ~97 Jeb Dunnuck 

The 2018 Opus One is incredibly elegant and polished, right out of the bottle. Silky tannins and lifted, perfumed aromatics add to an impression of finesse that distinguishes the 2018 from some of the preceding vintages in a pretty big way. It will be interesting to see if the 2018 gains body with a bit of time in bottle. It is pretty rare for Opus One to be so approachable at this stage. ~95 Decanter

Lots of currant and floral notes on the nose. Hints of mint and spice. Medium-to full-bodied, round and savory with creamy, juicy tannins. Hints of citrus underneath. Bright, fresh and delicious. ~95 James Suckling

The fruit is decidedly restrained in style, without the vivid punch typical of the vintage, but the gently mulled currant, cherry and bitter plum flavors are well-delineated and persistent, while notable savory, thyme and tobacco leaf notes play a prominent role alongside. There's a racy beam of acidity piercing through it all and a lingering iron note on the finish. An excellent example of the style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. ~94 Wine Spectator

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