Without a doubt, one of the most iconic and prestigious wines from USA! Those who seek the best Cabernet Sauvignon blend wines from the USA, this is widely acknowledged as one. Certainly the most famous at least. Opus One has great longevity so if you are looking to collect 2 or 3 bottles, this would keep for the next 20 to 30 years. Would make a fine gift for a VIP too!
The Opus One 2017 offers a harmonious aromatic balance of rich dark fruit, stems of roses, and earthy forest floor. The juicy entry offers a round, silky mouthfeel with just enough acidity to complement the satin texture. This seductive wine shows flavours of black cassis, black cherry and a hint of cocoa powder. The fine-grained, plush tannins evolve into a long, supple finish.
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec
Very highly rated:
'A fist of late summer cherries, raspberry and bilberry fruits set out their stall, all with the juicy character that confirms, even in a hot vintage like 2017, Opus can deliver balance and sculpted elegance. Beautiful grip, creamy texture with a strikingly powerful tannic frame. As the wine stays in the glass the floral aromatics begin to bloom up. A brilliant Opus. 20 days maceration - around half what it would have been a decade ago. 54% native yeast, as part of their native yeast project. 5% Merlot and 1% Malbec complete the blend. Harvest spread out over September 5 to October 8, just before the fires, by which time they had less than 10% of the fruit still out on the vines. 3.7pH.' Decanter 96 pts
'Lots of currant and floral notes on the nose. Hints of mint and spice. Medium-to full-bodied, round and savoury with creamy, juicy tannins. Hints of citrus underneath. Bright, fresh and delicious. Drink or hold.' James Suckling 95