Opus One Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1996

$449

This is one of the finest Opus Ones to date, offering a dark ruby/purple color, as well as a striking, intense bouquet of sweet licorice intermixed with blackberries, cassis, plums, and saddle leather. This seamless, full-bodied wine is more velvety-textured, opulent, and succulent than past vintages. The mid-palate is expansive and chewy. The long finish is filled with glycerin, ripe fruit, and sweet tannin. Drink this impressive, user-friendly yet richly concentrated effort over the next 15 years. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Gordon Walker Delectable Pro

Quite green and very very bretty. Still has nice tannins and good integration

Quite green and very very bretty. Still has nice tannins and good integration

8.6

Morgan Harris Delectable Pro

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

Shockingly good. One of the best mid-90s Cali Cabernets. Tell-tale green herbal pyrazine notes are here next to concentrated exotic red and black fruits. There's a remarkable amount of freshness to the wine though. I totally believe the 13.5% alcohol on the label. The oak is judicious an simply supports the fruit purity, although savory brett notes add and unexpected wild bass line. Easily a decade plus ahead, but drinking well now. The last of a certain breed of cabernet, with the soupy-syrupy '97s waiting just around the corner.

Shockingly good. One of the best mid-90s Cali Cabernets. Tell-tale green herbal pyrazine notes are here next to concentrated exotic red and black fruits. There's a remarkable amount of freshness to the wine though. I totally believe the 13.5% alcohol on the label. The oak is judicious an simply supports the fruit purity, although savory brett notes add and unexpected wild bass line. Easily a decade plus ahead, but drinking well now. The last of a certain breed of cabernet, with the soupy-syrupy '97s waiting just around the corner.

9.5

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Beautiful balanced wine

Beautiful balanced wine

9.6

Stefan Metzner Delectable Pro

What a ripe beautifully developed wine // ripe round tannins// full body//still fruit aromas left but more so the great complex tertiary flavours and great texture plus long finish

What a ripe beautifully developed wine // ripe round tannins// full body//still fruit aromas left but more so the great complex tertiary flavours and great texture plus long finish

9.5

Cameron Russell Delectable Pro

Sommelier/Educator BW Wine Group

At it's peak, delicious and ready to drink!

At it's peak, delicious and ready to drink!

8.8

Melissa Treadway Delectable Pro

Should have opened a couple of years ago...

Should have opened a couple of years ago...

8.8

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Not tired at all but too bretty.

Not tired at all but too bretty.

8.1

Elyse Lambert

Faboulus nose, very bordelais in style. Freshness on the palate, silky tannins. Beautiful!

Faboulus nose, very bordelais in style. Freshness on the palate, silky tannins. Beautiful!

9.2

Carl Fischer

En magnum.

En magnum.

9.3

Keith Lite

Showing great structure and wonderful layers of cherry , earthy tones and saddle leather. Could drink another bottle

Showing great structure and wonderful layers of cherry , earthy tones and saddle leather. Could drink another bottle

9.6