2017 Opus One
Region: Napa Valley
Cépage: Cabernet Sauvignon (81%); Petit Verdot (9%); Cabernet Franc (5%); Merlot (4%); Malbec (1%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 95 (RP); 95 (JS)
Opus One had picked 91% of their fruit before the fires started in 2017, and only two lots were eliminated from consideration. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it slowly grows on the nose, revealing compelling notes of baked black cherries, mulberries, black raspberries, warm cassis and blackberry pie with nuances of spice cake, yeast extract, tapenade, licorice and dusty soil with a waft of wild sage. Medium-bodied, the palate has a lively skip in its step, featuring bags of juicy raspberry and cassis-laced fruit and a refreshing line, supported by ripe, plush tannins, finishing long and graceful."
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