2016 OPUS ONE
Proprietary Red Blend-Napa Valley
375 ML – Splits

$177.00

james suckling
wine advocate
                            97 points **

375 ML – Splits Only

The Opus One 2016 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.

12 in stock

Description

2016 marked the fifth consecutive year of a punishing drought in Northern California; however, the Oakville estate was fortunate to receive 28½ inches of rain; most of which fell before March; making the soil conditions ideal for budbreak that began precociously on March 7th. Conditions in August were perfect for ripening and moderate temperatures persisted up until harvest with only a temporary heat spike in early September. Harvest began on September 9th under mild conditions which allowed the vineyard team to be more selective and work at a steady pace. As warming increased, so did the pace and the harvest was completed, in just 33 days, on October 12.

James Suckling – 99 Points

“Fantastic aromas that are complex and complete with blackcurrants, blueberries and herbs, such as basil and bay leaf. But always subtle. Full-bodied yet linear and very refined with a very persistent finish. It shows drive and brightness. So refined at the end.” 2/2019 jamessuckling.com —JS

Wine Advocate – 98 Points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One bursts from the glass with ripe blueberries, black cherry jam and crème de cassis with hints of violets, dark chocolate, cedar chest and cardamom, plus a touch of charcoal. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the palate delivers layer upon layer of opulent stewed black fruit with amazing tension and firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing long with a whole array of exotic spices coming through. 2/2021 robertparker.com — Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Jeb Dunnuck – 97 Points

“The 2016 Opus One is brilliant and shows yet again that 2016 was a magical vintage for Napa Valley. Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 8% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot, with 5% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec, its deep purple hue is followed by a beautiful bouquet of black cherries, crème de cassis, and blueberry fruit intermixed with notions of cedary spice, toasty oak, graphite, and flowers. With an almost Bordeaux-like class and structure, this full-bodied beauty has no hard edges, plenty of ripe tannins, and is extraordinarily pure, elegant, and long. 1/2020 jebdunnuck.com —JD

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Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate’

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Stephen Tanzer’s ‘International Wine Cellar’

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Wine Spectator – winespectator.com

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Wine Enthusiast – winemag.com

–WE


Allen Meadows ‘Burghound’ – burghound.com

–BH


Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine – cgcw.com

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Wine & Spirits – wineandspiritsmagazine.com

–W&S


Antonio Galloni ‘VINOUS’ – vinousmedia.com

–VM


Jancis Robinson – Jancis Robinson.com

–JR


Jeb Dunnuck – jebdunnuck.com.com

–JD

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