ready-improve2009 Opus One, Napa Valley, California (Magnum)

Product: 2009-03-01500-00-8015994
  • Antonio Galloni, Vinous
  • Jane Anson
  • James Suckling
  • Decanter
  • Stephen Tanzer
  • Ready, but will improve


Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Very dark aromas of black cherry, cassis, blueberry and licorice. Then rather plush, sweet and full for Opus One, conveying a chocolatey ripeness to its dark berry flavors. Finishes with smooth tannins that build without going dry. This wine was broad and smooth from the outset. Today it’s a generous mouthful but a bit clunky compared to some more recent vintages. This was reportedly the first vintage to include a significant percentage of Petit Verdot, and that may explain the wine’s emphasis on black and blue fruits.

Vinous 92/100
Bottle Price 150 cl $1,766